Keeping your family safe will always be a priority, but how far should homeowners go in pursuit of a more secure home? Several companies offer smart devices that claim to offer complete peace of mind, but these may contain security flaws or fail to meet the stringent demands that many insurers place on smart home protection systems.

With so many options, including products that range from door monitors and break-glass detectors to motion sensors and call-points, it can be hard to know how much technology is enough. A CEDIA-trained installer will be able to advise on what is the best fit for the type and value of property that is being protected, both from a security and fire detection perspective.

For homes that need police response, the rules are even more rigorous. In the UK, only properties installed to CEDIA Grade 2 standard and with a BT Redcare-monitored line will be considered for this service. The system must also use a sequential alarm system in order to qualify, but it is worth the added hassle in order to make your home eligible for this level of protection.


Should I go wireless or wired?


[NB: You can read our full article on the pros and cons of a wireless set-up here] There are several wireless home monitoring kits available and, for a retrofit installation, they are sometimes a good work-around. However, for renovation projects or new buildings a wired system is often a more secure option. A set-up that fully integrates with a smart home’s electronic systems will be safer, as well as being much more simple for the homeowner to manage.

Beyond an alarm system, there are a number of options for adding an extra layer of security for burglars. Exterior lighting that switches on when someone approaches the driveway or entrance is likely to deter criminals, as will programmable lighting that mimics your family’s behaviour when you’re not at home. For peace of mind, it would be worth considering a remote monitoring system, which allows you to keep an eye on your home wherever you are in the world.