Modern technology gives every homeowner the ability to keep their family and property protected. And with the aid of any number of smart devices, you can keep your home safe as well – even during the holidays when break-ins occur far more frequently.
7 Smarter Ways to Stay Safe this Holiday
According to a report by the FBI, there were an estimated 1,579,527 burglaries across the United States in 2015. And while this may sound like a terrifying number, it’s actually an improvement. Compared to statistics from 2014, the U.S. experienced a decrease in burglaries by 7.8%. And this lower number of burglaries can, at least in part, be attributed to smart home security technology. With that in mind, here are some ways you can upgrade your home today to make it smarter and safer throughout the holidays.
Locks of today use a variety of different and smart technologies to keep you and yours secure. Utilizing everything from access codes (keypads), to proximity detectors (key fobs), to smartphone-enabled controls (an app paired with Bluetooth), these smart locks are almost incomparable to the wooden locks of old. Because just as the thieves have grown smarter and more resourceful, so must our locks and theft deterrents to compete with them.
Video Camera Doorbells
First, there was the knuckle knock, then came the metallic door knocker, then the doorbell followed. Today, we have video cameras embedded in smart doorbell devices that mount to our front door frames. And the smarter these devices become, the safer we can feel about opening our doors only to the folks we want inside. That’s because these video camera doorbells will give you some extra time and space to make the smartest choice on how to handle what’s behind your front door.
There are all types of motion sensor technologies, but they are generally broken up into two broad categories. Active sensors emit light, radiation, or sound waves and use the feedback received after collecting these forms of energy to track motion. On the other hand, passive sensors measure changes in the surrounding area. They do not generate or radiate any energy for detection purposes, but work entirely by detecting infrared radiation energy emitted or reflected from other objects.
You can even enhance indoor security even further by coupling motion sensor technology with video recording devices.
Available in both wired and wireless configurations, security cameras either inside your home or outside around your property can keep an eye on everything. You can also use them to record any security breaches (once activated by a motion sensor), giving you footage of the home invasion and a good look at the burglars.
And if you’re more of DIY kind of person, you can even build a security camera network out of old smartphones.
Smart Lighting Systems
Pair your bulbs with motion sensors, garage door openers, motion sensors, and contact sensors and you can essentially cut out the middle man—you! You can even program your smart lighting system from afar with its associated app and turn on or off your lights from anywhere in the world. This allows you to look like you’re still home, so matter where you may roam.
Smoke Detectors, Fire Alarms, and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Inexpensive fire-prevention devices such as smoke detectors, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors have saved countless lives since their inventions. This is never more true than during the holidays when dried out trees and lots of lights can lead to more house fires. And as these devices grow smarter – and more self-reliant – they provide our homes even greater benefits. Other than the occasional “dead battery beep,” there is literally no downside to installing these, and they may even save your life someday.
Home Security Monitoring
“According to a report by the FBI, there were an estimated 1,579,527 burglaries across the United States in 2015.”
And to tie all these devices together – and perhaps even offload the responsibility of constant monitoring to someone else (or a professional), consider a home security monitoring service. And if you’d like to make the smartest move, let Allconnect help you find the best provider for the added assurance of a home security system.
Because when it comes to scaring off a home invasion over the holidays, it all boils down to being smart about how you use technology together with all your devices to protect both your loved ones and your property.