There are number of excellent security systems and services on the market, but if you’re looking at in-home gadgets to help beef up your home’s safety quotient, check out a few new finds.
Tired of digging in your purse in the dark for your house key while worrying about who may be lurking? Now, you can simply dial in your code and go! For example, the Keypad Entry Door Lock means no keys to hide, lose, carry or forget. It’s ready to use right out of the box, allows you to add, change or delete user codes in seconds and comes in a variety of styles and finishes to match your style. Schlage, (800) 847-1864, www.schlage.com; $199-139
If you’ve ever woken up and found your garage door left open all night, you know the terrifying thought that anyone could have walked right in. Now, there is a smart solution called the Autocloser-GA. It has micro-controller technology, infrared light sensors and advanced software algorithms, which means it will automatically close after a set period of time. It comes with a disable button so you can intentionally leave the garage open too. Xceltronix Inc., (877) 748-8366, www.autocloser.com Inc.; $49.99
Cordless phone, weather alert system, security… InGrid is all that and easy to use. The system comes with door and window sensors, a base, console, handset, keychain remote and more, depending on the kit you choose. Not only can you control it from the provided console or cordless phone, it can be controlled from your cell phone or the Internet. Easy to install, the system comes with professional monitoring. InGrid, (877) INGRID-7,
www.ingridhome.com; kits range from $199-$299
|Light up the night
Lutron, known for their home-lighting systems, now has the AuroRa. It is a pre-programmed, wireless, radio frequency lighting control system that provides remote control of lights in and around your home. The system can be integrated into a security-oriented package. For example, when your home alarm goes off all of the lights can be set to flash. Lutron, (888) LUTRON1, www.lutron.com; $950
|Lock it Up
➤ All doors to the outside should have working locks.
➤ All windows should have working locks.
➤ Keep all doors to the outside, sliding doors and windows locked.
Be Able to Get Out
Don’t Help Intruders
Gone a Few Days