While almost every other piece of the consumer electronics business has gotten wired and then wireless over the last 10 years, home security systems have remained stubbornly low-tech.
Burglar breaks glass, cops get pinged, end of story.
When you get home, all you can do is hope your house is still in one piece.
That's about to change, and home security systems are becoming as high-tech as the smartphone in your pocket.
While the natural progression of technology is partly driving that trend, it's also getting a boost from the housing bust.