According to the FBI, a burglary takes place in the United States about every 18 seconds. That’s nearly 200 per hour, and approximately 4,800 every day. In a time where we’re seeing an explosion in all things connected to the Internet, from home appliances to smart cars, it is about time for home security to get smarter.
While many consumers have added smart elements to their home such as smart lights, thermostats and smart fridges, Forrester’s 2017 Internet of Things Predictions estimates that up to 10 percent of homes will retire their traditional security systems in favor of smart home monitoring systems. New security systems come paired with smart home technology and mobile apps, allowing consumers to remotely control their system, take immediate action in the event of a break-in or water damage, and access enhanced protection from crime all at an affordable price.
Contrary to popular belief, the majority of home burglaries take place during daylight hours, and the typical burglar resides within two miles of the target home. Adding a smart home monitoring system is equivalent to having a professional security team keeping an eye on the home for all types of emergencies, around the clock, so consumers can take action right away regardless of where they are, essentially outsmarting intruders.
In addition to combating burglaries, smart home monitoring also helps with other emergencies, such as identifying water leaks quickly and before they cause severe and costly damages. New smart home monitoring services send consumers real-time alerts when water or moisture is detected, giving them the advantage to respond right away and prevent severe damage to their house. For example, if a defective washing machine or water heater leaks or if flooding begins in the basement, a smart home monitoring system that is connected to a smart home phone system will immediately alert homeowners via text message or phone call so they can tackle the problem and avoid further damage.
There are plenty of options for home monitoring systems with many more brands about to release different types of solutions. However, most are pricey and require long-term contracts in addition to professional installation and a high cost of equipment. Additionally, renters are often times left without any safeguards as landlords rarely want to pay for a full protection service for each of their tenants. Consumers are increasingly looking for a do-it-yourself home monitoring system that can easily be taken to a new home and doesn’t require a monthly contract nor expensive landline connection to make it work. New solutions becoming available in early 2017 are affordable and provide users with peace of mind, whether they rent or own a home.
Be sure to check out some of the new do-it-yourself home monitoring tools at CES 2017 that protect homeowners and renters without the hassle and high costs of traditional systems.