National Home Security Month, Week 2: Setting the Standard in Smart Home Security

As National Home Security Month enters its second week it’s time to look at ways in which you can set the standard in terms of home security. It’s all well and good decking your property out with the very latest tech, but many of us still overlook some of the most basic home security techniques – closing and locking our doors and windows!

Homes with no security measures in place are five times more likely to be burgled than homes with even the most basic of security systems in place, and 25% of Brits who participated in a recent survey confessed to having no home security at all.

By simply locking your doors and windows with a key can significantly deter thieves from breaking into your home. These are seen as the biggest and most obvious areas of weakness so by taking those out of the equation burglars are forced to seriously up their game. If you’ve got a smart home security system in place, however, they’ve got no chance of getting away with your valuables.

What is smart home security?

Smart home security systems and devices have been developed to monitor movement in and around your home, pushing notifications or video footage directly to your smartphone or tablet so that you can contact the police.

Provided that you have an Internet connection, you could be anywhere in the world and alerted to movement in and around your home – giving you the peace of mind to enjoy your time away or the ability to react to the burglars to stop them from getting away… without having to tackle them yourselves.

What smart security systems and devices are available?

Depending on your budget and how serious you are about increasing your home security you have a wealth of smart security options.

Smart CCTV cameras and motion sensors can be set-up quickly and easily, then positioned in key points around your home to detect any sign of intruders; while alarms and floodlights can be installed outside the property to alert the neighbours, too.

Devices such as the Samsung SmartThings motion sensor, Ring floodlight cameras and Hive View camera can be installed anywhere in the house and accessed in real-time so that you can see who is there, what is going on and act accordingly.

Are smart security cameras compatible with other smart home systems?

Smart security cameras are fully compatible with a whole host of other smart home systems and devices giving you complete control of – and visibility around – your home. You can schedule your system to come on at a specific time or for a specific period of time (such as the length of your holiday or between 8am and 6pm while you’re out at work); and you can even use voice control to switch the devices on.

All smart security cameras can be operated using smartphone apps meaning you could be in the office, lounging by the pool or enjoying a night out with the ability to open the app on your phone or tablet to see real-time HD footage from in and around your home so you can focus on the task at hand.

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