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Trick or Treat: Smarter Home Security for Halloween

The magical element of smart home tech really comes into its own on Halloween. Setting your Philips Hue smart lights to flash via your smartphone from your pocket to spook party guests is a lot of fun, for example.

But smart home devices aren’t just for added silliness on Halloween - they can help you to improve your home security too.

Who’s That Knocking at the Door?

You never know who could be knocking at your door on Halloween; it could be trick or treaters, or it could be troublemakers.

If you were planning a night in with the curtains drawn ready for a scary movie marathon, you don’t want unexpected rings of your doorbell making you jump even more. You especially won’t want to be disturbed if you haven’t bought in sweets to give out to anyone trick or treating - you don’t want to find yourself on the receiving end of a trick.

But you don’t have to rely on peering through the keyhole or a crack in your door, or hope you’re not seen peeping through the upstairs curtains to see who’s at your door - a smart video doorbell is a much better option.

Video Doorbells for Halloween

Video doorbells can help you to improve your home security all year round, letting you see via your smartphone who’s outside your house, even when you’re not at home. With Ring video doorbells, you can communicate with whoever’s outside too, which is great if it’s a delivery driver or someone you really didn’t want to miss.

On Halloween, this feature can be even more beneficial. If you’re spending the night home alone and are easily spooked, you’ll be able to see whether it’s cute kids in fancy dress coming to trick or treat at your door, or troublemakers who you want to avoid.

Of course, if they suspect you’re home and you don’t answer the door, you’re risking falling victim to a trick being played on your house - but with a video doorbell, you’ll be able to see exactly who did it.

The livestream feature of your video doorbell will also mean you can watch any eggs being thrown or other tricks as they happen and the two-way audio feed of Ring doorbells will let you speak to whoever’s outside to ward them off.

With the Chime add-on, you can make sure you never run the risk of being tricked just because you’re deep in the house or watching a horror film through your headphones, as it’ll alert you that someone’s at the door via your smartphone.

You could take advantage of the two-way communication feature before answering your door to genuine trick or treaters too, making spooky noises down the doorbell speaker to add to the Halloween fun.

That’s what smart home technology is all about - extra fun but extra security too.

At Future Home Shop, we believe in making smart tech easy, so the smart doorbells we stock are all easy to install and you'll get free next-day delivery too.

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