This is a guest post from Drew Smithfield. Drew is a security and safety freelance writer. He is a proud new homeowner of his grandmother’s 1920s Chicago-style bungalow. When he’s not writing or fixing up his beloved family home, he’s hiking or enjoying a Chicago-style pie.
Maybe you’ve chosen to make 2014 the year you get serious about home security. If that’s the case, then you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the terrific selection of home security gadgets and apps currently available; there’s something to fit every budget and every living situation, whether you own your home or you rent. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Upgrade Your Padlock
Padlocks are well and good, but any determined thief with a pair of bolt cutters can get the best of your run-of-the-mill lock. If you really want a padlock with cutting-edge security, consider upgrading to something like the Siren Padlock. It offers the same convenience as an ordinary padlock, with the added bonus that it’s equipped with an alarm that sounds if anybody tries to tamper with it. DoorBot is another upgrade – for a doorbell – that has a built-in camera for added security which acts a peephole. The corresponding app lets users see who’s ringing their doorbell when someone is at the door.
Depending on where you live, a full-featured home security system might be impractical or unfeasible. If that’s the case, your second choice could be a set of home security system motion detectors. These devices can be placed strategically throughout your property at sensitive locations such as a rear entrance. They won’t provide video surveillance, but they’ll let you know if somebody is skulking around who shouldn’t be.
Wi-Fi Camera System
Not all home security camera equipment is created equal. It used to be that most security cameras recorded to videocassettes, DVDs or other non-rewritable media. Thankfully, modern technology has provided a number of attractive alternatives. If you want to beef up your home security solution this year, you might consider something like DropCam, which records surveillance footage and stores it in a cloud so you can access it anytime, anywhere. The cameras themselves are connected via Wi-Fi, which makes installation simple and cuts down on wire clutter.
Protect Your Valuables
Whether you’re looking to protect an important family heirloom or just keep your handgun and ammunition away from the little ones, a safe can be a valuable addition to your home. Visit your local sporting goods store for a selection of gun safes. If you only need to protect smaller items, such as jewelry, you can probably get by with a simple fire safe.
Light Up Your Property
When it comes to home security, the simplest solutions can sometimes be the best. If you want to deter would-be thieves and criminals from attempting to enter your home, a simple solution would be a motion-activated floodlight. This can work for you in two ways. First, if you need to leave or arrive after dark, you’ll activate the light yourself, lighting the way to your front door. Second, this deters unwanted visitors; if they’re on your property and the light comes on, the sudden flood of light will give them every reason to turn and run.
Biometrics for the Home
Biometric technology is making its way into a wide variety of consumer-level products, including gun safes, cell phones and automobiles. Biometric door locks can be a great tool for the home if you’re concerned about both security and convenience; they allow you to unlock your home with a simple press of your finger, and are an added layer of security to guard against unauthorized entry. Models with smartphone integration are also available.
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