A House and Home promotion
None of us like to think too much about home break-ins, but recent Central Statistics Office (CSO) data has shown that in the last ten years, Dublin has seen 41% of all break-ins nationwide, and one in seven homes have fallen victim to thieves.
Interestingly, last year, there were 6,613 break-ins from October to March, meaning the winter time is prime time for burglars.
So we've teamed up with Currys PC World, who have launched a smart home security range, to get all the details on how enhanced, connected security devices can help you protect your home.
Stocking products from Ring and Next, the newly launched smart home security range will be broadened over time, but the team at Currys PC World believe these easily-installed devices can go a long way to start upping your sense of security at home.
"As more consumers adopt smart home technology for convenience, the ability to protect their homes through cost effective, easily installed and managed smart devices can give them piece of mind when they are away. Combined with other smart devices, they can play a useful deterrent for would be snoopers or potential thieves," says Séamus McCormack, Commercial Director at Currys PC World.
4 smart home security products to know
Ring Video Doorbell - Satin Nickel
The Ring Video Doorbell allows you to set up motion detection zones which alert you when movement is detected. By sending an alert to your iOS or Android mobile device using the Ring app, you can keep track of what is happening around your property at all times.
You can see who's at the door before you open it with built-in motion sensors that send alerts to your iOS or Android mobile device, while two-way audio allows you to speak to visitors with built-in speakers and microphones. You can save and review your doorbell videos thanks to cloud-recording with a free 30-day trial.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro with Chime
With a camera that covers a full 180-degree field of view, the full HD 1080p lens allows you to review your recordings in great quality. And because the Ring Pro Doorbell has an IR LED sensor, you can even see clearly at night. You can save and review the videos with the cloud recording, meaning any questionable visitors will be captured on camera.
The Ring Chime pairs wirelessly with the Doorbell, so you'll get both a smartphone notification and an audible alert, and you still have the two-way audio allowing you to speak to visitors even if you're not at home. As well as providing you with a sense of security, it also means you can talk to the postman when they call to redirect parcels or to let friends know you're not home.
Nest Cam Outdoor
Weatherproof and suitable for DIY installation, you can mount the Nest Cam Outdoor to an outside wall to overlook entrances and key areas around your home. Connect it to the mains and forget about batteries running out.
It allows for remote 24/7 home monitoring on a smartphone, tablet or PC so you can feel secure even when you're away, with smart alerts send to your phone if something happens at home.
It is clever enough to distinguish between what is a person and what isn't, so you won't get false alerts every time your neighbour's cat passes by. The Sightline feature lets you review the footage quickly to find out what you need, and you can see even more with Full HD recording, night vision and a wide field of view.
Ring Floodlight Cam
€249 (save €50)
Together with a 110-dB alarm that can be controlled manually from the Ring app, you can deter unwanted intruders with ultra-bright floodlights and a siren alarm to protect your home.
The Ring Floodlight Cam has two floodlights which illuminate when motion is detected, ideal for keeping your home safe. You can download the free Ring app to monitor your home from your phone.
The Floodlight has custom motion sensors and infrared night vision to deliver instant alerts. Installation is simple, and you get lifetime purchase protection for peace of mind.