SEATTLE – Amazon recently launched Alexa Guard Plus, a premium subscription upgrade to the free Alexa Guard service launched in 2019. With both services, your smart speaker or smart display listens for sounds that could indicate trouble. Which sounds it listens for depends on whether or not you’re willing to pay a premium.

The paid service includes a 24-hour helpline, alerts when your device hears footsteps, doors closing or glass breaking and automatic deterrents like the sound of dog barking playing from your smart speaker.

That noise detection is in addition to the free detection of sounds from smoke or carbon monoxide alarms. The free Alexa Guard can also flip on connected lights to simulate occupancy while you’re away.

Guard Plus will cost $5 per month or $49 per year. All you need to get started is an Echo smart speaker or Echo smart display. Here’s how to get started with Guard and Guard Plus.

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