Five Modern Gadgets That Protect Your Home Against Break-ins
Break-ins are scary. While there is no way to guarantee that you & your family won’t be a victim, there are steps to take to ward off potential burglars.
Every 15 seconds a house is burglarized in the U.S. While people typically imagine break-ins as occurring in the dead of the night, that is an incorrect assumption. Most burglaries occur in the daytime between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., when individuals are at work or school. Criminals are not stupid. They would rather enter an empty home than an occupied one to reduce the chance of being caught.
In their attempt to avoid being caught, most criminals will skip homes with security systems. According to a study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, approximately 60% of burglars stated that “the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target.” Many criminals would check for a security system on a home prior to even attempting a burglary and upon finding an alarm, even after breaking in, approximately half said they’d leave the scene immediately.
Technology can’t always prevent a home invasion. It can, however, scare away a potential robber, alert you of a break-in, or even record video of the suspect. Here are five modern gadgets that can protect your home against break-ins.
Installing a smart wifi doorbell can allow you to see, hear, and speak to whoever’s at your door from your smartphone. When you receive your bedroom furniture delivery who presses the doorbell, you will be notified through your smartphone and be able to connect directly to the video at your door. You can speak to the individual to give further instructions, such as sending them to the back door.
Even if the person does not ring the bell, a motion-sensor device can alert you of someone’s presence at your home. This is especially helpful to prevent unwanted lurkers who may be checking out the place. Simply click on the video to see and record who is present or make yourself known by turning on the audio and asking the individual why they are there.
An added feature is the ability to check in at any time through the “live view” feed. Even if you have not received an alert, you can still turn on the camera just to make sure that everything is safe at home.
Security Window Film
Most burglars enter through an unlocked door or window or force their way through a front door or breaking a first-floor window. You can lock your front door and set up the best alarm system, but it still won’t stop a burglar who plans on breaking a window to gain entry. This is where security window film is effective.
Security film for windows provide an extra layer of protection. It makes it more difficult to actually break the glass and requires more force to break in, often allowing any individual in the home more time to contact the police. It can reduce the speed of the resulting projectiles and prevent the glass from becoming sharp projectiles that can cause harm.
Some security film also offers alarm options. This clear, heavy-duty polyester compound is thin and transparent and will notify the police and the homeowner in case of a window break.
Smart Garage Door
You know that smart appliances are taking over your home, but did you know that you can get the convenience of a smart application in your garage door as well? A smart garage door gives you the control you desire with added capabilities you didn’t expect.
If you have a habit of accidentally leaving the garage door open, you’ll love the remote options available with this modern gadget. View your garage door status from your smartphone and have the ability to open or close the door as needed. This means if one of the kids leaves the garage door open or a neighbor needs to borrow a tool, you can open or close the door while you are still sitting at your desk in the office.
You can also arrange for your door locks and garage door to provide custom automation and security options. Know when your bedroom furniture delivery arrives or if your teenage daughter is late from her date. Set customized pin numbers to allow certain individuals in during a certain time or monitor when certain people come and go.
Homeowners often overlook outdoor property or items in a garage or shed. You can purchase a well-built, sturdy smart padlock that has anti-shim technology and can alert you on your smartphone if someone tampers with it. The padlock can be opened using a combination pad or automatically when an authorized Bluetooth device, such as your smartphone, is in range.
This device is also helpful for that neighbor that is always borrowing your tools. Add them as a guest in the app and they can use their own combination or phone to open the lock themselves.
Smart Light Bulbs
These interesting devices can secure your home just by lighting up the night. Smart light bulbs can perform a variety of functions, including learning your family’s lighting schedule to regularly turn on and off. Unlike regular lighting solutions, smart bulbs include an embedded microphone and can be trained to recognize the sound of your doorbell and turn on when that noise is detected. Since many burglars ring the bell to see if anyone is home prior to entering, having the porch light flip on is enough to scare them away, even if you aren’t home.
Break-ins are scary. While there is no way to guarantee that you and your family won’t be a victim, there are steps that you can take to ward off potential burglars. Many modern gadgets are aimed at protecting your home, your belongings such as furnitures, and your family from the bad guys. From video-equipped doorbells to auto-locking doors and light bulbs that turn on by sound, you can make your house a fortress against criminals.