NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As technology continues to change, so does the way that people choose to protect their homes. Cable television systems now give homeowners the option to monitor their homes, providing instant security.
Katy Sullivan-Stafford recently told CBS 2′s Maurice Dubois that using Comcast’s X-finity Home, she can keep tabs over her entire house via the Internet.
“It really provided us a whole solution for our family, not just home security, but a solution to watch and monitor the family as well,” she said.
The system consists of five wireless cameras and a motion sensor. It lets Sullivan-Stafford know what’s going on in the home at all times. Sullivan-Stafford had it set up to send her a text message when her kids get home from school, or after a night out with friends.
Comcast is not the only cable company getting involved in the security business. Verizon also offers a similar service plan for $10 a month. Comcast offers its plan at $30 a month. Both companies also charge for the cost of equipment.
Experts told CBS 2 that customers should do their homework before investing in this type of system. Not all of them provide the same level of protection, and some systems do not alert the police in the event of an emergency.
“They think they have a security system and that everything will be okay if something happens. In reality they have to make the call to the police themselves,” said David Boehm of Security USA Inc.
Sullivan-Stafford said that the security provides convenience and peace of mind, a high-tech way to keep an eye on the family.
“I just find it extremely convenient,” she said.
These systems also allow homeowners to set thermostats remotely and turn lights on and off.
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