Let's face it, asking the neighbors to watch your house while you're out of town is so 20th Century! The 21st Century homeowner has taken control of his or her home security. Smart homes are safer homes because home security systems can connect to the Internet and communicate with you anywhere in the world that has WiFi!
So, what do you need to keep your house safe and secure in the 21st Century?
Start with cameras: A doorbell camera lets you see who is approaching your home. Outdoor lights are available with cameras to see the side yard, the back yard and all approaches to the house. Indoor cameras are small and unobtrusive but let you see every door and window where someone might enter.
Add a video recorder: Okay, these don't really prevent crime but, should one happen, it will be, "Hocus pocus, you're in focus, it's your unlucky day. Smile! You're on convict camera!"
Add alarms: Stealth and darkness are the thief's best friends. When the lights go on and the bells start ringing — alerting both the neighbors and the local constabulary — you just might get an Olympic-level sprint performance to watch (and laugh about) over and over for years to come.
Don't forget a battery backup: Keep your home security up and running in case of power failure, and, remember, some power failures are accidental, and some are intentional.
More good news: Modern wireless technology makes installation a breeze. In many systems, no tools are needed, you can attach your new gear in your house, condo or apartment using simple adhesive mounts and connect it all with user-friendly smartphone apps. Of course, if you're not comfortable setting up new tech, Nerds On Call, and our sister company Facet Tech, can consult, advise and drop by your place to set it all up for you.
Imagine coming home from a visit with the family or that dream week on the beaches of wherever you dream of beach-combing — only to find someone has broken into your home, trashed it, stolen your TV, your computer (and all its data!) and other valuables. No one should have their great memories ruined, especially when smart home technology is so affordable and so easy to use.
By the way, let's not forget business travel. If your job includes travel, you face these same home security problems as vacationers and you face them more than two weeks a year. Keep an eye on things; when you know you don't have to worry about the family you left behind, you can focus on getting business done and getting home to those you love!