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November 7, 2015
Over the course of three issues (July/August, September, October) of 2015, architecture and design writer Geoff Manaugh has been exploring how technology has been revolutionizing home security. Explore some of the smart homes we've featured along with high- and low-tech ways to keep them safe.
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Within Dwell's first-ever Smart Tech issue, Manaugh explored why it’s no longer sufficient simply to lock your front door and close your windows before leaving your house. Criminals have found new ways into the most private realms of your living space—in fact, they might already be there, watching you through wireless cameras you installed. The future of crime is nothing if not high tech. But all's not lost: Synack is one of many companies within a rapidly growing private-security market dedicated to protecting smart-home consumers from exactly these sorts of attacks. 

 

Originally appeared in Everything You Need to Know About Security in the Age of Smart Homes
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Beyond hacking security cameras, how exactly are homes at risk? Manaugh interviews security expert Drew Porter on the current (and future) state-of-the-art of smart tech crimes. 

Originally appeared in How Secure Is the Modern Smart Home? We Ask a Professional
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This set of illustrations explores—in detail—how drones could compromise the safety of your dwelling.

 

Originally appeared in You're Not Crazy, Drones Really Could Be Trying to Infiltrate Your Home
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Our next installment from Manaugh, in the September issue, explored the bunk-like architecture of safe room. If a family’s home is their castle, as the saying goes, some homeowners have begun to take that sentiment quite literally. Step into the heavily fortified world of safe rooms—otherwise known as panic rooms—with three designers working at the outer limits of architectural craft. 

Originally appeared in Inside the Modern Safe Room: How Homeowners Today Are Fortifying Their Houses Against Burglars, Terrorists, and Hurricanes
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Home security illustration of panic rooms

One of the systems described in the article isn't a safe room in the conventional sense. Instead, Gaffco Ballistics will install saw- and bullet-resistant Kevlar plates to thwart potential attackers.

 

 

 

Originally appeared in Inside the Modern Safe Room: How Homeowners Today Are Fortifying Their Houses Against Burglars, Terrorists, and Hurricanes
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SAFE panic room illustration

In addition to Gaffco Ballistics, Manaugh explored the designs of CitySafe (another safe room architectural system of bolted panels) and SAFE (whose security systems include biometric checkpoints, a "safe core," and more). See all three detailed in these illustrations

 

 

Originally appeared in An Architectural Introduction to Safe Room Design
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In the October issue, Manaugh asks: if look at your home the way a police detective—or a burglar—would, where are the blind spots and vulnerabilities? What design details could be changed to make a place safer? These common home security weak points are easy to overlook (and even easier to fix).

Originally appeared in These Common Home Security Weak Points Are Easy to Overlook (And Even Easier to Fix)
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Home Security What Burglars Want

Similarly, Manaugh explores how burglary borrows equally from the skill sets of a technical science and theatrical improv; it follows careful rules yet just as easily abandons those rules for a spur-of-the-moment smash and grab. Burglary can thus be anticipated but not perfectly predicted. How do you know if your house will be targeted?

Originally appeared in Simple Tips and Tricks for Burglar-Proofing Your Home
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Home Security What Burglars Want

If you put yourself in a burlgar's shoes, some deterring features become evident: products like FakeTV mimic the colors and lights of a TV to simulate a resident at home.

Originally appeared in Simple Tips and Tricks for Burglar-Proofing Your Home
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Home Security Illustration 1

Within Dwell's first-ever Smart Tech issue, Manaugh explored why it’s no longer sufficient simply to lock your front door and close your windows before leaving your house. Criminals have found new ways into the most private realms of your living space—in fact, they might already be there, watching you through wireless cameras you installed. The future of crime is nothing if not high tech. But all's not lost: Synack is one of many companies within a rapidly growing private-security market dedicated to protecting smart-home consumers from exactly these sorts of attacks. 

 

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