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

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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

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