DIY Home Security

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As the clocks go back and the evenings become darker earlier, homeowners all across the UK are being warned to heighten the security of their homes. Last year the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW)* reported that there was an estimated 785,000 incidents of domestic burglary in the UK and most were on vulnerable and compromised properties.

D-Link conducted research across 2,000 adults and uncovered how security conscious people are in the UK, with shocking results. Over half (54%) of UK adults do not have security systems or burglar alarms installed in their homes and 74% of burglar alarms, already installed, do not contact the police. Even more surprising, based on these findings, is that only 11% believe that their household and possessions are safe and protected against burglary.

Seemingly people aren’t fully prepared when protecting their home in the winter months, as only 23% use a light timer when they go out of the house for long periods, 18% have movement sensors installed and only 9% have security cameras in their home.

Further potential exposure can come from social media. The research found that 7% have even chosen to tag their location on social media whilst on holiday or out of the house, meaning someone can match your Tweets or Instagram pictures with the address you call home.

Luckily however, for consumers looking to bolster the security of their homes, there are many different systems to ensure a home is safe and secure, including smart home security. Smart home enabled security devices allow you to control your home via a smartphone or tablet app, providing you with the ability to set power usage thresholds, schedule light timers and most importantly monitor your home whilst you are away.

Smart home security products offer a cost effective and affordable alternative form of entry-level security to costly alarm systems that can often tie you into a monthly reoccurring fee. They’re also suitable not just for homeowners but for those that are renting as well, due to the portability aspect and the ability to deploy a security solution anywhere. Currently in today’s market there are a number of technologies on offer from different manufacturers, so for the average consumer this can be quite a daunting and confusing situation. However there’s now far more interoperability in the market and we are increasingly seeing manufacturers working to address this.

Unlike traditional security systems, smart home products are an entirely scalable solution that can be operated at a small or large-scale level, with the ability to add as many cameras or sensors as you need. For consumers looking for an entry-level security, D-Link has two smart home kits on offer; the smart home starter kit and the smart home security kit.

D-Link’s smart home starter kit provides users with the ability to set, control, monitor and automate their home from anywhere. The kit essentially gives people the tools to create an entry-level security solution in their home and includes a motion sensor, mydlink Home monitor HD and a smart plug, all of which are controllable through the mydlink Home app. Available for a small cost of £148.98 (Inc. VAT).

The smart home security kit on the other hand includes four products; the home hub, mydlink Home Siren, motion contact sensor and a Home monitor HD. The mydlink connected home hub essentially acts as the link between your existing network and all mydlink devices. The second product included in the kit is the mydlink Home Siren; this is a smart audio warning device with 6 different sounds built-in, delivering volume that can reach up to 110dB. Then there is the mydlink Home battery motion sensor, alerting you whenever motion is detected in your home and capable of monitoring temperature and light as well as motion. And much like the smart home starter kit, our security kit also includes the Home monitor HD as well. Available for a small cost of £160 (Inc. VAT).

The free to download mydlink Home app (available for both IOS and Android) is the command centre for D-Link’s range of smart home technology devices, the app enables you to set, control, monitor and automate. Unlike traditional CCTV systems users not only have a scalable solution on their hands, but they also have the ability to combine motion sensors with IP cameras, this combination means that actions can be set, for instance once a sensor detects motion it could be set to trigger an IP camera to record or take a photo, whilst simultaneously sending an alert to the users phone.

D-Link’s range of mydlink Home compatible cameras include the mydlink Home monitor HD, a standalone camera offering full colour high definition, 720p resolution and night vision capable of delivering visibility of up to 5 metres. The mydlink Home monitor 360, a pan and tilt camera that allows users to get a full 360-degree view of a room, offering night vision up to 8 metres and full HD 720p resolution. And the mydlink Home panoramic HD camera, offering a 180-degree field of view in full HD 720p, ensuring no corner of a room is left uncovered.

All of the products referenced work in conjunction with each other, allowing you to tailor a security system to suit your needs. This could be something as simple as setting up a motion sensor in the hallway, or a full set up with cameras, sensors etc. placed throughout the home. For instance motion sensors could be set up around the home that when triggered sound the mydlink Home siren, or for instance turn on all the lights in the home that are connected to a smart plug. The possibilities for smart home technology really are endless, offering an alternative to those who don’t want to incur the high costs associated with an alarm system.