“This is a different technology than some of us are used to,” Robinson says. But once you adjust, the benefits are clear: You’ll never need to hide a key or feel frantic about forgetting your keys again. Plus, with a smart lock, you can set up individual access codes to allow specific people entry into your home at set times—for example, you can create a code for your dog walker to use during mid-day walks and another one for your neighbor to bring in your mail while you’re away.
A single glassbreak detector can monitor several windows by “listening” for the sound of broken glass, Robinson says. This smart device can distinguish between when a window in your home breaks and when you drop and shatter a wine glass. If a window breaks, this smart home device will send you a real-time alert and the monitoring center will contact authorities based on your response.
Outdoor cameras and video doorbells are hugely popular, Robinson says. These cameras have the ability to let you know if there’s a person, vehicle, package, or animal in your yard. With them, you’ll get “a lot of peace of mind knowing what’s going on around your house,” she says.
With a smart home security system, these devices—such as the cameras, sensors, and locks—all work together with the addition of a secure platform that analyses data, Robinson says. For instance, these systems will know if a window opens at an unusual time, and can alert you accordingly.
“The beauty of a smart device is that they can help you deter theft simply by being there,” Robinson says. That is, once a thief spots a camera, they may be less likely to attempt a break-in.
If your burglar alarm system is centrally monitored, you may also be eligible for an insurance discount. For instance, in California, homeowners may qualify for a 10 to 15 percent discount, depending on their policy and installation.