Keeping the people you love and your house safe begins by installing a home security system. More than just locks and bolts, there are other security features to consider to ensure maximum safety.
Don’t know what features matter most?
Here’s your guide on must-have security features that will help protect your home from unforeseen events, burglars and other intruders:
1. Alarm system
An alarm system identifies a problem in your home and communicates it to you in real-time.
For instance, a fire alarm system will react to smoke and make a blaring noise all throughout your home so that you can address the problem before it gets worse.
Besides making a warning noise, an alarm system may also alert emergency services and send a message to your phone. There are alarm systems whereby notifications regarding specific events can be customized. For example, if a window is forced open or the kids arrive from school, you can set your alarm system to keep you updated on what’s happening at home.
2. Video surveillance
If you want to see what’s happening in your home even when you’re not physically there, video surveillance can serve as your eyes and security feature.
Whether it’s meant to “watch over” your children or pet’s movements, and to make sure no intruders break in while you’re away – cameras will keep you informed.
Video surveillance systems have a video streaming function that allows you to see what happens live on a computer or any mobile device. This can give you peace of mind instead of constantly hoping that everything’s alright while you’re on a long vacation or a business trip away from home.
3. Remote Access
Can’t remember if you locked the doors or not? Maybe you forgot your home keys at the office and turn the alarm on before you left — a remote access system enables you to arm or disarm an alarm, and lock and unlock your doors remotely.
This security system keeps your home safe and allows authorized people to come in and out of your place without you having to be there physically.
This means that even when you’re away attending an executive coaching workshop essential to your management role, you have no need to worry as you can remotely view what’s happening back home in real-time, wherever you may be.
4. Smart locks
Similar to how surveillance cameras allow you to watch over your home while you’re away, a smart lock lets you control who can access your home.
Instead of always having to keep track of keys, you can upgrade home locks to open via a keypad, biometrics, or smartphone. This feature is ideal when you’re out running errands and need to allow a service company or family member to enter your home.
5. Lighting control
With the right lighting technology setup, your home lights can help protect your family. You can actually set your lights to turn on when triggered by certain events.
For instance, you could set your outdoor floodlights to automatically turn on when motion sensors detect any strange activity at night, or have them turn on according to a certain schedule.
With the ability to turn your lights on and off remotely, you can make it look like someone’s at home even when there’s not. You can also have the lights turn on in a path to the nearest exit in case of fire or any environmental issue occurs at night, reducing the risk of someone falling or tripping.
6. Motion detectors
If an intruder manages to bypass your door and window sensors, motion detectors will surprise him and keep him at bay. This type of sensor detects body motion and heat, making it an effective security feature against burglars. However, before buying one, take into account that pets can also trigger motion sensors.
You can also set up the system of your motion detectors to automatically turn on lights or other devices once any suspicious movement is detected.
7. Complete home automation
If you want your home security system to be fully integrated, complete home automation allows you to connect lights, security, and other technologies.
It streamlines your security system into one, making it easier for you to control and use all home security features via a single platform.
By having efficient security features at home, you can put your mind at ease knowing that you’ll be informed immediately if anything goes wrong.
Be it a fire or an intruder, having a home security system set up ensures that you, your family, and your property are completely safe.
Michael Dunne created Safecell Security Ltd in 2001 and acquired Authorized Access in 2013. He is now Managing Director of both companies and oversees the strategic development and day to day running of the businesses. Michael has spent over 20 years in the security industry and specialises in the Design, Installation, Maintenance and Commissioning of electrical security systems such as Intruder Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Warden Control and Access Control and all Physical security including Key Cutting, Safe & Lock Picking, Suited Key Systems, Automated Barriers & Gates and Shutters, throughout the North West of England.