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In 2019 there were 1,117,696 reported burglaries in America — 62% of which were residential properties – as reported by the FBI. Of those burglaries, victims suffered an estimated $3 billion in property losses. The average dollar loss per offense was $2,661.
Luckily, there are ways to deter criminals from targeting your home. Deciding to add a security system to your home is only the first step. Next, you’ll need to decide which features you’ll utilize to keep your home and your family safe.
If you’re ready to efficiently secure your home, keep reading to learn four of the features you need to consider.
1. Motion Detectors
Motion detectors are a great first line of defense that can keep your family safe around the clock, even while you sleep. This simple bit of technology will instantly let you know when something is amiss. As a part of a smart home security system, motion detectors are great for receiving instant alerts when something isn’t quite right. When an alarm is triggered, you can check in on your security cameras from your smartphone or tablet.
2. Window Alarms
Along the same lines as motion detectors, window alarms are another great addition to your smart home security. Unlike motion detectors, window alarms more often alert you that something is wrong. While motion detectors may catch animals or other movement around your home, you likely don’t open and close your windows as often. These small alarms alert you to windows being opened from the inside or out. They’re also easy to install, which means they can be quickly and easily added to your home’s security system. Door alarms work in a similar way and are another great feature to add to your security system on any exterior entrances to your home.
3. Night Vision
During the day, you can use your security cameras to check in on your home while you’re on vacation, see who is at your front door when the bell rings, or keep an eye on your older kids arriving home on their own while you’re at work. But come nightfall, many security cameras become obsolete. Night vision fixes this problem, giving you a clear view of your home around the clock.
4. Smart Home Cameras
Smart home cameras combine many of the other security features on this list, alongside security cameras, to help you protect your home, yourself, and your family with ease. They utilize motion detectors to determine when to start recording. Night vision allows them to keep watch over your home day and night. Your cameras can also be remotely controlled and accessed using your smartphone or other device, allowing you to check in on your home even while you’re away.
Choosing the Right Security Tech for Your Home
Choosing to add a security system to your home is a great way to protect your family and your belongings. But it’s only the first step. Once you’ve made your decision, you’ll next need to decide which features you’ll add to your security system. From night vision to smart home cameras, window alarms, and motion detectors, these features are a great way to keep a watchful set of eyes and ears on your home around the clock, whether you’re there to do so as well or not.