There is nothing worse than feeling unsafe in your own home. Of course, there are some basic measures everyone can take to secure their property – move to a safe area, keep lights on around your perimeter, even buy a dog.
But technology has put advanced home security within easy reach for the average homeowner. Today we go beyond the basic alarm systems and look at some clever inventions for boosting home security. Consider installing one of these to make sure you and your family stay safe at home.
Add-ons for your security system
Boost the value of your alarm system by adding glass break sensors to your windows and doors, as well as motion sensor lighting to your exterior. Often these can be included as an inexpensive add-on alongside your home security package. Motion sensors, in particular, are one of the best ways to ensure outdoor entry points – front doors, balconies, patios – are well lit, without dramatically increasing your energy bill. If your budget is limited, you can even buy simple do-it-yourself kits to install these systems yourself.
Home security goes mobile
For a simple entry point into the world of tech and home security, check out mobile apps like the AtHome Camera. This app allows you to monitor video of your home remotely, with the capability to watch live updates via 3G/4G or WiFi. Other technology such as SmartThings lets users see what’s going on at home when they’re out and about by tracking sensors, locks, light switches and more.
Where to download: Visit AtHome Camera or smartthings.com
The ultimate all-in-one device
Imagine a smart home security system that tracks motion, temperature, air quality and even sound using an HD video camera and safety sensors. A device controlled from your smartphone that you can check from absolutely anywhere, via a mobile app. Well, the team from Canary have created just that. The device can be shipped internationally at a cost of $US30 for the first device and $15 for each device after.
Where to buy: Purchase online at canary.is