It’s important to be safe and feel safe in your home — and we often are… when all of our senses are satisfied. Home security doesn’t have to stop at cameras and motion sensors. Car theft, robbery and break-and-enters are on the rise now more than ever. With the help of some tech gadgets, you can lockdown your home to avoid these scenarios.
Did you know? According to a 2022 crime report by Toronto Police Services, theft of a motor vehicle and breaking-and-entering have increased since 2021 by 47.8 per cent and 5.2 per cent respectively.
We’ve compiled 7 products — from safe boxes to indoor air-quality detectors — to ensure you and your family actually feel secure 24/7. Technology is ever changing and our tech expert Lisa Chang is always up-to-date with the newest and hottest.
The Google Nest Camera has everything you could possibly need. It’s battery-powered and weather-resistant, so it can be placed almost anywhere, inside or out. You can even view video in super-clear Full HD 1080p and get tailored mobile alerts if something happens. The built-in microphone and speaker allow you to talk and listen, so you can look after your home from anywhere.
Of course, you might want a smart hub to control your cameras. For that we have the Second-Gen Nest Hub from Google. It’s compatible with thousands of devices. You can turn on the lights, lock the doors, monitor video doorbells, cameras, and so much more. It even helps you get a good night’s sleep with smart bedside features (including a Sunrise Alarm).
Price: Ranges by size
Adding window film can definitely give you more privacy and protection. Go one step further with 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films. Make your windows hard to penetrate — and keep outside dangers from getting in. From break-ins and natural disasters, to stray baseballs, 3M™ Safety & Security Window Films make glass harder to penetrate and holds shattered pieces in place helping keep both people and property safe.
Price: Ranges by type
With so many renovations happening, it’s important choose the right materials with safety, future proofing, and wellbeing in mind. Protecting our homes and our families against factors like fire, mold and mildew, and noise pollution needs to be top of mind. ROCKWOOL stone wool insulation can make your home more resilient by giving you passive fire protection, better acoustics and sound control, and improved air quality.
Keep your home safe from the damage of leaks and flooding with the help of this smart water sensor. Place it in vulnerable areas of your home like the basement, under sinks, or around the water heater and receive instant notifications right to your phone if water is detected so you can fix the leak before it causes major problems.
You. can trust the air you breathe with the Airthings Wave Mini indoor air quality detector with mold risk indication. Featuring TVOC (Total Volatile Organic Compounds), temperature, and humidity sensors to detect when a room’s air quality drops below optimal levels, this detector provides crucial insights into your air quality so you can improve your health and comfort.
Price: Starts at $249.00
Safety boxes don’t need to stop at hotels and banks, you can have them in your home, too! Keep important papers, digital media and other valuables secure and protected from fire and flood with this durable safe. This fire safe box is UL classified for fire endurance (1/2 hour at 1550°F) to protect documents and valuables. It is also ETL verified for water submersion up to 72 hours; providing peace of mind in the event of flood. The fire resistant safe has a programmable digital lock for added security and personalization.
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