Home security isn’t something to be taken lightly and lately the options are rapidly increasing in both strategy and application. What started as simple forms of physical protection like dead bolts and latches has turned high-tech with advancements like remote systems that boast brains and brawn. Brian McAuliff, president of Bri-Tech, an integrator of high-end electronics, opens up about the best ways to lock down a home.
Long Island Pulse: What are some recent advances in home security?
Brian McAuliff: People are becoming more interested in connecting their security system to all aspects of their lives, including full control from their smart phones and devices. Adding remote control of door locks has also been popular. I am most excited about the continued movement toward more integration with home automation, including control of lights, thermostats and viewing of cameras all from one app on the smart phone. When done properly, this can give clients great peace of mind.
Pulse: Many homeowners use the garage door as a primary entryway, how can that be made more secure?
BM: The garage door control can be put on a system so a smart phone can give someone access remotely. A camera in the garage viewable from the same phone is helpful too. We typically partition the home separately so the garage is accessible without triggering the alarm, which is convenient if you are allowing others to have your code, such as landscapers and contractors.
Pulse: What are the most important things for homeowners to keep in mind when shopping for home security systems?
BM: Life safety should be first—smoke and carbon monoxide detectors that are connected to the system and dial a central station are of the utmost importance. Next is personal security: Securing entry points keeps intruders out and protects homeowners. Interior motion detection has gotten very good—now detectors can see motion and heat with fewer false alarms. Finally, a cellular radio backup allows the alarm to communicate with the central station even when power is lost.
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A hardwired system that provides considerable protection for a typical home runs at least $3,000. Lower cost systems use cheaper, wireless components that are faster to install but can be a headache to service.
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