Imagine finding yourself unable to be home but watching from a camera app on your phone as someone breaks in. You can immediately respond. You can connect with law enforcement to report the crime. You have a digital witness capturing the images of those at your home.
This capability is not far-fetched. In fact, it's within reach of many homeowners, thanks to Internet of Things (IoT) devices. These devices have revolutionized the home safety industry. For those looking for a way to add safety, these devices can help. And, they may help reduce home insurance costs, too.
How They Work
Many IoT devices work by providing a visual connection from your home to your smartphone. They may have access to your home's systems over a secure Internet connection as well. This means you can see what is happening, even if you are not there. There are a few ways this can improve your home security.
Interact With People At The Door
Someone comes to the door. You do not know them. Instead of opening the door, your image pops up on a display by the outside of the door. You can talk to those who are at the door without opening the door. You can tell them you do not have an interest in their product or service. Best of all, the stranger will not know if you are home or not.
Monitor Security From A Distance
Some systems feature motion-detection software. The device turns on and alerts you when there is motion within its field of view. You can see specifically who is there. You can then react accordingly. You may also be able to dial the police to get immediate help. This is the safest way of confronting would-be intruders.
Does someone have a key to your home who should not enter it? Perhaps you want to know when your child comes home from a late night out. You can monitor access to the home through these IoT devices. Know when someone enters the door. Know when a window on the home opens up. The more insight you have, the more security is present.
Home insurance companies may offer discounts for customers who install security systems like these. This might be the case because these devices make your home safer and reduce your chances of having to make a policy claim. Talk to a Fleming & Riles agent today to learn more about which discounts are present in your policy.
Most importantly, these devices can help you minimize some of the risks to your home. If this intrigues you, consider adding one.