Burglary protection: the house that looks out for itself

Courtney Muraczewski
02/08/2019 in Know How

A burglary occurs almost every minute. Being burgled isn‘t a momentary event that only affects our home and belongings; it can have a lastly impact on our lives. The level of security in your home can be a genuine deterrent or prevention of being burgled.

What does protection from break-ins look like in a Loxone Smart Home?

On guard: Ready to protect

A Loxone Smart Home is always on the lookout. It‘s a case of always being prepared but hoping it never needs to spring into action.

Imagine this: you and your family are on a much-deserved holiday. Your home may be empty but it certainly doesn‘t appear that way to any on-lookers.

Sophisticated home automation means your home doesn‘t give any clues to potential burglars that you‘re not at home. While you‘re away, your home mimics your presence – turning the lights on and off and opening and closing blinds – just as it would if you were at home. By realistically recreating these actions, it‘s very unlikely that a potential burglar would think that no one is at home. For opportunistic burglars, this presence simulation feature quickly reduces the chance that your home will be a target.

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Lights, shading, action
If a burglar does try their luck, your home will immediately spring into action – with the likes of conspicuous flashing lights and an overwhelming alarm tone – all in a bid to send them running for the hills.

You can’t hide from me
There are many ways burglars could potentially find their way into your home. Whether it‘s through a window or an unlocked patio door, your home will know when something is amiss and start reacting immediately by using a combination of sensors including motion sensors and glass break sensors.

Smart home 1:0 Burglar
If your home detects an intruder, a three-phase alarm is triggered to alert you, and any passersby, as soon as possible. This gives the burglar as little time as possible to take off with any of your belongings.

What does protection
from break-ins look like
in a Loxone Smart Home?

On guard: Ready to protect
A Loxone Smart Home is always on the lookout. It‘s a case of always being prepared but hoping it never needs to spring into action.

Imagine this: you and your family are on a much-deserved holiday. Your home may be empty but it certainly doesn‘t appear that way to any on-lookers.

Sophisticated home automation means your home doesn‘t give any clues to potential burglars that you‘re not at home. While you‘re away, your home mimics your presence – turning the lights on and off and opening and closing blinds – just as it would if you were at home. By realistically recreating these actions, it‘s very unlikely that a potential burglar would think that no one is at home. For opportunistic burglars, this presence simulation feature quickly reduces the chance that your home will be a target.

Lights, shading, action
If a burglar does try their luck, your home will immediately spring into action – with the likes of conspicuous flashing lights and an overwhelming alarm tone – all in a bid to send them running for the hills.

You can’t hide from me
There are many ways a burglar could potentially find their way into your home. Whether it‘s through a window or an unlocked patio door, your home will know when something is amiss and start reacting immediately by using a combination of sensors including motion sensors and glass break sensors.

Smart home 1:0 Burglar
If your home detects an intruder, a three-phase alarm is triggered to alert you, and any passersby, as soon as possible. This gives the burglar as little time as possible to take off with any of your belongings.

Einbruchschutz im Smart Home
Icon Stiller Alarm

Silent
alarm:

You will immediately receive a notification via the Loxone Smart Home App. If a false alarm is registered, your home will automatically take care of this
for you.

Icon Akustischer Alarm

Audible
alarm:

In the second phase you will receive a call on your mobile phone and your Loxone Music Server will turn the multiroom audio up to full volume. It can play a sound of your choice, from a shrill alarm tone to heavy metal. Either way, it attracts attention and makes a burglar more likely to leave in a hurry.

Icon Optischer Alarm

Visual
alarm:

Phase three sees your smart home opening blinds and curtains to draw attention to the intruder. The Loxone Smart Home is now “transparent“. Coupled with conspicuous flashing lights throughout the house, your neighbors and passersby are more likely to see that something is amiss.

 

What else can
you do?

Five tips

Even though your smart home will keep watch and automate various safety and security aspects for you, there are still a few things you can do to contribute to the protection of your own four walls. Here are five tips for you to consider to minimize the risk of burglary and give you more peace of mind.

1. Avoid hiding your front door keys

Whether it‘s underneath the doormat or under a flowerpot, chances are criminals have thought about these hiding places for keys too. Don‘t risk it. Never leave a spare key hidden somewhere outside. Instead, keep your keys with you and perhaps think about using smart access features like pin code entry that unlocks your front door.

2. You’ve got mail…plenty of it

If you‘re going away for more than just a quiet weekend break, then chances are your mailbox will be an easy telltale. If mail starts piling up, then it‘s obvious that no one has been home. This makes an opportunity for a burglar to make their way in and take their time going through your belongings. To avoid this obvious indicator, you should ask your  neighbors to take in your mail while you‘re away.

Gaunerzinken Einbruch
Gaunerzinken lohnenswert
Gaunerzinken Rentner
Gaunerzinken Geld

Good target

Something
good here

Older people
live here

Rich people
live here

3. Be wise about your social 
media posts

You‘re waiting to board your 10-hour flight for an all-inclusive week away at a 5-star resort. Social media might be a great way to share the news of your holiday, but the information this gives potential burglars is invaluable. It‘s no effort for someone to search for specific hashtags and locations to narrow down their options of houses to burgle. Try to hold off from posting your holiday snaps until you‘re back home.

4. The writing is on the wall

Perhaps you‘ve seen such markings before. A weird symbol in chalk on one of the bricks. It‘s probably kids being a nuisance, right? Well, it might not be. Some criminals have been known to leave markings on walls, mailboxes, driveways, or doors as part of a secret language. For example, these can denote a wealthy target, a vulnerable occupant, warning of a guard dog, or a property with no alarm. If you ever find one of these on or near your property, take a photo, try to remove it, and contact the police.

5. Close and lock all doors
and windows

Check your insurance policy; it probably asks you if your windows have key-operated locks and if your doors have five-point multipoint locking systems. If they do, you‘re expected to use these. Leaving your window slightly cracked to allow some air circulation while you‘re away on holiday is not worth the risk. This makes it easier for someone to gain access to your home. Be sure to properly close all doors and windows and to lock them. Plus, ensure keys are out of site of any curious passersby. This is more than just good practice, it can also be a condition of your home insurance.

What else
can you do?

Five tips

Even though your smart home will keep watch and automate various safety and security aspects for you, there are still a few things you can do to contribute to the protection of your own four walls. Here are five tips for you to consider to minimize the risk of burglary and give you more peace of mind.

1. Avoid hiding your
front door keys

Whether it‘s underneath the doormat or under a flowerpot, chances are criminals have thought about these hiding places for keys too. Don‘t risk it. Never leave a spare key hidden somewhere outside. Instead, keep your keys with you and perhaps think about using smart access features like pin code entry that unlocks your front door.

2. You’ve got mail…
plenty of it

If you‘re going away for more than just a quiet weekend break, then chances are your mailbox will be an easy telltale. If mail starts piling up, then it‘s obvious that no one has been home. This makes an opportunity for a burglar to make their way in and take their time going through your belongings. To avoid this obvious indicator, you should ask your  neighbors to take in your mail while you‘re away.

3. Be wise about your
social media posts

You‘re waiting to board your 10-hour flight for an all-inclusive week away at a 5-star resort. Social media might be a great way to share the news of your holiday, but the information this gives potential burglars is invaluable. It‘s no effort for someone to search for specific hashtags and locations to narrow down their options of houses to burgle. Try to hold off from posting your holiday snaps until you‘re back home.

4. The writing is
on the wall

Perhaps you‘ve seen such markings before. A weird symbol in chalk on one of the bricks. It‘s probably kids being a nuisance, right? Well, it might not be. Some criminals have been known to leave markings on walls, mailboxes, driveways, or doors as part of a secret language. For example, these can denote a wealthy target, a vulnerable occupant, warning of a guard dog, or a property with no alarm. If you ever find one of these on or near your property, take a photo, try to remove it, and contact the police.

Gaunerzinken Einbruch

Good
target

Gaunerzinken lohnenswert

Something
good here

Gaunerzinken Rentner

Old people
live here

Gaunerzinken Geld

Rich people
live here

5. Close and lock all
doors and windows

Check your insurance policy; it probably asks you if your windows have key-operated locks and if your doors have five-point multipoint locking systems. If they do, you‘re expected to use these. Leaving your window slightly cracked to allow some air circulation while you‘re away on holiday is not worth the risk. This makes it easier for someone to gain access to your home. Be sure to properly close all doors and windows and to lock them. Plus, ensure keys are out of site of any curious passersby. This is more than just good practice, it can also be a condition of your home insurance.

Five tips

Even though your smart home will keep watch and automate various safety and security aspects for you, there are still a few things you can do to contribute to the protection of your own four walls. Here are five tips for you to consider to minimize the risk of burglary and give you more peace of mind.

1. Avoid hiding your
front door keys

Whether it‘s underneath the doormat or under a flowerpot, chances are criminals have thought about these hiding places for keys too. Don‘t risk it. Never leave a spare key hidden somewhere outside. Instead, keep your keys with you and perhaps think about using smart access features like pin code entry that unlocks your front door.

2. You’ve got mail…
plenty of it

If you‘re going away for more than just a quiet weekend break, then chances are your mailbox will be an easy telltale. If mail starts piling up, then it‘s obvious that no one has been home. This makes an opportunity for a burglar to make their way in and take their time going through your belongings. To avoid this obvious indicator, you should ask your  neighbors to take in your mail while you‘re away.

3. Be wise about your
social media posts

You‘re waiting to board your 10-hour flight for an all-inclusive week away at a 5-star resort. Social media might be a great way to share the news of your holiday, but the information this gives potential burglars is invaluable. It‘s no effort for someone to search for specific hashtags and locations to narrow down their options of houses to burgle. Try to hold off from posting your holiday snaps until you‘re back home.

4. The writing is
on the wall

Perhaps you‘ve seen such markings before. A weird symbol in chalk on one of the bricks. It‘s probably kids being a nuisance, right? Well, it might not be. Some criminals have been known to leave markings on walls, mailboxes, driveways, or doors as part of a secret language. For example, these can denote a wealthy target, a vulnerable occupant, warning of a guard dog, or a property with no alarm. If you ever find one of these on or near your property, take a photo, try to remove it, and contact the police.

Gaunerzinken Einbruch

Good
target

Gaunerzinken lohnenswert

Something
good here

Gaunerzinken Rentner

Older people
live here

Gaunerzinken Geld

Rich people
live here

5. Close and lock all
doors and windows

Check your insurance policy; it probably asks you if your windows have key-operated locks and if your doors have five-point multipoint locking systems. If they do, you‘re expected to use these. Leaving your window slightly cracked to allow some air circulation while you‘re away on holiday is not worth the risk. This makes it easier for someone to gain access to your home. Be sure to properly close all doors and windows and to lock them. Plus, ensure keys are out of site of any curious passersby. This is more than just good practice, it can also be a condition of your home insurance.

– Special Tip –

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