Keeping your prized possessions secure and your family safe is crucial for any homeowner. And while burglaries in general, are less prevalent than they used to be, they still do occur and so it’s important to not let your guard down and make sure you’re properly protected. Here are some of the ways that technology can help you, and make your life that bit easier.
A burglar alarm is still the best security system you can have installed in your home. Most thieves will just not stick around once it goes off. The majority of home burglars are opportunistic, and so quiet and dark properties where they can be in and out are always their first choice. Make sure your system is well maintained to prevent false alarms and have a word with your neighbours. Let them know that if your alarm goes off and you’re not there to call the police immediately.
A good CCTV system acts as a visual deterrent, and can also be used to provide evidence if you do experience a break in. Display CCTV signs where they can be seen in your home to put off opportunistic thieves (who will always target the easiest property available) and mount cameras high up enough so they can’t be destroyed or covered over. Always use a cloud-based system to backup your footage, that way if a burglar were to get in, they can’t simply take the evidence from tapes or the computer it’s being stored on.
Smartphone Video Doorbell
This is a doorbell containing motion sensors which sends an alert to your smartphone allowing you to see who is at your door via video. The perfect way to monitor your home while you’re not there.
Automatic Curtain Closer
This is a great option if you’re going on holiday, or if you work shifts and are not around in the evenings to close your curtains. A house that looks dark and empty is a sitting duck for burglars, and so using an automatic curtain closer along with a tv and lamp on a timer switch gives the impression that there’s someone in. Some operate on a programmable timer, others have light sensors. They’re a great investment to make, especially if you have large windows at the front of your house that are easy for people to peer into from the street.
A low energy alternative to using a tv on a timer switch, would be to use a simulator. These come on automatically when it gets dark, there’s no wires or plugs so is completely hassle free. The flickering patterns of random light mimic a real tv but without having to leave on energy consuming appliances. Used in conjunction with other security measures, it’s a handy device and could well be the difference between someone walking past your home or someone deciding to try and break in.
There you have it, just some of the technology that can assist you in keeping your home safe and secure. But remember, nothing substitutes good common sense and none of these things will work if they’re not used properly. Ensure all doors and windows are locked every time you leave the house- even if it’s just for a few minutes. Tech should be properly installed, and used every single time. There’s just no point in having it otherwise!