When you move into a new home, getting the security right should be right up there on your list of priorities, alongside choosing furniture and picking paint colours. Even if you’ve been in for a while, it’s never too late to start thinking about security. You’d be amazed by how many people only get round to it after they’ve been burgled.
It isn’t just a question of a few window locks and getting a large dog. These days technology can help with security both inside and outside the home. It could lower your insurance premiums, and give you peace of mind knowing your home and your family are protected.
Home security trends for 2019
Modern home monitoring security systems are overtaking conventional burglar alarms – partly because they can’t be disabled by simply destroying the control panel.
Today’s security cameras provide a much greater deterrent, with HD video pictures stored on the cloud or live-streamed to your smartphone. Wireless devices with batteries don’t stop working when there’s a power cut. And with Wifi-enabled smart plugs you can turn lights and appliances on and off from anywhere in the world.
4 ways we can help you to keep your home safe (and warm)
British Gas innovations lead the way in home security technology. We’re always looking for new ways to make your life smarter and simpler. From Hive Sensors to Boiler IQ, we can help you keep your home secure and working well.
1. Hive Door and Window Sensors
A window lock can put off all but the most determined burglar. But if someone does get into your home, you don’t know until it’s too late. With Hive Window and Door sensors, you get an alert sent straight to your phone if someone tries to break in. And you can call the police immediately.
2. Hive Motion Sensors
If someone does manage to get into your home, a Hive Motion Sensor will pick up the movement and send an alert to your phone – wherever you are. So you can call the police and report it right away. You can also link your motion sensors to other smart Hive products, and turn the lights on in that room. Wouldn’t that give the burglar a shock?.
You don’t need any tools to attach your door or window sensors. Take a look at our handy How To videos to see how simple it is to install your Hive Sensors.
3. Hive security cameras
Now you can keep an eye on your home inside and out with Hive View and Hive View Outdoor. Whether you’ve just popped to the shops, or you’re on the beach in Ibiza, you can livestream the footage from your camera direct to your smartphone.
The camera starts recording the minute it detects any sound or motion. There’s even two-way audio so you can let the intruder know that you’re watching and the police have been called.
4. How well is your boiler is working?
British Gas Boiler IQ is a clever little gadget that helps us make sure your family stay safe and warm. It fits on the side of your boiler and tells us if it stops working. If it does, we’ll text or call you to take you through some simple checks. And if that doesn’t fix the problem we can send round one of our qualified engineers.
Today’s technology can help you look after your home and everything in it. Take a look at our video about home security for a few ideas that could help you get a little extra peace of mind.