There’s nothing like being on vacation and receiving a phone call that someone attempted to burglarize your home. Which, is exactly what happened to me last fall. I didn’t believe my mom at first since she loves to joke around so much that it’s hard to take her seriously at times. That was until she placed one of the police officers on the phone to confirm the attempted burglary. With an exasperated sigh, the officer says “Mam, she isn’t kidding.”
That euphoria of being on vacation with my husband sans children came to a screeching halt. This put me in full blown panic mode, especially since I didn’t know all of the facts. Needless to say, my vacation was cut short!
On my frantic drive back home, many thoughts and questions were racing through my head, such as, “Why me?” “I’m not prepared for this at all.” “Was my desktop computer that I use for work stolen?” I later found out that a neighbor caught three of the young men in the act as she was going to work. I honestly never thought anything like this would happen to me, but this experience taught me that that this can happen to anyone at anytime. A local police officer’s home was burglarized recently! This goes to prove that it doesn’t matter where you live since there are opportunist thieves everywhere. The best thing you can do is to take precautionary steps in safeguarding your home and valuables.
DIY Smart Home Security System with Iris by Lowe’s
Experience also taught me that it is always a good idea to let a trusted neighbor know when my family and I are going to be out of town in order to help keep an eye on our home. Other ways I take additional steps in safeguarding our home are stopping mail delivery, not sharing that I’m on vacation via social media, keeping the backyard gate safe and secure at all times, monitoring our home with a security camera system, and using motion activated outdoor flood lights.
Iris by Lowe’s also gives us a sense of security, figuratively and literally, that we need when we’re away from home, whether we’re running errands, out of town, or on vacation. It makes me feel safer since we can keep tabs on our home front from any internet-connected computer or smartphone! What exactly is Iris by Lowe’s? Iris is a DIY smart home + security system by Lowe’s that provides 24/7 peace of mind.
I can control and monitor my home via the Iris app on my smartphone with products like the Iris Home Automation Security Pack. The Iris Home Automation Security Pack includes one motion sensor and two door and window sensors that all have a built-motion detector that lets me know the status of a door, safe, cabinet, and/or window (opened or closed unexpectedly). Each product also reports the temperature wherever it is installed. Additionally, there is a keypad that makes it easy to set up and enter a code. Best of all, it is effortlessly easy to install. All that is required is an Iris Smart Hub, which is sold separately.
Iris works with over a hundred of smart devices that include locks, garage openers, switches, alarms, sensors, plugs, keypads, thermostats, bulbs, detectors, heaters, vents, and more. They’re currently offering 10% off Iris starter packs and smart hubs with coupon code MYIRISSECURITY between May 30th and June 29th.
wow! Haven’t seen this before but sounds awesome! I have been thinking for awhile to get a whole home security system so this would work perfectly
We have an alarm on our house, but it’s not a smart alarm – just one that goes off loudly if an intruder breaks in. I would love to have some cameras set up.
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I really need to do something like this. It has to be so scary to hear your home has been broken in to. This sounds like a convenient way to help protect your home. And glad to hear they weren’t able to steal anything!
Oh cool! I need to check this out. We’ve been talking about replacing our outdated security system with something more modern. Thanks for sharing this!
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We’ve been talking a lot about Iris. I read about it a few weeks ago, and it sounds like a great way to protect the home.
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I worry whenever my family goes away for a few days. A security system like this would give me some piece of mind that my home is being looked after while on vacation.
I agree, it is nice to have a system that can help you when you are gone. It is good to also let a neighbor know as well.
We just moved a few months ago and we really need to look into better security now that we have close neighbors and are in the country. I’ve never heard of this one. Thanks for sharing!
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Wow this sounds like something that we could enjoy in our home. I am always trying to find new products to help keep our home and us safe.
I had no idea you could set up your own security system. I was literally just talking to my daughter about how unsafe our neighborhood has become.
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Oh my goodness, I’m so glad that your neighbor caught them! We’ve never had this happen to us so to speak. We had a bike stolen from our back yard, where our large dog resides. I’m guessing it was my daughters friends who did it, because the dog normally barks like mad at strangers. Plus nothing worth value was taken, just her bike. However, I would l love to have something like this. Situations like this are like well that will never happen to me, but you just don’t know, and I’d rather be safe than sorry.
Oh, wow! I could not even imagine the fear you experienced when you learned that someone had tried to burglarize your home. Iris would have been great to have then. I am sure glad you have it now.
This sounds like a great security system. We’ve never had one and luckily nothing has ever happened, but we should have one because you just never know!
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We are in the market for one so this was very helpful and informative. Will share with my husband and see what he thinks.
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I’m so sorry about your UGH experience – especially during a vacation. Our home was burglarized and its still traumatic to me (and they were never caught). Since that day, we now have a security system and just installed video cameras so I feel much more secure. Its the worst…so good to be prepared.
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The very first apartment my husband and I moved into, we had burglers in the middle of the night while we were sleeping. It was terrifying. Since then I have always lived on the top floor. If we ever bought a house, a security system is a must!
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What a scary situation! I am all about home security and a handy system like this sounds like a great way to add another level of protection.
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Wow, this sounds like a great product! I have been using the Nest cam as our security camera as it alerts you when there is movement in front of the camera. Would definitely consider this as an option for our next house!
It’s such a good idea for peace of mind to have a security system. I was at Lowe’s last weekend, I wish I had know about this product to check it out while there but will next time I go.
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Having a reliable home security system is so important. We chose to go with ADT but it’s great to know there are other options out there.
Oh how scary! We got our home security system after I was worried about a family situation. It’s amazing how setting my alarm makes me feel a bit more taken care of and secure.
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I haven’t heard of this product before! There are so many awesome tech gadgets to help monitor your home while away these days, it definitely makes me feel better about going out of town.
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A reliable security system like this will have you sleeping soundly at night. I will check this out.
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The Iris By Lowe’s sounds amazing and it would be something I know I have to share with my sister who lives in a bigger town than I do. I actually live right behind a store that has been broken into and now has cameras. If anyone breaks in I will know who did it. The camera is aimed more or less at my door. My neighbor and I are good friends. She lives upstairs from me and we watch out for each other. Thanks for sharing your experience and the security system.
I haven’t heard of this before. My husband and I are actively looking for something like this so I will have to show him this option!
We’re actually looking into getting this very same system because of a need to keep an eye on our home because we travel so often. We have a dog, but we can’t leave him outside or free to roam the house alone while we’re away. I love that it’s easy to set up, and doesn’t require thousands of wires!
I haven’t heard of this before but it sounds like the perfect product to keep the home safe and secure! I love that it’s a smart device.
This sounds like an awesome security system to look into!! I need to check that one out and see how it compares to my current system!!
I have been thinking about adding a security camera to my property as I live in a block of flats but you never know who you can trust x
I appreciate how it can interact with over a hundred of smart devices. It is always nice when products can work across brands instead of having to get multiple things that duplicate efforts.
I’ve been thinking about getting a home protection system. This one is on my list now. thanks!!
I should really look into something like this! We just bought our first home and live in a great neighborhood, but you never know and that is scary!
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This sounds absolutely amazing! A great reliable home security system is a must! I love that this one goes along with the smart features as well as other devices.
I have been looking into different options and this sounds fantastic! I love shopping there too so I will have to see what this is all about!
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This sounds like a wonderful product. I need to get this. I just moved over the fall and we don’t have security yet. I think it’s great to have.
We just moved this past week. The sad part is just the other day I was told by my neighbor to make sure everything is locked because people steal around here. I need to really look into something like this.
This is so important, my mum was burgled recently and it is a scary thought but one that could happen to anyone like you say! Getting good security is a must!
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I am so glad that your neighbor caught the kids. Our home growing up was broken into and it was such an eerie feeling too. My parents installed an alarm but I like the idea of being able to monitor it from an app. I want one of the ring doorbells too.
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It’s really important to have a good security system at home. I can only imagine the feeling of hearing that confirmation from the officer. I think this is worth checking out wjen you’re looking for a good home security system.
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I have a home alarm system to help with my home security. I also have trusted neighbors who have a key to my house in case the alarm goes off or I need them to keep an eye on my house.
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I would never want to receive a call like that! It’s really scary and I am glad that there are ways and products that offer a more advanced security. I must check this.
This is definitely an amazing idea! Home security is something we all need to make a top priority. It’s crucial! Love this, Lowes is great!
This sounds like a great product! I love all the smart security systems they have these days.
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My husband and I have actually been looking into different home security systems. We will definitely be checking this one out now!
That’s the most beautiful home alarm system I’ve ever seen! Ours is so bulky and not pretty at all, which I guess isn’t the point, but it’s still on the wall! I want it to look somewhat nice, you know? Haha
That is alarming, to say the least. It’s really important that we make sure that our home is safe before we go on vacation especially if you’re going to be out of the country. This security system sounds amazing and reliable.
Iris systems look like something I would like to hook up at my home. I had no idea they sold home security system at Lowes.
We did a DIY at home system and it’s been fab! I think we got most the the items from Lowe’s as well!
That is such a great reminder to let your neighbors in on your travel plans. You can look out for each other!
We have security through Vivint and although it is nice, it’s not like this! I think I’ll have to check this out and see if it’s going to be better than ours currently!
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I haven’t seen this before but it looks awesome! It’s such a small unit with so many options for safety!
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We just moved into a rental with a system already installed. We want one when we buy next year. Does this one have it so it chimes when a door is opened?
It’s scary how regularly you hear about break ins in this day and age 🙁 this sounds like a really great system and must give real peace of mind.
Ooooo this is the first time I have heard of Iris!!! I will have to look more into it for my house.
I have been looking for a good system. This seems like it would be worth checking out!
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That sounds like a great home security system. We’re going on vacay this summer and I was just thinking about something like that. Will check that out.
This looks like such a great way to watch your home when you are away. I worry way too much!
This sounds perfect for those who travel a lot and need to have a security system to protect their home!
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I honestly have wanted home security for a while. I feel as though it would just give me piece of mind to know it was there. I am going to check this out and probably get one for our house!
Wow, It really looks awesome and I think we can enjoy this and perfect for our safety especially at night time.
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