Here’s the next tip from our partners at Keybury Fire and Security.
As the Fields of Vision initiative has proved, apps can make a difference in reducing crime. The use of Whatsapp has raised awareness and gathered lots of intelligence on rural crimes. Now security apps are revolutionising the way we secure our property, with security systems that can be monitored with real-time app notifications.
CCTV systems can be viewed remotely on smart phones. There are CCTV systems available which can send notifications of movement within an area, immediately alerting the owner to possible problem in the area. These can be programmed to alert you to a person but let smaller objects, like cats, go without sending you a notification.
Intruder alarms can also be remotely monitored with notifications sent to a mobile device. An intruder alarm app can also be used to remotely set and unset an alarm in a building, allowing you to check and set alarms in remote outbuildings without having to travel to them.
Other levels of monitoring are available including Key-holder monitoring, where the alarm alerts a receiving centre who contact you by telephone to alert you. Another alternative is Police monitored systems, where an alarm activation would notify the police who would attend the site. Only approved security companies can provide this type of monitoring, so look out for SSAIB or NSI approved companies.