From turning off the heating when we forget, to playing our favourite music and doing a quick Google search using only voice commands, ‘smart’ gadgets are everywhere in our homes.
However, smart home technology isn’t just about convenience, and many companies are creating sophisticated smart security systems that link to other devices and help safeguard our homes against intruders.
When it comes to protecting your home, we know that prevention is always better than cure, and there are a number of important factors to bear in mind when using smart home security systems in your home.
To separate the fact from fiction, we’ve put together a list of essential tips and tricks when using smart home security:
Tell Alexa, You’re Heading Out
A digital personal assistant that uses voice activation to do everything from writing to-do lists to playing our favourite songs and reading the news, Amazon’s Echo (known as Alexa) has undoubtedly changed the game when it comes to smart home technology.
Alexa has plenty of features that can make life more convenient, but did you know that it can also work to keep your home safe when you're out?
Amazon recently introduced a new safety measure called ‘Guard Mode’, intended to provide peace of mind that your home is being protected whilst you’re away. If you tell Alexa that you’re going out, it’ll listen out for certain sounds such as glass breaking or a burglar alarm, and send this information to you, allowing you to alert the police as soon as possible.
… But Be Aware of The Risks...
It might sound like the stuff of science fiction, but smart home security systems might mean that all of our home security systems, including locks and cameras, will be linked to and controlled by one central system.
Although this promises to make life more convenient, many have raised concerns about all of our home security being linked to one system, and therefore vulnerable to attack by tech-savvy intruders.
Smart home systems need even smarter security in place, and you should make sure that necessary precautions are put in place when it comes to installing any new technology.
When it comes to smart home security, CCTV isn’t exactly the newest method on the market. However, seeing as CCTV is often cited as the number one deterrent for burglars, the effectiveness of this method shouldn’t be underestimated.
CCTV systems are increasingly using smart home security to provide greater convenience and lasting peace of mind.
At Grays, we can offer a number of bespoke CCTV installations, including motion-activated sensors, which alert you when movement in detected, to internet-connected systems, which allow you to monitor your CCTV remotely from your smart device.
...And Don’t Forget About Security Lighting
Similarly to CCTV, security lighting isn’t a particularly new method when it comes to safeguarding your home. Despite this, security lighting installation is a tried-and tested method that can be a relatively inexpensive way of keeping burglars at bay.
When paired with other smart home security methods, such as CCTV and smart doorbells, security lighting can benefit facial recognition, allowing intruders to be identified.
Another popular option is to program smart lights in your house to turn on at certain times in different rooms whilst you’re away, giving the impression to potential burglars that your home is occupied.
Make Sure You Have a Backup
Although smart home technology can make our lives easier and provide peace of mind when it comes to home security, it is important to not rely on a single system when it comes to keeping your house safe.
As well as smart home technology, make sure that you’ve got backup methods in place in case of any technical issues that could stop your smart devices from working. Even though a technical failure is highly unlikely, it pays to always be prepared for a worst-case scenario.
When you’re going away, don’t forget the usual methods such as having a neighbour check in on your house, collect your post,
No matter how effective your smart home security, you can still make your house vulnerable to thieves if you don’t make sure that doors and windows are locked before you leave, don’t set an alarm or leave keys in the door. Although smart security systems can be a great way to provide extra security, your home will still be at risk if you become complacent as a result of relying on technology alone to keep your home safe.
If you have any security issues, questions or require bespoke security solutions get in contact with us today. We offer the full security solution, including locksmith services, UPVC repairs and burglar alarm service. Call us on 0115 942 2315 we'd love to speak to you.