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Gadgetry to Secure Your Home

Not too many years ago, elaborate electronic home security systems were the stuff of fantasy. They were reserved for Inspector Gadget movies or the Mission Impossible television show.

This isn’t the case anymore. Touch-sensitive sensors are everyday items. Heat sensors are affordable and practical. Motion sensors are common, and cameras are just about everywhere. Instead of rare, most people carry small cameras around each day as part of their cell phone. The age of the gadget is upon us.

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Furthermore, all of this technology has done what popular technology has always done: it has come down in price and size, and weight. According to the experts at Black Hat Security, all this bodes very well for home security systems, which are all the more useful if they are small, hidden, and affordable.

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Homeowners, meanwhile, think beyond the threat of unwanted humans on their property. There is also a myriad of threats from smoke, fire, carbon dioxide buildup, radon, and Mother Nature in the form of prolonged freezing weather, floods, tornadoes, and every ilk storm.

Here’s what you can do these days to tighten security in your home:

Video surveillance

Cameras are cheap, fairly easy to install and have the added benefit in the computer age of allowing you to see what they see in real-time. You can be at the beach in another country and tune into what is happening right outside your front door. You can even have the camera scan the scenery under your control from distant lands.

Motion sensors

Motion sensors can not only serve to alert you when something is moving on your property, but they can be rigged to turn on lights or sound alarms, which can scare off would-be prowlers. You might also want lights to go on so you can see your way to your front door when you get home in the evening. A well-lit area is a safer area.

Remote control locks

In the age of computers, you can keep eyes and ears on your home from afar, but you can also unlock and lock the front door from anywhere. That means you can allow a package to be delivered to your home while you are away, using a camera to get a look at the delivery person and the package. When the doorbell rings, you can then answer it remotely, talking to the person at the door and instructing them to leave the package inside. You then open the front door and watch the person put the package inside and leave home. Once they have stepped back outside, you can lock the door again.

Smoke detectors

Don’t get so hung up on rigging your home to thwart would-be prowlers to the point that you forget the basics, like smoke alarms. These should be situated near kitchens, garages, and bedrooms and near furnaces and fireplaces.

Carbon dioxide alerts

Carbon dioxide is not only threatening the planet’s atmosphere, but it is odorless and deadly in tight quarters. Without proper ventilation, raise the thermostat in your home from afar, as well. If a winter storm hits your neighborhood while you are away, you can turn up the heat, so your water pipes don’t freeze. When you figure out the freeze threat has passed, you can then lower the thermostat in your home back to a cooler level if you want.

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