Whether you love traveling around the world or taking an occasional weekend getaway out of state, you never want to leave your home unprotected. Fortunately, with the help of a monitored home security system, you can travel to faraway places without worrying that your property will be vulnerable in your absence.
Not all security plans are created equal, however. Having professional monitoring protection 24/7 when you’re traveling should be your first priority, but picking features beyond constant monitoring can be tricky. Here are a few tips for choosing security options — along with a look at which popular monitored home security companies offer those features — to help you better understand how to keep your home safe no matter where you are.
1. Choose a Package with Remote Monitoring and Mobile Compatibility
Smartphone technology has revolutionized the home security industry. Mobile phones are no longer useful just for text alerts or phone calls — they can now also give you immediate access to live security camera feeds, as well as the ability to arm or disarm your system remotely. With the help of a mobile app, you can stay clued-in on your home’s well-being while you’re away.
All Protect America subscribers can view live video and control their alarm systems from anywhere via smartphone, computer, or tablet.
2. Embrace Home Automation to Keep Intruders Out of the Loop
One of the best ways to avoid a break-in is to convince would-be intruders that your home is still actively occupied, even when you’re out of town. And thanks to home automation, pulling that ruse off is easier than ever. You can use smart home tech to remotely schedule lights to turn on and off, creating the impression that you’re doing nothing more exciting than watching TV in your living room.
Home automation isn’t just good for making a home look occupied, either. Several smart devices also have practical security functions. A smart thermostat can help prevent pipes from freezing if you’re away during cold weather, for instance, and a smart lock can let you check in to make sure you did lock the front door — even if you’re already at the airport.
Protect America doesn’t currently advertise any home automation solutions in its security packages.
3. Use Emergency Detectors to Keep Your Home Protected from Non-Human Crises
It’s not just intruders you need to safeguard your home from while you’re off traveling — you also need to protect it from various elements and natural disasters. And while you could ask your neighbor to stop by regularly to check that everything’s still running smoothly, it’s often easier and safer to leave the job to emergency detectors. Whether you’re worried about floods or fires, home security companies now provide equipment to help you keep your house safe from a host of different disasters.
Users can purchase a Flood Sensor to monitor flood risk remotely.
4. Make Sure Your Sensors Are Pet-Friendly
Installing motion sensors is a great way to protect your home in the event of a break-in, but if the sensors are overly sensitive, they may be triggered by a cat or dog. Fortunately, if you prefer to keep your furry friend at home while you travel, you don’t have to compromise on safety — simply install pet-friendly sensors that won’t set off any alarms for animals weighing less than 40 pounds.
All Protect America plans include pet-friendly motion sensors.
5. Pick a Plan with Cellular Monitoring
There are a variety of monitoring types available, including landline, broadband, and cellular. Landline monitoring requires a phone line to communicate with the monitoring center; broadband monitoring — sometimes called wireless monitoring — requires a Wi-Fi connection; and cellular monitoring uses the same type of 3G networks that cellphones use.
While each type of monitoring has its place, cellular monitoring is the best choice for frequent travelers. With landline or wireless monitoring, the connection is subject to outages if phone lines get cut or if Wi-Fi goes out. Cellular monitoring isn’t vulnerable to those types of disruption, making it a great option if you’d like to enjoy your relaxing beach day without worrying about your home Wi-Fi network.
Protect America offers landline, broadband, and cellular monitoring options.
Keeping your home safe while you’re away is important. If you’re still not sure which alarm system is right for you, check out our guide on top security systems. With a reliable security system installed, you’ll be able to make the most of your travel, no matter where you’re headed.
*SafeWise has conducted impartial research to recommend products. This is not a guarantee. Each individual’s unique needs should be considered when deciding on chosen products.
Written by Sarah Brown
Sarah Brown is a home automation and community safety consultant for SafeWise.com. She enjoys writing helpful tips and in-depth reviews. Sarah believes that through entertainment, technology and the written word, we can all stay connected to each other and create a safe environment out in the ether. Learn more