Every year, more than 1.5 million burglaries take place in the United States, which end up costing more than $3.6 billion. One bright spot in this statistic is that home invasions are actually on the decline, according to recent numbers. But even with this silver lining, homeowners should still be taking precautions to keep their homes, valuables, and family safe from the harm of burglaries.
While home alarm systems have been helpful in notifying police, today’s home security technology is helping to provide even more protection and prevention. Here are five high-tech home security gadgets that can keep your family, home, and everything inside safe and sound.
- Smart Locks
Electronic smart locks are operated via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enable phone apps, giving control to homeowners to keep their homes safe. Some locks have entry codes included, which is helpful for guests, house sitters, dog walkers, etc. The great thing about these locks is that they can be controlled from practically anywhere. On vacation and think you forgot to lock the front door? Just check your phone app and hit lock if need be.
- Motorized Blinds
Blinds and curtains can now be controlled via remote control or wall unit. The blinds can be programmed to close at certain times throughout the day, or homeowners can control them from their cell phones or other smart Bluetooth devices.
- Smart Lights
Smart light bulbs and smart switches can help to make any house look occupied when nobody’s home. Homeowners can have inside and outside lights switch on and off on a certain schedule, and control these lights via phone, like the smart locks mentioned above.
- Security Cameras
Security cameras have always been able to help to deter would-be burglars from entering a home. But now security cameras can go beyond recording the premises by showing you who’s at the door and record everything going on outside. Some security cameras can be connected to your phone, like the Ring smart doorbell device, helping you monitor any movement via notification.
- Water Sensors
These sensors can let homeowners stay on top of any water threat that may be attempting to ruin their home. While these aren’t burglar-specific, these water sensors are helpful in keeping you informed about leaks, water damage, extra moisture, and more.
Homeowners Insurance Coverage
For a sixth option, it’s always a good rule of thumb to review your current homeowners insurance plan or invest in a new policy that can help protect your house no matter if it’s burgled or affected in any way. Having the right kind of coverage is the first line of defense against losses due to vandalism, theft, or natural disaster. Make sure to look into your current level or protection to see if you need to add more protection or take on a completely new package altogether.