How to Select a Home Surveillance System
If you’re ready to move forward and learn more about surveillance cameras for your home, you’ve come to the right place. Network home surveillance cameras are the preferred choice among conscientious homeowners, and help protect your indoor and outdoor property from theft and vandalism. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you determine your home security needs and recognize the long-term advantages of home video surveillance.
What Should You Consider When Buying a Home Surveillance System?
With a wide range of camera technologies and body styles, you may want to first think about what your preferences are in terms of appearance and design. Do you need a home video surveillance camera that is engineered to see at night? Do you need several cameras? Do you want your security cameras to be made visible to the onlooker, or are aesthetics and concealment more important to you? These are questions every homeowner should consider.
Number of Cameras Needed: The size of your property is an important factor as well as camera placement points and the coverage area. The good news is that you can add any number of cameras to your home surveillance system at any time, allowing you to manage them over the same network.
Style of Camera: Dome cameras tend to be more inconspicuous and blend in well with their environment. Some models come with smoked enclosures for an even more discreet appearance. Bullet cameras are far more overt in that they are usually spotted by intruders and passersby. Dome cameras will help keep your home video surveillance system hidden to any potential trespassers
Indoor/Outdoor Camera: Outdoor home surveillance cameras help deter burglars from breaking-and-entering, trespassers from loitering on your property, and car thieves from breaking into your vehicle. Any unusual, suspicious, or criminal activity that does occur on your property will be recorded by an outdoor camera. Indoor security cameras serve as an additional precautionary measure in cases where a break-in does occur and an outdoor camera isn’t able to capture the footage. You can also purchase a network camera that has both indoor and outdoor functionality. Indoor and outdoor camera's are crucial when putting together your home video surveillance system.
Day/Night Camera: Many cameras today come equipped with true day/night visibility to see in complete darkness. Night cameras are ideal for monitoring vehicles parked in driveways since more than two-thirds of motor vehicle thefts take place at night. Think carefully about whether or not day/night performance is an important feature to you.
Where Should Home Surveillance Cameras Be Installed?
You don’t have to worry about handling bulky wires and cables when you install your new or upgraded network home surveillance camera(s). If you can plug in an external printer or digital camera, you can install and operate a network video surveillance camera. Powered over the Ethernet with one network cable, our security cameras are hassle-free and convenient to view online. Unlike traditional analog cameras that can be cumbersome and tiresome to install because of complicated cabling, network surveillance cameras require just one network cable to set up.
Exit and Entrance Points: Security cameras should be mounted at exit and entrance points to record anyone who comes in and out of your home. Cameras should be pointed down from the top of the door or side ceiling towards the person to see who they are. This angle also provides a better view of a person for evidentiary purposes.
High-Traffic Rooms: In the event that a burglar or prowler is able to get inside of your home, an indoor camera should be placed in a high-traffic room such as a living room or kitchen to record the evidence.
Exterior Eaves/Rooflines: To monitor day-to-day activity around your home, home surveillance cameras perform best when installed under the eaves of your roof or on rooflines.
Garage/Driveway Doors: To make certain that outdoor possessions remain safe and untouched by trespassers, a security camera should be installed near or on garage or driveway doors. Cameras will aid in guarding your valuable vehicles and other outdoor assets such as jet skis, boats, and trailers.
Outdoor Buildings: Barns, pool houses, guest houses, green houses, cowsheds, livestock installations, tack rooms, and horse stables are examples of property structures that are crammed with expensive equipment. These are other areas that should be closely monitored with home surveillance cameras. Here, cameras can be mounted indoors on ceilings or on building rooflines.
What Features Are Important in a Home Surveillance System?
When investing in a video surveillance cameras for your home, certain technologies improve the user experience. We pride ourselves in delivering IP surveillance video that boasts the highest quality features and produce the most detailed images that make recognition and identification possible.
Remote Monitoring: Video management software and Network Video Recorders (NVRs) allow you to view and manage several cameras at once from any PC with Internet connection. With more than 75% of the population utilizing the Internet, Internet-based surveillance is the most convenient and advanced video technology of today.
Scalability: For most video surveillance systems, new security cameras can be added at any time by purchasing new licenses. If you do purchase one or two cameras at the start, you can rest assured knowing that any new camera you buy in the future can be successfully added and managed along with your other security cameras.
Megapixel Image Quality: According to the Association of Police Officers, a British Organization, 80% of surveillance footage is unusable by law enforcement due to poor video quality. Megapixel image quality, not found on CCTV video, ensures that the video footage will be of the highest quality, a professional standard honored by every one of our network surveillance cameras. The result is better detail; crisper images; reduced noise and motion blur; and higher frames per second. Recognition of faces and license places becomes easier with megapixel video.
Why Do I Need Home Security Cameras?
Maybe you’re looking to purchase surveillance cameras because you were recently burglarized or know of a neighbor whose vehicle was recently stolen right in front of their house. Discover how a high-performance network security camera system effectively monitors activity around your home.
Burglary: Home surveillance cameras can discourage burglars from breaking into your home, as well as serve as a vital evidentiary tool in identifying criminals who make the mistake of targeting your home.
Vandalism: Egging, spray painting/graffiti, Halloween pranks, mailbox tampering, breaking windows, toilet papering, and other forms of vandalism do and can happen, and they’re all detrimental to the value of your property. Installing a video surveillance system to catch miscreants performing these acts will provide you with the evidence you need to go to the police.
Outdoor Theft: essential not only to protect the inside of your home but also your outdoor property. Many thieves and vandals target vehicles and outdoor equipment like tractors and boats.
Neighborhood Awareness: Whether or not a recent incident has spurred your desire to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary, security cameras can help alleviate any concerns and show you what is taking place in front and behind your home. A properly installed outdoor video surveillance camera can record all activity and give you insight into what is really going on when you’re not looking.
Monitoring Service Personnel: Security cameras are perfect for monitoring anyone you’ve hired who has access to your home such as house cleaners, contractors, gardeners, and even realtors. All too often, there are cases where service personnel steal valuable and/or personal goods such as prescriptions, jewelry, and small electronics from the homes in which they work. These items are targeted because homeowners don’t notice that they’ve gone missing right away – or sometimes they don’t notice at all.
What Are The Long-Term Benefits Of Owning Security Cameras?
You simply can’t put a price on protecting your family and your home. A home surveillance system gives you the power to do just that. Our premium selection of home network surveillance cameras offers a considerable number of benefits both in their design and performance.
Increased Safety: Instilling a sense of safety is a top concern for discerning homeowners. Whether it’s protecting the family and the pets or guarding the property and valuables, keeping safe is what matters most at the end of the day.
24/7 Alerts: What’s superior about Internet-based video is that you can set it up to send direct alerts to your phone or email whenever it detects motion or tampering. Our home surveillance cameras also come with alarm input/outputs to trigger your external alarm in the event that suspicious activity is perceived.
Peace of Mind: Investing in security cameras for your home ultimately provides peace of mind for you and your family. No more worrying about your home or property while you’re away on vacation or at work. Security cameras can do the job so you can go and live your life.
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Contact us now to receive a free consultation to discuss the layout of your property and camera placement options. Whatever your individual needs, we are here to answer your questions and provide you with the best possible security solution.