Why should you upgrade to a new security system?

If you’re still rocking that VHS-based security system it’s time to join the 21st century. There was a time when a system like that was state of the art, but like all things from the 1980s, it looks increasingly dated and just doesn’t do what you need it to do. It may have been working for you for a long time, but here are five reasons that you should consider a new security DVR system like this system shown above.

The elephant in the room

Let’s get this out there first. You’re probably considering a Ring, Nest or other system. They’re very popular and you might have something like that at home. For a business though, those systems don’t make sense. First of all your images are stored in the cloud. This may seem like a great idea but you lose all control. We’re starting to see where Ring and Nest are sharing footage with law enforcement without your permission. If you have your own security system you have total control over how many cameras and how it works. You can store everything forever if you need to. While the system pictured above doesn’t have cloud capability, many of the ones we sell do. If remote access to the surveillance system is important to you, we have you covered too.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits that a modern surveillance system has over older VHS based systems.

Color HD images

It’s not only a pleasure to look at the high-quality color images from today’s security systems, it’s also bound to help you in court when you need it most. Your goal isn’t just to watch the bad guys break in, it’s to help identify them, catch them, and put them away. You need the best possible image and that’s why you need high-quality digital security footage. There are systems out there that record full HD images from multiple sources and that gives you the power to really dig into the footage later for the kind of evidence you’ll need. Cue that Law and Order sound.

Automatic features: store what you need to see.

If you’ve ever had to actually use your old tape-based security system to find something, you know it’s a real drag. You sit there forwarding through hours of absolutely nothing in order to find what you need. New security systems use motion sensing, so they can be set to only record when something is actually happening. This means it’s easier to find the actual events you’ll need to find. The whole thing is on a computer, too, meaning that if you know what time you’re searching for, you don’t have to fast forward through a whole tape staring intently at the time code to try to find that important moment,

Peace of mind from your smartphone

New systems can be configured to send secure, live video right to your mobile device, meaning that you have the peace of mind you need. It’s not just for surveillance either… did you leave the door to your office open? Is your computer still on? A few well-placed security cameras with pan-and-zoom capability can answer that for you. Want to make sure your employees aren’t goofing off after you leave? Know instantly just by looking at your phone.

Upgrade easily, sometimes even without additional wiring

If your system still uses tapes, you’ve probably had it a while. Are those cameras still where you need them to be? Probably not. With a new system you get to choose new locations if you need, and more importantly a new system will be upgradeable to more locations. Many systems allow you to add wireless cameras that connect over your Wi-Fi network making it easy to put a camera in a temporary location that makes sense to you. This is the kind of flexibility you’ll need when you’re working quickly.

…and the most important reason…

Because trolling through drugstores looking for VHS tapes is no fun.
A vendor of ours told us five years ago they bought what they believe to be the last ever full shipment of VHS tapes. The last EVER. The last company to make VHS tapes stopped making them, and this was their last pallet load. If you stay with a tape-based system, sooner or later you’re going to find yourself in drugstores and even second hand shops looking for VHS tapes that look like they’re in good condition. Is that really how you want to run your business? Is that really the kind of security system you want guarding your expensive inventory? Probably not. That’s the absolute best reason to look at a new security system today.

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 6,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.