By Jacky Parker
It goes without saying that living in a stylish home is important to us at Livingetc, and to you, our readers. However, feeling safe and secure is truly the No.1 priority - yet it’s not always something we give sufficient thought to.
Having invested in our homes and turned them into our sanctuaries, it makes sense to protect them - and our loved ones - not to mention our belongings, whether precious family heirlooms, prized finds or even personal data - in as simple and smart a way as possible.
Our devices are more valuable than we realise, holding confidential information such as financial details, important documents, and sentimental photos, videos, and memories, making them hard to replace.
According to home security experts Ring, a third (33%) of Brits would be worried about the personal information stored on devices, were they stolen, and 31% are concerned about the loss of meaningful documents or photos.
It’s not just our personal devices either, WFH is here to stay, and three in five (60%) are concerned about keeping work devices safe too.
For this reason, Ring reports that half of Brits (49%) buy home security devices because they want general peace of mind and a sense of security.
As the nights draw in, it’s comforting to see who’s at the door before you open it or check whether the noise outside is just a local puss or wily fox on the prowl.
Ring’s range of sleek devices are designed to improve home security, whilst being convenient and easy-to-use.
Its nifty features enable you to connect its video doorbells, outdoor floodlight cameras, indoor cams and an alarm to a single dashboard, and control everything through the Ring app - with enhanced privacy safeguards for users.
It’ll even automatically activate sirens on select security cameras if triggered by motion.
In fact, it’s much more than home security. Perhaps you’re back in the office and want to check that elderly relatives are safe or to see how your four-legged friends are doing?
Ring finds that four in ten (41%) have cancelled plans since restrictions were lifted to avoid leaving pets at home alone. With home security, you can see if they’re snoozing or amusing themselves.
There’s a host of options to suit the size and style of your home, living arrangements or budget. From £2.50 per month, the Ring Protect Basic Plan covers one video doorbell or security camera, recording the footage captured by your device and saving it to your account for up to 30 days, (with privacy encryptions) so you can review, download or share it with friends, family or neighbours.
For a more sophisticated security arrangement, the Ring Protect Plus Plan offers an additional Assisted Monitoring option (plus extended warranties and 10% discount on selected devices). So if you have Ring Alarm, you can choose to receive automated calls when it detects a security issue.
Simply select the items and choose an optional Ring Protect Plan to suit your needs.
Ring Video Doorbell Wired
Ring’s smallest and most affordable video doorbell connects to your existing doorbell wiring for ease, while its Live Video and Two-Way Talk lets you see, hear and speak to whoever is at your door, from wherever you are.
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)
This battery-powered doorbell offers real-time notifications when anyone rings the doorbell or triggers the built-in motion sensors. You can choose the precise areas where you want motion to be detected, so you get only alerts that matter.
Ring Indoor Cam features up to 1080p HD video, Night Vision, Two-Way Talk, and motion-activated notifications - and with its simple plug-in installation, can go almost anywhere in the home.
Floodlight Cam Wired Pro
For extra protection, this outdoor floodlight camera includes sophisticated motion settings, 1080p video with HDR, powerful LED beams and a security siren to deter any unwelcome visitors and give you peace of mind.
Alarm Security Kit (2nd Gen)
This all-singing 5 piece alarm security kit includes a base station, keypad, contact sensor, motion detector, and range extender - and with its newly designed sensors, can fit into smaller spaces.
The updated alarm keypad offers one-touch buttons to sound the alarm - or if you’ve opted for Ring Protect Plus, to activate the Assisted Monitoring function and notify three preset contacts that there is a medical emergency or a fire. It’s also simple to set the alarm to Disarmed, Home, or Away Mode as needed.
Alarm Outdoor Siren
Another clever piece of kit that integrates seamlessly with the Ring Alarm system, this adjustable outdoor siren can be customised to suit and controlled via the Ring app.
Plus built-in LEDs flash red when the alarm is triggered, to alert you and your neighbours to a potential security issue. Its Dusk to Dawn feature means you can use the siren as an everyday security sign, illuminating white at night time for extra visibility and an added layer of security.
Dave Ward, Managing Director of Ring for Europe, comments: “Our homes hold so much more value than just bricks and mortar. For many it’s our safe space, home to sentimental objects, treasured memories, and storage for our personal belongings.
Over the past 18 months, our relationship with home has changed - from becoming our work space or school, to acting as a safe haven for loved ones and pets alike. It's so important not to become complacent when it comes to staying connected to our homes.”
Whatever your circumstances, create a Ring of Security around your home and rest easily, whether you’re at home, at work or out having fun.
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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