Some people have funny ideas about home security.
Certain homeowners, for example, boast about preventing burglaries with nothing more than a large Beware of the Doberman sign. Others park a pair of muddy size 14 boots outside the front door as a crime deterrent. Some will tell you to entrust your security to a fake security camera—an empty camera body designed to mimic a video monitoring solution.
When a burglar spots your dummy camera—complete with blinking, battery-powered red light if you spring for the high-end €20 model—they’ll quickly beat a retreat… or so the story goes.
It’s a home security urban legend with a grain of truth. A novice burglar might just be fooled, although experienced intruders can quickly spot a fake.
What you need to remember is when the cheap trick fails, what’s left to protect your home? After all, there’s a whole lot that a fake camera can’t do.
1: Fake cameras can’t show you important activity
Take this everyday scenario: While you’re at work, someone walks up to your front door. Here’s how it might go with a real camera, and with a fake one.
Real camera: With a Smartzone security camera, you’ll be notified. The visitor’s motion triggers your camera to record a clip, and we send you a smartphone alert. On opening the alert, you can pull up a live feed from your camera on your app and see what’s happening.
Now, you can take action. You can call your partner if they’re home and let them know. You can zoom in on the video feed for a better look at the visitor’s face. If your camera is a doorbell camera, you can address them directly through the camera’s speaker and ask them: ‘Hi, we can’t come to the door right now’ or ‘please leave immediately, you are being watched’ or ‘Hi Mum, give me a second and I’ll unlock the door for you and let you in’.
Fake camera: With a fake camera, none of the above applies.
2: Fake cameras can’t help you catch a burglar
Let’s say that your suspicious visitor really is up to no good. In fact, they’re a package thief, and they make off with a parcel you just had delivered to your front door.
Real camera: We’re sorry about your missing package. Your camera supplies a silver lining for you and your neighbours: a clear video clip of the thief in action.
It’s easy to download to your phone and email it to your local Garda station. You can even post it directly to Facebook to share with your neighbourhood groups if you so wish.
Your video clip can quickly become a crime-fighting asset that gives the Gardaí the breakthrough they may need to recognize and catch the thief.
PS: your Alarm.com service provider has a great solution to package theft or any other potential criminal activity on your doorstep.
Fake camera: You’ll still realize your package went missing—after a couple of days, at least and the criminal will have probably done a number of houses in your area at that point.
3: Fake cameras aren’t connected to a security system
Let’s look at the worst-case scenario. Your suspicious visitor is a daytime burglar intent on forcing your front door open, camera or no.
Real camera: This burglar quickly discovers that your camera is connected to your smart security system. As well as recording them, your Alarm.com technology is simultaneously sounding a loud alarm, sending alarm notifications to you and your family, and delivering an emergency signal to a security professional at a 24-hour monitoring station.
Fake camera: You’re going to have a terrible surprise when you get home.
4: Fake cameras can’t show you anything at all
Not everything that happens on your porch is an attempted burglary. On any given day, you’re far more likely to have a package delivered, to have neighbours visit, or to have your kids arrive home from school. Being able to see what’s going on makes everything easier and reduces everyday worries.
This is how are Smartzone camera’s are used every day and it’s what many users love most about their smart security systems. With a fake camera, you don’t get any of this.
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Picking the right home security system can be confusing.
Consider all the questions. Which brand is better? Should I use a professional installer? Are all home security apps the same? What’s the best security company? There’s a lot to discover.
To save you time, and to help you get the most protection, ease of use and everyday value, we’ve narrowed things down to seven essential things to know. Ask these questions as you assess your options to make the Smart choice.
1: Is it professionally monitored?
All Smartzone security systems are professionally monitored, because there is no effective substitute for this service. You can’t possibly see every smartphone alert that a security system sends you, and if you’re home in an emergency, your priority is to get everyone to safety.
2: Will it withstand a burglar’s toolkit?
Not all security products are engineered equally. To ensure you don’t entrust your safety to a security system that can be disabled with a hand tool, make sure it has the following:
Crash and Smash protection. A common burglary tactic is to smash a home’s security panel to prevent it sending an emergency signal to the monitoring station. Smartzones technology can recognize a crash and smash attack, and signal your monitoring station regardless.
Dedicated cellular connection. This type of signalling technology doesn’t piggyback on your home’s broadband or phone line, and so can’t be physically cut by an intruder. All Smartzone security panels have a dedicated cellular connection with battery backup for power outages.
3: How many sensors do I need?
Contact sensors are home security essentials; small devices that detect the opening and closing of doors, windows, drawers and more. Some security systems come with as little as two contact sensors, which can be a problem. Burglars don’t just use the front and back door. Smartzone will work with you to determine how many contact sensors your home requires, our support service and technology advice.
4: What else will this system protect me and my family from?
New technology means that the best security systems can protect your home from far more than a burglar.
Smartzone’s proactive safeguards can detect and respond to dangers like fire, carbon monoxide. We can also save you time and money, tackling problems like energy waste, lost keys and package deliveries. We can even alert you when there’s unexpected activity around your house, such as your kids getting into forbidden areas!
With the ability to respond to more dangers and challenges, even when disarmed, an Smartzone system gives you more value and flexibility, leaving you in complete control.
5: What happens if something stops working?
The most important thing about a security system is that it has to work when you need it. When you go it alone on a security or smart home setup, what happens when a device or component of the system needs professional attention?
With Smartzone however, help is always at hand. With advanced training, and online diagnostic tools, they can quickly troubleshoot your system. Many issues can be fixed remotely; other fixes can be carried out by a visiting technician.
In addition to great customer support when things go wrong, Smartzone users get digital updates that make their technology even smarter. We regularly roll out new features—like our Smart Signal emergency buttons, or our motion sensitive and 2 way audio video Doorbell, keeping your technology cutting-edge while other security systems grow obsolete.
6: Does it include smart home devices?
Smart home technology is the home improvement trend that’s here to stay. The right security system will set you up with everything you need for a smart home. In fact, it’s the easiest way to own one. We also have advanced heating and water controlled smart products that you can control from the same app.
7: Is this security system powered by Alarm.com?
Yes. Smartzone is powered by Alarm.com, leaders in cutting edge Security technology. Maybe you don’t need seven questions to pick the best security system? A Smartzone security system powered by Alarm.com gives you all the protection and benefits you will need.
Talk to us today.
Tom and Jerry. Chips and curry. You and your significant other. Great partnerships make the world a better place.
Take the Smartzone powered by Alarm.com Image Sensor. A partnership between a motion sensor and a connected camera, it keeps you safe, protects your property, and shows you what’s happening at home for instant peace of mind.
Unlike security cameras, Image Sensors capture photos, not video. They also don’t need wires or Wi-Fi, making them easy to install virtually anywhere in your home. Recently enhanced with better night vision and image resolution, these versatile smart home security devices have more uses than ever.
1: See and capture important activity
Did the postman just open your gate, or was it an intruder? Is that your wife in the garage, or did your two-year old finally reach the door handle? With an Image Sensor on guard, Alarm.com can send an instant snapshot to your phone when activity occurs, enabling you to act quickly if necessary, or relax.
In a fire or break-in, your Image Sensors take a stream of pictures automatically and upload them securely to Alarm.com’s cloud via cellular connection. As one Alarm.com user found out after a fire, visual evidence makes a huge difference.
Checking in is easy: just open your Smartzone App or dashboard, choose an Image Sensor, and request a snapshot. If you need to see a specific activity, like your kids arriving home, you can also create Image Sensor alerts activated by other devices—in this case, your smart lock or security panel.
3: Activate other smart devices
Because they’re powered by Alarm.com, Image Sensors can activate other smart devices on your behalf, enabling your house to respond automatically when an Image Sensor detects motion.
Want to make your porch less attractive to prowlers at night? An Alarm.com-powered smart light, triggered by an Image Sensor’s night-time motion sensors, will do the trick.
4: Stay in the know when there’s no Wi-Fi
With cellular technology on board, Alarm.com Image Sensors don’t need Wi-Fi or broadband. This makes them ideal for keeping tabs on out-of-the way areas at home, or on a holiday home without broadband service.
Even if there’s a power outage, your Image Sensors will keep on working—just like your Alarm.com-powered security panel.
Want to protect your home with Image Sensors?
Image Sensors are sold exclusively by Smartzone as part of a smart home security system, and can be quickly installed alongside other smart devices like locks, security cameras, video doorbells and more.
When you go on holiday, it’s extra-relaxing to have a friend or family member keeping an eye on things at home.
This year, though, you could give your regular houseminder a break—and give yourself a new level of peace of mind.
When it comes to protecting, securing, and keeping an eye on your home, new technology can rival even the most diligent housesitter. A smart security system powered by Smartzone watches your home around the clock, and can take proactive measures to safeguard your property while making it easy to check in anytime.
Here’s why Smartzone could be the greatest houseminder of all.
1: It never takes its eyes off your house.
Houseminders are great at keeping an eye on things, but they also have to earn paychecks, run errands, sleep and socialize.
A smart security system, meanwhile, can provide round-the-clock awareness. Connected sensors and devices can generate instant smartphone alerts about important activity at your home, letting you know if something is wrong or suspicious.
With 24-7 professional monitoring, a fire or break-in can be reported to a monitoring station, where a security professional can dispatch first responders to your home. It doesn’t matter whether you see an alert or not in order for you to be protected in an emergency.
2: It knows where the water main is
If a pipe leaks or bursts, how quickly could you get to the water main and shut it off? Wait… do you even know where your water main is? If you don’t, then your houseminder certainly doesn’t.
Protection from water damage is another area where technology now outpaces even the most diligent human. With a combination of water sensors and a smart shutoff valve fitted to your home’s water main, your Smartzone-powered system is capable of detecting a leak and automatically shutting the water off to prevent damage from accumulating.
With the clean-up costs of a water leak potentially running into tens of thousands of Euro’s, this is one proactive safeguard you definitely want when you travel.
3: It’s always home to accept deliveries
You’re expecting post while you’re gone, but you can’t expect your houseminder to put their schedule on hold in order to sit at your house, waiting for the doorbell to ring.
A doorbell camera, integrated into your security system, can make things easy. When the Postman rings the bell, your Smartzone app can alert you. Wherever you happen to be, you should be able to see them, talk to them, unlock your smart lock, and ask them to leave the package inside.
4: You can check in anytime—no calls necessary.
With time differences and busy schedules, checking in with your houseminder can be inconvenient. You might prefer not to bother them.
With Smartzone, though, you can check in whenever you feel that itch. Just open your app, select a video camera feed, and take a peek. You can also quickly scan the status of your locks, smart thermostat, system arming status, lights and garage door.
If you prefer to keep check-ins to a minimum, it’s easy to set up alerts customized to your preferences. Give your house-minder a personalized keyless access code, and you can have an alert appear whenever they show up and leave, or only if they don’t show at all. You can even create video alerts associated with your smart lock to visually verify who’s visiting.
Smartzone, Powered by Alarm.com.
You just hit the hay after a long day and your family is sleeping. You’re drifting off, almost asleep, when you hear it: a noise from outside your front door. Your dog hears it too and goes nuts.
Is it a prowler? Or a fox? Or the wind?
With smart home security, you don’t even have to get out of bed to investigate. With wireless image sensors, connected video cameras, powerful cloud intelligence and a convenient smartphone app, Alarm.com can show you exactly what’s going on outside, making light work of worries such as…
“What’s that noise at the front door?”
So… is it a fox or some other prowler making that noise at your front door? With an Smartzone doorbell camera installed and connected, you can see right away. As well as a doorbell, it’s a full security camera, able to detect motion, capture a clip, and send a video alert to your phone.
Should you hear an unexpected noise and want to check who’s there, you can open a live video feed from your doorbell in your app. If it’s someone you know, you can let them in by unlocking your smart lock. Foxes, meanwhile, can be shooed away with two-way audio.
“Are the kids okay in the garden?”
You can’t be in two places at once. Your toddler needs to settle in for a nap, but the older kids want to stay out and play. Or maybe the dog isn’t ready to come in, but you have jobs to do indoors.
With smart video monitoring, it can be easier to keep an eye on kids and pets having fun in the sun. An outdoor camera installed on a rear wall can show you exactly what they’re up to. You can even stream the picture to your kitchen TV.
“Are my lawn mower and tools okay in the garage?”
That’s a whole different question—and Smartzone also has the answer! 😉
Interested in smart home security?
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