Two-thirds of Americans don't feel safe at home
How safe do you feel when you’re at home? According to an email survey by technology and manufacturing company, Honeywell, two-thirds of Americans feel unsafe in their homes. The survey found security to be a key driver for at-home connectivity.
The survey was commissioned “to uncover the drivers and motivations behind the adoption of connected home technology” the company said in a statement. Rob Puric, director for Connected Home and Honeywell Fire and Security, told Security System News that Honeywell would use the information to examine its partnerships, educate dealers, develop technologies and “build out roadmaps.”
The survey had some surprising results, including that homeowners in households with more than one person are more likely to feel unsafe than homeowners living on their own. Other results were less surprising, such as women making up 72 percent of those who responded as feeling unsafe.
The survey also found a large divide between Millennial and older generations. Nineteen percent of Baby Boomers and seniors don’t lock their windows and doors before leaving their homes compared to 27 percent of Millennials. They survey also found that Millennials are less likely to live their lives on a strict 9-5 schedule, leaving some concerned about their homes when they are away for extended periods.
Locking the doors tops the list of things Americans worry about when they are on vacation.
Thirty-four percent of consumers with a security system are unsure if they remembered to turn it on before leaving for vacation.
The survey also found that 41 percent of Americans admit they don’t take extra precautions when leaving their homes to travel. Close to 69 percent of Americans check personal email while traveling while less than one in five Americans use technology to make sure their home doors are locked and their windows are closed.
Americans see many uses for the connected home. More than two in five respondents said they would like to control their lights and make sure their homes are secured when they are not home. Fourty-eight percent of respondents were pet owners who said they would like to feed their pets while they are away.
Forty-four percent of respondents said that they believe all of the items in their homes will be connected by 2025. Today, 14 percent of homes are connected. Sixty-six percent of those surveyed said cost was holding them back from further connection.
Nearly one-third of homeowners would prefer an app that can control their home devices to be voice activated rather than touchscreen activated.