My home town Hamburg is beautiful, and I love living here. However, the number of burglaries has gone up in my area despite the pandemic, and I start feeling the need for a little more security. And I'm not alone in this: Millions of German households have purchased an alarm system by the end of 2021, 2.5 million have decided on a DIY smart model. These smart variants are getting more and more popular, since they a comparatively cheap and can be controlled via a mobile device. But is smart home security reliable? Can the self-installed security really offer effective protection?
1. Burglaries are on the rise again
A short answer can be found in the year-end burglary report by the Hamburg police. After a comparatively calm year 2020, the number of burglaries in Hamburg has risen by almost 70% by autumn of 2021, with a rise of 43% from September to October. These numbers lead to a rise of insecurity among the citizens, who turned to the police for advice for their protection. The police are clear in their response: An alarm system can't guard you on its own. First of all, safe windows and doors with special fittings that ensure that burglars are stopped by the mechanical conditions are indispensable for building protection. Regardless of whether you live in an apartment or in a detached house, a conversion is definitely worthwhile. Window sensors such as those that are part of our smart home security products are used to support this.
2. A smart home alarm system offers additional protection
However, an alarm system provides additional protection: Studies show that a visible alarm system already reduces the likelihood of a break-in. Because what counts when it comes to burglary is that it happens quickly and goes unnoticed, as the experts from the police crime prevention department know. Anything that slows down burglars or exposes them to the eyes of attentive neighbors makes the house or apartment uninteresting as a burglary target. A rule of thumb says that a burglary must be successful within 5 minutes, otherwise the perpetrators give up. Smart home alarm systems can offer these delays!
3. Combined security systems are the most effective
Smart burglary protection is effective! Motion detectors, cameras and sirens are proven to help deter burglars. Manipulation sensors on windows and doors quickly trigger an alarm and thus support burglary protection. But our smart alarm systems can do even more: combined in the app, they send out a real-time notification as soon as an intruder or manipulation is detected. In addition, in combination with our smart lights, lighting profiles can be created that make it look like someone is at home.
4. Full (remote) control
Control of your smart home devices remains in your hands. Your smart burglary protection system notifies you in real time if an alarm is triggered in your home. You decide what you do with the information: there is no automatic alarm to a security company or the police, but to your smartphone or that of your stored contacts. You can use the camera to easily check what's going on and react accordingly.
A smart home alarm system is a useful addition to well-secured windows and doors. You can easily monitor your home remotely and take appropriate action when you receive an alarm.
Connect several smart products in the app to build the best possible protection!
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