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2. That said, it’s important to make sure your security system pairs with your smart hub before purchasing so as to avoid any issues when syncing the two. Yes. As home automation becomes a bigger part of many people’s lives, home security providers are updating their equipment to fulfill the demand. The Nest Secure and Vivint’s Smart Hub, for example, not only function as the brains of your security system, but also as hubs for home automation. Most home security companies also offer smart devices — like locks, garage doors, and doorbell cameras — that pair with their systems and can be managed through their apps. And if your security system doesn’t operate as a smart hub, you may sync with third party smart hubs that let you manage both security and non security related devices on a single platform. Many surveillance cameras and audio bugs emit radio waves and can be identified by a standard RF radio frequency detection device. Conduct a “sweep” of your home with your bug detector. Surveillance devices are often hidden in walls or ceilings, so look for any spots that appear to be spackled or recently concealed. However, with the decreasing size of surveillance equipment, illegal surveillance can be concealed virtually anywhere.

Private homeowners prefer to depend more on devices they can control themselves and depend less on the state to protect them, in an age of terrorism.

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The more expensive $25 per month plan adds the ability to control the system from your phone, unlimited backup recording for SimpliSafe’s cameras, and smart home integrations.

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