security benefits of automating your home
One of the main reasons that homeowners initially consider home automation is to help improve security. A good quality electric gate at the entrance to your driveway can help protect the perimeter of the grounds.
A strong perimeter often deters potential burglars, who look for easier pickings with straightforward getaways. Of course there is also the benefit of not having to get out of the car to open the gate which can leave you vulnerable.
automated garage doors
Electric garage doors provide the same security benefits; allowing you to enter your garage and then home without having to go outside at any time. This is especially a plus for people returning home late on an evening when it is dark.
Automated garage doors also help to protect your property in the event that you nip out for a few minutes on a quick errand. In such situations you might take a chance and decide to leave the garage open rather than spend the time it takes to manually close it.
However, if you have a handy remote control device in your car you can simply close the garage door with the click of a button and remove the chances of an opportunist thief helping themselves to your belongings. The fact that automated garage doors don’t have an outside handle also means that they can’t be forced open by a potential intruder.
automated roller shutters
An increasingly popular feature in homes is the use of roller shutters to prevent break-ins during the night and when the property is empty.
Of course, closing them manually can be time consuming and some homeowners can get complacent and decide not to secure them on some evenings. This hassle is removed with automated roller shutters, which can be operated from a central control point with the press of a button.
Advice on burglary prevention: http://www.met.police.uk/crimeprevention/burglary.htm
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