Smart devices are helping to relieve the fears of homeowners who will return home to double-check they have locked the front door 3,136 times over their lifetime, according to new research by Bosch UK.
The Bosch Smart Home Study found that over half of those polled admit to being a worrier when it comes to home security, despite actually locking up properly 77% of the time. More than four in 10 people say locking the front door is their biggest concern, while 21% worry about whether they’ve shut the windows. Women worried the most, with 58% saying they were concerned their home security, compared to 46% of the men surveyed.
The study also looked at the impact of home security worries on our everyday lives. It found that one in six people have been late for work due to returning to the house to lock the front door properly, while one in 20 have missed an important appointment. One in 10 admit they’ve been so concerned about the house they’ve phoned a neighbour to check on it, while one in 20 have asked a friend to nip round.
When going on holiday, 66% of travellers admit they worry about how safe their house will be – so much so, 13% have cut a holiday short because they couldn’t think about anything else. This means that, during the summer holidays, over 4 million of us will worry about their home’s safety whilst away. Women are far more likely to worry, with only 28% saying they don’t worry whilst away, compared to 40% of men.
Commenting on the findings, Steffen Hoffmann, President of Bosch UK said: “As our lives get busier, we’re increasingly used to coordinating our lives on our smart phones. It’s little wonder that being unable to check on our homes remotely is leaving us feeling a little homesick. Our study found that a large number of us are concerned about our home safety. Whether it’s forgetting to lock doors, close windows or turning off the oven, these niggling doubts eat away at our sense of security.
“Smart technology used to be for just those early adopters, but our new Smart Home portfolio is designed specifically to bring security and convenience to everyone in your everyday life, helping to address the worries and fears our research highlighted”.
The study found that it’s not just home security measures that busy Brits have a habit of forgetting, it’s also about turning appliances off. 12% admit to accidentally leaving the TV on, 6% forget to turn off their straighteners and 4% say they often leave the iron switched on.
But despite being worried about their home safety and security, only a small number have put formal measures in place to protect their homes. Just a third of us have a burglar alarm and just 16% have motion sensors. Worryingly, three in 10 people admit they have no security measures in place. Despite the security and convenience benefits of smart technology, just under four in 10 homeowners have considered buying a smart device to help prevent them from worrying about leaving their property unattended or leaving appliances on.
Instead, respondents preferred to leave the lights on when leaving the house or asking a neighbour to keep an eye on things if they are going to be away for a long time. Some 7% prefer just saying “it’s locked” out loud in front of their door to help give themselves peace of mind.
Hoffmann concluded: “Something as simple as a smart plug means that people are able to control their devices from their phone, wherever they are, which is immediately reassuring. Likewise, window and door sensors will let you know if you’ve left the windows or doors open, which will mean you’ll never worry if you’ve forgotten again!”