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The home security system team at has put together a simple list of tips to help homeowners in the event a security system needs to be removed.

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Wireless security systems are the best type of security system for consumers who might be moving in the future.

Often homeowners are focused on finding tips pertaining to the installation of a home security or alarm system, but security systems need to be removed in some instances as well. A few common reasons a homeowner may need to remove a system would be if they’re planning a move, or if they want to upgrade or replace an existing system.

It’s certainly possible to remove a system, or components of a system, without causing damage to the wiring or the walls. Hardwired systems are definitely harder to remove than wireless security systems, however, which is why they’re becoming the most popular type of system.

The team at, a site that provides reviews of top security companies and equipment, including updated wireless security system reviews, has put together a few tips to ease the removal of a system.

1.    Before doing any removal, contact the alarm monitoring company, and alert them that the system will be removed. The reason for this is because when a wire is disconnected or cut, or power is cut off to a security system, the alarm company will automatically dispatch the authorities.

2.    Avoid tripping the siren. Most alarm systems have sirens that are located on a separate current from the rest of the system, so it’s usually necessary to disconnect the power that runs to the main portion of the security system, as well as the siren power supply.

3.    Remove the control panel of the system last—this is where all the other wiring for the system is located. It’s easiest to install another panel in the same location, but if for some reason a homeowner isn’t planning to install a new security system, the wiring that’s behind the panel should be capped off.

4.    If the battery pack of the system, which is located behind the systems’ control cabinet, is still in good condition, it can be reused for a security system replacement or upgrade. If a control cabinet isn’t being reinstalled, or is being put in a new location, as with the control panel wiring, cap these wires as well.

5.    For adhesive components, like door and window sensors, it may be necessary to use rubbing alcohol to fully remove them.

6.    If a homeowner is planning to install or upgrade the security system, it’s probably best to leave all of the existing wiring in-place, rather than removing it. The reasons for this is because unless wiring is badly damaged, it can probably be used for the installation of a new security system, unless of course a homeowner is installing a wireless system. Even for the installation of wireless security systems, it may be best to wait until a professional installation company has visited, to determine whether or not the wiring should be removed.

About is a site created by a team of home security and alarm professionals that provides unbiased information to consumers throughout the country. From residents searching for Arizona security systems, to Virginia security systems, residents of every state can find unique, personalized reviews, rankings and information about home security.

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