Reno Smart Home Apps Deter Burglars During the Holidays
The holidays are officially upon us. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. The holidays usually involve travel of some sort. Whether it’s just across town or cross country, our homes become vacant for extended periods of time. This invites thieves to nose around your property, looking for a way in. Fortunately, some Reno Smart Home apps deter burglars during the holidays. Which ones show the best promise? Read on to find out.
Reno Smart Home Apps
Burglars avoid homes that sound like someone’s home. Many times, they ring the doorbell. If they don’t hear anybody answer, they find a way inside. When you’re away, how do you fool would-be thieves into thinking someone’s home? Try one of these Reno Smart Home apps. Many work in conjunction with in-home service kits you can purchase from each company.
From one of the most trusted security services in the country comes ADT Pulse. Not only can you arm and disarm the alarm from your smart phone, but you can also control lights, door locks, and the thermostat. It even tells you if it detects a water leak. The starter kit comes with an indoor camera and touchscreen panel.
The Alarm.com connects your security systems, lights, thermostat, locks, etc. on one central platform. From your smartphone (Android, Apple, iOS, Blackberry, etc), arm or disarm your security system. Schedule the alarm to set itself at night when you know everyone is at home and in bed. Or deactivate it before you head out in the morning so that you don’t inadvertently set it off in the hustle and bustle of your morning routine. It also includes a doorbell camera that you can answer remotely.
Nothing says “someone’s home” like the sights and sounds of a TV. But, if you’re away for several days at a time, you don’t want your TV on 24/7. Instead, spend $20 to $40 on a Fake TV gadget. This handy gizmo projects different lights onto your curtains in an ever-changing pattern so that it looks like the TV is on with less cost than leaving an actual TV on while you’re gone.
Samsung offers a SmartThings kit that converts your regular Reno home into a Smart Home. The kit contains a central hub as well as several sensors. Apply the sensor to devices around your home, such as the garage door, oven, TV, etc. Download the app. Then, monitor these devices from anywhere. They’ll tell you when you’ve left the coffee pot on or the back door open. These sensors also talk to each other to learn your regular habits to anticipate what you want to use and when you want to use it. All this can be monitored from your iPhone even when you’re thousands of miles away. Turn lights on and off in your Reno home with the touch of a button from your phone anywhere in the world.
The Savant TrueControl system takes easy-to-use to a whole new level. Based on Apple’s operating system, Savant works from any Apple device (iPhone, iPad, etc.). You can turn on or dim lights, play music, turn on the TV, view what’s happening throughout your Reno home, open up the shades, and so much more. Receive instant notifications whenever something changes at home. You won’t even have to get out of bed in order to turn the lights off at night.
Sleep and Noise Sound App
Now, this may sound a little odd. But you can use an app meant to help you fall asleep to help fool burglars into thinking someone’s home. How? Download the Sleep and Noise Sound app in iTunes or in the Google PlayStore. Open it up on a smart phone, tablet or computer left at home while you’re away. Select the “vacuum cleaner” or “kettle boiling” setting. This may create just enough noise to make a burglar think someone’s inside. Then, they’ll simply move on to somewhere else.
Nothing is 100% foolproof. But these Reno Smart Home apps can help deter burglars while you’re away during the holidays or any other time of year. It’s certainly worth a try to keep your home, your belongings and your family safe, isn’t it?