In an emergency situation, you need as many eyes as possible to detect trouble before it is right on top of you. The last thing you want to do, however, is poke your head out the door or press your face against a window to see what danger lurks outside. When it comes to defending your home, a video surveillance system may be just the thing to swing the odds in your favor.
For years, video surveillance systems were cost prohibitive for most private citizens. Advances in technology and manufacturing now make them accessible for any homeowner and the quality is better than ever.
When considering a video surveillance system for your property, you can choose to have one installed by a home security company or you can purchase a kit and install the system yourself. Either way, there are some important questions to ask.
How Many Cameras Do I Need to Install?The size of your home and the number of entry points top the list of factors to consider. You also need to decide whether to install stationary or pan-and-tilt cameras. Standard home surveillance cameras are stationary, meaning they point one direction and don’t move. Pan-and-tilt cameras, on the other hand, can be controlled remotely to swivel, covering more area. No matter how many cameras you install, be sure to place them high enough or discretely enough that bandits won’t easily see and disable them.
Can I View the Camera Feed Remotely?Nearly all systems allow you to watch live or recorded footage from within the home. Some also let you monitor cameras remotely via Internet. Remote monitoring is a huge benefit for many homeowners. Using your computer or a smartphone application, you can easily check in on your home throughout the day. This can help prevent theft and identify trespassers.
Are Infrared and Night Vision Cameras Worth the Cost?Crooks and vandals are most likely to come out at night, so it’s imperative to invest in cameras that can see and record in those conditions. Infrared and night vision cameras may cost more, but they nearly double the hours during which the system is most valuable. As an alternative, you can install motion-activated lights on the property, but that won’t provide full coverage for your video and you’ll tip off intruders to the fact they’re being watched.
What about Motion-Activated Cameras?Motion-activated security cameras are generally a wise investment. Why waste hours recording when nothing is happening? The key is setting up the motion sensors so that they will activate the cameras from far enough away. You’ll still be able to manually activate the cameras any time you want to check the property, either from your in-home command center or via Internet if you have remote monitoring.
With the right video surveillance system in place, you’ll know when danger approaches and have the information you need to best protect your family, property and assets.