I’m hugely interested in smart home technology and especially ways to keep your home, belongings and favourite people safe! There are some great new simple and straightforward security devices around that can give you the reassurance you and your loved ones deserve.
It’s unfortunate that we need to be so security aware, but it is a reality of life. Arguably more so at this time of year – in the lead up to Christmas, criminals will target properties where they think there’s a good chance of valuable gifts being inside. If you’ve bought new bikes for your kids, then garages and sheds can be targeted, too.
For peace of mind I think it’s really sensible to install somesecurity cameras. There are many different types – you can opt for outdoor cameras on your house, garage or shed. Indoors, there are static cameras and others that rotate, for a really good look around a room. They can record hundreds of hours of footage and alert you to movement and sound via a simple app on your tablet or phone. The good news is that many of these cameras are really easy to set up and don’t need professional installation. They are extremely affordable these days too,making them a really unique gift idea to help your relatives make their home a more secure place this season!
Although it’s never nice to think about the fact we should monitor and protect our homes, at least once you have got your smart home security tech set up you can relax and get on with life. That’s why it makes sense to firm up your security at this time of year with easy and affordable home monitoring that even allow you to control your devices from anywhere via a smartphone or tablet, as well as by voice control through Amazon Alexa or Google Home. It is worth thinking about other smart tech options too such as video doorbells so you can identify callers before answering the door.
Other steps you can take to protect your home at this time of year include:
Having good outdoor lighting, with beams of light illuminating pathways and any entrances to the home – don’t give would-be intruders the cover of darkness!
Using timers to switch on indoor lighting when you are out so it looks like someone is home
Not leaving windows open – lock them
Getting fences and gates fitted to the boundary of your property
Keeping shrubs and trees trimmed so they do not provide cover for someone intending to break-in
Don’t leave gifts out on display under the Christmas tree