By Jacky Parker
The last year has seen us spend more time in - and more money on - our homes than ever before. Collectively we’ve created high-tech entertainment spaces, luxurious work zones or simply upgraded our interiors with the latest looks.
Now that we’re leaving our homes again, and returning to ‘normality’, it’s natural we want to protect them properly.
Whichever camp you fall into - those with ‘separation anxiety’ or those who are relishing the new-found freedom to go out, go on holiday or go to work again, Hive HomeShield is a Smart Home Security System that lets you protect your home with your phone via the Hive app, whether you’re away - or just asleep.
Simple and straight-forward, Hive HomeShield is part of the Hive ‘Ecosystem’ from British Gas, so it’s easy for more than one person to control it using your own selected smart devices, with unique family login details.
With a monthly subscription that costs £9.99, Hive HomeShield will deliver security reports and intelligent alerts for the whole family.
There’s Live View to check on your home in real time, and even a 30-day unlimited video history with camera event storage, so it’s easy to find and check what’s happened while you were away, or share your footage with neighbours, or the police if necessary.
What's more, Hive HomeShield has three modes: Home, Sleep and Away, so you can quickly and easily set the alarm activation according to what you're doing. If triggered, HomeShield will alert you or your trusted contacts via app notifications, SMS and phone calls.
Impromptu invitation or change of plan? No problem, just arm or disarm the system using your phone, tablet or Apple watch.
There’s a variety of packages, depending on the number of rooms and the size of your home - or the level of security you want.
Choose window and door sensors, a siren that deters would-be criminals with sound and light, pet-friendly motion monitors, or outdoor cameras, all operational with a keypad and smart home hub - and the ability to alert trusted contacts or the emergency services via the app.
Whether you’re relaxing at home, or out and about rediscovering your taste for adventure, with Hive HomeShield you’ll have peace of mind - and that is the ultimate luxury.
Find out more and get a free no-obligation quote at hivehome.com
Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.
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