I’ve never understood the need to plaster security company stickers on all the windows throughout one’s house. Its tacky and generally of very little use. If a thief has determined that he’s going to to rob you, all you’ve done is give him notice that the clock is ticking just a little faster against him.
Friends of ours had a rather disturbing break-in a few days ago, where the thieves gained access to the house through the garage door via a remote control grabbed from an unlocked vehicle outside. Its one thing to have your car rifled, it is totally another to give a scumbag thief electronic key access to your garage and home in the middle of the night.
I began to think about how to counter such an event, and it struck me that to simply power-off the garage door opener at night and when you’re not around is an effective, inexpensive, automatic and easy solution. A bit of research online returned a large number of options, some elegant, others less so. There was one, however that stood out from the crowd…
Belkin makes a line of home automation controls under the WeMo brand. For garage door openers that have a wall switch that controls the power to the device, a simple WeMo light switch can be installed to replace the switch and volia! Your garage door can now be set once to automatically power off when you’re never going to use it. The best part is that you retain the ability to simply turn on the opener with a flick of the switch itself, or a tap on your Android or Apple mobile device.
Many other home automation devices require the purchase of a central control unit, this one doesn’t. Yes, you need WiFi, but with that this incredible $50 switch takes it from there and makes controlling your garage door, or any other switch-based electric device a breeze.
The best part is that you don’t need to put those dumb stickers all over your windows, but your security is there – quietly and automatically shutting down unwelcome access day and night, no monthly fee necessary.