Anyone who watches the news knows that we live in troubled times. Depending on where you live, crime may be at an all time high due to a number of factors. Unless you want to move to the middle of the forest somewhere, you’ll need to take steps to protect yourself from this crime. For many, this means installing a home security surveillance system. It isn’t cheap, but it may not be as expensive as you think. Plus, there comes a time when you have to question what kind of price tag you can put on the safety of yourself and your family. If you’re ready to take the plunge, here are some steps you can take to set up the system. First, visit a home security surveillance store. It’s better to visit a specialty store than to try and cobble together something from random items from Best Buy. There’s nothing wrong with doing it that way if you know what you’re doing, but that’s a big “if”. Specialty stores know what kind of setup to recommend for whatever your plans happen to be. If you don’t have any plans, they will be able to show you how to start developing them. If there isn’t such a store in your area, you can find what you need online. Many online shops have customer service telephone lines, so you can still get the personal attention you need for your questions. Next, you’ll need to decide where to put your cameras. You’ll almost certainly want one watching the front of the house and another one watching the back. You may want a special camera looking down on anyone who approaches your front door. This can come in handy even outside of home security surveillance purposes. Beyond that, the sky is the limit. The only thing you need to be careful about is making sure your cameras aren’t pointed in such a way that you are recording your neighbors on their own property. Depending on where you live, there may be very strict laws about this, so it pays to research before you set up. In addition to cameras, you’ll need to concentrate on your viewing station. If you don’t have a lot of experience in the field, you may be picturing a small black and white television monitor. Though these are still available, you can do a lot better. High definition cameras and monitors are available, giving you the best possible picture and sound for your money. If you want a record that you can show to police in hopes of later identification, it pays to get as clear a picture as you can.
Archive for January, 2012
A lot of homeowners feel that surveillance cameras are only for businesses. They feel that there’s no need for them since they’re only used to monitor customers and employees. Besides, it’s not as if their homes are going to get robbed. That’s probably what they’re thinking. But you’ve seen those TV shows wherein robbers are caught on surveillance cameras, right?
Surveillance Cameras can Help Protect your Home
You have to know that you can also use them to protect your home. This is especially true if you’re a woman. Here are some ways on how they can help protect you and your home:
· It can deter crime.
You have to know that most of the time, robbers and other criminals choose the easiest victim. Sure, your home has locks. But let’s say that a couple of robbers are looking at two houses and one is yours. The other house has surveillance cameras in strategic places while yours do not. Which house do you think they’ll rob? You know the answer.
· It can solve crimes.
Let’s say that a robber is stupid enough to rob your home filled with surveillance cameras. Solving the crime is just a matter of playing back the videos captured by the cameras. The robber’s face will be plastered all over the 6 o’clock news and it’s just a matter of time before he’s caught.
· You can monitor the people outside your home.
Opportunistic criminals will knock on your door first just to see the insides of your home. He’ll also check how many people are inside and if he can take advantage of them. If he sees that you’re a woman and you’re alone, he can easily overpower you. But if you have a camera placed above your door, you can check him out first to see if it’s safe to open the door or not. Besides, he won’t go through with his plans once he sees that he’s already been captured on video.
· It’s a good addition to your levels of security.
Home security is about adding as many security levels as possible. Locks are a given but they can easily be picked. Adding a dog is a good option. Placing surveillance cameras in strategic locations makes it better.
It’s now quite obvious that surveillance cameras are very important not just for businesses, but also for homes. If you value your home and everyone and everything inside of it, you will install them. Besides, it can also give you peace of mind which is priceless.