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July 30, 2021 Security Surveillance

As social life is beginning to return to pre-pandemic levels, your security measures must keep up with the increased risk. Minimize issues that could happen when you're away from home through monitoring solutions. Here are three of Audio Video Concepts' top security solutions for the summer.

Mockupancy

Most families take a summer vacation for a weekend, a week, or even a month, but it’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare to return to a ransacked house. Studies have shown that burglaries occur at a higher rate during the summertime; however, you shouldn't let this statistic alarm you. When you have a professionally installed security system, robbers will be discouraged from even considering your home. “Mockupancy" is an effective method of tricking potential intruders and your neighbors into believing that your home is occupied. It's a simple procedure; set automated scenes that occur at different times of day that switch lights on and off, open and close blinds, and even turn the television on and off in different rooms.

Despite mockupancy efforts, break-ins can still happen when you're gone just for a dinner date! It's important to arm your home each time it's left unoccupied. You'll never be left unprepared when you schedule alerts to be sent to your phone. For example, if a family member forgets to arm the system before they leave the house, your smart system will notice and send you a notification requesting you remotely activate the system via your mobile app. These alerts are most effective when you know all your family members are out of the house. Now you'll be able to protect your home no matter where you are with the ability to close the garage, switch off the lights, and arm the security system.

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Geofencing Technology

You may have been enjoying a more social summer after months of social distancing. You've probably experienced more people coming and going through your home for potlucks, backyard BBQs, and pool parties! In all the rush of activity, someone is bound to forget to lock the front door. The perfect solution lies in geofencing technology, a virtual and dynamic fence that creates a perimeter around your home. It tracks your family's movement in real-time within its boundaries through mobile data or Wi-Fi, so you'll be able to see when your family members are close to home and safely inside through an app. You'll be able to ensure all your doors are locked when you integrate geofencing technology into your smart security system by allowing your phone to enable smart locks automatically when the last member has left the perimeter of your home.

Location tracking has plenty of benefits: you can check in as the kids arrive from school, make sure no one is trying to sneak out at night, or even find a phone that someone misplaced. Your geofenced area has no limits; you can create a perimeter around a cozy home or install multiple points that connect across a property of several acres. Once you install geofencing technology, get your family acquainted with its capabilities so everyone understands how to enter and exit a safe home. You can utilize other smart systems to increase your safety by automating exterior lights to switch on and the garage doors to open whenever a registered member enters the perimeter. You'll be able to enjoy more time away from home with peace of mind that your property stays safe.

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CCTV Cameras

Home automation solutions continue to give homeowners new ways to check on their homes even when they can't be there. With CCTV cameras equipped with motion sensors, you'll be able to see who's at your front door. You'll receive an alert on your mobile device whenever motion is detected so you can chat with people at your front door no matter where you are. You can thank a delivery worker, greet a visitor, or ask the Girl Scout to come by later so you can purchase some cookies. Security cameras and voice operations are equally effective indoors: check in with the babysitter, solve a sibling squabble, and ensure your teen doesn’t try to throw a party when you’re out of town. By placing motion sensors around specific off-limits sections of the house, like the attic or master bedroom, you enforce boundaries with your children and you’ll know if someone has broken into a particular room.

No matter how many people walk through your doors or how often you plan to be gone, you and your family can enjoy a fun-filled summer without worrying about security measures. When you're feeling ready to take protecting your property, assets, and family to the next level, contact our team at Audio Video Concepts to get started today!