The security industry is ever-changing, with new security solutions being constantly developed to combat intruders and to make your home as secure and protected as possible.
As technology becomes more and more advanced, home security has the opportunity to become even more sophisticated. While the systems we have in place right now seem comprehensive, robust and reliable, the future of home security looks to take things to another level, so take a peek into the future to see how your home burglary system might one day function.
Name and shame
Identification can be the trickiest part of any crime, but burglars may soon be forced to live with less anonymity. It is predicted that, by 2025, home burglar alarms will be able to identify intruders and address known criminals by their own name.
Thieves, especially opportunistic ones, aim to remain undetected and unidentifiable, but that is getting harder and harder to accomplish. Smart systems will be able to pick up on intruders and warn them verbally that they are being recorded and that authorities are on their way. This makes it much likelier that intruders will leave empty handed, and makes capture and identification more likely, as well.
Known criminals and repeat offenders will find it tougher to carry out burglaries, with hidden cameras armed with facial recognition software to trigger an alarm when an intruder has been spotted. These cameras won’t just be limited to the home, either. With prevention being key to security, these cameras could be installed on the streets to catch a criminal’s presence before any crime has taken place. Soon, it won’t just be your home that’s protected, but the whole wider neighbourhood!
With intruders having more reason to give up and flee during a burglary attempt, it’s important to have some way of identifying culprits so they can be caught and brought to justice before they try again elsewhere. Alarm systems of tomorrow may involve some form of chemical marking, where criminals are sprayed with an indelible chemical substance as they attempt a break-in.
These sprays could be hidden in the garden or on the property perimeter, and will spray the offender as they are trying to gain access to your property. These markers will be impossible to remove, making it much easier for the police – or passersby – to identify and apprehend suspects.
Should an intruder manage to abscond with any of your belongings, that doesn’t mean they are home-free and clear of capture. Home security systems of the future could allow instant action through the use of roof-mounted drones.
These drones will become active when the alarm has sounded, and can be controlled remotely by your security company to give chase to the escaping criminal. These drones will help keep track of the thief, keeping them in sight until the police can take over, and may also be equipped with the same chemicals that we mentioned before. The pilot can spray the chemicals to keep the burglar marked, making it easier to find and identify later should they manage to evade.
While the drones will be low flying, they will be able to provide a more intimate view of the criminal’s escape route, allowing you to follow them into areas that may be much harder on foot. Keeping track of a suspect means being able to apprehend them quickly, and drones can keep criminals in sight in order to keep the police informed of the suspect’s whereabouts.
The future of deterrence
With home burglaries, prevention is always the best cure. Home security systems today act as effective deterrents, but this can only improve as future security systems are developed. The systems outlined in this article should make any home intrusion almost impossible to pull off successfully, and much of this will be down to the deterrence factor. Criminals will be aware of new technologies and techniques, and will definitely think twice before trying to gain access to any home protected by drones, marking spray and facial recognition.
Homes and neighbourhoods of the future will be more advanced and even more secure than they are today, and there’s even potential for home security systems to be linked, sharing information with each other in order to create a robust, linked system which can warn each other of potential threats, and share details of suspicious individuals to keep everyone informed and protected at all times.