How To Keep The People And Things You Care For Safe At Home
North American Precis Syndicate
A smart home security system can help you have peace of mind wherever you are. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—From kids and pets, to your home or business, there is a lot
you want to protect. There are many things you need to consider when wanting
to keep your loved ones safe and your valuables secure. To help, here are
some top tips:
First and foremost, security has come a long way from the days of alarm
systems with monthly monitoring fees from a security company,
or the dependency on your neighbors to respond when they hear the alarm. With
today’s smart home and Internet of things technology, it is economical,
easy and very effective to install an enterprise-level security system to
keep a constant eye on what matters most to you.
If you are seeking an easy way to have a watchful eye on your home when
you are away, you can install a smart home security camera system for a
relatively small investment, compared to the security systems of old. A good
example is the NETGEAR Arlo security camera
systems, which can take a lot of the worrying out of your life. “Install”
is a bit of a misleading term in that Arlo cameras
are 100 percent wire-free; just snap the cameras onto the magnetic mount for
easy placement. Without the need for power or a hardwire
to your Internet connection, you can strategically place the cameras inside
and outside, with no concern for how they would perform in adverse weather
conditions because they are weatherproof rated. In minutes, you’ll be
set up to monitor your valuables from the palm of your hand anywhere in the
world. You can even share camera access or specific videos with friends and
These cameras also come with rechargeable batteries and have an optional
solar panel accessory that is worry free. And, with the two-way audio, you
can even greet FedEx and let the delivery person know where to place your
latest Amazon purchases.
Simplicity is the name of the game here with these new technologies. The
free app is designed so you can access video, receive alerts and get a live
view of your video feed. It is available for iOS
(Apple), Android, Apple TV and Web browser with no hidden charges and allows
you to check in with a live video feed at any time. With the motion-activated
alerts, you can respond to emergencies immediately—100-decibel siren included—and also have a record for any
potential follow-up with your local police department.
The Arlo camera system can protect in three
1. At Home: Whether you’re
on the couch or at the office, it will alert you when someone’s coming.
From housekeepers and babysitters to repairmen, mail delivery and gardeners,
you can keep tabs on all the activity around your house.
2. Business Security: See what
your workers are up to when you’re not there or check to ensure the
cleaners locked up properly after closing.
3. Pet Monitoring: See what
happens when you’re away and take whatever steps are needed to keep
pets (and neighbors) smiling. Geofencing is
Additionally, NETGEAR has created an initiative called Arlo
Cares, to partner with communities to provide options when it comes to their
security. Arlo Cares works with public safety
professionals as well as nonprofit organizations to demonstrate how easy it
can be for community members, working together, to promote a safer and more
secure environment for their friends, family and fellow neighbors.
There are also plenty more tips you can follow to ensure the security of
Something that may not always be common sense in this day of connected
networks is: Don’t post your travel plans on social media. We all love
to share our travel experiences with friends and family and our social
channels make it so easy to do so; however, be warned if your accounts are
public. You could be broadcasting to the world that no one is home.
Also, the old standby still holds: If you’ll be away for any
extended time, stop mail and newspaper deliveries, and ask a neighbor to
remove any flyers that might be placed on your doorstep.
It is always a good idea to keep shrubs and bushes trimmed and to use
outdoor lighting to eliminate places where a potential prowler could hide.
There are even plenty of motion-activated lights that can put more light on a
subject, so to speak. And remember those timers; these are still effective
ways to turn lights and televisions on and off when you are not home. It
gives the impression of activity to any passersby.
You should also be wary of anyone offering repairs or contract work door-to-door.
Ask to see his or her operating license and call the company. They may just
be snooping to see if someone is home during the day, or if they do get
contracted, they may have an open invitation to evaluate the contents of your
home and accessibility options.
Many of us have very busy lives and the sense of community is often a
remote one, but it is still important to get to know your neighbors. You can
also leave spare keys with someone you trust, and don’t place them
under a doormat or planter or other obvious hiding place. Lock exterior doors
at night and every time you leave the house, even if it’s just for a
few minutes. Lock gates, garage doors and shed doors after every use. Keep outdoor
lights on in the evening—whether or not someone is home. Secure sliding
glass doors with a dowel or pin.
For further facts, go to www.arlo.com.
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