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4 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security

4 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security

4 Tips to Improve Your Home’s Security

by Vault Smart Home

 

Almost nothing is more unsettling than the thought of having unwanted visitors in your home. Considering your family’s well-being and peace of mind, here are 4 ways you can improve the security of your home.

 

Protect your garage from break-in and theft

Unlocked and open doors are common avenues inviting theft and an open garage door could provide a fire-sale for opportunistic thieves. Installing a smart garage door opener along with a door sensor would allow you to ensure your sports equipment, vehicles, and other belongings are safe while away from home.

 

Ensure your doors and windows are closed

Open doors and garages may provide the easiest opportunities for theft, however, unlocked openings are still prevalent enticements for criminal activity. Using door and window sensors provide two points of protection. Receive notifications to prevent leaving openings on accident and also deter invasion by triggering an alarm when windows or doors are opened at inappropriate times.

 

Keep shattered windows from inviting trouble

Most of us have seen at least one film where a shop or business is burgled by a rock-heaving bad-guy storming through a busted window. While we don’t live in the 1940s and most criminals have evolved from using brute force to commit invasions, there are still methods for dealing with the less adept ones. Augmenting your home-security setup with shatter alarms will scare off most criminals and will alert the police of any brave enough to stick around.

 

Never forget a face using video monitoring

In the other three examples, this not-so-welcome guest is a nameless, faceless intruder. Using indoor and/or outdoor monitoring cameras, however, it is much easier to identify criminals and ensure they won’t strike again any time in the near future. Furthermore, just the sight of outdoor cameras is often enough to dissuade would-be intruders and adds another layer of security to your home.

Do You Really Need a Security System Yet?

Do You Really Need a Security System Yet?

Do You Really Need a Security System?

by alarm.com

Young homeowners: is your new home complete yet? Or is there something missing?

Let's see: You have furniture, cookware and tasteful wall art. You have a TV matching towels and a dining table. Your spare room is ready for visiting friends and parents, and you can imagine it transformed into a nursery one day. You even have a dog. It sounds like the only thing missing is a security system.

What's that: you're not parents yet? Oh: you're not your parents yet. Well, this isn't your parents' security system. This is smart home security, built with connected technology that takes care of everyday worries, dangers and inconveniences on your behalf.

For example, how many of the following apply to you:

1: Is there crime in your area?

You should be proactive and get a smart security system.

Smart home security is proactive itself, using advanced technology to detect and respond to a wide range of threats and issues.

Unlike old security systems, it's convenient to use—with a smart security app to disarm your system, you'll never have to dash through the front door to reach a beeping panel.

It's also better equipped to fight crime. It doesn't rely on an easily-cut phone line, and can signal for help even if the panel is attacked, and comes with 24-7 professional monitoring for assistance in an emergency.

2: Do your power bills make you wince?

You need a smart security system with an integrated smart thermostat.

Your system can include a range of connected devices, all working together and controlled through your home security app. Our award-winning smart thermostat, which reads your system's arming status to know when to save and when to make things comfortable, is a popular addition.

When you leave the house and arm the security system, it sets back a few degrees to save energy. When you arrive home, it makes things comfortable again. It can even ususe your phone's location as a trigger e your phone's location as a trigger to get a head-start when you're on your way home.

3: Do you host overnight guests?

You need a smart security system with a smart lock.

Whether you're hosting an out-of-town friend, or making extra income by renting your place short-term, smart home security helps arrivals and departures go smoothly when you're not there.

A smart lock with a push-button keypad enables guests to let themselves in with unique four-digit codes that you create. To keep track of who's coming and going, your system can send you an alert when a code is used. You can delete codes anytime, or set them to expire in advance. You'll never need to cut—or keep track of—a spare key again.

4: Do you shop online?

You should include a video doorbell in your system alongside the smart lock.

Packages left on your doorstep or porch are a tempting target for theft. Smart home security lets you have them safely delivered into your home whether you're there or not.

When the delivery person rings your video doorbell, you'll be able to see and talk to them on your phone. Once you verify their identity, unlock your door (all from the same screen) and ask them to leave the package inside. When they're done, secure the lock again.

5: Do you live a busy life?

The busier you are, the more things you forget. A smart security system has your back.

Say you're travelling for work. You get to the airport with just 45 minutes to go—then realize you didn't even lock the front door. With a smart security system, this doesn't have to happen—ever—because it can proactively remind you when you leave home with a door unlocked or a window open.

With a smart lock in your system, you wouldn't even need to open your app. The alert comes with a ‘lock' button on it, enabling you to lock up with a single tap on your phone.

6: Do you have pets?

You'll love a smart security system with video monitoring. Check these three out.

7: Are you planning a family one day?

You don't have to answer now—but know that when the time comes, a smart home security system powered by Alarm.com is built to adapt and grow with you.