According to the police, crime fell by 28% when Britain went into lockdown to battle the coronavirus at the height of the pandemic. While many have been spending more time at home in lockdown, burglaries have been significantly reduced – but this could all change as restrictions are lifted. Now with the easing of lockdown and people returning to work and going out more, experts are warning of the return of the burglars taking advantage of empty homes.
Among the top tips that are recommended to keep homes and gardens safe is good security, and this is where smart technology can come into play. ESP is advising installers to talk to their customers about the need to be vigilant during this vulnerable period, which will extend through to the dark evenings of winter when historically most burglaries tend to take place.
Being able to advise their customers about a range of security solutions that are available to protect their homes puts installers in a position of trust. It will allow them to make recommendations based on the householder’s requirements, whether for a whole new system approach or the upgrade of tired and worn out equipment.
Many householders are already embracing technology to enhance various aspects of life and will be keen to embrace smart security as a measure to protect their premises. Smart doorbells are an increasingly popular security option, allowing users to see who is at the door before answering it.
A Wi-Fi door station connects directly to a smart phone, offering instant front door security and convenience to users. ESP’s latest Aperta Wi-Fi Door Stations cater for a wide range of applications and offer a host of features and benefits to make them an ideal choice for providing superior protection. They come in a kit form containing everything required for the installer to quickly and simply get the system up and running.
For a quick and straight forward installation with primary functions, there is a rechargeable battery version available. For installs which require lock release, a low voltage wired version is available. As well as Wi-Fi function, the wired version also provides an alternative Ethernet connection if Wi-Fi is unavailable. 1080p live view, visitor recording, automatic motion detection, and clear two-way audio are some of the key features available via the subscription-free ESP Smart APP.
Both the wired and battery powered models feature expandable storage capacity – up to 128GB (8GB supplied). The battery powered model now includes a system hub which sits between the door station and the router. The hub facilitates power demanding features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, video record and remote door chime function. This means that the door station’s battery is dedicated to activations only, thus improving battery performance and efficiency.
The new models are offered in two colours – black and silver – and are complete with internal RF door chimes.