How To: Increase Home & Business Safety with Smart Devices

We hear the buzzwords all the time.  Internet of Things.  Connected devices.  Smart TVs and thermostats.

There’s no denying smart technology is on the rise.  The worldwide smart home market is forecasted to be $53.5 billion by 2022.  The current estimated connected home technologies sales in the U.S. is at $1,485,000.

Smart technology can provide both home and business owners alike in St. Petersburg with peace of mind, convenience and efficiency.  We know it can be overwhelming to pick the right device for your home from such a crowded market.  And once you do pick the device, you still have to learn how to use it most effectively.

Below, our trained Pop-A-Lock St. Petersburg technicians give some suggested smart devices to improve your home’s or business’s security, and how they work.

Smart Devices For Increased Security

There are a variety of smart devices that can automate processes and help to increase your home or business’s security.  Some devices to consider include:

Smart Locks

Installing smart locks can be a great first step in home or business automation, and can help increase the security of both as well.  For starters, a lot of smart locks will give you remote access, allowing you to check from afar if your door is locked.  Never again will you have that “Oh no, did I lock the door?” feeling 20 minutes down the road.

Smartphone with home security app in a hand with home in the background

Additionally smart locks can help you control who has access to your home or business in a more secure manner.  With traditional keys, if you want someone to have access without your help, you have to make a copy of the key.  But then, eventually, there are too many copies floating around and your security has actually decreased.  With many smart locks, you can give someone a code to unlock the door.  This code can then be changed every so often, to make sure only the correct people have access.

Some smart locks even go a step further, and allow you to give out time-limited codes.  For example, you can give someone a code that lasts 15 minutes, or 24 hours.  Then that code expires.  This ensure people only have access for as long as you want them to.

Automated Light Bulbs

Setting light bulbs to automatically come on at certain times of day can also deter any potential thieves.  You could set your lights on a traditional timer, so they turn on and off at specific times each day.  Or, if you’d like to go to the next level, there are smart light bulbs that can be controlled remotely.  These allow you to monitor which lights are on in your house or business, and turn any of them on or off from wherever you are.  Even if you’re not there, if lights are on inside it will look like you are, which will deter those robbers!

Motion-Activated Outdoor Lights

The same idea from above applies to outdoor lighting.  If a thief is sneaking around your yard or the parking lot of your business, and they trigger a light, they’ll likely be scared off.  The threat of being seen by neighbors, passersby, or someone inside the house or building is increased when alight shines.  No crook wants that!

Home Well Lit with Motion Activated Outdoor Lights

Smart Doorbells

There are some pretty high-tech doorbells available today.  Many of them have video cameras built in, which is a great way to remotely keep an eye on your house.  If you’re away, you can check in every once in a while for peace of mind that all is still well.  If you are home or in the office at odd hours, and you hear an unexpected noise outside or knock on the door, you can safely check who it is before actually answering the door.

Many of these doorbells can also send alerts to your phone if motion is detected.  If someone is roaming around outside your home or business, you’ll get a real-time notification on your phone.  Then you can open up the app, check the camera footage and make sure everything is safe.  If something is wrong, you can call emergency services faster than if you don’t know something is wrong until you get home later.

Smart Garage Doors

Garage doors with the right technology can also provide increased security for your home or business.  Some smart garages will also alert you of motion detected.  Again, even if you are not home or inside the  business, you can check on the app what the motion was.  If it is someone or something suspicious, you can alert the police sooner.

Security Systems With Connected Cameras

Security systems with connected cameras let you keep an eye on your home or business while you’re away.  These smart cameras allow you to check areas like your living room, backyard, office space – anywhere you set one up.  And, they allow you to do this any time, anywhere.

Some systems will even assign dates and times to its footage.  So, say you get an alert on your phone at 3am that motion is detected in your backyard.  You can go back later and check the footage from 3am to see what the motion was.  And, many of these systems can be accessed from mobile devices, so you don’t have to be at a computer to check.

Another great possible feature of these smart security systems is setting virtual boundaries.  You could set one, for example, to go a certain distance around your home or specifically around an area of your office that needs added security.  If that boundary is breached, you’ll be alerted.

Be Proactive

Smart home technologies come in a wide variety.  No matter the device or system, though, they have all have one thing in common – they’ll provide you convenience and peace of mind when it comes to your home or business’s security.  Don’t wait until something happens to retroactively install better security measures, though.  Be proactive and get started today, to ensure you and your family or employees stay safe!

We at Pop-A-Lock know it’s a very crowded market of smart technology.  If you’re not sure which to try first, check this list of smart home technologies, which recommends good starter devices, such as smart locks and door bells.

Or, contact your local Pop-A-Lock professionals to learn more about what solution might be best for you! Call Pop-A-Lock St. Petersburg today at 727-896-8704 or visit us online at popalockstpetersburg.com.

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How Can I Increase The Security of My Home?

Here in St. Petersburg, feeling safe in your home is a top priority for most people. But many wonder, how do you get this safety? Through taking measures like using a high-end security system and not letting your mailbox overflow, you can increase your home’s overall security. Below. Pop-A-Lock St. Petersburg has included eight suggested ways you can increase the security of your home no matter the type of house or budget.

Make it Look Like You’re Home, Even if You’re Not

Most robbers are going to be looking for a house they know is empty. They don’t want an altercation, they want an empty house to ransack and leave. Whether you’re leaving for a vacation or just out for the day, there are a few ways you can make it look like you’re home, even if you’re not.

Install Motion-Activated Lights

Robbers don’t like to be seen. Motion-activated lights can be a great way to scare off someone looking to enter your home. When the lights come on, the thief is at risk of a neighbor seeing them. They also could believe someone is home and turned the lights on from inside.

Put Lights on Timers

Having smart light bulbs is a quick and easy way to make someone on the outside believe you’re home. Set the lights on random timers so some are always turned on. That way crooks can’t tell if you’re away running errands or on vacation. They also won’t be able to pick up on any recurring schedules such as being gone for work.

Don’t Leave Mail in the Mailbox or Packages on the Porch

An overflowing mailbox or unattended packages are signs to crooks that no one is home. If you’re going away on vacation, ask a neighbor or a friend to empty your mailbox and gather packages while you’re away. Even if you’re only at work or out for the day, ask delivery people to leave packages in a backyard or private area if you can.

 

Trim Your Bushes and Grass

As with the mail and packages, an unkempt yard can be a sign to a crook that you’re not home, and haven’t been in a while. This can make them feel more comfortable scoping out your home and robbing it. On top of that, overflowing bushes and grass can make it easier for thieves to stay out of site from neighbors. It’s best to keep your bushes and grass as tidy and trimmed as possible.

Security Gadgets For Round-The-Clock Safety

In addition to making it look like you’re home when you’re not, there are many other security measures that you can take to provide additional safety when you are home. Below are some suggested tips and tools to keep you and your family safe inside your home.

Rekey Your Home

There are a lot of ways our house keys can get out in the world. Giving a spare to a neighbor or child off at college, for example. But, sometimes – for whatever reason – someone who once needed a key no longer does. Every once in a while you should rekey your home so you can know exactly who has copies of your key. This also lets you make sure no one has access who you don’t want to have access.

Install Smart Locks

A lot of robbers don’t force entry into a house, but instead find one with an unlocked door and walk right in. Installing smart locks that automatically lock behind you will make sure this isn’t an option. It will also stop the dreaded “did I lock the door behind me?” feeling miles down the road.

 

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Have Locks and/or Stops on All Windows

Many crooks know that most people keep their doors locked these days. But not everyone keeps their windows locked. Installing locks on your windows can help you sleep easy at night knowing every port of entry into the house is inaccessible. There are also window stops, preventing windows from opening more than six inches. This is great for getting some fresh air but keeping unwanted robbers out.

Have a Security Camera

If you want to have high security, you can install a security camera outside (or inside) your home. You can also install an alarm that goes off when doors or windows open. A camera will likely frighten away any robbers. It also can give you peace of mind by allowing you to keep an eye on your house when you’re not home. An alarm system will alert both you and the security company if someone enters your home.

 

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There are a lot of ways you can increase the security of your home. Whether it be something simple like making sure your mailbox isn’t overflowing, or something bigger like installing smart locks or a security camera. Depending on your budget, the overall safety of your neighborhood, and more, there is a solution out there for you!

Check out our free home security audit and contact one of our professionals today to schedule a visit for your home. Contact Pop-A-Lock’s St. Petersburg location today by calling (727) 896-8704 or visit us online at popalockstpetersburg.com!

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