Smart homes are becoming more and more popular as people start to see the advantage of having one. You can easily adjust the thermostat, start your dishwasher while you’re out running errands, and have great home security.
Smart home security systems are top notch and allow more people to feel completely at ease whether they’re at home or on vacation. Here are some of the components to a smart home security system that will help people feel safer.
Why It’s Important to Secure Your Home
Bad things happen. Although we’d never want to imagine those bad things happening to us.
The truth is:
Those bad things can happen to anyone. That’s why it’s so important to take extra precautions with home safety.
A smart home security system can protect your home even when you’re thousands of miles away on a tropical vacation for two weeks. You won’t need to worry because the security system has your back.
Smart home security systems make things easier than ever. You can lock your doors from any location with just a touch of a button on your phone through an app. You can turn on exterior lights from the home security app, and you can see who’s at your front door.
Do home security systems really deter burglars?
Absolutely! As much as 60% of burglars casing a potential target home are deterred by security systems (1).
It’s also an investment in your peace of mind. Having an added layer of security for your home might just help you feel a little safer and more protected when you’re home alone. Your peace of mind is worth investing in!
The Internet of Things
Since technology and the internet have come such a long way, it might be useful to explain some of the new things it can do.
Smart security equipment means that it’s capable of connecting to the internet.
So, what does that mean?
Internet-capable security equipment can also connect to your phone through an app or through virtual assistants like Alexa and Google Home.
Virtual assistants are connected to the internet as well. However, you typically control them by just using your voice which allows hands-free control.
You can tell Alexa to turn on your lights, lock your doors, or turn off your oven. Of course, that means you have to have lights, locks, and an oven that connects to the internet as well so that Alexa will be able to control them.
You don’t have to have a virtual assistant to have smart equipment. Smart equipment also pairs with apps to control them from your phone. You can control your home from anywhere!
Having smart security features in your home allows you to have more freedom and to feel safer. Arm your security system, turn on lights at night, lock your doors if you forgot to, and turn off the oven if you accidentally left on, all from your phone!
Essential Equipment for Added Security
There are a couple of things that are essential components of a home security system. A lot of security systems are customizable and can be altered a little here and there to fit your best needs.
There are some things that you shouldn’t go without if you’re planning on purchasing a smart home security system.
Door and Window Locks
This is the most important piece of equipment your home can have in terms of safety.
This is also a cheap option to invest in if you aren’t looking to buy an entire security system. Simply buy good door and window locks and you’ll prevent burglaries.
Proper door and window locks make it that much harder for a burglar to enter your home. One survey asked 86 convicted burglars how they entered into homes. Most of the burglars reported that they broke in through an unlocked door or window (2).
Smart door and window locks can be locked and unlocked from anywhere using your app. Gone are the days where you get locked out because you forgot your keys.
You can also have peace of mind knowing that you can still lock your doors if you forgot to after you’ve already left for a vacation. You can also let friends and family into the house if they need to get in.
There are several kinds of cameras you can get that go right on your front porch by your front door.
Paired with smart home equipment, you can use your camera to see who is at your front door on your phone. Many smart home cameras even allow you to speak to the person at the door.
Obvious cameras can be anywhere in your house! If a burglar manages to get in your house, they might be deterred if they see a lot of cameras in your house. Don’t just save the cameras for outdoor use.
If you recognize the person you can let them into the house from your phone, or you can call the police if you believe they are trying to enter your house.
Most burglars that were surveyed reported that visible cameras on the porch were a deterrent (3).
Hidden cameras are also a good idea if you have a lot of blind spots around your house.
Surveyed burglars said that their ideal target was houses with big fences, bushes, trees, or other places for them to hide easily (4).
Put hidden cameras in these places. That way you’ll be able to see if suspicious activity is taking place and report it right away.
Hidden cameras are also a good idea in the home.
You can put a hidden camera anywhere where valuables are stored. That way you can see who is taking them. A hidden camera paired with a sensor is a good idea too. That way an alarm can sound if an unauthorized person opens something with valuables in it.
You can set up your smart home to know if an unauthorized person is looking through your valuables. Smart homes can recognize specific people so you can rest easy knowing your smart home hidden cameras are aware of suspicious faces.
There are many different sensors that a smart home can have. Many of them have great security measures installed.
Light Motion Sensors
You can set up sensors around your house that will trigger a light when the sensor is crossed.
This could help deter burglars by shining a bright light on where they’re trying to hide. If they’re not a burglar then there’s no harm done.
Consider putting your light motion sensor in dark places that don’t receive a lot of light or where you think someone would try and hide.
You can also have access to the lights through specific apps to turn them off and on, change the brightness, or even the color.
Alarm Motion Sensors
Other motion sensors are specifically designed to sound an alarm when a window or door is opened after the alarm has been turned on.
Most burglars reported that if an alarm sounded they would leave immediately (5).
You can also place alarm motion sensors throughout your house in places you think a burglar might go if they got into your home.
Ready for something cool?
Some smart alarm motion sensors can detect pets walking around so that the alarm won’t sound when your beloved little Fluffy crosses the sensors.
A smart home can automatically call the police if an alarm has gone off. So even if you’re not at home, police can be on their way to catch the bad guys.
Planning Out Your Home Security
Buying a home security system for your smart home is a big decision.
Luckily there are lots of professionals out there that can help you. Most security systems offer professional installment so you won’t have to worry about the best places for cameras and motion sensors. The professionals will take care of that for you.
If you want to set up a home security system yourself, there are things you should keep in mind.
Burglars don’t want to be seen. Put hidden cameras in places you think someone would try and hide. Put lights in dark spaces. Make sure your doors and windows are locked up tight.
Make sure the equipment you install can be easily connected to your phone so that you have complete access to your smart home security system at all times.
Additional Security Measures at No Extra Cost
Here are some additional things you can do to further your home security without spending extra money.
Keep a radio or TV on- Most burglars reported that they feared someone was home if they heard a radio or TV and wouldn’t try breaking in (6).
Leave a car in the driveway- Burglars targeted houses that didn’t have any cars in the driveway (7).
Know your neighbors- Burglars also targeted people that weren’t close to their neighbors. Neighbors are more likely to report suspicious activity if they know the victim (8).
The Bottom Line
There are lots of things you can do to protect your home and family.
A home security system is a great way to reduce burglaries and to feel a little safer. The essential pieces of equipment will give you a good start on securing your smart home.
But don’t forget to implement those free additional security measures for added protection.
2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. https://www.ktvb.com/article/news/crime/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/277-344333696