Smart Home Security: How can you feel safer at home?
Discover the benefits of protecting your home with a smart home security system. You can feel safer at home and easily monitor your Intruder Alarms and CCTV from one simple mobile app, whenever and wherever you are.
In this article, we’ll explain what Smart Home Security means and why it is so important to ensure your home is being protected by the safest and most reliable security solutions. We’ll also share the key advantages for implementing a smart home security system to protect your family and your assets. You’ll learn that it can help you feel safer about your security coverage, give you more control and save you money in the long run.
Before we learn about smart home security, let’s first consider the main threats to households and families in the UK today.
What is the main security threat to UK households?
We all want to feel safer in our homes and feel assured that our assets are protected when we’re away. More people than ever are installing CCTV cameras and alarms, yet in the UK, burglary is still one of the most frequently committed crimes – a burglary occurs every 106 seconds (ONS). Shockingly 58% of burglaries occur when someone is home, which means your home is actually more likely to be targeted while you’re there – that’s a concern when most families have spent even more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
At an average cost of £3,030 per household, burglaries and other crimes like vandalism can be costly. Even if you have insurance, the costs of excess fees and time spent trying to replace goods that are stolen are burdens we as security service providers sadly see too often. Without doubt, the biggest toll is the stress and the fear that thieves leave behind. A survey by Confused.com also found that more than one in six (15%) burglary victims having fallen prey to being burgled three times or more.
That same study also found (61%) of Brits believe that having an alarm system installed could be a measure to help stop their house from being burgled but reveals that this might not be the case if they system is old and could actually entice a burglar to that property.
The need to install safe and reliable security such as intruder alarms and CCTV to protect your property has always been and remains prevalent. Next, you’ll discover just how much these security systems have evolved with advances in smart technology, and how easy it can be to protect your home the smart way.
What is smart home security?
Security technology has undergone a major evolution in the past decade, like most technologies, thanks to smarter hardware and software. But what do we mean by smart security? When we talk about smart home security, we refer to solutions that can provide three main functions:
- The ability to automate recurring tasks – like arming alarms or CCTV cameras, running tests and maintenance without needing to be commanded manually by the owner
- The ability to communicate with their owner – for example, sending automated alerts or automatically playing CCTV footage on your device when triggered
- The ability to communicate with other systems – smart technology brings together disparate systems, so your intruder alarms, CCTV and access control could all work together and be controlled by you in one simple workspace
As you can see, there are important benefits to making the systems that protect your home smarter. You may now be wondering what security systems can be smart? The answer is all of them. Intruder alarms and HD CCTV are two of the most popular tools for home security, which is why we’ll focus on them in this article. But depending on the level of security you need, it’s helpful to know that most other modern security systems like access control will also be smart. We’re sure you’ve already seen, even your doorbell can be smart nowadays!
What are the benefits of smart home security systems?
Of course, the main priorities for installing any security systems in your home are to help you feel assured that the people and assets within your home are safe and secure. That doesn’t change with smart home security systems, if anything, the point is to elevate the protection you receive. With that said, there are three main benefits to a smart home security system:
- They’re easy to manage
- They’re easy to monitor
- And they’re easy to maintain
Let’s look at each of those benefits in a little more detail.
Managing your home security made simple
We’ve already said that smart security technology can do things like recurring tasks automatically. That’s a great start, as it certainly makes managing your intruder alarm system even easier or your CCTV system for that matter. Our customers have said they’ve felt more relaxed and less anxious about forgetting to arm their systems as a result them being able to run autonomously or receiving reminders on their phones.
But remember what we mentioned about disparate systems being able to communicate with each other and with the owner? This is where smart home security really comes into its own. Using a system like STANLEY Interactive will bring all your home security systems into one simple software application, which you can access on your laptop or your mobile phone. This means that you’ll be able to control any or all of your systems in one place and it won’t matter where you are either, so long as you have internet access.
You wouldn’t have to worry if you forgot to arm the intruder alarm before you left for work, as you can simply open up the app and switch it on. Any time of day and from any place, you’ll be in complete control of your home security. There’s another added benefit to being able to access your security systems remotely, which we’ll go into next…
Know what’s happening in your home whenever you need to
We now know that you can control all of your home security systems from anywhere with smart home security, which can already help to ease some of the anxiety we can feel about keeping our homes safe at all times. But imagine how much better you’d feel if you always knew exactly what was happening and monitor your home in real time.
Let’s imagine that your intruder alarm system was triggered by someone trying to enter your property. You could instantly receive an alert from your smart home security app on your phone that someone is trying to enter your home, then you could call the police yourself or your system could alert them for you. At the same time, your CCTV system could send you a live stream of what is happening so you can instantly identify where the incident is happening and who the intruders are. You’ll also be able to record the footage, which could provide crucial evidence in the event of a police investigation.
No matter where you are or what time of day, there is no reason for you not to know what’s happening in your home with smart home security.
We’re also seeing other excellent applications of this technology with Remote Monitoring services. With this service you’ll enjoy the added peace of mind that your security systems or being monitored by a team of agents in remote security centres in the UK 24/7. With remote monitoring, in the event of an incident at your home, not only will you be notified but you’ll also have agents on hand working to provide an instant response – some systems can even allow them to talk to the intruders trying to enter your home to warn them away!
Modern technology that’s designed to last and grow
We’ve learned that outdated and tired security systems can quickly become less reliable in preventing crime against your home. From speaking to our customers, we also know that the cost of replacing these systems may seem expensive and the idea of replacing all that equipment can be daunting. Thankfully, smart home security systems benefit from running on both hardware (the actual equipment you install) and software (the programs you use to run them, like STANLEY Interactive).
This makes it easier to ensure your systems are regularly tested (usually running automated routine checks on themselves) and maintained. The great news is that maintenance of a smart security system can be a simple software update, which will often fix any existing bugs in the system and provide essential upgrades to keep your systems running. They can also send you alerts if a hardware fault is detected or if maintenance by an expert security engineer is required.
So, the benefit is your home security stays healthy for longer which should help you avoid unnecessary costs involved in replacing your entire system too soon. Smart home security also makes it easy to replace and add new equipment to your home. This is great news when the monthly cost to run your smart home security system is already low!