Drones and video doorbells - home security of the future?

Many people in the South-East feel unsafe in their own home and are reluctant to open their front door to strangers, according to new research published today (Wednesday March 30).

Wednesday, 30th March 2016, 10:12 am
Updated Friday, 8th June 2018, 1:00 am

The reaearch, by alarm monitoring company ADT, found in the South-East that:

44.4% of people are happy to be in their home on their own

32.5% said installing a home security alarm would make them feel safer

37.4% ensure there are locks on all of the doors and windows

23.9% said they make sure all the windows have curtains and blinds

10.8% feel more worried about the security of their home than they did five years ago

15.4% would rather hide or pretend I’m not in than open the doors to strangers

Following the study, ADT has commissioned a report into the possible future of home security.

The resulting report says that burglar alarms in the future will be able to identify intruders in your home and address them by their own name.

Advances in home security technology mean that by 2025 burglars could also find themselves being sprayed by indelible chemical markers as they break into properties, according to the study by future trends experts Futurizon.

And even if they manage to take off with your valuables, low-flying overhead drones launched from your roof will follow the criminals as they get away until the police are able to take over.

The report also predicts that tiny, hidden cameras soon to be commonplace around homes and residential streets could even stop burglaries before they happen, by using face recognition software to spot known criminals and sound the alarm.

And it foresees the birth of an ‘automated Neighbourhood Watch’, where the new generation of intelligent alarm systems installed in homes will communicate with each other, collecting details of the behaviour of a suspicious stranger on the street or alerting others to danger.

Meanwhile, a new survey of homeowners has found that only four out of ten people (42.1%) feel safe being home alone, while one in ten (10.3%) believe that their home is at greater risk today than it was only five years ago.

Gail Hunter, a spokesperson for ADT, said: “People today feel more uneasy in their own homes than ever before. Technology is already evolving to help give homeowners peace of mind and more control of their home security, and over the next few decades this will continue to advance.”

ADT is about to launch its own state-of–the- art smart home technology product, ADT Smart Home, which will bring homeowners peace of mind knowing that they can monitor their properties, family members, pets and their personal possessions remotely from wherever they are in the world from a smartphone, tablet or PC, and can even operate lights and electrical devices.

The system, which allows homeowners to view live footage from inside their homes, switch lights, alarms and motion sensors on and off and sends alerts to owners when security devices have been set off, also provides round-the-clock ADT monitoring and maintenance through UK-based centres which investigate alarms and action the police.

According to ADT’s Future of Home Security report, in less than ten years’ time physical doors and window locks will be replaced with electronic entry systems, including biometric access, meaning that the key could also become a thing of the past.

Video doorbells linking to smart phones, allowing owners to talk to visitors and let them in, even if they are not at home will be part of the mainstream.

Face recognition will also feature prominently in tomorrow’s security systems, with cameras able to recognise friends and family and inform owners of their arrival through smartphone alerts.

Burglar alarms and motion detectors will also be very different to today, with systems installed inside homes able to emit a low frequency sound or high intensity strobe lightening to disorientate intruders and force them to leave empty-handed.

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