It’s the holiday season! or the prospect of a vacation. How can you protect your home when you are away? Check out these 7 tips from Alfred, a free app that turns smartphones into home security cameras.
1. Make sure your doors and windows are properly locked
This might seem basic, but you’d be surprised to find out how many people actually forget about it. Research has pointed out that thieves pick EASY targets, so don’t make your house one of those!
2. Hold the mail
An overflowing mailbox is a good indicator that nobody has been home for a while. Suspending newspaper/magazine subscription, asking your local post office to hold your mail, or asking your neighbors to empty your mailbox are all good ways of preventing this.
3. Install Alfred & turn on Motion Detection
Alfred is a free app that turns smartphones into home security cameras, and it boasts the simplest setup in the industry! Alfred supports multiple devices, so you can easily build a DIY home security system. Simply download Alfred on all the devices, log in with the same Gmail, and set them as Camera/Viewer respectively. As long as all the devices are connected to the Internet, you can find out what’s going on at home anywhere you are!
Trust Circle is one of Alfred’s best features. It allows you to share Camera access while keeping your Gmail password safe. If you add friends, family, or neighbors to your Trust Circle, they can help keep an eye on your house as well!
5. Leave no trace on social media
We know, we know. You want your friends to know you are on the best beach ever, but hold that thought! You simply never know who is going through your comments or feed. Just to be safe, save those holiday pics and post them later!
6. Leave the curtains open
This might seem counter-intuitive, but open curtains allow your neighbors or even passers-by to figure out something might be going wrong. Moreover, drawn curtains are a dead giveaway that nobody is home!
7. Garden maintenance
Dying plants and overgrown lawns tip thieves off easily. Try to make sure your plants are watered and someone is there to tend to your lawn to create an illusion that you are not away!
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Keep your property and parcels safe during the holiday season
Everyone wants to protect their loved ones and ensure their safety. You don’t need ADT, Vivint, or Simplisafe to do that. Unlike traditional CCTV systems, you can place Alfred anywhere and change the setup as often as you want wherever you need to reinforce security. Spotted unusual activity on the street? Make Alfred guard your driveway. Working on a home renovation project? Set Alfred up in the storage area. How about obvious spots such as the front door or ground window? You don’t even have to buy a Nest Cam, Ring, or webcam. Besides the cost of the equipment, these smart home appliances often charge a monthly fee. With Alfred, there is no complicated installation, wiring, IP settings, or contract. You only have to download Alfred to build a DIY home security system: pure and simple.
Besides the capacity of streaming live feed of your home, Alfred keeps you updated on what is going on in your home with motion sensor and instant alerts. If you see an intruder, you can scare him away by speaking through the walkie-talkie and immediately notify the local authorities. The videos are kept safe in the free cloud storage, and they can be saved or downloaded as evidence to help identify the suspect. If you are away, give camera access to your neighbors or friends in the neighborhood so that they can respond to any emergency situations that might arise.
Consider the following scenario: when holidays such as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Black Friday approach, the number of parcels everyone receives increases. Unfortunately, so do the parcel theft cases. UPS tracking and Fedex tracking do not keep your precious parcels safe! If you check a crime map, you will see that burglary happens more often than you can imagine. How can you deter parcel thieves? Besides becoming part of the Crime Stoppers and neighborhood watch, you should make Alfred guard the entrance of your place and keep an eye on your property as well as purchases. With the walkie-talkie feature, you can talk to the delivery man, postman, as well as anyone suspicious. You will also be able to record videos to present to the local authorities as evidence.