Home Security Cameras: Back To Basics

If you are looking for a way to protect your home or any other property, you may want to buy home security cameras. However, don’t make a choice before taking into account some important factors.

Types of Surveillance Systems for home use

First of all, you need to decide on the type of surveillance system you want to install. They are of two types namely indoor systems and outdoor systems.

Indoor Systems

As the names suggests, they are designed to be installed inside a house and they allow home owners to keep an eye on construction workers or babysitters, for instance. By having them installed, you can monitor many rooms at the same time.

Outdoor Systems

Outdoor home security cameras are designed to catch intruders and keep an eye on suspicious activities outside your house. Bigger models prevent criminals from making an attempt to break into a house or other business premises.

They are designed to be waterproof and strong. They allow you to monitor a certain area, such as the main gate.

Your Options

You have the option to choose from hidden, single, or multi-room home security cameras, to name a few. Based on your needs and budget, you can go for the right system.

With the single type, you can monitor one room or the main gate. The hidden models are ideal for discrete filming and nanny cameras.

Wired vs. Wireless

Both wireless and wired home security cameras have their pros and cons. As the name suggests, the wireless variants transmit signals without any wire. They are flexible as well as discrete. You can install them wherever you want. However, wireless internet can interrupt their functioning.

Unlike wireless home security cameras, the wired ones are a bit more difficult to install. Plus, they are not as discrete as the wireless counterparts. Moreover, wires can be annoying. On the other side, the biggest advantage of wired home security cameras is that they offer clearer image quality. For newly constructed premises, they are a good choice as the wires can be concealed inside the walls.

Resolution

As with other electronic devices, the image quality is based on the resolution. Typically, home security cameras come in SD TV resolution. Their picture quality is really great. If you are a home user, you don’t want to go for one with a high resolution.

Coverage

Not all home security cameras give the same level of coverage. Some are too focused, while others are not. To cover a large area, you may want to go for one with wide angle lenses. For outdoor models, you can buy one with an automatic iris. The iris will adjust on the basis of the light levels.

Storage

Old surveillance systems used to put their recordings on VHS tapes. Nowadays, you can record several hours of footage on a small hard disk. Therefore, you may want to go for bigger storage, especially if you want to record extra long footage.

So, if you are going to invest in home security cameras, you may want to follow the advice given in this article and then make the right decision. Make your home more secure by investing in the right model that meets your requirements.

Why You Might Want To Purchase An Outdoor Wireless Security Camera

Buying an outdoor wireless security camera is something that most home owners do not think about. Most folks figure that it is what is inside their house that needs protecting, so they put all of their focus on guarding this area. The thought process is that things that happen outside occur in the open and people wouldn’t dare do things if they think neighbors are watching.

Sadly, you’ll find that having neighbors does not absolve you from having to secure your property. To demonstrate the point, think about how often you really look out your window at your neighbors houses. If you are anything like me, you probably never even notice what your neighbors are doing. Just imagine what could happen when the sun goes down and you’ll quickly realize how beneficial an outdoor wireless security camera can be.

Do you like the car or truck you drive? If you value your vehicles, it might not be a bad idea to protect them with a camera. It is important to get car insurance for these types of issues, but even with car insurance, you’ll still have to repair your vehicle and the criminals will still be lurking out there. Also, insurance deductibles are not always cheap. I would have been much happier had I invested in an outdoor wireless security camera before my car’s windows were shattered in the middle of the day. Even though I was home at the time, I did not notice what was going on until later in the day when I went to drive my car.

Another reason you might want to buy an outdoor wireless security camera is to protect your lawn and the rest of your outdoor property. Do you have a pool,or something else expensive in your yard? When you have items outside the walls of your house, you need to keep a good eye on them. These items tend to get legs much quicker than most. You’ll want to protect if with a security camera as quickly as you can.

You’ll discover that outdoor cameras are not as cost prohibitive as you think. Most of the time, you’ll be able to connect these cameras with your indoor wireless home security cameras. Since these cameras can all connect to each other, you’ll save money on extraneous items. You could even hook it up to your camera monitoring system so that you can see who is at the front door. Front door cameras are excellent for guarding against unexpected guests.

Make Your Home Safer With Security Camera Systems This Holiday Season

Heading into the holiday season may be the best time of all to consider upgrading or installing a new security camera system for your home or business. Prices will be reduced for the holidays, and you’ll be able to get better security technology than you did just a few years ago. Expect to pay around $400 for a basic system of 4 cameras and a recording system, up to $5250 or more for 16 cameras with low light detection, motion sensitivity, color, and indoor plus outdoor capability. Before you get confused and run screaming from the room, here are the major points to consider as you think about your new system.

  • Amount of light available to capture the image
  • Are you using wired or wireless locations? or both?
  • Size of the capture device (the DVR). How much video do you want to store?
  • How many cameras do you need to feel secure?
  • Is your system going to be indoor only, outdoor only, or both?

It doesn’t get more complicated than that, although if you do enough reading about surveillance systems, you’ll certainly find enough information to be confusing. Recognize a security camera system is only a deterrent, not a guarantee that you won’t have a robbery in your home or business. The only thing the cameras do is capture the event. Catching the bad guy is up to you or the police.

It is NOT altogether necessary to hire a monitoring company to watch your home or business. Upwards of 95% of all alarms generated turn about to be false alarms. Many agencies charge the home owner, or security operator for these false alarms if they have to send a unit to investigate. What you are doing with your security camera system, is providing a deterrent for the would be bad guy. You are making your property a little less attractive than perhaps your neighbors or someone down the road.

We’ll work on a home project for this article. Start your project by mapping the potential areas of breech that might occur. Doors and windows are clearly the main places, but there may be particular doors or windows that you can identify as a high risk. Windows that are not facing a street, for example, have a high level of intrusion possibility. Same for doors.

Once you’ve decided where the break ins can occur, look for mounting locations for your security system. Its here you will want to answer the question of wired or wireless. All cameras ARE wired in some form or fashion. They all need to have power to operate, so do look for locations where power is available. Wired systems in this case means a camera that delivers its signal back to the recording device by use of a hard wire connection, versus the wireless broadcast of camera video. There are cameras that operate on battery only, but these are not cost effective for our project. A good way to save yourself money is to use a single device to cover multiple potential attack points. One camera can cover multiple rooms, simply by being placed in the right location. Your map of potential targets will help you locate the places you can save money.

Note the lighting in the areas that will be monitored. Make a camera selection based on these criteria; a) the lowest amount of light that might be available in the area b) wired or wireless camera location c) motion detection on the part of the camera d) closed circuit (CCTV) or digital (on board recording). The rest of your decision will be about the way the device looks, not about the function. Select the camera type and number you need to complete the job and you are half way home. One other money saving tip. Its NOT the camera that’s the expensive portion–its the camera lens. A cheaper camera, with an upgraded lens, can provide you with the best quality picture for a significantly lower price. I’ve used this tactic in multiple homes where I’ve installed these systems.

The capture device, which looks a lot like a TIVO unit or a home DVR system, really doesn’t require a lot of work. How much do you want to store versus how much do you want to pay? Remember again, you are not running a Dateline NBC sting operation here, the recording device is UNLIKELY to ever be used to prove anything. Don’t focus your energy here.

Your best bet are the “surveillance systems in a box.” These package an entire security camera system in a single box, including the wiring (if any is needed) recording device, cameras, and instructions. It doesn’t get much easier. Your decision will be made based on cost, and how many cameras do you need.

Its worth repeating that no security camera system can prevent burglary or break in. They are only designed to make your property less inviting. There are even security camera systems which use FAKE cameras and devices as a deterrent. Those I don’t recommend as most bad guys can spot a fake a mile away. No matter if you do it yourself, or hire your security project done by someone else, you now have the costs, the key points to know, and the best questions to ask.