Security is a serious concern for the average homeowner in 2019. In fact, according to the Office for National Statistics, burglary and theft have remained relatively level for the past few years; meaning that there’s just as likely to be an increase as there is to be a decrease in this type of crime. Combined with the fact that seven homes in the UK are burgled every minute, it’s no wonder that more people than ever are investigating in security technology to keep them and their loved ones safe.
So what are thegadget to invest in for 2019? Here are just a few to get you started:
1. Smart doorbells
Smart doorbells are one of the most on-trend pieces of security tech out there at the moment. Often compatible with smartphones, or interior monitors, these doorbells allow you to see who is at the door before you answer it. Many of the systems even allow for speech, like a classic intercom, allowing the user to check ID before they even unlock the door. For higher-risk areas of home invasion, smart doorbells are a particularly useful innovation; and come in many affordable price points, such as the Ring system.
2. Medical alert systems
For seniors, one of their biggest fears is falling or becoming sick, and being unable to call for help. In many cases, a medical alert system can provide excellent peace of mind for older individuals, and have multiple uses in the home for older residents. Many different medical alert systems are available on the market, suited for many different purposes. Features such as fall detection, GPS and two-way communication can offer versatile solutions for elderly people living alone, as well as for those living with their carers or children on-site.
3. Key fob replacements
Your front door is the main entryway into your home, so it’s no surprise that it is often the first place tried by potential intruders or thieves. While high-quality traditional locks can offer a good level of security to a property, using key fob replacements instead of a traditional analogue lock can improve security and keep your home safe at all times. These locks often come with several programmable fobs, as well as access via your phone (in some cases) for the ultimate security. In fact, some systems can even be connected with interior security or even lighting systems to ensure optimum safety; such as locks compatible with the popular Nest home system.
4. Door & window sensors
Interior sensors are often the last thing we think of when it comes to home security, but they’re just as essential as exterior security systems. Installing door and window sensors can not only ensure the security of your home while you’re there, but also alert you to someone gaining entry when you’re not. These systems can be incredibly simple, with the ability to just notify your smartphone upon entry. For more complex systems, the use of alarms, direct notification to a security firm or even the ability to open and shut doors and windows from a distance can be included. It all depends on how high-tech you’d like your system to be.
5. Home camera systems
One of the most obvious forms of home security, a camera system can provide ultimate peace of mind, and also be a multi-purpose addition to the household. Placed in strategic areas, such as the hall, living spaces and even upstairs higher-risk areas, it’s possible to monitor your home even when you’re miles away. Combined with exterior camera systems, an interior system can not only offer safety, but also evidence (should the worst happen). Another excellent bonus is that these systems, and other specific systems, can also be used for the monitoring of pets while at work, adding an additional purpose to your system and offering a way to keep an eye on your beloved animals while you’re away.
Security is a top concern for just about every household, as well as in businesses, with HR investing in new technology for the safety of staff more than ever. Buying into 2019’s top technology is an excellent way to ensure you have peace of mind when it comes to your home. Whether you’re in bed asleep, in the office or abroad on holiday, a tech-focused security system is exactly what you need to stay safe at all times.
BIO: Harriet is a creative copywriter and blogger based in sunny Somerset.