With all the technological innovation bursting from Silicon Valley’s startups, it’s a natural progression to see technology helping us in our everyday lives. And that includes protecting our family and homes with home security technology.
Security Systems Are a Deterrent
Studies show that home security systems deter crime. Logically, an alarm system makes a home less attractive to burglars. The study noted that “technology innovations have made the systems more dependable.” As we approach the busy holiday season, those mail-order packages will soon be arriving on our doorsteps. According to Alarms.org, homes without a security system are 300% more likely to be burglarized. With advances in home security technology, homeowners now have abundant choices to keep bad guys off their property.
Traditional Wired Systems
Companies like ADT, Brinks Home Security, and Bay Alarm have been around for decades. Their wired systems require professional installation, offer power outage back-ups, and a monitoring contract. With the advent of wireless technology, these traditional companies are now offering packages that range from outdoor cameras to home automation.
Self-Installed Option With Monitoring
Wirecutter, a New York Times review site, named SimpliSafe the best self-installed option after researching and testing 12 different home security systems. On the plus side, SimpliSafe provides 24/7 monitoring without long-term contracts. It’s wi-fi connected and supports Amazon Alexa. Safewise, a research site dedicated to home security, recommends Frontpoint which integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Home. Their website contains a variety of reviews on security systems as well as smart home technologies.
If you want a more robust security system that integrates with home automation, then Abode Systems may be your answer. This system works with several products including First Alert, Hue from Phillips, Nest, and more.
Doorbell Cameras & Basic Security Kits
Ring offers video doorbell cameras to more elaborate security cameras all the way up to a whole-home security system. Want a solar-powered security camera? Their Stick-up Cam Solar is shipping in December.
Want the ability to give access to your home without providing a key? Then a smart lock may be the simplest solution of all. You can easily create and delete access codes via your smartphone. Have frequent houseguests or have home improvement contractors on-site? A smart lock avoids the need to manage keys. These programmable locks can also help those homeowners prone to losing their keys or forgetting to lock the front door.
Connect with Your Neighbors with NextDoor
According to a California Association of Realtor study, the safety of a neighborhood was a major factor in the home purchase. Keep your neighborhood safe by connecting with others near your home via NextDoor. It’s a private social network related to your home’s address. There are different categories for each neighborhood like For Sale & Free, Crime & Safety, Lost & Found. Think of it as Neighborhood Watch meets CraigsList.
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