According to the most recent stats, property crimes account for 83% of all crimes in the United States. With new technologies and methods of communication, real estate agents need to stay informed about technologies designed for home security. This allows them to advise sellers on solutions that can preserve the value of their investment and buyers on measures that can provide a safer living environment.
Obviously, real estate agents should also be aware of physical security trends. Installing CCTV cameras on the premises and using window locks or smart doorbells with video security are just some of the ways property owners can protect their investments from theft or vandalism. Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important too. As the number of home and personal devices connected to the internet increases, so does the number of attempted data breaches and attacks from malicious digital intruders.
Real estate agents can ensure that their clients' investments are properly protected by staying up-to-date on the latest security trends and investing in the right solutions. Let's analyze some of these trends.
Physical security and cybersecurity for real estate properties are increasingly managed in an integrated and coordinated way. This is especially true for large complexes and high-end homes.
Physical security solutions include:
Examples of cybersecurity solutions are:
Ways to integrate these two types of solutions include combining door locks with sophisticated encryption protocols so that only approved people can unlock them, using access control systems with two-factor authentication, reinforcing the protection of the property's WI-FI network so that it is virtually impossible for ill-intentioned individuals to access mobile and computer apps used for physical security purposes.
The recent COVID-19 pandemic reminded us of the ever-present danger bacteria, viruses and other invisible pathogens pose to our health. This contributed to the trend towards home security measures that minimize contact with objects while keeping the property safe from intruders and other malicious entities. Touchless and hygiene-based security are becoming increasingly widespread these days.
Here are some tips on implementing touchless and hygiene-based security in your real estate properties.
Smart buildings are an increasingly popular trend in both residential and commercial real estate. They feature connected and automated systems that enable owners to remotely monitor and control various aspects of the property. Here are some common features of smart buildings:
Smart buildings provide numerous benefits in terms of efficiency, savings, and improved security. Connecting multiple systems to one network allows owners to monitor energy consumption and make adjustments accordingly. Increased automation reduces the need for manual operations, minimizing costs and energy wastage. Moreover, increased device integration significantly improves the property's security.