Smart Home Security
Our customers tell us, above all else, that securing their properties is the most important requirement when discussing home improvements or renovations. It usually is one of the last items discussed but somehow always seems to jump to the top of the ‘must have’ list. This is because the thought of having someone invade your secure space and remove your items, some which may have been cherished for years, is still a very traumatic ordeal for anyone to encounter. Installing a strong and secure Smart Home Security system is the best way to deter any would be burglar.
Most residential focused criminals are opportunists and are looking at properties with the least security and highest potential rewards as their targets. If you imagine a row of ten houses, three have no security measures at all, three have alarm systems which are also visible from outside the property, two have alarm systems and light PIR sensors and a further two have the same as well as visible security cameras, which houses are likely to be targeted first? The more security you have in place, the harder it will be for any criminal to burgle your property. Home insurers may even discount your insurance policies with the knowledge that you have a home security system installed. Sadly, it has now become imperative that every home should have some form of security system.
Closed circuit television cameras have been widely available and have been deployed in residential homes for some time now but until recently they weren’t able to offer much in terms of control for the homeowner except for monitoring on a standalone screen somewhere in the property. The modern smart home security cameras and systems that can now be installed allow for monitoring on smart phones regardless of location. This can be especially useful for when you go on holiday or will be away from the home for a prolonged period of time. Furthermore, through an app on your smart phone you are able to check if the alarm is armed and arm it if necessary even once you have left the property.
Over the last couple of years, new technological solutions have enabled smart home security cameras to offer video footage in high definition and we are now seeing the rolling out of 4K UHD cameras. This has enabled even greater clarity in identifying the perpetrators who break into homes compared to the cameras of old where the footage was usually of low grade quality, often pixelated or poorly lit. The improved quality of the video footage captured by home security cameras is now far more effective for the police and only strengthens their case when prosecuting the offenders.
In the last year we have also seen the introduction of facial recognition technology being available to the consumer market. This offers the homeowner even greater control over the surveillance of their property since it is now possible to receive notifications to your phone when anyone approaches your property and with the introduction of facial recognition the camera learns who are regular faces and who is not. You won’t be notified when your family members return home from work or school nor will you be notified when the postman or when support staff such as domestic cleaners or dog walkers enter your home.
We have also seen the adoption of video camera doorbells as an addition to smart home security measures. These work in the same way as a video camera but have the added feature of having a built in microphone to allow for two-way dialogue when someone is in close proximity to the doorbell. This allows a brief discussion with whoever is in front of the camera irrespective of if they have pressed the doorbell or not.
Smart home security is something that we take very seriously at Luxe Smart Homes and we ensure that every project we work on has some element of security installed since we know how much our customers value this. Due to many of the newer smart home security cameras being wifi enabled and at a price point achievable to all, there is no reason why every home shouldn’t have some form of a home security system and protect your valuables and possessions in your home.