The 2023 Home Security Guide: How to Keep your Home Protected

The 2023 Home Security Guide: How to Keep your Home Protected

According to data published by the ONS, there were over 550,000 recorded burglary offences in England and Wales. With such a vast number of crimes relating to people's homes and private property being burgled, it's understandable that you might feel unsafe, even in your own home.

At time2, our goal is to bring smart home security products into everyone's lives, so we can all experience that priceless peace of mind feeling.

There are many products that can help you to feel safer at home. Indoor home security cameras, an outdoor night vision camera and alarm systems are just a few devices that can provide your property with an extra layer of security.

Stick with me as we explore a few different products to help you keep your home and loved ones safe during these uncertain times.

Security Cameras

Home security cameras come in many different shapes and sizes today, but they can all help to keep your property safe. Different cameras are made with different purposes in mind, so once you've identified which part of your home needs monitoring the relevant security camera can be utilised.

Outdoor Security Cameras

Possibly the most popular type of camera as they not only do they monitor the comings and going to your property, they serve as great deterrents. Outdoor cameras all come with different features and all have a variety of applications in terms of home security.

Mains-powered outdoor security cameras are a reliable and constant source of surveillance for your home. You'll never have to worry about taking the camera down to recharge the battery and can rest assured you've got eyes where you need them 24/7.

A battery-powered camera requires some management when it comes to battery life, but the disruption really is minimal. For example, with the time2 Ava battery-powered camera you can have the Clan at Home app ping a notification to your smartphone when the battery level hits a specified per cent. When you consider the flexibility you gain with a camera completely free of wires, having to charge the device every now and again is a worthwhile trade-off.

Perhaps you become more concerned after night falls. If this is the case you could buy an outdoor security light with a WiFi camera. In the UK we spend a lot of the year in the cold and dark so a floodlight camera like the Luna could go a long way in alleviating those nighttime nerves. Effectively used on driveways and gardens, a floodlight camera with illuminate your property whenever movement is detected. This provides an incredibly powerful deterrent and a potential intruder won't be able to ignore the fact they're being watched.


Indoor Security Cameras

A security camera in your home can feel slightly intrusive and some people might be sceptical about having one. Most indoor home security cameras will come with a privacy mode so you can essentially, switch the camera off if you'd like to and reactivate it when you're out of the house.

A static indoor security camera provides a cost-effective home security solution. You can pick one of these small but effective devices for a moderate price whilst still taking advantage of some great features. You can place them anywhere in your home and they tend to have a very discreet design so they shouldn't disrupt your home decor too much.

A rotating indoor security camera provides extra viewing coverage, so if you're monitoring a large area you won't miss anything. As well as good home security applications, rotating cameras are also good for monitoring loved ones and even pets. 



Video Doorbells

Video doorbells are becoming increasingly common, appearing on more front doors every day. It's easy to see why they have become so popular too.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic, we've all become more conscious of spreading disease. A doorbell camera can help you avoid contact with anybody if you're feeling a bit under the weather.

In the UK online-shopping accounts for over a quarter of all retail sales. If you're partial to a bit of online shopping and you're out of the house often, you've probably missed your fair share of deliveries. Video doorbell cameras can step in to save your parcels from staying at your neighbours for a week. You can speak to your delivery driver wherever you are. Not exactly a security application, but helpful nonetheless.

When it does come to security, you're able to monitor all the comings and goings of your home. You're also kept out of harm's way as you won't have to physically answer your door. Those unexpected knocks on the door won't cause you to hide behind the couch anymore. 


Home Alarm Systems

Traditionally full home alarm systems would set you back quite a bit. With all the parts required plus an instalment, the costs really added up. However, the availability of DIY home alarm systems has seen more homes than ever secured with burglar alarms.

Time2's own entry into the smart home alarm market is the Noah, which is sold in bundles from a starter kit at just £119.95 (5 pieces) to an extended kit at £289.95 (12 pieces). With a hub containing an SOS button and a 90db siren built-in, it's like having your own personal bodyguard at home.

Plus you can add as many different sensors and accessories to the kit as you'd like, meaning you can create a fully customised smart home alarm system tailored perfectly for your home.


Smart Home Technology

What is it and how can it help with home security I hear you ask. Referring more to 'smart connected devices' these are devices which are able to communicate with each other usually over Bluetooth or WiFi to provide additional functionality. I'm talking here about smart light bulbs and smart plug sockets.

The Arthur is a time2 smart WiFi plug socket that can be controlled directly from the Clan at Home app. It can be paired with a lamp example to give the appearance of being home even when you're not, deterring potential intruders from taking any action. This can be accomplished with the smart features Arthur has. You can set Arthur to activate on a random or defined schedule, so if you're away from home for an extended period it looks as if there's an activity in your home.

Another useful smart trinket is a smart bulb. Again, time2 offers a pretty smart product here in the Ella2 WiFi smart bulb. Similar to Arthur, Ella can be used to give the appearance of being home when you're not. What makes this unique is, using smart scenes, you can pair the Ella bulb with an outdoor camera for example to have it activate whenever motion is detected. This was you're keeping your home secure and not wasting energy unnecessarily.


Let 2023 Be the Year of Home Security

With so many different products to secure your home at reasonable prices, there really is no reason we can't all stay safe. Having devices like security cameras installed at your home can be a great deterrent and can contribute to lowering the overall crime rate.

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