Added Home Security with a Smart Home
One of the trendiest items in homes is the presence of smart home functionalities. These smart home features can control your home’s lighting, appliances, and entertainment units for added comfort for homeowners. Smart home features can also improve the security of your home in some unique ways. Here are several examples of ways that a smart home can be more secure.
Remote Lighting Options
Many home intruders will observe a home for a period of time before attempting to break into your home. One of the considerations they will often look out before deciding to break in is the lights in your home. Smart homes offer the ability to time the lights in your home and will turn them on and off in random ways if you choose to set them to do so. This methodology is more random than traditional automatic lighting devices which home intruders can assess a pattern in. Many home intruders will observe the random lighting functionality in your home and will simply skip your home for another home that seems to be abandoned.
Monitoring Your Home from a Smart Phone
Smartphones or your desktop can be hooked up with smart home security options that will allow you to observe your home through security cameras that let you view your home wherever you are. Your smartphone or another device will often alert you immediately if your home alarm goes off and you can quickly access your home through a monitor that lets you see your home’s interior. From here, you can either turn off your alarm for a false alarm or can contact the local police if your home was infiltrated. Further, many of these smart home devices will capture and store video and photos offsite in the cloud which can serve as a resource for prosecuting a home intruder if they are caught afterwards. Successfully prosecuting a home intruder can help to make sure that your home will not be infiltrated again in the future by a repeat offender.
Locking and Unlocking Doors Remotely
In a perfect world, you would only give keys to your home to your family members and other loved ones. However, many people use third party contractors who need access to their home for babysitting, home cleaning and maintenance, and emergency repairs. Many people will provide these contractors with keys to their homes which they can simply copy and use at a later date. Others will simply take the chance and leave a door to their home unlocked when a contractor will be coming by. Often, homeowners who are burglarized will trace their home intruders to the contractors who they trusted.
Smart homes have helped to provide added security not only by allowing homeowners to monitor these third parties remotely when they enter their homes, but also by allowing them the option to grant their contractors with temporary security codes to access their home, or by remotely locking and unlocking their home to allow these contractors to access their home. This allows greater control over their home for a homeowner and can greatly improve the security of a home.
Smart home technologies are here to stay and will continue to revolutionize the way that people live. One of the key ways that a homeowner can secure their homes is by embracing these smart home technologies and having them implemented into their lives to protect their home and family.