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High Tech Home Security
by Jane Brown on Aug 11, 2017
Modern homes have far more security options than those of only a generation ago. Smart homes mean smarter home security options for homeowners. If you aren’t familiar with all of the latest technology, it makes sense to hire a trusted security professional to walk you through the options and help choose the technology that will be the most beneficial for your family and your home. However, for those who are more familiar with the latest technological advancements, it is possible to completely modify a home on your own with enough research and patience.
A lot of modern security features seem like something from a science fiction movie. Electronic locks certainly seem like something one would see in a Star Trek film. Some of them can detect when the owner is walking up to the house and automatically unlock themselves making entry to the home as quick and easy as anything on a futuristic spaceship.
Other models require the person seeking entry to insert a key or to use the keypad to input a code that will unlock the door. Many of the newer models allow owners to create temporary codes that are only good for a few hours or other predefined period. These are ideal for allowing entry for repair purposes, deliveries, or temporary guests without necessitating the owner be home or provide a physical key for people with whom they may not want to have permanent access to the home.
Many people are hesitant to entrust the safety of their family and home to the occasionally temperamental power grid. However, all electronic locks have independent power sources and manual overrides to ensure homes are safe and secure even if there are power outages.
Wireless Security System
Wireless security systems typically offer video and audio that can be viewed in real time or which can be recorded and stored in case it is needed. Many units offer both options. Some of the newest models are all enabled wirelessly which brings down the cost of installation because the complicated electrical wiring is not required.
Another benefit of the more modern systems is the ability to link them with smartphones so homeowners can check the status of their home even if they are at work or away on vacation. While these systems are primarily designed to ensure those who are supposed to stay out are indeed kept out, they can also be invaluable for parents. Placing interior monitoring that is motion activated can ensure children and teens are where they are supposed to be. Some parents may worry this is an invasion of privacy. However, with so many parents forced to work long hours to make ends meet it makes sense to include additional safety measures to ensure children always have an extra set of eyes around to keep them safe.
Smart doorbells typically have a wireless video component that is something of a hybrid between a full wireless security system and a communications device. Many units will allow homeowners to view who is at their door through an integrated smartphone app. They can then choose to speak in real-time with the person and provide instructions or simply record those who have been at the home.
Automating one’s home doesn’t mean that you will enjoy all the bells and whistles available to the Jetsons, although many of them have become available. Instead, it means automating things like when lights come on and go off and if the shades are open or closed. Little details like this are what make a home appear occupied and it can be an invaluable security resource for those who will be away for an extended period.
Automated features are also useful for homeowners who are not planning a business trip or family vacation. When lights have been set to a timer or can be controlled via a phone app, no one ever has to stumble alone on a darkened path to find the right key. This makes coming home safer and more convenient.
While property crime rates have declined in recent years, there are still billions of dollars of losses each year due to criminal activity. It is still vital to for the safety of your family, home, and belongings that the best security measures are implemented.
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