Home security involves both the technological security hardware put on a house to protect it and people’s personal safety practices. Such security hardware includes alarm systems, gates, locks, lighting, and motion detectors. People’s personal safety practices are things like keeping doors and windows locked, avoiding places with high crime rates, always using the right key code when entering a house, and having a babysitter during times when children are home. This article briefly discusses the connection between technology and safety for both people and their houses.
Many security systems offer an automatic notification system when doors or windows are opened while they are secured. Such notifications may be via email or text message. Other types of alarms include PIR motion detectors that can detect intruders in a room when doors or windows are left open, phone alarms that sound when there is a motion detected in the area of the alarm, and do-it-yourself “panic button” type devices that send a signal to the monitoring center if the user’s phone is left turned on. Monitoring centers can then notify police or other emergency services that have lines trained in responding to emergencies. Some monitoring services also have cameras that can be programmed to film crime scene activities.
Home security systems can also use cameras to detect movement or break-in attempts. Cameras that are mounted inside or outside a house can record video footage and alert home security system owners if anyone enters an area beyond what was previously known. Other types of alarms include PIR motion detectors that can detect intruders in a room when they leave through windows or doors, phones that can be programmed to send alerts to the monitoring center when the owner’s phone rings, and do-it-yourself “panic button” type devices that activate the monitoring center when someone touches the supposed “panic button.” All such technologies provide protection for both people inside the house and for people and pets in the home.