How to Reuse Your Current Security Equipment


Switching to a better home security monitoring service is called a system takeover.

The benefit is that—if it’s relatively modern and compatible—you can keep the equipment you already own rather than buy a completely new system.  

How does a system takeover work?  

In most cases, it’s fairly straightforward to use your existing security system and switch to a new alarm monitoring company.

It’s important to speak with your new alarm monitoring company to determine if your current system is compatible with their monitoring center. 

  • For example, when you call EMC Security, the main details we’ll review the type of equipment currently in place (and may ask you to text an image of your keypad) and discover if you want to add or upgrade any components.  This might be a good time to upgrade to a touchscreen keypad or add security cameras. 
  • Once we get a good sense of your situation, we’ll send one of our trained technicians to your home to reprogram your system and make any changes requested or required. 

If your system is not currently compatible with EMC Security, but is not locked out due to proprietary equipment, we’ll suggest a conversion to replace the “brains of the system” so it can communicate reliably with our central monitoring station. 

  • While this option is not as inexpensive as a takeover, it can be quite less expensive than replacing the entire system. 

If you want the best security company in your area, we encourage you to shop around and ask your sales rep the right questions. Spending those few extra minutes to understand your security company will save you a lot of headache and disappointment down the line.

Want to learn more about security systems before you make a decision? Contact us at 770-963-0305 and we’ll answer any questions you have.