first_imgHome security has come a long way thanks to advances in smart home technology.But according to research by home device company, Nest, one in three Queenslanders have been the victim of a home burglary, yet almost 40 per cent admit to hiding spare keys outside and more than a third concede they leave doors and windows unlocked when not home. And while the majority (62 per cent) of Queenslanders worry about the security of their home, only a small number (24 per cent) take precautions like installing security cameras.“Home security solutions have been traditionally a huge pain to live with — whether it’s ugly hardware, constant false alarms, or even just remembering to turn them on before you leave your home,” Nest director of product marketing Maxime Veron said.“However, security today is becoming more thoughtful.” Denis Hazbic with the security system at his Coorparoo home. Image: AAP/Josh Woning.THE days of leaving a spare key under a pot plant on the porch are fading fast as more homeowners invest in hi-tech security systems to keep would-be intruders at bay and add value to their properties. Thanks to advances in smart home technology and automation security products, you can now monitor your property from anywhere in the world at the touch of a button.Old-fashioned alarm systems, such as the guard dog, have been replaced with high powered smartphones, data connectivity, and high image quality cameras, which means there’s no excuse for carelessness. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE An outdoor security camera on a home. Image: AAP/James Elsby.Real estate agents are also noticing a change in the attitudes of buyers and sellers when it comes to home security.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoPatrick Ivey of Harcourts Coorparoo said it was “becoming obligatory” for owners of high-end properties to invest in a home security system. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p432p432p270p270p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen Guide dog predicts the property market for 2018 00:58 “It’s not just about value adding, but peace of mind,” he said.“These home tend to be occupied but higher net worth individuals who have more expensive goods and materials so it makes sense.“Some vendors go all out and install CCTV, whereas others might just put sensors in.” An outdoor security camera on a home.Mr Veron said outdoor security cameras were particularly effective.“Australians are known for commonly having valuable items stored in outdoor areas, like bikes, surfboards and tools,” he said. “With many crimes being opportunistic, particularly those involving parcel theft or vandalism, a visible outdoor security camera acts as an effective deterrent.” This house at 32 Gristock St, Coorparoo, is for sale. Picture: Home security systems controlled by smart phones are popular now.Nest specialises in security cameras that can automatically turn on when you leave home and will only alert you when it sees an actual person, as opposed to just sensing movement.CleverLoop is another company that offers the latest in smart home security camera systems.It offers a free, smart phone security app that controls indoor and outdoor security cameras and provides local and a cloud storage option for footage. QUEENSLANDER COULD HAVE BEEN SOLD ‘10 TIMES OVER’ QLD’S BIGGEST HOUSE SALE RENOVATION RECORDS TO BE SMASHED This house at 32 Gristock St, Coorparoo, has a home security system. Picture: Ivey is selling a home at 32 Gristock St, Coorparoo, which boasts a back-to-base security and alarm system.Vendors Denis and Courtney Hazbic have also invested in plantation shutters and tinted windows to ensure security and privacy in the four-bedroom, two-bathroom house.Mr Hazbic said the security system was a drawcard feature when he bought the house.“I thought it would be a great selling point and it offers peace of mind because we do travel a fair bit, especially considering the home is fairly open and easily accessible,” he said. Denis and Courtney Hazbic’s Coorparoo home has the latest security technology. AAP/Josh Woning.Beth Leach of Beth Leach New Farm said keypad entry was now highly sought after among many of her clients and window bars were being replaced with Crimsafe or plantation shutters to create “a more feminine screening option”.“All those things really help with street appeal as well,” she said.Scott Wilson, managing director and chief executive of iSelect, said rising crime rates were convincing homeowners to embrace more innovative ways to improve their home security.“Customers aren’t simply willing to rely on insurance to protect them in the event of a home burglary but are instead looking for ways to reduce the likelihood of a break-in in the first place,” Mr Wilson said.“Having a security camera installed not only reduces your risk of a home burglary but can also significantly reduce your home and contents insurance premiums.” Installing a home security system can reduce the risk of being burgled. TIPS FOR REDUCING THE RISK OF BEING BURGLED 1. Get to know your neighbours. Exchange telephone numbers and keep and eye on each other’s homes. Observant neighbours can reduce prowling, loitering and burglary by reporting suspicious people or vehicles to police.2. Even when you are at home, be aware of your home security and ensure doors and windows are secured, particularly in areas that are unoccupied.3. Before you hire a professional house cleaner or gardener, check all references thoroughly.4. Secure your home when you leave by locking all doors and windows. Many burglars simply enter through an unlocked door or window. Remove keys from internal doors and windows when you are not at home.5. If you have a faulty alarm that frequently goes off, get it fixed immediately and tell your neighbours that it’s been repaired. Many people ignore an alarm that goes off regularly.6. Ask for credentials from all salespersons who request entry to your home. If you’re doubtful, check with the person’s office before letting him or her in.7. Give your home the “lived in” look when you’re out by leaving a light on and the radio playing. Timing devices are effective for this. When you are not at home, adjust the ringing volume down on your telephone so it is not obvious the home is unoccupied.8. Keep cash, keys and valuables out of sight and out of easy reach.9. Don’t leave notes on the door or let mail pile up in the letterbox as that can suggest no one is home.10. Don’t leave a house key under the door mat or a pot plant, in the letterbox or in other obvious places.(Source: Queensland Police)last_img

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