Empty houses can be prime targets for potential burglars. Luckily, thanks to recently developed remote control apps, homeowners can monitor their home security systems from their mobile phones.
Keep an eye on your home
There are a number of mobile phone applications on the market that allow users to monitor their home security systems. These programs feature the ability to watch live feeds of cameras, switch alarms on or off and more. Additionally, other accessories can allow consumers to control garage doors, thermostats and lighting.
There are many conveniences that this service offers. According to an article published by the Washington Post, one app allowed a user to keep track of her packages. A motion detector triggered whenever the user's vestibule was opened, which then sent an alert to a caretaker, who would go pick up the parcel. Additionally, one developer pointed out that a user could turn on the heat, television and lights prior to returning home to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment upon entry.
Homeowners who decide to take advantage of these services are able to leave their houses with peace of mind, knowing that they'll be alerted whenever a door or window is opened. However, it's important to remember that this type of constant surveillance can also be a distraction and detract from time spent away from home.
Bear in mind that there are different kits and that additional accessories may be required to monitor every point of entry in your home. It may be a worthwhile purchase if you're willing to invest in a security system that you have direct control over. Alternatively, you can choose to take the more traditional path and leave your home security to professional services.
According to a report published by the School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University, home security systems were an important factor in deterring potential burglars.
If you don't already have a system installed, now may be a good time to consider it. It's never too early to heighten your home security. Additionally, home security systems also monitor smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, which are invaluable resources. Remember to place the signage in both the front and back of your home, as burglars favor back entrances. Additionally, let neighbors know when you'll be absent for an extended period of time so they can help keep an eye on your house.