Securing your home using technology and gadgets

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In an ideal world, our home is the safest place possible, and we do not want to worry about its safety. However, as we spend more and more time out of our homes, keeping an eye on it as well as protecting it is becoming a higher priority. One can always blame the times, but a simple set of gadgets and precautions is a good way to keep a tab on your home while you’re not in.

Securing your home isn’t all about locks and keeping the windows closed when you leave home. In our post, we look at some of the other options, such as using an alarm, a security camera, using a DIY kit, and of course, that all important insurance.

Get an alarm

Yale Lock

The simplest and easiest of options is to get a house alarm. They come in different shapes and sizes, and offer different features. You can have something basic which sounds a loud annoying noise to something more sophisticated, the kind that sends you a text or an image, as well as call the police. You can get the Yale Easy Fit Starter Kit Alarm for only £80.

Security Cameras

There are quite a few security cameras available on the market. You can get something a bit more sophisticated like the Piper or something a bit more industrial like a CCTV Camera Kit, which comes with built in recording and multiple camera facilities. Obviously, while one records, the other one will send you a text every time it detects movement and will capture images or videos for you. Of course, if you want to spend a little less, there is a great selection of cheaper alternatives available all over Amazon and other online retailers.

DIY kit

If you’re willing to have a go at creating your own DIY alarm kit, and have already indulged in the likes of Arduino or Raspberry Pi, the world is your oyster. Head to your nearest electronics shop and grab yourself a development board, and a PIR sensor. Rest should be easy!

Insurance

Of course, despite all this, it is also a good practise to make sure your home insurance is up to date and covers everything you care about. In fact, Chill Insurance has done an interesting study of the people of Ireland and come up with the following infographics which gives you an interesting set of numbers.

home insurance

So, what kind of gadgets will you be using at your home?

This post was done in collaboration with Chill Insurance. 

 

Sami Mughalhttps://www.oxgadgets.com
Can be found somewhere between designing new tech as an electronics engineer or testing new tech as a technology enthusiast. Lives mostly on Twitter, and would love to have a word with you there as @smacula.

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