It’s now a lot easier to control the security system of your home if you own an Echo speaker or another Alexa-powered gadget. Amazon has now enabled a Security Panel Controller framework which allows you to control security systems with your voice. You can opt to arm or disarm them, specify a few modes (home, away and night) and you can simply check in. And yes, Amazon is quite aware of the security implications. You need to enable disarming manually by voice, and you can also go ahead an specify an Alexa-specific voice code rather than shouting your PIN code to every person within earshot.
The functionality is now available in the United States, and companies like Honeywell, Ring, Abode, ADT and Scout Alarm are using it already. It’s quite understandable why you might hesitate for using Alexa support, especially if you are concerned that some other person might listen in. Amazon is clearly telling that its very own security measures (including voice recognition that is user-specific) are enough, though, and this could be convenient you would rather not pull out your phone or walk across the house for just punching in a code.