Think a few timed lights and and an alarm system are enough to stop a burglar? Maybe not.
Any plugged-in neighborhood cop will tell you that the typical burglary happens not at night, but during standard work hours. So the go-to anti-theft tech of yesteryear, with its reliance on timed lamps, really isn't going to make a difference in 2016.
Instead, start with your doorbell.
Some security systems, such as Ring, let you answer the doorbell with your mobile phone; essentially, your phone acts as an intermediary between you and an intercom/camera system outside your front door.
If you're hell-bent on using lighting as an anti-theft measure: Fine. Just don't overspend on your bulbs. A GE Link-connected LED light bulb that costs as little as $15 can be controlled from a smartphone via a $50 Wink hub. (Hue Lux bulbs go for a just a few dollars more.)
So for less than $100, you can have a basic smart home option perfect for a small apartment.
Maybe you just like having a house sitter when you're gone. No problem. Control the amount of access your sitter has to your smart-home devices and Wifi with Dojo, a dongle that plugs into your router and protects your tech.
Use PowerView to program custom "Scene" settings (such as, say, "movie night") for every room, and then activate them through your smartphone.
So even if you're nowhere near your house, you can program your shades to assume different positions on different days to fool house casers into thinking that you are at home ... and actively adjusting the blinds.
Most ambient sound apps specialize in white noise, ocean sounds or other audio designed to help people rest or create. But a few have an added benefit: noises that just happen to mimic the activities of people who are at home.
Alfred Nelson's Sleep and Noise sounds app includes not only white noise and the sound of a purring cat, but also that of an electric fan or a kettle boiling.