Homeowners are solely responsible for the security and protection of their properties. Under no circumstances will the Herndon Woods Homeowners Association and its Management Company be held liable for any loss or damages due to actions taken based on the information posted herein, including the use of any products mentioned. The various scenarios described below are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of any listed products. It is up to Herndon Woods residents to take whatever steps they deem necessary to secure their homes.
Scenario 1: You have a deadbolt that requires a key to lock it when you leave your home, however, your kids are frequently in a hurry and close the door but leave it unlocked.
can install an electronic
deadbolt on your door, which requires two eight digit codes (primary and
secondary). You have an option to press a button and immediately engage the deadbolt when you leave your house, or in case you or your kids forget, the deadbolt autolocks after 30 seconds. It costs about $100.
Kwikset 909 SmartCode Electronic Deadbolt featuring SmartKey
Scenario 2: Your kids occasionally forget and leave the garage door open and also leave the entry door to the house from the garage unlocked.
Solution: You can install a smartphone controller for your garage door which alerts you when it opens and closes, allows you to view the status (i.e., open or closed), and also control the garage door from your phone either via any wireless or your cellular provider's network. This costs about $110 and requires that your home have a wireless router with Internet connectivity for the device to work.
Scenario 3: You want the peace of mind of a traditional home security system but do not want to be burdened with any recurring costs.
Solution: You can install iSmartAlarm. There is a preferred and premium package, the difference is that the premium package costs $280 and includes a camera for snapshots and video streaming of activity in your home, which is stored in the cloud for up to 90 days. The preferred package goes for $180 and does not include the camera. This system functions just like a traditional home security system, except that you pay the onetime cost for the unit and there are no monthly charges. You get alerts every time a sensor activated door or window opens and closes, even if the security system is not activated (you can disable this feature if the alerts get too annoying). The package includes a cube which doubles as a control unit and siren, two door / window sensors, a motion sensor, and two keychain remotes, although the keychain remotes are not really necessary as the mobile app (which works for iPhone and Droid) is easy to use and provides the same functionality as the keychain remotes. You can purchase extra sensors for $30 each, and additional phones can be added as administrators or users. If your alarm goes off, you get text messages, emails, and an automated phone call from iSmartAlarm's headquarters. You can then investigate or call the police if you are certain that no one should be in the house (e.g., you are away on vacation). There is a feature to enable the alarm but leave the motion sensor inactive, e.g., you have pets or children at home. You can control the security system from your phone either via any wireless or your cellular provider's network, and it requires that your home have a router with Internet connectivity for the device to work. The cube must be wired to the router, it is not wireless.
Scenario 4: You want a secure home including having a third party take care of it; you don't mind paying recurring costs.
Solution: You can install a traditional home security system from any company that specializes in this area, and they will get alerted and notify the police for you if the alarm is triggered. Recurring costs are approximately $40.00 monthly.
Posted June 28, 2014