Living in an apartment has a host of advantages; one being that your apartment building may already have some type of security system installed. However, sometimes the building’s security system isn’t enough. Apartment security is fairly straightforward, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be cool or high-tech
. The Internet and smartphones have revolutionized the way people handle home security. Here are five tech tools you can use in your apartment.
Perhaps this isn’t the most glamorous apartment security device you were thinking of, but don’t scoff! Water damage costs big bucks to repair, so catching small leaks early is the best method to forestall disaster. Place one of these moisture sensors near pipes, in the bathroom, or under the kitchen sink. If any unusual moisture is detected, you’ll quickly receive a text alerting you to take action immediately to help prevent costly water damage.
The Withings Home is an HD camera with environmental sensors that can detect both motion and sound. Whether it’s a baby crying in the room next door or someone attempting to break into your apartment, this device will pick up almost any activity and send an alert to your smartphone. The Withings Home is also compatible with the Apple HomeKit.
The Korner device isn’t available for everyone just yet, but will be after backers of their initial IndieGoGo campaign receive their devices. According to the preview video, the setup for the Korner home security system only takes around two minutes; making this one of the easiest security systems to use. First, the system is plugged into your internet router, then the sensors (also known as “tags”) are placed in the corner of any doors and windows that you want monitored by the system. If the sensors are tripped by the door or window being opened, the system alerts you via smartphone.
The IZON 2.0 Wi-Fi Video Monitor and free IZON app gives you the ability to watch what’s happening in your apartment even when you’re not there. This is especially important for people who live in apartments where they’re not the only person with a key. The maintenance person, the landlord or business manager, and anyone else who works for the apartment complex or building can potentially get the keys to your place. The IZON Video Monitor allows you to see who has come and gone in your apartment.
If you’re looking for a security camera with a wider range of coverage, the Netgear Arlo Security Camera (slated to be released on January 31, 2015) might be right up your alley. Completely wireless, these small cameras can be secured on walls, ceilings, or hidden behind objects and furniture. The Netgear Arlo is also highly weatherproof and possesses night vision capabilities, making this an equally effective outdoor security device. And, with the Arlo security camera’s motion detection features, any sudden movements will be recorded and a push notification will be sent to your smartphone.
Installing a home security system in your apartment can be a little different than installing one in a house. If you have to alter the apartment in any way, make sure to consult your landlord before doing so. It is best to pick security products that can be easily removed once your lease is up. Before purchasing anything, do plenty of research to be sure whatever you’re getting is right for you. test