Home security is easier – and better – than ever
Think home security is still about bulky camera equipment and cables running throughout your home? What if.
Today, things have changed quite a bit and the playing field has been leveled. Advanced tools and security systems are more accessible and affordable than ever. (And if you install them, you can also get a discount on your home insurance.)
Full service systems are still a popular option with many. Companies offer central monitoring, video surveillance, smoke/carbon monoxide detection and more. Some even include home automation tools so you can control appliances from anywhere, and many will send text messages in response to specific events, like when the kids come into the house after school.
Do-it-yourselfers who don̵7;t want an all-in-one system have plenty of choices, too. Here are three of the newest and most popular security tools:
1. Smart (and small) cameras
Cameras today can be stopped anywhere and require no cables. With a good battery and Wi-Fi connection, you can see what’s happening outside – or inside – with a glance at your phone or computer.
2. Keyless doors
Say you have a friend coming over to check on your dog while you’re gone for the day. You don’t have to risk leaving a key outside. With a code-based entry system, you can simply give your friend temporary access that turns on and off whenever you want.
3. Home automation products
Giving yourself remote access to the lighting and appliances in your home is easier than you think. At least one available product can be used with your existing electrical outlets; just plug it in and control the power to that outlet from an app on your smartphone. Never worry about forgetting to leave a light on again.
Of course, even “old-school” tools, like motion-activated outdoor lights, can still have a big impact on safety. So whether you opt for high-tech tools or stick to the basics, you’ll be making your home here in Rochester, MN a less attractive target for burglars.