10 add-ons to increase your security

Sara Johns Blog, Security Systems

Boost your security system with these easy add-ons

Whether you are just starting to build your security system or already have one installed, here are 10 add-ons that will not only increase the security of your system, but will make life a little easier for you too.

1. Surveillance Camera

You can monitor your home or business from any device with a web browser, such as your iPad, smartphone or laptop. With surveillance cameras you don’t have to be there to know what’s going on.

2. Smart Light Switches

When the system senses someone in the backyard, it can flash the lights to scare away the intruder.  The system can also activate select lights to illuminate a pathway from the bedrooms to the front door when smoke is detected.

3. Smart Thermostats

The security system can also tell the smart thermostats to turn off the HVAC systems to prevent smoke from spreading.

4. Electronic Door Locks

Smart door locks can report to your security system when someone enters or exits your home or business, as well as which pass code was used. The security system can then send you a text or an email when this happens. You will know in real time when people are coming and going and who they are.

5. Driveway Sensors

It’s often better, and safer, to know you have visitors before there’s a knock on the front door.

6. Phone/Intercom System

Built with many of the same features as a traditional intercom system, a digital phone system lets you communicate easily with other members of your family. By activating the monitoring feature, you can listen in on a sleeping baby from any other phone in the house. Combine this with a  door intercom and tie them into your security and automation system for the ultimate home monitoring system.

7. Motorized Draperies

Many motorized rollers, tracks and rods can be integrated with a home security system, enabling it to close the shades, drapes and blinds automatically when the system is armed or when a timer signals them.

8. Water Sensors

When placed by the water heater, washing machine and beneath sinks, water sensors can signal a security system whenever they detect moisture. You can have the security system notify you by text or email, sounding a chime, or even turn off the water supply.

9. DVR – for security cameras

Available for security purposes are DVRs that record images captured by surveillance cameras. You can have the cameras record continuously, which takes up more space on the hard drive, or only when the camera detects motion. If the DVR has a built-in web server, you can view the recordings remotely on your iPad, smartphone or laptop.

10. Special Sirens

These sirens are mini alarms that chime when exterior doors, gates or for any additional area you want monitored.  These options are great for businesses as well.

These are just a few features that will increase your security. If you are looking for additional ways to improve your security, take advantage of our free on-site security assessment. We are licensed and bonded for all security and automation installations. CA License# 980634 . Our techs will walk through your home or business with you and make suggestions based on your desired level of security.  Give us a call today at 909-287-7900 ext.103 or email us to schedule.