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Home security from your cell phone

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Shawn Jackson with H&R Alarms in Cape Girardeau said the technology is always changing, and there's always something new to more effective protect you and your family.

He showed us an in-home camera security system that you can control from your iPhone or iPad.

Users can see what's going on in their home from miles away. They can also control their alarm system, light switches and thermostat from their smart phone.

"A lot of people are starting to like to be able to control those things, you know if you're going on vacation you can turn the thermostat down on the way home, you know they can turn it back up, they also like it, the alarm goes off, they can also turn a light on you know making somebody think somebody is home, plus if you're away and oh I need to let you know somebody to let my dog out or something like that, you know they don't actually have to give codes to people, let them come in and out they can actually remote arm and disarm from their iPhones, kind of a convenience factor," said Jackson.

You can record video, capture a picture, and send them off to someone like the police if someone did ever break in.

Because the system is attached to your cell phone, Jackson said it can be safer than traditional models.

"You know an alarm is good but if somebody cuts the phone or cable line outside your house you know it just interrupted the communication, it's a little bit harder to interrupt the cell signal, you know plus you've always got that always on connection, you don't worry about a phone line being out or anything like that, so it's a little more reliable," said Jackson.

Jackson said security systems can also lower your insurance rates. Depending on your insurance company, he said you could get a 5 to 20 percent discount.

The prices of the systems vary depending on your home. Jackson said they've started a program where you can rent the equipment for about $40 bucks a month.

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