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Get your house in order this home security month

3rd October 2018

October is Home Security Month, which encourages people to take a fresh look at their home protection measures.

Just a couple of years ago, this would've meant extra deadlocks, a door chain and maybe a sensor operated floodlight.

Things have moved on rapidly, though, and technology is offering new ways for homeowners to secure their property.

At Box we have four main products to help you keep an eye on your home when you're elsewhere: smart doorbells, the latest security cameras, alarms and smart sockets.

Smart doorbells

Real-time video doorbells have really taken off in the last couple of years. They are hooked up to your smartphone and send an alert when someone rings the bell.

A live video feed begins, complete with two-way conversation. You can see them, but they can't see you, but you can both talk and hear each other.

There are obvious benefits, such as when a delivery man knocks and you're out and you can ask him to leave it in a safe space. But from a security point of view, the camera also acts as a deterrent for burglars as they are aware their face has been captured and recorded.

The vast majority of burglars, when interviewed, said they ring the doorbell before breaking in. The majority of the time, a response from a smart doorbell will be enough to put them off.

Some of our smart doorbells feature motion detection zones which can be customised so that you receive an alert whenever someone steps on your property, giving you extra peace of mind.

There is also night vision available and resolution of up to 1080p.

Security cameras and alarms

According to reformed burglars, dogs aside, security cameras and alarms are still the biggest deterrent.

We have a full range of clever cameras which offer a full range of modern features, including HD footage, night vision, remote access and two-way audio.

Some cameras also come with a built-in alarm which can be remotely activated, such as the SOMFY One Camera And Alarm All-In-One and the Ring Floodlight Cam White.

As for alarms, we have a wide range of options with sensors which can be installed in minutes. Many are wire-free with rechargeable batteries, and some are even solar powered.

Many of our alarms can be controlled remotely and additional sensors can installed around the home with ease. Some, like the SOMFY Home Alarm Premium, work with Amazon Alexa Nest & Google Assistant and have sirens indoors as well as outdoors.

Smart sockets

Smart lights and smart plugs and sockets are a great way to operate electrical devices remotely. That's convenient when you're out of the house and you want to switch something on before you get home, or just when you're lying in bed and can't muster the enthusiasm to move.

But it's also a great way to make would-be burglars think you're in while you're away. Switch the lights on at night and they are sure to think someone is home.

Unfortunately, the number of burglaries continues to rise. Taking simply precautions can provide just enough of a deterrent to make them look elsewhere.

Find our full range of Smart Home products here.

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