March 10, 2017

How to Get Safe Quickly

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Safe Home Security

I was sitting on the sidelines at soccer, and I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but I did. I was startled by what I heard the lady next to me say. I knew her, and I knew she had kids. We live in the same neighborhood so when she said what she said it shocked me. You aren’t going to believe what happened to her. I sure didn’t.

She heard a noise and thought it was one of her sweet girls, but it wasn’t. What she saw wasn’t sweet, and it wasn’t a girl.

You see, not long ago my friend had gone to bed with her husband. They had tucked their children in with care. They had slept all night, and they awoke to get their morning coffee. It was a morning like every other the routine was the same. The alarm goes off. He hits the alarm. She tentatively gets out of bed and makes her way to the coffee pot.

She gets to the kitchen after hearing a strange noise. She finds a man. She finds a man who isn’t her husband. A man with a knife in her peanut butter jar.

She is startled this isn’t the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. This is her home, and this guy doesn’t belong. He sees her. She knows her kids and her husband are upstairs. She screams. He drops the peanut butter and runs out of the door.

What if he didn’t leave? What if he used that knife on her or had a gun. She was lucky. Her family was lucky. I was scared.

You see my husband travels for work often. I am alone some nights with the three kids in the house, and I freaked out when I heard her story. What if that happened to us? What would I do?

I didn’t sleep that night after hearing her story. I instead starting Googling for safe home security systems after I placed Legos at every door and window. Just in case someone came in, they would step on those and yell. I know, not a great plan, but it was something.

This is what I found, most required a professional installation and most required an expensive monthly service requirement. I wanted protection, but I didn’t want a huge expense because we are on a tight budget. I also wanted something that I felt was preventative. I didn’t want to walk into my home and be met with someone I didn’t invite.

I found the perfect solution in LG Smart Security.

I found a way to be able to use my smartphone (iOS or Android) to check on my house using the live feed option. I can check in with my children, the dog, and I can even ask my husband to start dinner. I also like that I can use Alexa to control some of the features.

We are on a tight budget like I said so having the ability to control lights, and the thermostat will enable us to save money. I always have in the past left on the light when I knew I was coming home at dark; now I can just turn it on before I get there.

It was so easy to start:

1) Open the box and remove the device
2) Plug it in
3) Upload the app to your phone or tablet
4) Set up account on your device
5) Accept the email to enable the device
6) Open up application and input your Wi-Fi password

Sign up for the monitoring service to receive the following benefits:

a) You can set up alerts based on your day to day activities
b) You can receive video monitoring with a recording functionality. The device allows you to review up to 7 days of videos.
C) You can control your alarm using your smart device (phone or tablet)
d) Professional monitoring seven days a week and 24 hours a day
e) There isn’t a contract for services! This an exceptional idea because you only pay when you need the service.

The system will do the following without the paid service:

a) Operates as a live camera stream
b) Emails you if the unit is moved
c) Displays the temperature of your home
d) Shows you the humidity of your home
e) Tells you if there is movement in your home
f) Allow you to control other devices using Alexa

I was thinking of other ways I would use this incredible technology. I plan to take it with me to hotels and when we stay at our time shares. I like to have the ability to check in on my room when I am not in there. It is also an exceptional option to consider if you rent because installing a standard security system is expensive and not portable. The device is portable so it would be easy to take anywhere. It would have been a lifesaver when we were in the military or college.

You can use any product that works with Z-Wave support. Users can also add contact sensors to doors and windows to provide extra security, and they can add smart outlets for programming and scheduling when the lights come on and off. LG Smart Security will be compatible with Amazon Alexa-enabled products at launch, and future software updates will include support for additional smart devices, including door locks and thermostats. I use Alexa to program my light switches and powering on and off devices.

The LG has full HD video with a 5-megapixel camera that captures 1080p pictures and offers a 130-degree view on its live video functionality. The videos are on a 24/7 live stream, and with the addition of ADT Canopy, you will receive monitoring, video storage for seven days or 30 depending on your plan, and monitoring services that will dispatch the help and protection you deserve.

You know what the difference between myself and the lady I was listening to? I have a safe home security system. I never have to worry about a stranger eating my food, damaging my property or worse. The question is what price do you put on safety?

This inexpensive, safe home security solution makes me wonder why anyone would have to deal with an uninvited guest being in their home again. I think back to my friend and the guy who was making himself breakfast in her home while her whole family slept and all I can think of is if they had the LG Smart Security system that would have never happened.

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