In the past, video surveillance security was so expensive, it could only be adopted by those with money enough to be worth targeting by criminals. Blurry footage, broken cameras, unwieldy equipment, lack of access control for additional security – the reliance on human competence created obvious flaws in the systems. An access control system, for example, left a more traditional video surveillance system at threat to fraud and theft, which defeats the point of a security system.
You only need to watch the Oceans series of films, where hacking into security surveillance systems was simply part of life, and rarely presented a real challenge.
In any case, not many of us can afford the additional costs associated with employing a couple of security guards to watch the camera footage 24 hours a day!
Fortunately, since the smart phone has revolutionised our lives, home security has become simpler, easier to use, adopting app and internet technology which is usually downloaded free of charge. This has slashed the costs of buying, installing and running security systems, and made it much more accessible to millions of normal homes all over the globe.
Keeping an eye on your comings and goings
Today, all you need is a video doorbell and an app, and you can monitor the comings and goings around your front door from wherever you are in the world.
This progress in home security came at a convenient time, as internet shopping and home delivery becomes increasingly popular. The need to check on the comings and goings of your property, and make sure that parcels are indeed left where they are reported to have been left, is increasingly prevalent.
We’ve done a quick round up of some of the most popular products that have hit the market in the last few years, providing security services to your home in Leeds, or London, or Lahore, which can be monitored in Lincoln, or Lisbon or Leicester.
Ring Home Security
The Ring doorbell tone has become almost as recognisable as the Vodafone ring tone, and established it as a market leader in low cost home security video door bells. With a retail price in the UK of just £49 for the standard video door bell, you can see, hear and speak to visitors via the free Ring app, wherever in the world you are.
Panasonic Home Monitoring and Control Kit
Although considerably more expensive than the Ring (currently £240 on Amazon), the Panasonic kit uses DECT Ultra Low Energy, which is the same technology that is used in a digital landline. This increases its security aspect, as avoiding wifi makes it less susceptible to hacking. It also has a wider range – up to 300m, which is ideal if you live on a larger property with extensive gardens.
Once set up, there are no subscription services. Because the unit has an SD card slot, there is even no requirement for an iCloud subscription.
EZVIZ Wireless 2K Video Security Kit
The EZVIZ kit retails at £139.99 incorporates PIR (passive infrared) which is smart enough to distinguish between humans and animals. A 176 degree viewing angle allows you to capture, head to toe, someone’s approach to your front door, enabling you to ensure the delivery is indeed left where registered.
Yale YES-ALARMKIT Essentials
With a retail price of £119.99, this five piece kit provides a low cost initial set up system for home security. It is easy to install, and can be used as the basis for building up a much more comprehensive home security system.