Keeping your home safe
Modern webcams and wireless home-security systems mean it’s never been easier to keep an eye on your home and family
if the idea of being filmed in your own house makes you uneasy, choose a webcam that stops automatically when you’re home
It used to cost thousands to install a video-monitoring home-security system, but today you can plug in a motion-sensing camera and receive alerts or watch your home live on your smartphone from anywhere in the world.
Invest in a webcam
Internet-connected wireless webcams can stream live video direct to your phone – try Nest Cam, Canary and Withings Home – with prices ranging from £50 to £200. With motion and noise detectors, and even face recognition, they can alert you if anybody approaches the house, enters a room or when your baby wakes.
Get kitted out
While you can buy items individually and build your own smart security system, companies such as Samsung, Swannone, Yale and Panasonic offer starter kits to get you up and running. Prices start at around £150, and you can expand with sensors and cameras to cover your whole house.
Door and window sensors detect if someone opens an entrance and will send you an alert. They cost around £30-£40 and can be programmed to activate only when you’ve left the house. They work in tandem with alarms and cameras, turning them on at the first sign of an intruder.
Nest Cam HD camera, £159, B&Q Choose a model you can easily position on a tabletop or shelf