Various proverbs remind us our homes are our castles. It’s no surprise we’d want to keep them safe.
But the FBI reported around 7.6 million property crimes in 2017. Protecting our homes from damage, burglary, or danger to ourselves can feel daunting.
Luckily, technology is here to help reinforce our defenses. And the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT) means these ‘smart’ devices are always on.
Are you wondering which security devices to buy? Read on to find out!
1. Smart Door Locks
These clever door security devices let you turn your smartphone into a door key. Unlock your door from the app–no more fumbling with keys in cold weather!
Each virtual key has its own signature. You can check who is at home by looking at your data log.
Got guests staying? No problem. Grant them temporary keys on their smartphones so they can get in too.
Consider the August Smart Lock. This model attaches to an existing deadbolt so you can use your existing keys. That’s helpful if you have a lot of power outages.
2. Smart Lighting
One way to make burglars think twice about breaking in is to pretend you’re home. Even if you’re not. It’s a simple tech trick to improve your life.
Operate smart lights, like Philips Hue bulbs, from anywhere with an internet connection. They’re more realistic than a timer because you can turn lights off or on when you want.
3. Video Doorbells
Want to know who’s at the door when you’re not home? Get a video doorbell. They also act as motion sensors for the front of your property.
Check the video feed from your smartphone without going to the door. And if you get a delivery while you’re out? Tell the deliveryman where to leave your package.
The weather-resistant Ring video doorbells are a great option.
4. Door and Window Sensors
Doors and windows are the most obvious places burglars might enter your home. 34 percent of burglars even use your front door.
Adding sensors is a great way to get alerts if someone opens a door or window. A great option is the Samsung SmartThings sensors.
You can also check you haven’t left windows open when you leave your home. That kind of peace of mind is priceless.
5. Smart Security Systems
Most devices perform many functions. Look for those with night vision and motion sensors. They record when they sense movement, and store videos in the cloud.
An option like the Canary All-in-One comes with a siren. It even lets you call the police through the app.
Add these devices to others on this list to create wireless home security systems.
Or invest in a set of devices from a single manufacturer. The iSmartAlarm set includes:
- Motion sensors
- Security cameras
- Door and window sensors
- Remote controls
You can even pick and choose what devices you want to suit your budget.
Be aware that these devices are great for simple home security. If you’re protecting a commercial property, consider investing in commercial security guard services.
Protect Your Home with These Security Devices
Even using one of these security devices can improve the safety of your home. Consider adding a second (or third) to boost your peace of mind.
You might start with door sensors and then add a video doorbell. Or go ‘all out’ and install a full home security system!
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