Some days when you wake up, you’re not quite sure where you are. Your days are spent crisscrossing the globe, from New York to London, then onwards to Tokyo. Soon, airports and hotels all blend into one nameless, faceless, soulless entity; they’re all the same, with minor differences. You look forward to that weekend you’ve planned at home, just lounging around and playing on your PS4 or grabbing some popcorn and catching up on the latest episode of GoT on your new 56” 4K TV.
Have you ever thought about what a tempting target your pad is, for a potential burglar? It’s often empty, you have some gizmos in there which will fetch a pretty price, and it’s likely that by the time you get home and discover you’ve been robbed, the thieves would have fenced your stuff already, which makes nabbing them and recovering it, impossible. The FBI places the losses faced by burglary victims in 2015 at a whopping $3.6 billion. Let those numbers sink in.
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Smart Technology to Fool Burglars
Since burglars love to target empty homes, your best bet is to make it look like there’s someone at home. And that’s where smart technology can help! A lot of things can make a home look occupied even when it isn’t.
- You can set up your Syska or Philips Hue smart lightbulbs to light up and switch off remotely, and according to a schedule you set up.
- You can get a smart speaker like the the Google Home or Amazon Echo to play music, read out the news, play a radio drama or even read out an audiobook at random times so that it seems like there’s a person at home.
- Smart window treatments like Serena Shades or Somfy’s Curtains, blinds or shades open and close according to a schedule, or based on cues from your thermostat, which will accurately mimic the presence of someone at home.
- Most people watch television in the evenings. Mimic that with a Smart TV which can be programmed to switch on at a fixed time, or fake it with this ingenious product which uses far less electricity than a TV and can be hooked up to a wifi-controlled smart socket like the Wemo Mini Smart Plug to switch on and off at pre-programmed times.
- No burglar wants to break into a home with an aggressive dog. This can be set up at the door, from where it will detect motion and trigger off a realistic recording of a dog barking.
- Most importantly, a house with a dependable security system will put off any robbers. There are several on the market, both monitored and unmonitored. The monitored ones will connect with local law enforcement the second they detect an unlawful entry via a door or window. The unmonitored ones will inform you on your phone so you can in turn, inform the police. Prominently displaying signs that a house has a security system is often all it takes to convince a potential housebreaker to look elsewhere for their next victim.
Why a Wireless Security System is a Good Idea
- A wireless security system is immune to marauders who often cut exposed cables to cut off power or communication to and from the sensing devices. Power outages won’t stop them because they use batteries for power. They can either send data over WiFi or GSM.
- The fact that it is monitored and protected by a security system automatically deters most potential thieves, so be sure to put up signs to that effect.
- It’s easier to install since there are no messy wires to deal with.
- Facing an issue? You may not need a technician to visit; most communication-centric issues can be fixed over the phone.
- Wireless sensors are easy to move so they can be placed where needed the most.
- If you need more areas monitored, additional sensors are easy to install.
- A good mix of door/window sensors, motion sensors, alarms and cameras will keep your home well protected.
- This is a growing segment. You’ve got several options including SimpliSafe, Abode, Scout, iSmartAlarm, Oplink MivaLife Alarm, Frontpoint, Vivint, Xfinity, etc. Compare their features to determine which works best for your home’s monitoring needs.
A Bit More About SimpliSafe
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- It’s contract-free. Yep, you’re not stuck with a 2- or 3-year contract that binds you to them as a service provider.
- You’re only paying up-front for the hardware you buy. This includes the controller, which they call the Base Station. Apart from that, you’d be buying the sensors, cameras and alarms you need, and you can also get some convenient package deals.
- Since all the devices interact wirelessly, installation doesn’t require any wiring, so it’s pretty fast and easy- all you need to do is peel off the backing paper from the adhesive strips, pull off the battery-protector tab and stick the device in place. Likely to move home? Well this system is pretty easy to take out of the old place and install in your new digs.
This is how quick and easy the SimpliSafe System is to set up
- The sensors and alarms use long-lasting batteries. The only component that requires an electrical connection is the base station, which has a 4-day battery backup in case of a power failure.
- For an additional price tag of $15 per month, you can get 24X7 professional monitoring of your sensors which means that SimpliSafe will notify the police in case the alarm has been triggered. If that’s not enough, you can instead pay $25 per month for the interactive package which would allow you the option of controlling your SimpliSafe system from anywhere around the globe via the app, monitoring activity around the house, email and text alerts when there’s been activity, and the ability to remotely arm and disarm your system. Further, there’s the option of being secretly notified when somebody accesses private rooms or drawers, which is handy if someone like a dog walker or cleaning lady has access to the home but you don’t want them poking around.
- There’s a dedicated cellular communication line in-built via sim card directly communicating with the remote monitoring station in Amcest, New Jersey.
- Without the additional monitoring packages, the SimpliSafe functions as a local unit, ie, it will blare out its 105dB alarm to scare off intruders, but it wouldn’t notify the police. Since you won’t be home much of the time, the monitoring packages may make sense.
- Another smart feature they’ve programmed in, is a duress code in case you’re ever stuck in a situation where an armed burglar is forcing you to disarm the alarm. By entering it, the alarms and security system would disarm, but SimpliSafe would still send out an alarm to the local police department and help would soon be on its way!
- If there’s any problems with any of your SimpliSafe gear, it’s covered under a 3-year warranty. Don’t like it? It’s covered by a 60-day money-back guarantee.
Wonder how the SimpliSafe fares over time? Watch this to see what a youtuber says after 2 years of using it.
- The SimpliSafe does one job and it makes sure it does it right. If you would prefer a security system that also functions as a smart home controller, you could consider Samsung SmartThings, Abode, Viper, Vivint or Xfinity.