Over the years, I’ve worked with many Brinks/Broadview systems. Sometimes they just needed a battery replaced and a code changed. Other systems were not functional, and replacing them was the only option.
If you have one of these Brinks security systems in need of parts, you may be able to keep it going for a while longer. Check out my tips at the Brinks Home Security Systems page.
Since writing that Brinks page two years ago in 2012, even fewer Brinks replacement parts are available. Eventually, there will be none left.
There are other difficulties in keeping older Brinks security systems running. Some of these include:
For more details, see this page on Broadview Home Security - Problems and Solutions.
Help for other alarm brands:
If you're willing to go with ADT security, they'll be able to service and program your system. However, they'll require you to sign a monitoring contract, which not everyone wants to do.
If you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer, and are willing
to make the effort to find a replacement keypad or other part as needed,
you can probably maintain the system yourself for a few more years at least.
Keeping an existing system will (temporarily) save you the cost of a new one, and may avoid the expense of a monthly monitoring bill.
You’ll need to be comfortable with the fact that you may be without alarm protection if the system breaks down. The few Brinks alarm parts that are available must be ordered on line, so you may be without a system while waiting for replacement parts to arrive.
A new system would be the clear choice if you don’t want to sign up with ADT, and aren't willing to deal with the hassle of tracking down
parts and installing them yourself. Alarm system prices are low enough
that almost anyone can afford a decent, newer alarm panel.
Also, if you plan on having your system monitored, getting a new alarm is a no-brainer. Most home alarm companies offer systems for little to no money up-front, provided you sign up for monitoring.
Monitoring will also qualify you for discounts on your homeowners’ insurance premiums, making the overall cost even lower. Learn more about home alarm system monitoring benefits.
A new system will also give you something you may not have been getting from your older Brinks alarm system: Peace of mind.
You can expect any modern alarm panel to operate with little to no trouble for years to come. If a problem does come up, newer security equipment will be easier for your alarm company to service. And, there will very likely be plenty of replacement parts available for the foreseeable future.
Most of us would rather spend our free time on many things
other than our alarm system. For us, security systems are something
to deal with once and then trust that it does its job for years. If
this is your feeling, a new system is certainly the way to go.
On the other hand, it is possible to keep a Brinks system going for a few years longer. When the system finally does expire, there will always be plenty of options available.
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