Most of us are spending plenty of time in our houses currently. In terms of security, occupied homes have less chance of being broken into but the current circumstances mean thieves are being more clever about when and how they target homes.
On top of this, many people are having to leave apartments and second homes unoccupied as they choose to lockdown elsewhere in the state or country, so some household items can get overlooked while their away.
To help keep your home & properties protected and in top shape while you’re quarantined inside, here are 4 must-have smart home devices to add this spring.
The age-old key and lock system has been the route of many break-ins, plenty of us learning how to use a hairpin to pick locks at school. And while most homes are fitted with a much more sophisticated lock than this, technology has offered a completely new alternative. A smart lock offers a key-free alternative, instead using a code to access your home.
Many smart locks are also connected to your phone. Your safety is top priority, so when installing your Smart lock, use local security experts to help you understand how to operate it and maximize its efficiency from your phone. Having access at your fingertips lets you check out who is coming and going from your house and also allows you to lock and unlock your home wherever you are – you’ll never need to worry about losing your keys again!
Homes with security cameras in place are the most likely to be avoided by burglars. It’s the goal of a burglar to be as inconspicuous as possible, so being captured on camera is not on their to-do list. For this reason, investing in security cameras for your property could be a leading factor on whether your home will be targeted.
Stand-alone security cameras are common with most properties and can be unreliable – we’ve all seen the movies where footage goes missing or the cameras are broken without anyone realizing.
For reliable cameras with maximum-security, you should be investing in smart security cameras. These can be accessed and controlled from your phone, iPad or tablet, and due to their increasing presence in homes, they are an affordable way to protect your family and property.
After so much time inside, most of us are already planning our first vacation for when the lockdown lifts. But did you know, one of the most common, costly threats to ruining your vacation is already inside your property.
If you have left a property unoccupied during current times, it’s worth having neighbors on the lookout for more than just break-ins. Water damage can occur at any time, and costs insurers, companies and homeowners billions of dollars annually. However, if it’s so unpredictable, what can you do to protect your home from it?
Nobody can tell you when a pipe is going to burst, however, a Smart Water Valve as seen developed by Building36, automatically detects leaks and will shut them off immediately. Turning off the water is a priority, and Smart Water Valves are installed at your property’s main water source to detect leaks and minimize damage as soon as possible.
One of the most satisfying uses of an Alarm.com app is the power of control you have over your lawn. From light settings to using the security cameras to see who’s walking across it, you’re already in control of your garden without even being outside.
With irrigation control, you can now also control your sprinklers. Adapting the time settings according to the weather, and controlling when they come on, and how long for. Simply add the lawn to your Alarm.com app reminders, and make it a part of your routine to ensure you aren’t wasting water, or your lawn isn’t going too brown in the summer weather!
However you choose to secure your home, it’s important now more than ever to keep your properties protected with an up-to-date smart security system.