The beginning of a new year is a great time to consider the state of your property’s security system and ways you might improve the safety of your home or business. With technology constantly advancing and crime rates on the rise, it’s never been more important to put safeguards in place to protect your family, employees and belongings. Ahead are our top tips for upgrading your security system in 2023…
Installing security cameras offer various benefits by increasing security, deterring intruders, providing visual evidence of activities on the premises and increasing the overall value of your property. There are many types of surveillance cameras, including indoor, outdoor and doorbell cameras.
For businesses, cameras should be positioned to face cashiers and other areas with expensive merchandise or poor supervision, as well as the entries and exits. In the home, cameras are ideally located at key entry points around the house, including the front and back doors, windows and the garage door, as well as areas less frequented by members of the household or where valuables are stored.
To minimise energy consumption, there are also motion sensor cameras which will turn on and record activity only when movement is detected. These can be set up to trigger an alarm or send a notification to your phone or other chosen device.
External night lighting is a great way to improve security on your premises. Lighting your outdoor areas will enable a clearer view of activities around your property for security guards, neighbours or passer-by’s.
Sensor lighting is a convenient and energy-efficient option, offering light only when movement is detected. This makes it a strong deterrent for potential intruders, as it draws significant attention to their approach.
Light timers can be used when you’re away from the home or office but want to give the illusion to outsiders that there are people on the premises. These involve setting a time period throughout the day or night in which lights will be automatically turned on or off. This is ideal in offices over holiday periods, or in the home while you’re off vacationing without a care in the world.
Alarm systems are designed to protect your home or business from intruders and other hazards. They typically involve sensors or motion detectors that sound an audible alarm when an intrusion is detected, and in some cases, will notify an allocated device. Some alarm systems may also alert the local authorities or fire department in case of an emergency. Alarm systems can vary in complexity and can include a range of features such as remote access, video surveillance and integration with other smart home devices.
Smart locks allow you to lock and unlock your doors remotely, which provides peace of mind when you’re away from the house. No more moments of panic questioning whether you remembered to lock the front door on your way out! This option can be especially useful if you have frequent guests, house sitters, cleaners, staff or visiting contractors while you’re out of the home or office, but don’t wish to hand out individual keys.
Smart thermostats can be integrated with other smart home devices and can be controlled remotely; this can be helpful to give the impression that someone is home when you're away.
Biometric technology, such as fingerprint or facial recognition, can be integrated into smart locks, cameras and other devices to provide an extra layer of security to your home or business.