According to “The Crime in the United States report” by the FBI, 71.6 percent of all burglaries in the U.S. in 2015 were residential properties. Many home owners have taken the first step in protecting their families and assets by installing security cameras or a burglar alarm in their homes. People with busy schedules appreciate remote access to their system. Remote access puts you in control of your home security system at all times, day or night—from anywhere. All you need is your laptop, smartphone or tablet to keep a close watch over the important people and possessions in your life.
- Remotely Access your Camera Feed and Additional Features. With remote access, you can view your camera feed anytime and playback recorded files. What happens if you go on vacation and don’t have anyone to check on your house or if you want to check on your pets during the day while you are at work? You can have peace of mind by accessing your cameras remotely.
- Control your Alarm. When you have alarm monitoring, if the alarm goes off, the local monitoring station will contact you to make sure everything is ok and dispatch the police if necessary. But what happens when you leave your house and later realize you forgot to arm your alarm? With remote access, you can simply arm your alarm using the App. If you go out of town for a few days, you can make sure your garage door is closed, adjust your thermostat or control your lights. Turning your lights on while you are away can create the illusion that the home is occupied and protect your home from a burglary.
- Set up e-mail or text notifications to alert you of a fire or intrusion. Sometimes burglars find a way to break into a home without setting off the alarm or simply enter the home regardless of the alert. The next five minutes are crucial. Not only will police be notified instantly but you will receive an alert and be able to playback and share video footage of the crime with them.
If you feel that you could benefit from any of these features, contact your security company for more information. They can train you to use the remote viewing App effectively.