Posted March 2nd, 2022 by SimpliSafe
Not every home is made the same… Some homes are big with many rooms, windows, doors and large gardens. Some homes are small, some have many floors and some just have one. That’s what makes our homes great. They’re unique.
With that in mind, it’s not a ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to home security. That’s why, here at SimpliSafe we’ve developed a security system that can be easily personalised and added to at your convenience, with no long-term Professional Monitoring plans to suit every budget. It’s our mission to make every home secure, and we want to ensure that what you love is always protected.
SimpliSafe offers Whole Home Protection. We have a range of products to protect your home from the elements, keeping you safe from issues far beyond your control.
Protect your home from the winter chill with a Temperature Sensor - designed to sound the alarm when temperatures drop below 5°, so you can act fast and prevent pipes from freezing and bursting. You can also set an upper limit to warn you when a room gets too hot and prevent harm to paintings, plants or our furry friends.
You could even add Water Sensors to your home. By placing one near common household water sources like dishwashers, boilers or washing machines, with Professional Monitoring you will be alerted if your home is in danger of flooding.
Break-ins are a terrifying thought. They can completely unroot our lives as irreplaceable possessions could be taken from us by a stranger. Burglars play on the weaknesses of our homes and use these to their advantage, they’re opportunists and can be easily deterred by a home security system. In fact, 63% of burglaries happened to homes without a basic home security system in 2021.
76% of all burglars break in through the front door. This means that having an Entry Sensor on your door is a great way to alert you to a break-in, sound the siren and scare the burglar off. It’s also wise to add Entry Sensors to other entry points in your home, such as back doors and larger windows that easily open and close.
You can back this defence up with a Motion Sensor placed in your hallway and main rooms in your home. It'll trigger the alarm if it picks up movement when the SimpliSafe system is set in Away mode. Don't worry about your pets at home, they won't trigger a false alarm.
Glassbreak Sensors are another great way to protect your entry points. By placing a Glassbreak Sensor in a room with a lot of windows with glass panels, your security alarm will sound if the glass breaks.
For tips on best practices on positioning your sensors, read our blog on how to prevent false alarms.
Another great way to help protect your home from break-ins is through the use of security cameras. They provide great deterrents to would-be burglars, and also help to gather evidence if your home was to be targeted by an intruder.
An Indoor Camera can help protect your home from an intruder in a number of ways. The SimpliSafe Indoor Camera works by recording whenever it captures motion in your home, gathering crucial video footage that can be shared with the police. It also allows you to speak to the intruder via two-way audio, alerting them so they know you're watching and police have been contacted.
When it comes to installing Indoor Cameras, it’s best to place them in locations that potential intruders are likely to passby. This could be the front entrance and hallway, as well as the kitchen near your back door for example. It’s also advised to pair your Indoor Camera with a Motion Sensor for additional security and so it'll trigger the alarm when it pick up movement. Additional cameras could also be placed in rooms that hold valuable assets - such as a living room filled with smart home items or an office space which has expensive tech equipment or private documents - as burglars could enter these locations to take high value goods.
Read our blog on where's the best place to put security cameras to find additional tips on protecting your home with the SimpliSafe Indoor Camera.
The SimpliSafe Wireless Outdoor Security Camera is another great deterrent to protect your home against intruders.
When thinking of where to place your Outdoor Security Camera, it’s important to consider outside locations that are vulnerable. Front doors, back doors and garage doors are all entry points to your home that burglars may take advantage of. To protect these areas best, you may want to place an Outdoor Camera that covers these areas, as well as any other key places depending on the layout of your home.
With an Outdoor Security Camera, you’re also able to protect valuable assets that you can’t bring indoors, such as any cars parked on your drive. If someone were to cross this area on your premises, the camera would start recording and send a ‘motion notification’ to your phone; whilst at night the spotlight would come on warning a potential thief that their presence has been captured.
With an Outdoor Security Camera you can also set-up motion detection zones. This allows you to customise your camera’s range so it only covers your property and excludes the likes of busy roads and footpaths.
To do this, simply enter the ‘Camera Settings feature’ in the free SimpliSafe app and tap the zones you don’t want to receive alerts for. This allows you to have full control over what areas of your property’s outside space is monitored and also helps to reduce the number of notifications you receive - so you’ll only be informed if someone was to enter an area where you don’t want them to be.
What if you knew that—no matter where you were or what you were doing —if there was a break-in at your home, someone would be there to dispatch the police? And not only that, they would call you right away, make sure you’re ok, and stay on the line until you were safe? Having a Professionally Monitored alarm means just that!
With SimpliSafe’s Pro Premium Professional Monitoring plan, if a sensor triggers the alarm it will send a signal to the professional monitoirng centre. Then, a member of the team will call you to make sure that you’re safe before temporarily viewing your camera's live footage to visually confirm if there's an intruder.
If the alarm is cancelled/disarmed within 30 seconds, this is classed as a false alarm and you will not receive a call.
By having the ability to access your camera in an emergency, this allows for a feature called Video Verification or Visual Verification (you can opt into this via the SimpliSafe app). This means that if there was an intruder in your home for example, the professional monitoring centre would request police dispatch on your behalf. If there didn’t appear to be an intrusion, our professional monitoring team would instead send a ‘guard’ to investigate the perimeter of your property to confirm if there had been a break-in or not, for extra peace of mind.
When a guard is dispatched, this does incur an additional charge but you can opt out of this feature at any time. Find out more about how SimpliSafe works.
Pro Tip: When setting up your Outdoor Camera with a Professional Monitoring plan, you will need to activate your monitoring plan before adding your camera to your system.
If you have any queries or would like some further info on achieving whole home protection with SimpliSafe, contact our dedicated customer support team on 0800 456 1789, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, give our step-by-step guide on how to build a security system a read and get the perfect system tailored to your needs.