Before the rise of smart­phones and portable tablets, home secu­ri­ty sys­tems worked in a tra­di­tion­al way. A two-way voice mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem was installed at the home. If the home were to be bro­ken into, the alarm com­pa­ny would react, send­ing the police and noti­fy­ing you via phone. Nowa­days how­ev­er, things have changed. Changes in smart­phone tech­nol­o­gy and the intro­duc­tion of tablets allow you to do so much more on the go. Secu­ri­ty sys­tems now allow you to con­trol your home mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem from wher­ev­er you are to when­ev­er you want. These mod­ern sys­tems allow home own­ers to turn their sys­tems on or off, deter­mine the radius of the house to mon­i­tor and check in to see who entered the house. Over­all, these sys­tems now allow home own­ers to see direct­ly into their hous­es, see­ing what the secu­ri­ty cam­eras see. These new fea­tures give par­ents, home own­ers and trav­ellers peace of mind while they’re away for long peri­ods of time because they know that they can check in at any time. The ques­tion here how­ev­er is with all this new tech­nol­o­gy, does that make our homes safer or put them at a high­er risk? In oth­er words, how safe is our home secu­ri­ty now that we can take it on the go?

Look­ing at both sides, we can see that con­trol­ling our home secu­ri­ty sys­tem and check­ing into our house at any­time from any place does pro­vide us with some form of peace of mind. How­ev­er on the flip side, there is the pos­si­bil­i­ty of these devices being lost or stolen. Even if these devices are lost or stolen, that does not nec­es­sar­i­ly mean that our homes are at risk of being bro­ken into.

With the changes in tech­nol­o­gy also comes an increase in pro­tec­tion soft­ware and fea­tures to help you pro­tect your most prized infor­ma­tion. You can place pass­words, acti­va­tion codes or lock cer­tain infor­ma­tion on these devices, pro­vid­ing an added pro­tec­tion and keep­ing them away from pry­ing eyes. Also, you don’t nec­es­sar­i­ly need to install the home mon­i­tor­ing App on all devices. Keep­ing it on one device allows for the infor­ma­tion to be stored in one loca­tion, mak­ing it eas­i­er to man­age while also allow­ing you to pro­tect your home on the go.

For those home own­ers who still don’t trust home mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems, there are many ben­e­fits to hav­ing one then leav­ing your house unpro­tect­ed. Pri­mar­i­ly, bur­glars avoid rob­bing hous­es where an alarm secu­ri­ty sign is present. In addi­tion, secu­ri­ty cam­eras and fea­tures are now much more dis­crete and hid­den, allow­ing for them to mon­i­tor your house while being out of sight. Fur­ther­more, being able to see inside your house allows you to keep an eye on your house while trav­el­ling, instead of ask­ing a neigh­bour to do so.

To answer our ear­li­er ques­tion, our home secu­ri­ty sys­tems are much more safer now that we can take it on the go. It pro­vides the home own­er with the pow­er to deter­mine what to mon­i­tor and if so, pro­vides noti­fi­ca­tions of any sus­pi­cious activ­i­ty. Not only can you mon­i­tor your home secu­ri­ty sys­tem on the go, but you can also now cus­tomize it to fit your lifestyle. An added ben­e­fit that was­n’t there before. When it comes to home mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems, the best thing to do is to ask your secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny ques­tions before get­ting one installed. There is no way to pro­tect any­thing 100% but a home mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem is your best defense to pro­tect­ing your home.

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Allan Baum
Security Industry veteran with over 30+ years in the industry. Founded family owned and operated Protection Plus in 1994 with his wife and has overseen its growth since. In addition to working with his wife and son, Allan has assigned the role of Chief Canine Officer to his trusted dog Waub, who joins him at the office every day.