The dark nights are here – and we’re not talking about Batman! Those cold winter evenings can be difficult to get used to, and after a long day at work or uni, you want to feel secure as you make your way home. We’re going to take you on a 24-hour trip featuring security from the moment you wake up to the moment you are tucked-up safely in bed. Security for your own personal safety and security for your home.
Smart home camera with lighting
“Talk to your visitors”
Smart home cameras are brilliant! No, they really are – and here’s why! You can protect every corner of your home with a wire-free HD camera that lets you see, hear and speak to anyone on your property from your phone, tablet or PC. Wherever you are, be that in the uni library, in the supermarket, or away on holiday – you can see and hear exactly what’s going on!
Some cameras have adjustable motion zones which let you get the ideal setting for you and your home. With instant motion-activated notifications, you’ll always be the first to know when there’s someone on your property.
Some models have a built-in spotlight which delivers crisp video around the clock, and night vision has you covered, even with the lights off. For added security, there’s a 110-decibel alarm to help you scare off intruders. These are just a few of the great things an external cameras can do.
Smart light bulbs
“You’re going to be late home – tell Siri to turn the lights on!”
These smart light bulbs are great, as they allow you to control the lighting in your house via your smartphone or tablet, and work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. You can ‘switch’ on your house lights whenever you like, to make it look like people are in – and multiple household members can share control.
“Feel better about your trip to work, uni or the shops!”
Most of you will be familiar by now with those little cameras which sit in the front (and backs) of cars as we travel to work or do our chores. Those little cameras record what is happening on the road in front or behind you. They are designed to give drivers peace of mind and provide vital information for insurance companies and the police should a collision take place. The footage helps investigators decide who was at fault.
How do dash cams work?
Place your dash cam in the front or back (or both) of your car, and they’ll record what’s going on around you. Once they are recording, they continue on a loop, with unimportant footage being wiped automatically. These cameras have a sensor built-in which picks up any sudden change in G-Force – such as another car bumping into you. This triggers the sensor and a clip of the incident will be saved onto a memory card and locked. Once it’s locked, it cannot be recorded over.
Are they easy to install?
The answer is ‘Yes’. Most dashcams are powered via the 12v power outlet in your car, and lots also have a battery back-up.
Where is the recorded footage kept?
As soon as your dash cam is plugged in and switched on, then the footage will be recorded and stored on a microSD memory card. If you ever need to look at the footage – and let’s hope you don’t – then all you need to do is review the file which the dash cam has flagged as important. To do this, connect your memory card to a PC or Mac. Then you can view the footage, copy it or delete it.
Some of the newer dash cams allow Wi-Fi connectivity. This means you can actually view the footage on your smartphone or tablet. Check out the product description of each product to see if it can connect to Wi-Fi.
Indoor security camera
“If something moves, you’ll know about it!”
So, it’s time for bed! While you’re sleeping, an indoor security camera can do a variety of things to keep you safe and provide that all-important peace of mind. Let’s go through a few of the ways an indoor security camera can help….
Motion detection: When your camera detects motion, you’ll receive notification and see a video clip of the ‘movement’ for closer inspection. You can select which zones you want to monitor.
Night vision: If you have children, there’s no need to wake them up by opening the bedroom door to check on them. Most cameras have a night-vision capability, and they can ‘see’ up to 30ft in the dark!
High-Definition footage: Modern security cameras provide excellent quality video footage – usually 1080p – which gives high-clarity and sharpness. Identification and recognition is much easier than the old days of grainy black and white footage.
Two-way audio: You can communicate with other household members via the built-in microphone and speaker in many models. Great for checking on your housemates as they roll in at some godforsaken hour! (And, of course, they’ll wake you up with all the racket!)
Local storage: When the camera is triggered, you’ll need one which has the capacity to store a decent amount of footage. A microSD card can store up to 128 GB – which is equal to 384 (16 days) of footage approximately, which means that you’ve got more than enough storage capacity for any eventuality!
Alarms system: Most smart security cameras send notifications to when there is motion in the monitored area. Many also trigger lights and sounds, so you get an alarm system too. You don’t need to be at home to know that there’s movement in your house or flat – you can away on holiday! Also, most of these work with systems such as Alexa or Google Assistant.
“Who’s that at the door now?!”
A video doorbell is like a traditional doorbell but you are alerted and respond via your smartphone or tablet when someone arrives at your door. These are quite common-place now, and are great for all aspects of personal and property security.
Let’s take a look at a few things you can do with a video doorbell…
1. Answer your door from anywhere.
A smart video doorbell has a two-way audio system so you can answer the door from wherever you are – at work, at the supermarket or even away on holiday! Just like an ordinary doorbell, when someone pushes the button, it will chime – but the great thing is it will simultaneously send an alert to your smartphone. Then you can see live video of your front door to see who it is and you can then talk to them. If you’re busy and don’t see the alert, you can still see the footage later to see who was calling.
You might think that this is insignificant, but studies reveal that most burglars ring the doorbell to see if there is anyone in. A video doorbell makes it look like you’re at home, so hopefully they’ll go somewhere else. Also, it tells the burglar that they are being monitored and filmed!
2. Helps prevent crime.
As we just mentioned, a video doorbell helps to deter burglars or package thieves. Most smart doorbells have either built-in motion or heat sensors which trigger video recording. Even if it cannot actually stop as delivery being stolen, it provides video footage of the incident for the police.
It’s worth checking out each product to see how long video footage is stored for after it’s been triggered.
3. Confirm packages were delivered
A sensor will let you receive a notification when someone is at your door. With two-way audio you’ll be able to speak with the delivery driver and ask them to put the package in a particular place, reducing the chances of it being stolen.
4. Keep an eye on your house or flatmates
A video doorbell is a great way to keep an eye on your friends. You can see them arrive or leave and see who they’re with, which gives real peace of mind – especially when you’re at uni and there are people you may not know calling to see their friends. Plus, if they want to, they can leave you a video message!
So there you have it. A series of security options that take you from the moment you wake up in the morning to when you’re sleeping like a baby in bed! There are lots of other great security options to think about. Check out the Ebuyer range here.