7 Essential Technologies to Improve Home Security
With so many incredible examples of security equipment available today, who would want to be an intruder? In this article, we’ll take a look at seven examples of equipment for modern home security systems. Some are new takes on old classics while others are brand new innovations that work to protect your home.
1. Access control
How it works is simple: access control technologies literally prevent anyone from entering your home without being previously authorised. It could be with an access card, it could be voice-activated, or it could even be fingerprint-controlled. It’s technology that, a few years ago, we might have thought would only exist in government buildings, but these days you can integrate it into your home in order to add extra protection.
2. CCTV Cameras
What intruder in their right mind is going to target a property with cameras watching and following them every step of the way? With CCTV cameras installed on your property, that’s exactly what you’ll get. First and foremost, they act as a deterrent, but if you do happen to fall victim to an intruder brazen enough to brave them, then you know you’ll have ready-made evidence for police to conduct their investigation.
3. Video Monitoring
In fact, you can take CCTV cameras one step further and actually have them hooked up to video monitoring stations which are manned by expert security operators at all times. Whenever something unusual happens on your property, an alarm is activated and the operator looks at your footage to see if it’s a burglar or simply a stray cat. If it’s the former, local authorities are contacted and dispatched immediately. Watch out, crooks!
4. Alarm Systems
An oldie but a goody, alarm systems do exactly what intruders don’t want: they draw attention to your property, and they do so in a big way, with loud, shrieking sounds warning your neighbours or the local authorities that something is up. Additionally, alarm systems can now be integrated with other technologies (such as video monitoring, discussed above) for a full security system.
5. Motion-activated floodlights
Intruders like to operate on the cover of darkness, so nothing will drive them away quicker than floodlight that switches on and bathes your yard in light the moment they step into the vicinity. Some people like to simply keep a front porch light on, which can be effective as well, but motion-detecting sensors can work to save you money on your electricity bill in the long run by only activating when someone enters your property.
6. Intercom systems
If you live in an apartment or block of units, you won’t have the benefit of a peephole to see just who is buzzing your door. With an intercom installed, you can screen people before entering the building that you share with many other neighbours. Another oldie, but one that still plays a crucial role in home security.
7. Smoke cloaks
Smoke cloaks are great; they work to cover your property in harmless, dry fog that limits the vision of the intruder. After all, they can’t steal what they can’t see!