March celebrates Women’s History Month, which honors women and their contributions to history and the modern world. Which means there’s no better time to highlight the mother of home security: Marie Van Brittan Brown.
Marie Van Brittan Brown is recognized as the inventor of the very first home security and surveillance system. She worked as a nurse in Queens while her husband often worked throughout the night as an electrician. To feel more comfortable being alone at night with two children in New York City, Marie created a system in 1966 that would keep her, her children, and her home safe from the comfort of her bed.
Marie’s home security system included a closed-circuit system that was devised of a sliding camera that looked into three peepholes of varying heights. The camera was connected to a television set so she could keep a watch over her door at all times. The system also included a two-way radio so she could speak with whoever was outside, a panic button that would alert the police in the event of an emergency, and a remote control that was used to lock and unlock her doors without putting her family in harm’s way.
Marie paved the way for modern security systems including CCTV cameras, home automation, and doorbell cameras. It is thanks to her that millions of people are kept safe every day with residential and commercial security and surveillance system and Covenant could not provide top-of-the-line equipment without her innovation.