Looking to Secure Your Home? Smart Home Technology is Your Answer
A burglary takes place about every eighteen seconds in the United States resulting in resulting in over 2.5 million burglaries per year. This may be a startling statistic for homeowners, especially with children, but it highlights the fact that burglaries are happening and a crime you absolutely need to be aware of.
Let’s take a look at the most common points of entry into a burglarized home:
34% of burglars enter through the front door.
23% of burglars gain entrance through a first-floor window.
22% of burglars break into a home through a back door.
9% of burglars enter a home through the garage.
4% of burglars get in a home through an unlocked entrance.
2% of burglars enter somewhere on the second floor.
Unfortunately, police solve only 13% of reported burglary cases due to lack of a witness or physical evidence. The good news is, the more you learn about burglary, the more effectively you can help protect your home and family.
Burglars tend to avoid homes with security systems.
Based on a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, about 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home.
Many homeowners even use the yard signs and window stickers alerting potential intruders that a home security system or camera is in use. It is important to make sure the signs and stickers are visible from every approach to your home, not just the front entrance.
Below we have highlighted some affordable, easy to set up smart home outdoor camera options:
Arlo Pro 2:
This security camera can be wired or wire free, depending on your preferences, and it’s easy to place it anywhere around the house. Each one provides a 110-degree field of view, so stick a few around the perimeter of your home to cover every inch of your property.
With 1080p video quality and incredible night vision, these cameras get clear footage just as well at night as they do during the day. They also come equipped with motion activation, so whenever the camera detects movement on your property, you’ll receive an app notification or email in real time.
Got an Alexa-enabled Amazon device with a screen such as the Echo Show? With a simple voice command, Alexa can show you live video from the ARLO camera instantaneously
Nest Cam IQ
One of the most popular outdoor security cameras on the market for good reason, the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor lets you keep an eye on your property at all times. It plugs directly into power, so you’ll never have to worry about replacing dead batteries.
The camera also sends live alerts directly to your smartphone if it hears any loud sounds, like a window smashing. The model comes equipped with excellent two-way communication, letting you ask the FedEx person to leave the package on the porch or help you scare away any would-be thieves.
What’s most impressive about the IQ Outdoor is the superior night image quality. At maximum strength, images at night time are extremely crisp, even from long distances away.
Most burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, not at night. That’s because most people are at work or school—which reduces the chance the burglar will be noticed. In fact, an astonishing 34% of burglars enter through the front door.
Strengthen your home’s defense by installing a smart home lock. Virtual keys give you a valuable security options. They allow you to lock and unlock doors remotely. A fully integrated home automation system notifies you of doubtful events and enables you to continually monitor your home. Smart locks offer advantages to homeowners who are searching for to better guard and easily handle their home place.
Additionally, a smart locking system is a hard nut to crack for burglars, since it is without any keys. Their mechanism is based on the security protocols deployed in bank system. It means their digital encryption mode can’t be duplicated or broken. In this way, the burglars are unable to pick or bump the system. With smart door locking system, you can decide who can enter your home at what time. It lowers the risk of anything get stolen.
Here are our picks for smart home door locks:
If you're looking for a reliable, easy-to-use and well-designed smart lock, the Schlage Sense is a great option. The lock unit is designed large and simple, centering on a traditional keypad. With this lock installed, you can unlock your door with a custom code, a traditional physical key or with your smartphone via your smart home network. The lock is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant. It connects via Bluetooth, or you can operate the lock remotely with the Schlage Sense Wi-Fi adapter.
The Yale Deadbolt Lock
The Nest ecosystem of smart products — which includes this smart lock from Yale — is an easy way to get a range of products working together within the same app. The lock is beautifully designed, and can be controlled through its keypad or the Nest app. It's compatible with Google Assistant, but not Amazon Alexa or Apple HomeKit, and remote operation requires a separate Wi-Fi adapter.
Burglars usually go to the master bedroom first.
Once they break in, burglars usually head straight for the master bedroom, where they scavenge through dresser drawers and nightstands, look under mattresses, and search closets. Cash, jewelry, and weapons are some of the things a burglar wants most from your home. We understand it may feel excessive to line your entire home with indoor security cameras but the master bedroom, however, is one place your family should definitely consider placing an indoor smart security camera.
An indoor security camera can help you keep an eye on your home while you are at work or away. You’ll receive an alert if the camera detects motion, so you can evaluate the situation immediately.
Below our are favorite options for indoor smart security cameras:
Nest Indoor Camera
Nest offers two high-end 1080p HD indoor security cameras with 24/7 continuous recording. Their Cam IQ Indoor camera can even distinguish between strangers and familiar faces. Plus, it features a built-in Google assistant for voice control.
The Arlo Ultra is an outdoor security camera that provides users with a higher quality of resolution and a few key built-in features that make it quite a powerful tool. The system, released in November of 2018, features the latest generation of protection for property owners with features such as enhanced night vision and 4K HRD resolution. Yet, it remains an excellent choice for even those who want basic monitoring.
Police solve only 13% of reported burglary cases due to lack of a witness or physical evidence.
Typically, burglaries are exceptionally hard crimes to solve. As we discussed above, due to recent advances in home security solutions, more criminals can be caught on camera. Having a home security system or smart home video camera in place can absolutely deter a potential burglar, as most burglars are attracted to homes that do NOT have a home security system in place.
Although you may not be reunited with your loss property, having video evidence greatly increases the chances of finding the intruder and safely returning the items before they are sold.
Smart home security systems and cameras are undoubtedly an effective burglar/theft deterrent. Keep in mind, too, that these systems work best when they are coupled with other measures to reduce crime and increase security. Adding warning signs and alarm systems can be particularly effective measures to take to ensure the safety of an area under surveillance.
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