BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — As people continue to work from home, they are looking to make their homes safer.
Local security systems company Buffalo Alarm said it's seeing a major increase in requests for home security cameras.
"Obviously with people getting more packages delivered as opposed to going to stores, we're seeing a lot more doorbell cameras that we've been installing. We've been doing residential cameras around people's homes," said Kurt Adolf, Security Consultant & Co-owner of Buffalo Alarm.
And as we spend more time at home, Adolf said people are also looking to make their homes smarter.
"We've also seen an increase in automation devices - people looking to make their houses a little bit more smart home-accessible, easier to work around," he said.
In commercial settings, there's been an uptick as well. A lot of businesses are installing cameras after catalytic converters were cut from their trucks.
Adolf said he thinks there are two contributing factors to the increase in security cam installations: the pandemic, and the overall change to our definition of "normal."
"Just kind of a change in the way that we're doing things, with everything going more remote and more package deliveries. I think it's just kind of...everything went hand-in-hand," he said.
Other than installing security systems in and around your home - or your business - there are further steps you can take to make sure you and your neighbors are staying safe.
It can be as simple as trimming the bushes around you house, so there's no room for someone to hide.
Make sure there's adequate lighting around your house, and check in with your neighbors and make sure to look out for each other.
And make sure smoke detectors and CO detectors are up-to-date.