There are some very different solutions for protecting yourself against intruders, but not all are suitable for every user. In this article you will find out which systems are available, how they work and what they cost. We will also present the right products for you directly.
The alarm system: Specialized burglar protection
If you want to protect yourself effectively against burglary, you naturally think of a classic alarm system. A basic distinction is made here between wired and wireless solutions. If you do not want to or cannot lay meters of cable, we recommend a wireless alarm system with battery-operated elements. Simple basic sets, which automatically call a predetermined number in the event of an alarm, start at around 50 dollars, including the Olympia Protect alarm system set 6061. With such a simple set, however, you shouldn’t expect any special extensions or even control via the Internet.
If you are looking for a simple but flexible entry-level set, we therefore recommend a solution like the Gigaset Elements: The system can be controlled by mobile phone and expanded with components such as a surveillance camera. Gigaset Elements are available from around $ 200.
If you would like even more comprehensive protection with automated operational control, telephone notifications by e-mail, SMS and phone calls to several users as well as protection in the event of a power failure, you should take a closer look at the Egardia alarm system. The system is very flexible and can even be expanded into a small smart home. The entry-level package is available for around $ 300. In addition, there is a monthly fee that starts at $ 9.
The smart home: the all-in-one solution
A complete alarm system set is the simplest solution for most users to protect themselves. However, if you are thinking of setting up a smart home in the near future, you should immediately rely on a corresponding system and integrate the system there. The investment is comparatively high at the beginning, but you save the costs and nerves of switching later. In addition, with a smart home you get all the features from a single source.
The smart home market is currently still confused because many manufacturers are trying to gain a foothold here. The best-known smart home providers include eQ-3 with Homematic and Homematic IP, Telekom and various other manufacturers. There are also many other, smaller systems such as Fibaro, homee and Mediola.
It is difficult to recommend a specific system here, because ultimately it not only depends on whether the corresponding smart home also offers all the modules that you personally need, but also how well the integration into your own four walls works and you can the operation and programming copes.
The Homematic IP system, for example, offers many products and easy-to-use operation. homee, on the other hand, does not manufacture any smart home products itself, but unites a whole range of manufacturers and products through the support of several wireless standards such as WLAN, ZigBee and EnOcean. It is best to take a closer look at the manufacturer’s website and test an online demo, if available.
Surveillance camera: practical extension
A surveillance camera alone does not protect against burglars, but it does record them on video so that the police can help catch the thief. In addition, modern surveillance cameras support push notifications on the smartphone, so that you are notified immediately as soon as someone gains unauthorized access and can react accordingly. If you would like to integrate the camera into an existing smart home, you should first find out whether the devices are compatible with each other.
A camera does not necessarily have to be in direct contact with the alarm system or the smart home; it can also work independently of the rest of the system. Netgear Arlo, for example, is a very flexible surveillance camera: the camera is battery-operated and can therefore be placed in any position without any problems. Thanks to integrated motion detection and night vision mode, the camera records completely autonomously if required. The Netgear Arlo saves the recording in the cloud – so the intruder has no chance of simply making the video disappear by stealing the corresponding memory card. A camera including a gateway for network access is available from $ 211.
Light control: simulate presence
With lighted rooms, you can scare off potential intruders cheaply and effectively by simulating presence or countering with a surprise element. The simplest solution here is to program one or more lamps with a timer and equip others with motion detectors – you can get devices for less than 10 dollars. For intelligent lighting control, however, a smart home center such as the SmartHome described above is required, which even offers ready-made profiles especially for this. The control center controls the adapter plug to which the light is connected.
The Philips Hue series, on the other hand, is a light set that is independent of the smart home but can be programmed extensively. You can find further examples and various solutions in our article “Intelligent control of light”.
Burglary protection: You should keep these tips in mind
Although good technology is reliable protection against burglary, there are also some basic tips and other security measures:
How to protect windows
Standard windows can be smashed and levered out easily – and are therefore popular targets for break-ins. How to increase the security of your windows:
- Keep the windows closed when you are absent – they must not be tilted.
- Lockable handles prevent break-ins through broken windows.
- Security fittings (mushroom head locks) protect against prying open the window.
- Glue-on window films make it difficult to smash the window glass.
How to protect doors
Old and simple doors in particular can be unlocked in a fraction of a second. House doors that are not locked, but simply pulled shut, can sometimes even be cracked without special tools. The following measures can improve burglary protection:
- Always lock the door (several times).
- Use a security lock with a high quality cylinder.
- A second additional lock serves as a further hurdle to overcome the door
- You do not have to open the door completely with a locking bar – this prevents it from being pushed open.