Home security should be at the top of the priority list for anyone who cares about the safety of their family. It can be especially unsettling when you are away on vacation because your mind keeps worrying about what might be happening in your absence. Are neighbors noticing that you are not around? Are the doors and windows securely locked? Has someone tried to break into the house?
To help keep your mind relaxed and to take care of all these worries, you may want to consider using high-tech devices that will make it easy for you to keep an eye on things from anywhere through your smartphone.
1. Canary Security System
This is an all-in-one security system for the home. It comes connected to HD video and audio and a built-in siren. It works by auto-arming itself once you leave the house. The device is hard to notice because it is designed to look like everyday house gadgets; like light bulbs and sockets. It sends you an alert straight to your mobile phone when any activity or movement is detected.
It comes with a two-way microphone, night vision, motion detector, and multi-angle cameras. The cameras can capture images up to 65 feet away. The 24 LEDs automatically light up when they detect poor lighting conditions. Motion detection and scheduled recordings are some of the features that make this home security system a device of choice for many homes. Once you get the alert, you can view a live video stream right from your phone and call for help from the app.
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2. Ring Video Doorbell
This device lets you see and speak from your smartphone to whomever pushes the doorbell. It gives the stranger or visitor the impression that you are home, scaring away potential burglars. The device also has built-in motion detectors that trigger mobile alerts and record videos that you can access from your phone.
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3. Hidden Indoor Camera and Outdoor Camera
It is crucial that you give equal attention to the indoors as well as the outdoors of your home. This is where hidden cameras come in. The indoor camera will give you personalized alerts on your phone and records all movements within the house.
Choose a type of outdoor camera that will keep watch over your compound whether there is sunshine or rain. Ensure that it can withstand all kinds of weather if you want 24/7 security. Good quality indoor and outdoor cameras should have inbuilt speakers and a microphone, allowing you to converse with a visitor.
Go for a camera that plugs into power so that you never have to worry about dead batteries when you are away. Just ensure that they are strategically placed but, well hidden from sight, for proper recording and to prevent tampering with by intruders.
4. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm
Consider getting a smoke detector that lets you know when there is a fire in your home. It also detects a carbon monoxide leak and sends an alert to your smartphone, letting you locate the leak, or the fire. The technology behind this gadget works by using a split-spectrum sensor in combination with an enhanced blue LED to monitor the air around it. Interestingly, you can choose between the wired and the Wi-Fi versions which work on the 120v and battery setups respectively. You can stop the alarm from your phone.
5. Smart Door Lock
To increase the security of your home, consider upgrading your traditional door locks, which there are different ways that can be broken into, with modern high-tech ones. In the market, you can find latches that operate with Bluetooth-enabled mobile devices like the iPhone.
The smart door locks come with a touch-screen that is very easy to use, where you have to type a code instead of inserting a key to unlock it. Others lock and unlock once they detect your fingerprint; hence you need to configure them accordingly. The most significant advantage is that you need not worry about losing your keys and getting locked out.
However, ensure that you memorize the code well lest you also lock yourself out. It will give you an alert when it is being tampered with, so rest assured that nothing will take place in your home behind your back.
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6. Phone and Key Finder
It is imperative that you have the assurance that you can easily find your keys and phone in case you misplace them. Just think of how much time you waste when you are looking for them around the house in the most unlikely places. Although this device may not fall under the home security gadgets category, it will make your life easier and reduce the chances of your keys falling into the wrong hands and accessing your home illegally.
The phone-and-key finder device works by helping track your items with the help of a smartphone app connected to Bluetooth. By attaching a tile device to an object, you can easily find it by sound, or by marking it as lost. You will get an alert when it has been found.
7. Window Alarm Sensors
You might have all the security systems out there, but if your doors and windows are not well secured, it is likely that your home will still be broken into while you are away. In addition to reliable lock systems, ensure that you also get window and door sensors to reinforce the security of your home. The window alarm sensor comes in a sleek and simple design, is easy to install, and is discreet. The alarm goes off if it detects the window is open, a window pane is broken, or if there is drilling.
8. Burglar Decoy
Burglars usually are on the lookout for easy targets, but with a burglary decoy, you can successfully keep them away. A decoy gives the impression that what is about to be done might go wrong, and the person might get caught or hurt in the process of committing a crime.
For example, you can put up a sticker that says “Rottweiler Security” which gives the impression that your home is under security watch by a security company, keeping off burglars. A large dog bowl may also act as a decoy that gives the feeling that you have a large dog guarding your home, and no one will want to trespass.
9. Door Brace
You can increase the security that your door provides by installing a door jammer, which prevents unwanted entry. The door security braces can be installed on just about any type of door, and mostly on residential interior and exterior doors. The braces come in a variety of designs, ranging from those that brace the door on the floor and stretch to hook just under the knob, to those that are portable, yet function as powerful door braces.
10. Light Sensor/ Light Automation
Light sensors are simple electronic gadgets that work by detecting infrared energy, and in this case, they detect human body temperature and light up. They are sensitive up to a range of 12 micrometers, and they ring a bell once they detect motion. You can also have them send a notification to your mobile device once motion is detected, enabling you to take the necessary action against the intruders.
If you use a combination of a few, or all, of these security methods, you will be giving your home and family top-notch security. Whether you are home or away, the last thing you have to worry about is your home being broken into, or losing your property to burglars.