There isn’t enough data to analyze an increase or decrease in crime levels during the pandemic. Some indicators show surges while others show massive declines. However, it is possible that with the latest viral wave brought on by the holidays, we’re apt to see increases. With no stimulus relief and the impending doom of unemployment come December the 31st, we could see a rise in crime rates. Homeowners should start thinking more about security options, including security drone technology, to protect home, life, and family.
Drone Security Activity.
Adding a drone to security options is relatively new, but don’t let that be a deterrent in your decision-making process to add it. Drones have a variety of features, and we recommend that you go for the whole enchilada.
Drone security works in this way. When a homeowner arms their security system, it brings online sensors strategically placed throughout the property. When a sensor gets triggered by an intruder, the alarm system immediately orders the drone to take flight and begin recording video and sound. Drones are programmed to go straight to the sensor area where they detect motion, zoom in their camera view, and follow the activity as it moves on the property, all while recording and sending the live feed to a DVR, PC, phone, or smart device.
Meanwhile, the security system is alerting the authorities. Some security drones have the option of a live video feed. When the police arrive, they have a bird’s eye view of the property and know what area they need to respond to. Such capabilities keep them safe, and everyone else out of harm’s way. The perpetrator is dealt with quickly and efficiently with little risk of injury to anyone.
Drone security is also effective for other emergencies. For example, if a fire emergency breaks out at home, the drone operates on its stored battery power, so even if the house loses power, the drone still works. It can switch from WiFi to network when needed, in the possible event that WiFi has lost power or destroyed. Again, the drone can send a live feed to responders showing them the exact location of a fire, which aids in faster response time and could save lives. Thanks to a drone, fires are dispatched quicker, lessening property damage and total loss of homes. There may be some insurance savings for having this feature as well.
Drone Housing And Maintenance.
Drones are housed inconspicuously and are generally undetectable. One would need to know what they were looking for to find one on a property. A drone’s housing may be in-ground, in shelters above the ground, and on rooftops. The housing works in unison with the drone, opening on the drone’s command when it needs to fly. There are various housing units to choose from, and most are designed to keep the weather at bay and climate-controlled to protect the drone inside.
Maintenance seems to be simplified, requiring the most service to replace propellers. The security system, including the drone, should be tested frequently to ensure that it is fully operable for any emergency. It’s no different than trying your detectors and alarms to make sure they’re working correctly; add the drone to the test.
Drone In Pursuit/Recovery And Homing.
Some security drones can track perpetrators and follow them, leaving a trail for authorities to follow. The drone emits a beacon, much like a rescue beacon, giving its current location while sending the live video feed to authorities. It’s advantageous in recovering property stolen from you by the perpetrator. A criminal that experiences apprehension because of a drone may have second thoughts about future criminal activities. Nobody escapes the eye in the sky, and that’s why police use helicopters. We use security drones for the same reason.
Drones can be expensive, and we want to ensure that they can return home or be recovered after their mission. Most drones, especially the high-end drones, have home programming capabilities that enable them to return to their home-pad on command. Even some of the less expensive drones, or pleasure drones, have this feature. Drones can also be recovered on location by their owners or the authorities. Recording your drone’s serial number with local police agencies is a good idea. It allows them to notify the drone owner that it has been recovered and is available for pickup. Drones help build more substantial cases against criminals with the videos captured by them.
As with any smart home feature, we recommend that a professional, smart home integrator does the installation. Do-it=yourself models tend to cause issues and lead to problems later. Smarter Homes of Austin is just one of the best examples of a smart home integrator with staff and partners on hand to deal with all home technology aspects, even smart security.
Adding a drone to your security lineup can help guard your home and family during the tough times ahead if there is an increase in crime levels. Why risk it without one?