Working Away from Home? How to Defend Your Property with the Help of Tech

It has become increasingly common for people to need to work away from home. This may be for a few days each month or for much longer periods of time. Whichever situation you find yourself in it is likely that you will be considering the security of your home and how best to protect it. Fortunately, there are many technological ways you can improve security and reduce the likelihood of a break-in.


Advanced alarm systems

These are not a new development! An alarm on the side of your house is likely to deter most thieves. This is particularly true if you ensure they are merged with the latest technological offerings. An alarm should now be connected to a monitoring device that will send a message to you phone and even several others if the power fails, a break in is detected or it is tampered with. The latest models can even offer a connection for your phone line in an emergency to ensure the monitoring system stays active.


Timers used to be used to simply set your lights to come on and off at certain times of the day or night. The downside of this is that it is possible to study the house and realize that the lights are going on and off at the same times, this will give away that the house is unoccupied. However, these timers can now be hooked up to a security system management device; this is connected to your mobile phone via an app. You will then be able to alarm or disarm your alarm systems as you wish, you will also be able to use the management system to change the times lights go on and off; making it very difficult for thieves to know if your house is empty or not.

Instant notification

As well as monitoring the alarm system it is possible to locate sensors around the inside or the outside of your house. These can be connected to a mobile phone or even a tablet and will alert you immediately if a sensor is triggered.

Video surveillance

Web cams are now state of the art and incredibly small, you can position them almost anywhere in your home and they would never be noticed. These cameras can be linked to the internet and, via an app, you will be able to see the feed from them on your phone, tablet or laptop; wherever you are in the world. Some apps will only allow you to see one camera at a time whilst others will show you multiple shots. Cameras can be mounted outside of the house as well as inside!

As well as for security purposes this can be used to check your children have got home from school okay or that your elderly relative is okay.


The perimeter alarm is becoming increasing popular; an invisible beam will trigger an alarm or a notification to your phone if someone breaks it. This can be an excellent way to know someone is on your land before they get anywhere near your home. Transmitters can be set as far apart as thirty meters which will make it very difficult for any would be thief to spot them.


Although this method does not use technology it is an excellent resource, both to monitor your home and to check if an alarm has sounded. Neighbors know who is usually at your house and can raise the alarm if they see anything suspicious. Of course, with the increased range of security devices that will need turning on when you are away from home it may be advisable to have a checklist.  This will make sure you turn all the systems on and maximize your protection against burglary.

When you’re working from home and you’re tied to a desk almost 8 hours a day, it can be tough to watch over the rest of your property. A high-tech surveillance system can make things a lot easier for you. Most systems are hooked to your smartphone or tablet; so you can see what happens inside and outside your home without having to leave your desk. Make a sensible choice and use technology to feel safe in your own residence!

By Michael Clark and

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