The inside of a home in the 19th century looks almost nothing like it does today. Progress in home security technology has progressed immensely in the last 100 years, making old home almost unrecognizable, and home security will continue its evolution for many years to come. This could, fortunately, force the common burglar with nothing else to do but enter the legitimate workforce. However, this means that the remaining burglars will be the most crafty and sophisticated, and homeowners will have to combat them accordingly.

Historically, the main focus for thwarting intruders has been improving detection. This means improved motion sensors and high definition security cameras have been the most effective tools in recent memory. However, these gadgets haven’t been able to stop all burglars. Even when a home alarm is triggered in the United States, police dispatchers often assign it a low-level priority. If there isn’t an officer in the immediate vicinity, homeowners are usually out of luck. Given that most burglaries only take 8-12 minutes, it’s likely that the thieves would be out of the house and away with their loot before the police ever arrive. In a study conducted by the Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation noted that although alarms were a powerful deterrent in the majority of burglaries, 50 percent of burglars would continue even if they found an alarm in the house. The next big priority in home security will be improved response time.

We have already started to see some progress in response times for doorbell cameras. You can now automatically monitor, in real-time, anyone approaching your front door and subsequently send the owner (and or a trusted neighbor) a notification. Additionally, smart door locks will notify you every time your door is open and closed.

The not so distant future?

With the increased presence of smart devices within the home combined with facial recognition, motion recognition, and improved GPS tracking, your home will eventually be able to identify that there is someone in your home who shouldn’t be. Your home would then notify everyone who could assist you immediately and automatically start tracking your high-value assets. With all of these rapidly-moving developments, it will be hard to keep up with all the changes in the home security sector. Considering our personal information is worth more than any physical good we have in our home currently, we recommend investing in a firewall for your home network which will provide protection to all your devices connected to the internet whilst they are present in your home.