Every owner of a vacation home knows that feeling: the one that feels like you aren’t being vigilant enough when you’re back at your “real” house. What’s going on with your vacation home when you aren’t there? Are there unsavory characters scoping out the area in search of empty houses to burglarize, vandalize or even squat in? In resort areas, this is fairly common. What’s a vacation homeowner to do?
Here’s what you do: You equip your home-away-from-home with smart home security technology before the summer ends. Here are five ways it can help.
1. It keeps your property monitored all year long.
If your vacation home neighbors offer to keep a watch over things when you aren’t around, that’s great; however, even the best neighbors aren’t able to do this every day. Plus, neighbors aren’t necessarily able to get ahead of intruders before they…intrude. But with smart home technology like connected cameras, intruder activity can be detected the moment someone sets foot on the property – and with the motion detectors, the alarm can be activated as soon as the sensor is triggered by their intrusion.
2. It’s totally inobtrusive.
That nice neighbor on your vacation home street might be able to keep an eye on things while you’re away, but even her best intentions can get in the way of your home security goals. Once a prowler sees her peering suspiciously through the window, that can put her safety in peril – and, for a criminal who likes the challenge, it can potentially make your home an even bigger target.
Now, here’s the contrast: With smart home technology, multiple discreet security sensors are hidden around your vacation home so that intruders don’t realize they’re being watched until they trigger an alarm.
3. Speaking of the alarm…
The security sensors, including the motion sensors and glass break detectors, are designed to trip the alarm and alert the central station. What happens next is up to you; whether the police are called, or whether you want to view your video surveillance footage first. Either way, the security technology can be much more effective than relying on the goodwill of part-time neighbors.
4. You have instant access anytime.
If knowing what’s going on when you aren’t there is essential to your investment in security technology, then smart home security technology is the best way to go. There’s a smartphone app that lets you watch your video footage, change arm/disarm status on the alarm, lock and unlock doors and windows and even change the temperature inside by way of a smart thermostat. When the entire system can be controlled from wherever you are via an app on your phone, then the amount of time you spend away from your vacation home has less of an impact on the home’s security.
5. The property can stay protected.
A vacation home needs serious fortification. By turning it into a smart home with a single system, everything from lethal carbon monoxide in the air to flooding on the floor, freezing pipes, or smoke emitting from a growing fire can be detected right away. If you receive a notification that any of these hazards are happening, you’ll be able to send help to the house immediately. And just like that, your property is protected.
To learn more about smart home security technology for your vacation home, contact F.E. Moran Security Solutions this summer. We look forward to helping you explore your options.
About F.E. Moran Security Solutions
Since 2003, F.E. Moran Security Solutions has been a relationship-driven security company that is provides superior customer service, quality installations and state-of-the-art monitoring – and now, our services include smart home upgrades. We are proud that one of the top 50 security companies in the U.S., ranked by SDM Magazine, is our Illinois home security company.