Sunday, February 19, 2017

Security Begins at Home

In today’s world, it is imperative that we secure our homes and work places from various type of threats. As we all know, security guards are not very reliable. With nuclear families the norm, career women are in dilemma regarding safety of children, specially toddlers and infants. Even in joint families, senior citizens need to be monitored for health and safety.
There are many electronic security gadgets and devices for home users. Let us discuss a few of these:
For Home Owners:
Video Door Phones – These let you see who it is at the door, even talk to the visitor. Most of the models can be connected to an electric lock to open the door remotely and they also take a snapshot of the visitor.  A few of them are net-enabled and coupled with a smartphone app, allow you to monitor your visitors from anywhere in the world. Price ranges from Rs 9,000 to Rs 30,000 depending upon brand, features, etc.

IP Cameras- These cameras are very convenient to install, specially the Wi-Fi models and they offer a host of sophisticated features like ability to remotely rotate and zoom the cameras, in-built recorder, in-built web server, 2 way communication etc. at a very affordable price. Most of them come bundled with apps for smartphones. Very useful to keep an eye on toddlers and senior citizens. Cost RS 5,000 to Rs 9,000.

Electronic Door Locks – These come in many flavours and are aesthetically designed to blend with your d├ęcor. The really good ones come with Fingerprint access, password option and mechanical key backup. They usually have bolts made of high tensile  steel or alloy and are not easy to break. The password option helps you to give access to people in your absence. Do remember to change the password later. Cost varies from Rs 20,000 to Rs 35,000. Installation charges are typically around Rs 2,000 additional.

Burglar Alarm Systems- Available in Wired and Wireless versions, they support a host of different sensors like motion detect, door sensor, glass break sensor etc. and are easy to set-up. They have the ability to alert you on your mobile about any break-ins and also sound a hooter to deter  intruders. They are surprisingly inexpensive (Rs 10,000 to 15,000) and a must for serious security.

Electronic safes- While not exactly a security gadget, an electronic safe can help protect your valuable from casual thieves. Cost Rs 8,000 to Rs 25,000.

A word of caution – Technology is just a tool and like any other tool, it is effective only if implemented and used properly. Avoid low cost implementations by fly-by-night operators. As a thumb rule, the cost difference between a good and a mediocre system is usually not more than 20-25% and that’s a small difference to pay for the safety and security of your near and dear ones. And do remember to monitor your IP camera periodically and test the burglar alarm system for proper functioning.

About the author:
The author is a reputed security consultant with over a decade of experience in the electronics security industry. He has designed and implemented security solutions for many premium residences, bungalows and second homes and day care centres.