I just wanted to say a BIG thank you to the creators of Smartthings for bringing this product to market and actually prevented a burglary at my home last week.
Last Monday at 1:47am, I received a notification on my mobile phone that there was a vibration at my front door. As I (like most of us do) sleep with my mobile phone on my bedside table, only several inches from my head, the noise of the notification instantly woke me from my sleep. I was obviously still slightly drowsy, sitting up looking at my phone thinking, “What the Hell”.
At which point, at 1:49am, I received a second notification saying “Front Door Intrusion” meaning the sensor had opened. At almost the exact same time, I heard a very slight cracking sound coming from downstairs along with muffled noises of people talking.
Oh my WORD, I was being broken into!
Now, I have my system set up so that if there are any “Intrusions” when the home is set to armed, it immediately turns on ALL of my Phillips Hue light bulbs, house wide.
I immediately ran downstairs, but by the time I had reached the front door, the perpetrators had run off, most likely due to the lights all turning on, and nothing at all to do with the high pitched squeals of a half naked man throwing open the front door and flying out into the dead of night to confront them.
Comfortingly, the multipoint locking mechanism in the front door had kept the house secure, but if it hadn’t been for Smartthings notifying me, and then subsequently turning all my house lights on, I’m sure they would have continued trying to get in through the front door whilst I was sound asleep, and I would now be sitting here with no laptop, no wallet, no car etc…
In that one very moment, Smartthings and the thousands of Pounds I’ve spent on my Home Automation completely paid for itself.