5 Ways to Secure Your Home with SmartThings

SmartThings lets you know what’s happening at home wherever you are—and at a fraction of the cost of traditional home security systems. It reacts automatically to potential threats and lets you customize it to protect what matters to you. Best of all, there are no complicated setups, monthly fees, or closed plans—just affordable, portable home security that you can hook up in as little as 15 minutes.

Here are five easy ways that you can use SmartThings to secure your home by making it safer and smarter.

1. Lock and Unlock Your Doors From Anywhere

Secure Your Home: Lock or Unlock Doors Remotely

What You Need:
SmartThings Hub ($99)
SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
A smart lock ($195-$215)

No more leaving keys under the mat for servicemen while you’re at work or neighbors while you’re out of town.

Smart locks require no hard-wiring or additional mounting holes. The locks fit most all standard door setups and can be locked or unlocked using a key or your a simple tap of your smartphone. SmartThings customers who have a SmartSense Presence sensor or carry their smartphone with them can even trigger their doors to automatically unlock when they arrive home and lock up behind them when they leave (trust us: it’s even cooler than it sounds and kind of makes you feel like a superhero).

2. Get Immediate Alerts When Doors or Windows Open Unexpectedly

Secure Your Home: Get Alerts for Doors/Windows

What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
SmartSense Multi sensor ($49)
• Optional: SmartSense Motion sensor ($55)

 The SmartSense Multi sensor can send an immediate alert to your smartphone when a door, window, gate, or other entryway opens unexpectedly at night or when you’re away. Since the Multi sensor can also sense vibration and movement, you can also choose to receive a notification if doors or windows are tampered with or shaken. Monitor 1 door for $49, 2 doors and windows for $95, or monitor 5 doors and windows for $235. If you happen to live in a home that has no doors, like a cave, SmartThings probably won’t work well for you.

3. Trigger a Loud, Flashing Alarm To Automatically Sound When There’s Unexpected Motion

Secure Your Home: Trigger a Siren Alarm

What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
• SmartSense Motion sensor ($55)
FortrezZ Siren Strobe Alarm ($49)

Scare the bejeezus out of would-be intruders by blaring a loud siren with a flashing red strobe light whenever unexpected motion, tampering, and entering occurs in your home. There is no limit to the amount of SmartThings sensors that can be paired with the FortrezZ Siren Stroble alarm, so whether you just have one open/close or motion sensor in your home or a SmartSense Multi sensor on all of your doors and windows, all you need is the SmartThings Hub, free app, and a Siren Strobe Alarm to fully secure your home.

4. Turn On Your Lights To Make It Look Like You’re Home

Secure Your Home: Turn Lights on While You're Away

What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
A smart power outlet ($42-$65)

With SmartThings, all it takes is a tap of your smartphone to turn on a single lamp, all the lights in one area of your home, or your home’s entire lighting system. Plug lamps into portable, pluggable outlets, control overhead lights with smart in-wall switches, and trigger outdoor lights to automatically turn on at set times of day or when there’s motion.

Non-security note: This feature is also phenomenal for pranks.

5. Monitor & Secure Dangerous, Valuable, or Off-Limit Areas

Secure Your Home's Dangers or Valuables

What You Need:
• SmartThings Hub ($99)
• SmartThings iOS or Android app (free)
• SmartSense Multi sensor ($49)

Home security extends inside your home, so SmartThings lets you monitor and secure dangerous, valuable, and off-limit areas that only you should have access to. By attaching a SmartSense Multi sensor to any drawer, cabinet, or valuable item, you can receive an immediate alert if off-limit areas are being accessed.

Protect young children from accidentally getting in to chemical cabinets containing cleaning supplies; secure off-limit areas like safes or liquor or gun cabinets; and immediately know if someone moves or opens valuable items like jewelry boxes, art, or your vintage Nintendo Power Glove.

Bonus! If you happen to have a Sonos player, not only can you deter a would-be burglar with a blaring alarm, but you can also make it sound like there’s a pack of angry dogs in your home if a door or window opens or there’s unexpected movement when you’re not around. Yea, seriously.

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