When you take pride in your home, carefully picking out colours, furniture and decorative features that fit your taste, the idea of filling the house with unattractive security objects can be unappealing. However, a new generation of smart home products promises to protect your home, and look good while doing it. We have gathered some home security ideas for you that will complement the design of your home, not disturb it.
Seamlessly lock up your home
Consider installing a smart lock for your front door, back door and even for easily accessible windows. Such locks can alert you when somebody is trying to break in, sending a notification to your smartphone or email, as well as looking good on the outside of your door. Also on the market are doorbells that allow you to see via your smartphone who is ringing your doorbell. Often burglars will ring the bell before they try to break in – just to check nobody is home.
Spotlight on intruders
Installing a sensor light in your garden, or facing your driveway can be a good deterrent for burglars to come closer to the house. Surprise them, without the annoyance of a loud alarm system that could disturb your neighbours. Sensor lights can be small and blend in nicely to the colour of your home, tucked neatly away under the eaves of your roof.
Discreetly screen visitors
Secure mesh screens can be a worthwhile investment, particularly if you like to have some cross breeze coming through your home in the warmer months, but don’t want to compromise on security. Some security screens – often available in a range of attractive colours – allow you to see who is at the door, but don’t allow them to see you inside. Furthermore, such lockable doors can offer an extra layer of security, requiring a burglar to break through twice to get into your home.
Repurpose your other smart devices
As well as the small, stylish Smarfrog Cam, you can also connect numerous other devices to the Smartfrog app. Your old iPad or smartphone could stand in the kitchen showing a rolling reel of photos from your last great exotic holiday, while at the same time acting as a surveillance camera. Maybe your old yet compact webcam can be a security camera in the hallway, or facing the back door. The app is free to download and use, and the Smartfrog Cam is available for just £4.95 (€5.95) per month, including the HD camera and video storage.