5 Things You Should Do If Your Home Has Been Burgled

An average of two homes in Ireland are burgled each hour in Ireland. Burglaries can leave homeowners feeling unpleasant, frightened and emotionally vulnerable. Having valuables taken from you can leave you distraught and scared to be in your own home.

If your home has been burgled, it’s important to take the correct steps to ensure a smoother process after the incident. This can make a significant difference in any follow up procedures with the Gardaí and your insurance company.

Here are 5 tips which we recommend you should take heed of if you are a victim of a break in.

 

  • Write down everything you remember to give to the Gardai: Shock can make us forget important details. That’s why it’s important that you write down as much as you can while waiting for the Gardai to arrive. Intruder descriptions, the direction the burglars went when running off and vehicle details can be significant when trying to catch the criminals.

 

  • Take Pictures: Taking photos and videos of the scene can help you document any items that were taken. It is also important to keep records for your insurance company.

 

  • Contact your insurance company: It’s best to contact your insurance company as soon as you can. Your insurance company will require you to share and submit all information that you gave to the Gardaí.

 

 

  • Take time for yourself: A burglary can leave you feeling scared, unsafe and unsettled. That is why it is important to heal emotionally after the incident. Take some time to yourself to deal with the guards and your insurance company. Reach out and talk to someone if the emotional stress starts to affect your everyday living.

 

  • Invest in Smart Home Security: Smart Home Security provides extra layers of security that is not offered by traditional alarms. The system is controlled through an app on your phone ensuring that you are notified the moment anything happens. In some cases this may give you time to react during a burglary. Our system is also professionally monitored meaning the Guards will be called if you or any of the listed contacts cannot verify why the system has been triggered. Smart Security systems also work off both broadband and GSM connection so the alarm continues to work even if the broadband line is down or has been cut.

Smartzone provides Ireland’s smartest, wireless alarm to give Irish homeowners the best, top of the range security. Our system works to ensure that your home is safe and secure at all times. If you have yet to consider home security and you are still unsure, you can speak to one of our Smartzone team members today on 0214966248,  check out our website at www.smartzone.ie or fill out the form below and we will call you.

 

 

Comfort, Security and Convenience – How Smart Home Technology Is Transforming The Way We Live

Ireland has long sought to catch up with technologies widely available in the land across the ocean. Like American Football and Diners, Smart Home Security and Automation has spread its influence to Europe. With Ireland quickly following in the footsteps of our US counterparts.

The US market for Smart Home is growing at such an incredible rate that it is predicted to be worth €73 million by 2021. More than 80% of American home buyers have expressed an interest in the technology. So, it’s no wonder Ireland has picked up on the trend!  

By implementing Smart Home Security and Automation, houses are transformed into more than just living spaces. They become a place of ease, comfort and convenience. Our products work as part of an Ecosystem allowing for integration of all aspects of the Smart Home. Everything is controlled from the one dashboard making our system even smarter.

We offer solutions for all needs, including Smart Home Security, Video Monitoring, Home Automation, Heating Controls and Wellness.

 

Smarter Home Security

For the first time, the heart of the home is placed in the control of the homeowner. Home Security Systems give homeowners valued insight into what is happening in their home at all times. The technology provides a source of incredible real time knowledge so homeowners feel assured that their home is safe and secure.

Users are sent instant alerts and email the moment any unusual activity is recognised in the home for ultimate peace of mind.

 

Video Monitoring

HD cameras let you live view what is happening inside and around your home straight to your phone. Some of our cameras, including the popular Video Doorbell, come with an intercom feature so you can chat to visitors, family and even pets (if that’s your thing), while you’re away from home.

But security isn’t the only feature of the smart home. We provide add-ons to our package to give users an all-round smart home automation experience. With simple to use technology, homes become a space for sustainable and convenient living.

 

Heating Controls

Wintery spells can have us craving a perfectly brewed cup of tea while sitting on the sofa in the coziest of temperatures. Now you can relax by not moving a muscle to change the thermostat. A push of a few buttons on the app swiftly adjusts the temperatures in your home, leaving you to rest in absolute comfort.

Even on the long, warm days of the summer our thermostat can recognise when a window or door is left open and turns itself down saving you money on your bills.

 

Home Automation

Lights can be switched on or off and slightly dimmed with control and ease to create a luxurious atmosphere thanks to Home Automation. You also add on colour changing LED light bulbs, which use less energy than regular bulbs, to easily alter the mood. 

Want not waste not with energy as management tools are available on your phone. The app lets you monitor the energy usage in your home so you understand what appliances may be draining on your electricity. You can also compare your usage over time.

Never fear flooding again. Smart Leakage Sensors pick up on the presence of water where it shouldn’t be. With an extendable cable to access hard to reach areas, you’ll be notified of any leaks or flooding with the sound of an alarm. Leakage Sensors can also help you to reduce your home insurance premium.

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Wellness

Wellness is the perfect solution helping aging loved ones to live more independently by providing a 24/7 safety net. By monitoring the daily habits of your loved one, our system learns routine and alerts listed contacts if anything appears to be out of the ordinary.

 

You truly are King or Queen of your castle when you are in control of your home so why not try Smart Home Security and Automation? To learn more about what we have to offer call us on 0818 222926 or check out our website for more information.

Protect Your Home Like Never Before With Video Analytics

Smart Home Security is already proved an essential when giving your home the best protection. With instant alerts, remote arming features and professional monitoring, Smartzone customers are getting the best experience and value for money with their home alarm system… not to mention we are cheaper than most of our competitors.

And while Smart Home Security is taking all the complication out of protecting your house, we have introduced a way to maintain the simplicity of our system yet make it even more intelligent.

How? By introducing Video Analytics to the Irish market. Video Analytics create an even safer environment in your home – meaning you truly get the best protection with our security system.

The intelligent feature makes it easier to understand what is happening in your home, providing an extra layer of security.

 

What is Video Analytics?

Video Analytics is a recently introduced feature on the Alarm.com app. The optional feature integrates with your HD Video Monitoring system to give more intelligent alerts and insights. Using Artificial Intelligence, the analytics tool quickly learns occurrences in your home. By doing so it begins to understand the difference between unusual and everyday, routine activity.

So, if you leave for work everyday at 7:30am and return at 6pm, it recognises this as something that is normal and happens regularly. This way if someone is detected around the house at 2:30pm, the feature instantly knows that this is unusual activity and that the homeowner should be notified.

The nifty tool also categorises your video alerts, by using real-time insight, to give you greater control and value for your video monitoring package.

What exactly can  it do?

Camera used to serve a fairly standard function – video monitoring your home and saving to a harddrive for you to check out later. Smart Home technology transformed this by giving homeowners the option to save video footage to cloud storage so they can access only the most important video clips. The alert system meant that uses got instant notifications if anything out of the ordinary occurred.

Video Analytics has revolutionized how video monitoring works. The feature is so advanced that it can recognise if movement outside is the result of a person, animal or vehicle. Regular visitors, such as the postman, deliverymen (for those online shopping addicts), or neighbours, will be ignored so you’re not bogged down with any unnecessary alerts. These distinctions are made in real time before alerting you, or not, all according the preferences you set on the app.

We can now offer the function of creating zones and virtual, multi directional ‘tripwires’ around your home, so you are alerted the moment anyone or anything enters or crosses these sections.

 

With Video Analytics you know when  

 

Pets break the rules: Want to know if it really is your neighbours dog who has been sniffing around your garden when you’re away? Or do you have a sneaking suspicion that your pet has been sleeping on your bed while your at work? You will now get notifications which detect the movements of animals inside and outside your home, depending on where your cameras are placed.

Visitors linger: Be in the know when an unknown visitor is caught lingering around your home, but not when the postman delivers your mail.  

Vehicles stop: Get alerts when cars or vans pull up outside your home, but not every time a vehicle drives past.

You can add video analytics to your video monitoring system for just an additional €5 per month – not bad for that extra layer of protection. If you’re interested in activating video analytics contact Smartzone on 0818 222926. For more information about Smartzone and the services we provide visit our website at www.smartzone.ie.

Burglar Charged After Leaving DNA Evidence At The Scene Of Crime

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A burglar has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison after leaving behind substantial evidence at the scene of the crime.

 

The burglary, which took place in Knapp’s Square in Cork, resulted in the robbery of the homeowners camera, camera lens and his BMW car key.

 

The thief had left behind evidence including DNA on a soft drink can, fingerprints, DNA on a cigarette and a phone credit receipt – which was traced back to the shop the thief bought it from. CCTV footage clearly showed the accused purchasing the phone credit.

 

The accused’s defense barrister stated that the burglar grabbed the opportunity to rob the apartment after noticing that the first floor window has been left open.

 

The thief had 10 previous burglary convictions among a staggering total of 105 convictions!

 

Unfortunately, not all burglars are this naive… There’s no guarantee that you’ll wake up during the night to catch burglars just in time, or for them to leave enough evidence behind to get caught.

 

Smart Home Security protects your home through instant alerts and professional monitoring. With our window and door sensors you’ll be notified if you accidentally leave a window open.

 

Our Security system is controlled through your phone so you know exactly what is happening in your home. The Smart Home Security Package includes 3 X PIR Motion Sensors, 2 X Window / Door Sensors, 1 X Arm / Disarm Keypad and a Smart Home Hub.

 

Learn more about our Smart Home Security Service here.

Is Your Home Secure This Summer?

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The summer is almost upon us and if recent weather is any indication of what’s to come, it will be an absolute beauty. Whether you’re staying local or heading abroad, Smart Home Solutions can keep your home secure so you don’t have to worry while soaking up the sun. 

With so many features Smart Home Security can help break-in prevention without having to go to Kevin McCallister level of creativity and effort.

Here are some tips on how you can properly secure your home to reduce the likelihood of your home being burgled.

 

  • Never ever leave windows and door open while you’re away. Even if you’re popping to the local shop for some milk, you should always ensure that any entrances are securely locked. Our Smart Home package includes window and door sensors, which notify you the instant any of your windows and doors have been opened.

 

  • Us Irish have a habit of leaving keys outside the home, under bins, flower pots..anywhere! While we may believe that no harm will come of it, leaving keys outside is like giving a dog a bone. Burglars will spend time looking if they think they can get away with it. So, never keep keys outside, or invest in smart locks which gives you control over who can and can’t access your home.

 

  • Lighting, lighting, lighting. If there is one major sign that noone is home it’s a house blanketed in darkness. If you’re heading out for the evening make sure to leave a light or two on to give the illusion that someone is home. Smart lighting can integrate with the Smart Home Security package, causing lights to switch on automatically the moment a sensor is triggered.

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  • A little fact about burglars – they don’t like cameras. Research has shown that cameras are effective at keeping burglars at bay. They just don’t want to risk getting caught. Smartzone provide a range of cameras for indoor, outdoors and even video doorbells so you can see who is at your front door.

 

  • Arm your alarm! An obvious one, but a staggering number of alarm owners fail to arm their alarms regularly. Our app notifies you if you have failed to set your alarm allowing you to set it directly from your phone.

Smartzone’s Spring / Summer sale is now running. Secure your home this summer for as little as €199! For more information you can speak to one of our Smartzone team members on 0818222926, or fill out our contact form here and we will contact you free of charge.

What Is Geo Fencing And Why Do Smartzone Customers Love It So Much?

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Whether you have Heating Controls or the full Smart Home Security Starter Pack installed you already know about the wonderful and helpful features of Geo Fencing.

Geo Fencing is so easy and convenient to use, and just another reason why Irish homeowners are choosing Smartzone for their Smart Home solutions.

But what is Geo Fencing and how can it benefit you?

Geo Fencing is a feature on the app that allows you to set an invisible boundary around your home. Once you pass the boundary or enter the boundary the Smart Home Panel reacts to ensure that your home is protected and saving energy.

 

Don’t worry about forgetting

Our Smart Home Security Bundle is effective in ensuring that your home is protected while you’re away. But, it only works in your security system is armed. With Geo Fencing you can set a rule that your security system automatically arms once you leave the house – giving your home the best protection.

 

Save energy while you’re away

The best and easiest way to save energy in your smart home is by lowering the thermostat when it is not needed. But, if you’re like most of us you rush out the door in the morning to get the kids to school or make sure you don’t get caught in traffic. You can set rules so that the thermostat reduces the temperatures when you leave the boundary – saving energy and money!

 

 

Come home to comfort

There’s nothing better than stepping into a perfectly heated home, grabbing a cup of tea and relaxing on the couch when you finish your duties for the day. Geo Fencing turns the heat up when you’re on your way home. It can also turn on lights so you don’t have to fumble in the dark when stepping inside your door.

 

Put the security cameras on pause

Adding cameras to your security package makes your home even more secure then ever. However, you don’t want to receive constant alerts while you and your family walk about the house. Geo Fencing lets you pause cameras while your at home so you don’t get bogged down with alerts.

Geo Fencing can be set on the app’s dashboard. If you’re having trouble setting a boundary you can call our technical support team on 0818222926.

FAQ: I’ve got an issue with one of my products. What do I do?

We get a lot of non techy people telling us they couldn’t ever get Smart Home technology put into their house in the event that something would go wrong. “But I wouldn’t know how to fix it?!” we often hear, but no need to worry as our customer service team is here for you. 

With Smartzone it doesn’t matter if you love or loathe technology. Our team are on hand to help you through any issues you may have with a product or the app.

You can call us on 0818 222 926 between 9 – 5:30pm Monday to Friday if you are having any troubles with our system. Our team will work hard to get an engineer to your home as soon as possible.

Should you have any technical problems with the app, we can usually solve these quickly so you don’t have to worry.

With Smartzone you know you will have peace of mind knowing that our highly skilled team are always there for you.

If you would like to speak with a Customer Service representative call us on 0818 222 926 or contact us via our website and we will get back to you.