By Emma Greenwood
Have you ever worried about someone breaking into your home? Home invasions usually happen during the day between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., which means burglars typically invade your home in broad daylight while nobody is home. They also tend to choose houses with no security devices. And break-ins pick up during the holiday season.
Here are some reasons to use smart devices to keep your home safe.
Smart devices can keep an eye on things and alert you if something is wrong, automate things to make it less evident that you’re away and make it possible to remotely control devices such as a lock, lights and thermostat.
What is so great about using a smart device to protect your home? Smart devices are proactive; if something happens in your home while you’re out, smart devices will alert you via texts from anywhere. For example, you might receive a message that “you forgot to lock the front door.”
Have guests coming or a sitter? Install a smart lock; it utilizes an app to create a unique code if a guest comes by. It will also send you a notification every time someone comes and goes. Once you get home, you can easily disable access from the guest, which is simpler than collecting keys! Another useful smart device you can install is a doorbell camera. Each time someone is at your door, you will get pinged, which enables you to see who the person is and enable you to speak with them.
Have you ever been at work and wondered what your kids are up to or if they got home safely? Smart devices can do just that. You can install a camera anywhere in the house and outside. It will notify you anytime it detects motion, lets you see a live video and can go into walkie talkie mode to communicate with people.
“Alexa, what is the temperature?” The Amazon Alexa and Echo are now compatible with home security systems such as ADT, Vivint, Frontpoint and more. But how do the Alexa and Echo work to make your home safe? The systems will listen for burglar alarms or smoke alarms and will send you a message if either goes off. It can also turn on home lights to make it look like someone is home, keeping your home and possession safer.
Another way to feel safe and protected? Make sure your insurance coverage is what it should be. In case of a burglary, make sure you have insurance to cover and protect your home and your possessions.
Agent Jessi Boles says, “Having smart home devices can not only help protect your possessions, but a lot of carriers are starting to give discounts for them also. They help reduce the risk and to identify the responsible party.” Boles explains, “Having smart lights can also come in very handy when you come home with your hands full and can turn them on with your voice to avoid falls from trying to get to a light switch. Protecting yourself, your family and what you work so hard for is the goal, and these are a great new tool to use to help with that.”