To provide peace of mind for everyone involved, a smart home security system can offer several benefits:
– Crime Deterrent. Studies show that simply having external security cameras will deter would-be thieves by up to 50 percent. If a crime does occur, surveillance cameras are now very sophisticated, can operate in all kinds of weather conditions, and can clearly record video whether it’s day or night. The cameras can also notify the parents and even the children remotely by sending an alert to their smartphone or tablet so they can check to see if it is a false alarm or if the police need to be notified.
– Protection. Home security systems with 24/7 monitoring can automatically contact the proper authorities if smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, or water leaks are detected or if a potential crime is being committed. Seconds matter when getting first responders to the scene, especially if the parents are incapacitated in any way and cannot escape the home on their own.
– Extra Eyes. Indoor cameras give children a remote way to check up on their parents if they have concerns, such as not reaching them by phone. Strategically placed cameras can allow the children to check each room of the parent’s home to ensure that they have not fallen or are otherwise incapacitated and can’t call for help. In addition, Alarm.com also offers a wellness plan that allows activity monitoring with sensors around the house. For instance, a notification can be sent when parents do not get out of bed at a normal time or do not open the medicine cabinet.
– Automation. Using a centralized control panel, a smartphone or tablet, or even a voice-activated personal assistant such as Amazon’s Alexa or Apple’s Siri, the homeowners can control a number of features in the home, such as lights and the thermostat. “Scenes” can even be programmed in so when the parents are ready to go to bed, they can just activate the “Sleep Scene” to automatically lock doors, set the thermostat, turn off the lights, and activate the security system’s alarm features.
– Efficiency. Some security systems can be activated to turn off lights and set the home’s thermostat to an energy-efficiency mode when it recognizes the occupants have left the home and then turn everything back to normal mode when they return. So even if the seniors forget to do so, the security system will take care of everything for them automatically to keep the home safe and energy-efficient.