Over half of Australian homes (52%) are set to be protected by smart security devices in the next 12 months, according to new research from Ring.

The ‘Love Your Home’ report has revealed what’s driving interest in smart doorbells and security cameras with electronics being the number one object almost two-thirds of Australians (62%) want protected, ahead of photos and childhood objects at 52%.

With the world opening back up, close to one-third (30%) of Australians still want the flexibility to monitor parcel deliveries via home security video when away from home, while 26% are keen to keep an eye on their pets and 14% want to check their children are home safe from school.

The report also found that convenience and even smarter technology top the list when it comes to future functionality of smart home devices. As almost half (46%) of Australians admit to pretending not to be home when someone came to the front door, it’s not surprising that 51% want technology to screen visitors in advance.

Further, 45% of Australians are keen to see automated security routines become a reality, while 44% like the idea of voice-activated devices and 15% are excited by the prospect of security robots.

Ring managing director for Asia Pacific, Mark Fletcher said some of these are already a reality and it’s an exciting time for the smart home industry.

“Ring’s ‘Love Your Home’ report has revealed that protecting our homes isn’t just about bricks and mortar, but the memories and objects within them. Our mission is to empower Australians to keep an eye on what matters most via Ring video doorbells and home security cameras, when it matters most,” he said.

“We also know our customers love the ease our devices provide with features like package alerts and smart responses or giving hands-free access to ask AI like Alexa to show them the front door. The smart security industry is advancing every day.”