We all want to feel safer in our homes, and so many people opt to pick up a home security system.
With internet-of-things-based security technology allowing for wireless cameras, alarms and sensors to be placed practically anywhere in your house as easily as one would stick up a painting, a lot of people opt for a starter kit without considering what they want a security system for.
Everybody’s security needs are slightly different, so before you rush out and buy a smart doorbell, here are the three questions to ask yourself about home security.
What Are You Protecting?
Home security needs to have a purpose otherwise it does not achieve as much as it could. Is the aim of a security system to monitor your home from the inside, or is it to raise alerts if you are out and about?
Would your security system be primarily about protecting you and your family from threats or protecting your property from theft?
Would you like to use yourself for non-security purposes such as becoming a baby monitor or as part of an assisted living system?
Each of these is possible but requires some additional thought as to how they would be executed.
What Is Your Family’s Routine?
Consider when your home is most vulnerable and build your security from there.
Are you concerned about times when your children are at school and you are at work? Smart systems can let you keep the lights on, allow the dog walker in automatically and work to your schedule.
Do You Want To Install It Yourself?
Smart security devices are incredibly easy to install, often being as simple as pulling a battery tab and sticking it to your wall or ceiling with an included adhesive pad.
However, you would need to consider where potential blind spots are, what equipment you need and where it would be most effectively used.
A professional installer is more expensive but can provide advice, high-quality systems and in some cases professional monitoring.