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The Best Place to Install Smart Home Security Cameras

In 2019, 196,291 break-ins were recorded in Canada! In fact, a residential break-in happens every 90 seconds! Everyone wants their family and property to be protected. With the numerous indoor and outdoor security devices available, this is now possible. Security cameras can help stop home break-ins and keep your family and property safe from vandals and burglars. However, you need to strategize, position and install your cameras appropriately or you may not be as protected as you think. The following are a few tips for placing your security cameras where they’ll provide the best coverage.

 

Where should you install security cameras?

Catching thieves and criminals can only be done when your camera is put in the right location. While all homes are situated differently, most have high-traffic spots that are most vulnerable to break-ins. Consider which locations in and around your home will provide the widest viewing ranges. Place cameras to cover as many of these areas as possible. 

  • Front door: Statistics show that 34% of burglars use the front door. It’s also where package thieves strike. Place an exterior camera above or near your front door, facing downward so that it covers the area a few feet in front of the opening. For enclosed front porches, mount a camera in the corner, facing your entryway. 
  • Back and side doors: Nearly one-fourth of all break-ins happen through the back door. This entrance is usually out of sight, allowing undetected entry. It’s wise to add cameras to the back and side doors.
  • Off-street windows: 23% of burglars enter a home through a first-floor window, especially those that don’t directly face a street. Install exterior cameras above these entry points or use interior cameras that face the windows.
  • Garage and driveway: 9% of thieves enter through the garage. A camera pointed at your garage and/or driveway monitors another possible entryway into your home and helps detect suspicious activity. Protect your tools, bikes, cars, sports equipment and BBQ with a garage camera. 
  • Yard: A yard camera lets you view your children, animals, those passing by and trespassers. 
  • Interior common areas: Thieves are inclined to search for valuables in specific areas (kitchen, living room, master bedroom). Use cameras to watch over these spaces.
  • Stairway and/or hallway: Placing a camera in the main thoroughfares of your home makes it difficult for someone to move around undetected, even if they enter through an unmonitored entry point.

 

Tips to optimize camera placement: 

Once you decide upon locations for your cameras you need to place and install them to cover the intended area.

  • Install exterior cameras 8 to10 feet from the ground.
  • Don’t point cameras directly at the sun.
  • Decide whether you want the camera to be visible or hidden.
  • Keep interior cameras near the ceiling.
  • Hang indoor cameras in the corner of a room.
  • Screwing cameras directly into a wall is most secure.
  • Angle for indirect light (away from lamps, light fixtures, windows).
  • Make sure your cameras have reliable access to a strong Wi-Fi signal.
  • Ensure your camera does not capture areas where your neighbours have an expectation of privacy.

 

Smart home security cameras can be installed in multiple areas throughout your home. They’re a great addition to any home security system, providing 24/7 monitoring regardless of your location. Consider smart home security cameras for your yard, garage and dwelling. 

 

Interested in smart home security cameras for your place? Need advice on home security systems? Contact SMART | Home Security. We’re a Calgary-based company partnering with TELUS, Canada’s leading provider of advanced home security systems. Call us at 587-800-1542. We’ll help you develop a customized home security plan. 

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The Features of a Smart Home Security Panel

Telus, Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company, has a long history of delivering innovative technologies to consumers. They offer security and automation solutions to help protect what matters most to you. Powered by their award-winning networks and controlled by a smartphone app, Telus security solutions provide integrated, flexible systems that will make you feel safe, empowered and in control.

 

The smart home security panel:

The smart home security panel provides protection for the things you value most, with simple integration and control of your smart security and home automation devices. The ADT Command touchscreen is where everything starts, stops and adjusts. This control panel offers a simple, easy-to-use design to operate your security system. Control all devices from your touchscreen and the ADT mobile app. ADT lab engineers put the security touchscreen panels through hundreds of hours of testing to ensure they’ll perform in real-life scenarios when your health and safety may be at stake. Each security touchscreen comes installed with proprietary ADT software to help meet high safety standards. The security panel:

  • Shows system status at a glance
  • Has simple tappable buttons to control your system 
  • Boasts intuitive controls
  • Quickly arms your system with the touch of a button
  • Calls for help in an emergency with a single button press
  • Supports dozens of smart devices simultaneously

 

Use the intuitive, wireless touchscreen keypad to open up a world of smart home capabilities for you and your family. Add indoor, outdoor and doorbell cameras, smart lights, locks and thermostats, smoke detectors, even a garage door controller. Operate and interact with your home’s security system using this intuitive main control panel. 

 

Interested in a smart home security system? Want a simple, easy-to-use control panel to operate your security system? Contact SMART | Home Security. We’re a Calgary-based company partnering with TELUS, Canada’s leading provider of advanced home security systems. Call us at 587-800-1542. We’ll help you develop a customized home security plan. 

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Choosing a Custom SMART Home Security Solution

You’ve decided to purchase and install a smart home security system. You’d like the system to meet your individual needs. There are so many different components and technologies that can be incorporated. How do you know what to include in your custom smart home security solution?

 

There are a few basic questions that will help determine the right custom smart home security solution for you and your family: 

 

  • What type of dwelling do I reside in? (townhouse, single-detached house, semi-detached house, main or second floor of condo or apartment building, upper floor of a condo or apartment building)
  • What type of protection do I want? (from break-ins, environmental hazards, carbon monoxide, fire, flood)
  • Where do I want to monitor? (inside my home, outside my home, both)
  • What outdoor areas do I want to see with cameras? (front yard, back yard, garage, front door)
  • What indoor areas do I want to see with cameras? (living room, baby room, entrance)
  • How do I want to install the system? (self-installation or hire a professional)
  • How big is my home? (how many doors and windows, how many hallways)
  • Which entrances do I want to control (front door, back door, garage door)
  • Do I want to control the system remotely?
  • What is my family’s routine?
  • What is my budget?

The answers to these questions reveal what kind of features are best for you and how large and complex a system you need.

 

Professional vs. Self-installation

You have the choice to install your smart security system yourself or hire trained professionals. 

 

  • Professional installation: Home security companies send a trained professional to your home for a consultation and safety assessment. You’ll be able to discuss your security priorities, budget, and expectations. These professionals also offer product package bundling and years of industry experience. Professional help comes with an installation fee, but you won’t have to do any of the work.
  • Self-installation: Security systems are easier than ever to install without professional help. If you’re handy with tools, comfortable with basic home repairs and don’t mind spending a little time with online tutorials, you can likely install a basic smart security system yourself. Purchase a self-install kit with your chosen devices and necessary instructions. Install in your own time with online guidance and call in support.

 

Choose professional installation if you want:

 

  • Sensors for every door and window
  • Both indoor and outdoor security cameras
  • A scheduled appointment with a professional explaining your options
  • A variety of optional security devices (video doorbell, smart locks, glass break sensors, entry sensors, fire/smoke/CO detectors)

 

Choose self-installation if you want:

 

  • A simple system with a few window and door sensors
  • A single security camera
  • No installation fees 

 

Create your own customized home security plan by answering a few basic questions. Share the answers with our local security system specialist. They have the knowledge, experience and skills to determine the right custom system for you, help with installation and teach you how to use your automated home security system. Invest in a state-of-the-art monitoring system that meets your unique needs.

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What Does a Smart Home Security System Include?

A home monitoring system consists of many components that work together to keep you and your family safe. The following are the main security system components you should be aware of if you are considering investing in a smart home security system.

 

  • Security cameras: Surveillance cameras enable livestream footage remotely and send a notification to your device (through the use of an app) when the camera detects movement, people or packages. They can be installed indoors or outdoors and can often tilt and pan. Some are even equipped with night vision capabilities. Use these cameras to monitor your home and loved ones from wherever you are.
  • Motion sensors use vibration, infrared heat, microwave pulses or a combination of these to detect when an intruder enters a home. They’re usually placed in the main entryway on the ground floor notifying you when there are unusual movements within your property. Motion sensors can turn on indoor and outdoor lights, activate cameras, set off alarms and more.
  • Entry sensors: This contact sensor is placed on a window and/or door and senses if that entry point is opened, alerting your control panel if a door or window is breached. One piece of the component attaches to the door or window itself, while the counterpart is attached to the frame. Entry sensors are suggested for all windows and doors on the ground floor. 
  • Glass break sensors detect the frequency of the sound of breaking glass and alert via mobile notification. They let you know if someone attempts to enter your home by breaking the windows or glass doors. They’re placed indoors, near glass features and are an effective way to boost security. 
  • Smart locks allow keyless entry to your home via an app. Keyless entry options include proximity unlocking with your smartphone, remote unlocking with your smartphone, custom code numbers for anyone who needs to enter your home, voice commands, and touch or fingerprint recognition. These locks allow you to create permanent or temporary entry codes for visiting guests, cleaning services, dog walkers, repair services and individual members of your family.
  • Video doorbells have a camera that livestreams what it captures, sending notifications to your mobile device and showing a live feed of whoever is waiting on your doorstep. This makes it easy to communicate with visitors via an installed speaker, without having to open the door.
  • Control panel: This device is used to activate and deactivate monitors. Your control panel is the central station for your entire security system, so it’s the most important piece of equipment in the system.
  • Garage door security: Tilt sensors alert you when your garage door is opening and allow you to open and close your garage door from wherever you are. 
  • Smartphone access allows you to control and view your home security system from your phone or another wireless device.
  • Yard signs and window stickers placed prominently in front of and on your home help to deter intruders from entering.
  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring is frequently a part of a smart alarm system. An alarm goes to the company’s monitoring center where it is determined whether emergency services are required. If needed, the monitoring center contacts the appropriate dispatch center (fire, police, ambulance).

Keeping your home and family safe is a basic concern for most homeowners. Before purchasing a security system, it’s important to know about the components included so you can choose a system that’s strong in all areas and includes important security devices. Enjoy peace of mind knowing your family and home are safe. Secure your property from intruders, vandalism, and burglars with the latest in technology by considering a smart security alarm system. It will have your back!

 

Interested in a home monitoring system? Want to know more about the components of a smart security system? Contact SMART | Home Security. We’re a Calgary-based company partnering with TELUS, Canada’s leading provider of advanced home security systems. Call us at 587-800-1542. We’ll help you develop a customized home security plan. 

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What Is a Smart Home Alarm System and How Does it Work?

Are you aware of how many homes are broken into each year? In 2019, 196,291 break-ins were recorded in Canada! Breaking and entering continues to be one of the most common offences, accounting for 12% of property crimes. It’s no wonder house alarm systems have become increasingly popular, or that interest in smart home systems has grown.

 

What is a Smart Home Security System?

A smart home security system is a group of physical electronic components (such as security cameras, motion sensors, glass break sensors, and sirens) that are interconnected to the Internet. They allow users to view live footage from a mobile app, receive notifications when alarms are triggered, and control the system remotely. Smart alarm systems empower homeowners to build their own network of security while retaining control, usually through their cell phones. These security systems are simple, convenient, and affordable.

 

What are the Basic Components of a Smart Security System?

  • Security camera: This component enables live-stream footage remotely and sends a notification when the camera detects movement, people or packages. 
  • Motion sensor: Usually placed in the main entryway on the ground floor of a home, this component detects motion and alerts the system. 
  • Entry sensor: This contact sensor is placed on a window and/or door and senses if that entry point is opened. Entry sensors are suggested for all windows and doors on the ground floor. 
  • Glass break sensor: This sensor detects the sound of glass breaking and alerts via mobile notification.
  • Siren: A siren usually goes off at the same time as other alarms and is intended to scare away intruders, alert you, and/or alert your neighbours.
  • Smart locks allow keyless entry to your home via an app.
  • Control panel: This device is used to activate and deactivate monitors.

 

Professional Monitoring: 

24/7 professional monitoring is frequently a part of a smart alarm system. An alarm goes to the company’s monitoring center and it is determined whether emergency services are required. If needed, the monitoring center contacts the appropriate dispatch center (fire, police, or ambulance). 

Enjoy peace of mind knowing your family and home are safe. Secure your property from intruders, vandalism, and burglars. Protect every inch of your house while seeing what’s happening, in real-time, from your mobile device. Upgrade your home with the latest in technology by considering a smart security alarm system. It will have your back!

Interested in a smart alarm system? Want peace of mind for your family? Contact SMART | Home Security. We’re a Calgary-based company partnering with ADT by TELUS, Canada’s leading provider for advanced home security systems. Call us at 587-800-1542. We’ll help you develop a customized home security plan.