Home Safety and Security
There are too many ways scammers and thieves get into your home, your business, your privacy. I've noticed more drones flying at window level - they could be looking into your homes. Thieves try to see if you are home by ringing the doorbell - think if you can talk to them from wherever you are, so they think you are in your home. If you have cameras set up, you can monitor your home and report a break-in as it's happening or have video proof of the thieves and their faces. Bump up your safety protocols.
I have a dog barking sound when my doorbell rings. Funny that it was a science project my daughter came up with years ago, now a reality by others. Install a RING type system - it's a doorbell with a video camera and speaker. You can speak to people at your door - even when you aren't home - making them think you are home. You can see who is at your door - you need not answer if you don't want to (it gives you live views from the camera). You can opt to keep videos of your door view. You can keep video logs of what happens outside your door - from who rang your door, to who grabbed your package, to a caterpillar crawling on the lens (yes I have such a video!), to bears or coyotes walking by - almost anything that can happen! Sometimes it's good to have a video of a visitor in case something suspicious happens.
Keep a dog bowl and some dog toys in plain view of windows or doors that people can see. The home safety tip is that it looks like someone is home with a dog - they don't know how big a dog, unless you place time toys and bowls - go for bigger ones.
Make sure to pick up the papers and packages on your driveway and porch, as they are left. Sitting there is a clue that you are not home. Not only that, but there are people who follow delivery trucks and pick up packages as they are left, stealing right from your porch. Have a neighbor pick up for you if you can't.
Don't answer the phone if you don't know the caller (sometimes even familiar numbers are spoofed so you think it's someone you know). If a call is important, call back after you hear the message.
Use random light controls to go on when you are away, at various times and not on the exact schedule every day. The safety of your home bumps up when it look like you are home. Point outdoor lights to areas of entry and to go on with movement.
Use a NEST thermostat control to adjust your home temperature from your smart phone. You can save on your energy bill. We have a B-Hyve programmable lawn watering system. It is controlled by a smart phone app. We can stop watering remotely when it's raining or set it on a schedule as dictated by the community. We can test areas for proper function. You can save on your water bill.
Don't stop the daily/weekly deliveries while gone - better to have them picked up than to let someone see your house is being skipped - a sign you are away for a while. There are less papers delivered now as it's mainly online, but other periodicals may still be coming. Every time you let someone or some entity know you will be gone, the net of safety drops a bit. Don't post on social media that you are on vacation - until you get back. Your friends may be trustworthy, but the comments they make and the likes they react to, show your post on their friend feeds - and you don't know their friends (they might have clones as friends, or accepted rogue people as friends).
For your home, you should consider looking into and having some of the below· A security system - with alarm· Good sophisticated locks· Caller ID - know when not to answer the phone to scammers· Motion sensors and detectors· Outside lights and motion detector lights· Keyless doorknobs and deadbolts· Electric door strike for wood doors· Knocking sensor for digital peephole viewer and recorder· Video door phone· Security cameras· Smoke detectors and alarms· Radios for communications· Sirens· Home control system· Water alarm, moisture sensor· Freeze sensor· Remotes to control home features· Curtains or blinds to keep you and your home private
Smart Programmable products help keep you safe and things in control. We have a NEST thermostat and a RING doorbell. We also have a ROOMBA vacuum and a B-Hyve sprinkler system. All 4 are amazing! The RING, B-Hyve and NEST can be controlled from out phone apps - from wherever we are. If the weather changes, we can change the thermostat, so it isn't heating while we are away. The RING tells us when someone is at the door - and we can speak to them as if we are inside. We can stop the sprinklers if it's raining with the B-Hyve app. Roomba can be programmed to vacuum on a schedule, but we prefer to decide when and where to place it, as needed. Smart devices are so great!