(Reuters) – Home owners worried about security while they are at work or on vacation have a range of new smartphone apps to help them remotely monitor their property and to notify them if there is a problem.

In the United States in 2012 there were more than 2 million burglaries, or about one every 15 seconds, according to government crime figures.

Large established companies and startups are offering apps that connect remotely to monitoring systems to help consumers keep their homes and property secure.

Viper Connect, for iPhone and Android, is an app that monitors homes and cars. The company supplies a do-it-yourself security system with motion sensors and video cameras, which can be placed around the home, and watched remotely.

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