A Journey through Home Security Across the Ages

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From ancient fortifications to cutting-edge smart systems, the concept of home security has evolved dramatically throughout history.

As the place where we seek comfort, shelter, and safety we have adapted them over the centuries to defend against various threats. Although it may seem like home security is a newer concept on the surface, it dates back to around 2,000BC.

Primitive Protections: Ancient Times

Early humans recognised the importance of protection. Early settlements were often built in strategically decided locations, such as caves or elevated grounds, to reduce the risk of attacks. Nomadic tribes used the first form of fences, utilising thorny bushes and barriers to encircle their encampments.

Later, during the construction of permanent settlements, primitive doors and locks made from wood and stone were introduced to secure entrances. Early adopters included Ancient Egypt and the Romans developed this method of securing property by implementing metal locks. 

Medieval Fortresses: Middle Ages

As civilisations grew and conflicts escalated, less was the need for individual property protection and the medieval era saw the rise of fortified castles and citadels.

These impressive structures were designed to withstand sieges and invasions, featuring massive walls, drawbridges, moats, and watchtowers. Guards and soldiers stood vigilant to protect the inhabitants, and intricate lock systems were employed to safeguard valuable possessions.

So effective at defence many of these structures survive today.

18th-19th Centuries

The 18th and 19th centuries marked significant advancements in lock technology. Locksmiths developed complex mechanical locks. These innovations provided improved security for homes, making it more challenging for unauthorised individuals to gain access. With the industrial revolution, mass-produced locks became more accessible to the general public. The average households became more conscientious of their own security.

The first iteration of a home security system was designed by Augustus Russel. However, many attribute Edwin Holmes, as his design was the first brought to mass market. It looked very different to the systems we are accustomed to in 2023, utilising electromagnets to trigger a hammer hitting a bell to alert the home of an intruder.

20th Century

The 20th century brought electricity into homes. Opening the door to Electromagnetic alarms and surveillance systems, offering homeowners a new level of protection not before seen.

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras became more common in the late 60s. Invented by Marie Van Brittan Broan, it allowed business owners to monitor their property remotely.

In the early days CCTV and closed network security systems weren’t cheap for the average household, but by the 1990s the cost of home security systems became much more affordable and in turn the popularity of home security systems boomed.

21st Century

The 21st century introduced a new era of home security with the introduction of smart technology. Home automation systems enable homeowners to control and monitor their security systems from their smartphones. Smart doorbells equipped with cameras provide real-time video and two-way communication, allowing residents to interact with visitors remotely.

Founded in 1988, Verisure has been at the forefront of these developments, offering highly secure and convenient ways to protect your home. Furthermore, as we move into the undiscovered world of artificial intelligence (AI) companies such as Verisure are increasingly finding exciting ways to improve security systems, including threat detection and response capabilities.

Throughout history, humans have continuously sought ways to protect their homes and loved ones. From ancient fortifications and medieval castles to the digital defences of the 21st century, home security has come a long way. Today, technology allows us to fortify our homes in ways unimaginable to our ancestors.

As we look back on the evolution of home security, one thing remains constant: the desire to create a safe space for ourselves and our families. As technology continues to advance, we can only anticipate even more exciting developments in home security solutions. With Verisure leading the way in innovation, you can be sure we will be there to protect your home and family for years to come.