Home Security - The Evolution
Early security systems in the home simply alerted occupants that someone had broken into the home by emitting a loud, high-pitched sound, and many people still think of security systems as an alert system. However, changes in technology have turned home security systems from a simple alert system into a comprehensive monitoring package that can be accessed both at home and on the go.
A Brief History of Home Security
Home security has been used as far back as 2,000 B.C., but the first systems simply used locking or fortifying methods to keep a home safe. Locks were developed in Ancient Rome, and fortresses that kept intruders at bay were used throughout the Middle Ages. Monitoring for possible intruders was an active pursuit that required the use of a lookout throughout this time.
Alert systems that could warn occupants that an intruder was breaking into home were not fully developed until 1853 when a man named Augustus Pope utilized an electrical circuit to make a device that would sound a bell after a door or window was opened. The system was not without its faults, and the biggest problem with Pope's technique for security was the fact that there was no way for the bell to be sounded when windows or doors were closed. An intruder could simply close the door or window behind him to shut off the bell.
Security monitoring was developed in the early 1870s by E.A. Calahan, and nearly a century later a woman named Marie Brown created a closed circuit television (CCTV) system that allowed video monitoring for security reasons for the first time.
Home Security On the Go
A leap forward that has been made in relation to home security is on-the-go monitoring with the use of computers and mobile devices.
Security systems can now be controlled through the use of a cell phone, tablet or computer without the need for being at the site of the system. Remote access gives homeowners the option to arm and disarm a security system, and text or email alerts can notify homeowners about issues at their home when they're at work, out running errands or even on vacation.
Homeowners who opt for a security package that includes video monitoring can access a live video feed of their home with any Internet-connected device. Not only can this feature be used for making sure that there are no intruders attempting to enter a home, it can also be used for fire safety and monitoring children when homeowners are away from home.
Checking up on how things are at home while on vacation is one of the greatest features of a security system that offers mobile video monitoring. This service takes away the anxiety that many people feel when leaving their homes unoccupied during a vacation at a distant location.
Home security is certainly about keeping intruders at bay, but the main benefit of a security system is the peace of mind that comes with knowing that loved ones are being kept safe at home even when the homeowner cannot be present.