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Reader question: ‘I want cameras to watch my house when I’m gone, but not when I am home’

Presented by SimpliSafe

Presented by SimpliSafe

For a limited time, save 20% on your SimpliSafe security system, and get your first month free when you sign up for Interactive Monitoring.

In times of crisis, it’s hard to get a clear view of the situation. That’s why irrefutable evidence is so valuable. Say a friend visits for a party, and the next day your favorite vase is missing.

Or maybe two family members get into a fight and their stories contradict. You’re going to have a hard time hammering down the facts. When you have doubts about what went on in your home, security cameras can tell you what really happened. Tap or click here for five uses for security cameras you never thought of before now.

As great as security cameras are, you probably don’t want them on 100% of the time. After all, they help catch burglars … but you don’t need high-definition footage of your family wolfing down dinner. Luckily, we know just how you can tweak your cameras to only watch the house when you’re away.

Depending on your security system, you might have a mode you can set when you’re away

If you have a home security system from our sponsor, SimpliSafe, you can put your home into Away Mode to protect the perimeter. If something disturbs the motion sensor, it starts an alarm. It can also activate SimpliCam’s privacy shutter for constant surveillance.

If you’re at home, you’ll want to lift the lockdown through Home Mode. This way, you can walk around without triggering the alarm. This mode still has an entry sensor, a glass break sensor and a smart lock, but you don’t have to worry about setting off the alarm while going about your day.

Home Mode is great because it stops you from feeling like you’re being watched in your own home. Plus, you can turn on both of these modes from your key fob.

It’s super easy: Just click a button and your security system switches a few critical settings. Tap or click here for a step-by-step guide to adjusting the settings.

Good news: Now you can save 20% on your SimpliSafe security system

If you’ve been thinking about protecting your home, take this as a sign to hop off the fence and get the job done. There’s no better time to start than now.

SimpliSafe offers an arsenal of sensors and cameras you can set up in every inch of your home. Plus, you can manage them all from an easy-to-use app. You can even get your first month free when you sign up for Interactive Monitoring.

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