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Smart locks can be opened and closed using a mobile app and will send a notification when someone locks or unlocks a door, and most allow you to create permanent and temporary access schedules for family members and friends based on specific hours of the day and days of the week. Features to look for include geofencing, which uses your phone's location services to lock and unlock the door, voice activation using Siri HomeKit, Google Assistant, or Amazon Alexa voice commands, support for IFTTT, and integration with other smart home devices such as video doorbells, outdoor cameras, thermostats, smoke alarms, and connected lighting. Best Smart Home Security Systems Featured in This Roundup:ADT Pulse ReviewMSRP: $28. 99 at Pros: Fast and knowledgeable service reps. Many components available. Support for third party devices. Solid mobile and web apps. Cons: Expensive. Requires three year contract with hefty termination penalty. Some Pulse peripherals require third party mobile apps. Bottom Line: ADT Pulse offers just about everything you could want in a full service home security system, including many component options, support for popular third party smart home devices, and a solid app experience.

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Landscaping Home Security TechniquesAs mentioned above lights are an excellent way to keep away burglars. A porch light and even garden lights are an investment that not only protect you but enhance the look of your home. Phoenix construction contractors in my area have new modern styles of gates for homes as well that are probably available in your city too. Any signs of a home being difficult to enter will help keep away burglars who want an easy entrance. A fence with good locks will add to your home’s protection. And if your town is like mine where Phoenix construction services are abundant then you can find a really affordable installation price. Access controlaccess control systemburglarburglariesCCTVCCTV CameraCCTV camerasCCTV Securitycredentialscriminal activitydigital megapixel camerasdome cameraElectronic accessGated communitieshidden camhidden camerashidden camsHigh buildinghome safetyhome securityhome security camerahome security systeminfraredinfrared camerasintruderIP network cameraIP surveillanceIR dome camerasmegapixel resolutionmotion detectorPeace of Mindremote monitoringResident Access Control SystemSecuritysecurity cameraSecurity Camera Systemsecurity systemsurveillance systemsurveillance systemsValidating AlarmsvandalismVideo security systemvideo surveillanceVideo Surveillance Systemsvisitor screeningOne of the main reasons for installing a home security system is to protect the residents and their valuables from intrusion and theft. Even just displaying that these are in use through a sign in the yard or a sticker on the window can even reduce the chances of being targeted. In a study by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where more than 400 incarcerated men and women who were convicted for burglary were interviewed, more than half stated they would look for an alarm before robbing a house and, if an alarm system was present, most would move on to another. Another study by ­­­­­Rutgers found that an increase in the number of home security systems in an area correlated with a decrease in the number of residential robberies, even for people who didn’t have their own security system. Best OverallArlo QThe Arlo Q is an excellent security camera with great video quality, strong motion and sound detection and a generous free cloud storage plan.

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When we test, we borrow some of the DIY security systems from their manufacturers and buy others. Although we may reach out for technical support or for clarification on a particular feature, the companies have no input on our testing practices and we don’t share our results or rankings with them before publishing our reviews. As we researched this topic and security systems in general, we reached out to Jamie Vos, vice president of the Electronic Security Association ESA for his thoughts on DIY systems. He emphasized professional monitoring for security systems: “If you receive a text alert, you may not be in a condition to respond and you may not hear an alarm. At that point, you have lost valuable response time, whereas a professional monitoring station can automatically alert first responders. ”We also contacted Kirk MacDowell, a board member with the Security Industry Association SIA and president of MacGuard Security Advisors Inc. He said a security system can act as a central heartbeat in the home. “Devices such as locks that can be opened remotely, home light control and thermostats that can raise or lower temperature are all tied into one convenient app and then tied into the alarm, making the operation seamless. ”How we tested DIY home automated systems For each new DIY security system, we test in two areas: user experience and ease of installation. These help build a picture of a system's effectiveness and how it affects you. For user experience tests, we see what each system and its companion smartphone app can do.

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