What devices can help boost home security?
Source: William Pao, a&s International
Needless to say, security plays a major role in protecting people and assets at end user organizations. But with home being where you and your loved ones live, home security
is important as well and can be enhanced with certain devices.
More and more, home security has become a concern amid burglaries and other criminal activities, rendering security devices and systems more critical than ever. “Criminals tend to search for properties they believe are easy targets,” said a recent blogpost
by 2MCCTV, a U.S.-based systems integrator. “However, you don’t have to be an easy target, as there are some precautions you can take to help prevent your property from being burglarized.”
The devices that can help protect properties are summarized as follows.
According to the post, security cameras
are a good place to start and act as a great deterrent when placed in strategic visible locations. “The number and style of cameras needed will be determined by the size of property and budget, although we recommend covering entrances/exits and the surrounding property, as well as inside the building,” it said. Pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras
are a great option … allowing users to remotely control the view of the camera from any location via a specific controller or smartphone/tablet/laptop.”
Glass break sensors
Criminals may try to find alternative ways to enter the home other than the door, and this often leads them to windows, the post said. “In addition to closing and locking any windows, you should also consider installing glass break sensors because in the end, they are just panes of glass that can be shattered,” it said. “Garage windows are more susceptible to being shattered because they are often not connected to the house or are on the far end. This means they will be less likely to be heard if broken into.”
Sirens and strobes
According to the post, sirens and strobe lights are a huge help in securing the property after a break-in. “If a criminal does attempt to enter your property and they are greeted by bright flashing lights and loud alarms informing people of their wrongdoings, they are sure to flee the scene quickly,” it said. “Sirens and strobes can also help direct law enforcement to your property, further securing it after an event.
Motion activated floodlights
are a huge deterrent because they make it harder for a criminal to sneak into the property, the post said. “They also make them question whether the property is currently occupied by more security conscious and aware individuals. Floodlights will also aid your surveillance cameras in capturing quality footage you can provide for law enforcement. Floodlights can also inform your neighbors that a possibly illegal situation is taking place and they can help inform you and law enforcement,” it said.
A digital communicator like a GSM bridge may also be considered, according to the post. “These devices allow users to connect their CCTV feed to smartphones, tables and laptops. This enables them to receive updates if there is a breach or view video footage from a safe environment,” it said. “This gives you more control in the palm of your hand so that you don’t need to go out and investigate a possible active crime scene. You can also use this to control your alarm system and check your camera feed in case the triggered event is a false alarm like with a possible stray animal.”