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The weatherproof Maximus Security Camera and Outdoor Light from Kuna is available in a number of different colors and styles to match your existing landscape.

Instead of obviously being a camera, like the Nest version designed for outdoors, the Maximus camera is more discreet, but just as powerful.

You’ll need to place the system where there is existing electrical wiring; Kuna promises installation takes just 15 minutes.

With a built-in motion sensor, you’ll receive an instant smartphone notification, and can view a live feed and hear video on the companion app. If necessary, you can communicate with people in range, send a pre-recorded voice message, or activate a 110-decibel alarm. Recordings of previous events are available to view in the cloud.

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, you can also view a video feed from the camera on Echo Show, or the unique and inexpensive Echo Spot.

The Smart Home Trojan Horse

Posted on August 12, 2018

Read Jake Widman’s article and read the quote from our CEO.

Safety is among the top concerns when buying a home. Is the neighborhood safe, is the street safe, how can I make my home and family feel safer? Consumers often turn to smart home devices for more control, which brings savings and security to the home.

Take in-home, smart security cameras that aren’t tied to monthly plans and help track intruders. Once consumers realized the added value and benefits of easy monitoring inside the house, new products began to venture to the outside for even more control. For example, hidden cameras may be camouflaged in a light fixture or doorbell and placed outside the house to monitor activity and provide real-time alerts when movement is detected.

The bonus feature that many don’t realize comes along with the disguised camera and instant alerts (until they have one) is real-time interaction outside the home. Many don’t notice the tiny intercom on the smart security devices they just bought, but once they discover it, the ability to not only track and watch but engage with—and, let’s be honest, maybe scare off—someone at the front door from miles away is invaluable. Microphones that provide two-way communication will become a buying criteria for security products and have limitless potential for speaking to and interacting with other areas of the smart home.

-Mark Honeycutt

Backpack LeafBlower Stolen from Truck

For Immediate Release

July 30, 2018
FORT WORTH, Texas – On July 17 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a lawn employee of a landscaping company was mowing a customer’s lawn in the 4800 block of Grinstein Drive. As the employee was mowing the lawn, a white male occupying a Chevrolet four-door sedan drove past the residence, turned around in a driveway and stole an Echo backpack blower from the bed of the employee’s truck.

The white male suspect appears to be between 40 to 45 years old. He was seen driving was is believed to be a 2012-15 Chevrolet Cruze. Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call 817-392-3188.

Report #: 18-303286

Posted by Fort Worth Police Department on Monday, July 30, 2018

Watch the video from the Fort Worth Police Department.