Wasim Bux, product manager at home insurance provider iGO4, explains why upgrading to smart home security will keep your home safe and give you peace of mind.
As our homes become smarter, it’s easier than ever to keep track of our entire lives from the palm of our hand. The same is now true for smart home security systems: whether it’s doors that can be locked from the other side of the world, smart doorbells that can record video, or a network of connected cameras you can view at the touch of a button, it has never been easier to keep your family and home secure.
Secure your doors with smart locks
Smart locks are designed to lock and unlock your door wirelessly through an authorised device such as your smart phone, not only making your home more secure, but also making your life more convenient. There are a range of options you can choose, from smart locks that look like regular-old locks, to ones with fancy keypads and sensors. If you like the feel of a physical key then you can keep it if you wish, but upgrading to a smart keypad brings with it a number of advantages.
One benefit is the ability to create custom user accounts for friends and family directly from an app on your phone, granting them access codes whenever you choose. You can even give out one-time access codes to delivery drivers or tradespeople coming to do work on your home. The best feature for many is the ability to check that you actually did lock your door when you left the house and being able to lock it remotely in cases where you didn’t.
Deter criminals with a smart doorbell
Smart doorbells allow you to see who is at your door, even when you’re not at home. You can get live video streamed directly to your phone and use your microphone to speak to any visitors. Again, this can be an ideal feature for communicating with delivery drivers and the like, but it also allows you to give the impression that you are in your home, even if you aren’t.
As many criminals will often scope out a location beforehand, even sometimes knocking on doors and asking random questions, you’ll be made well aware of any strange activity happening in your neighbourhood. Should the worst happen and someone attempts to burgle your home, you can remotely shout through your smart doorbell and scare them off.
Keep tabs on visitors with smart cameras
As an extension of your doorbell camera, you might want to install smart cameras around the home to monitor all access points. Using an accompanying app, you can view the live feed of your cameras at any time, and the system will alert you with a notification whenever your camera detects something. They can be installed internally and externally, and you can get a range of features such as night vision, crystal clear HD video, and digital zooming.
Old-school cameras that can’t connect to your smart devices are only useful after a crime has already been committed, allowing you to go back and hopefully find the criminal. Smart security cameras allow you to know instantly if there is a disturbance at home, giving you ample time to not only video record the criminal, but also alert the authorities. There is a plethora of options to choose from depending on what you’re looking for, but Which does a great job of breaking down your options.
While your home can never be fully safe from criminals, by upgrading some of your low-tech security features to smart ones, you will increase your control and have more peace of mind.