Security cameras provide homeowners with an additional layer of protection for their home. Security cameras can be installed both indoors and outdoors to deter criminals and monitor private property. According to FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, there are roughly 2.5 million burglaries a year and 66 percent of these burglaries are home break-ins.
Home security cameras are most effective when integrated with a home security system. With help from a security system professional, homeowners can have one or multiple cameras installed in and around their home for ample protection. Installing home security cameras involves a number of important steps to ensure that the camera and placement meet the unique needs of the homeowner.
Assessing The Right Security Camera For Your Home
Today, there are endless options available for home security cameras. Wireless security cameras have become highly affordable in recent years and allow homeowners to achieve flawless live video without having to run wires or cables throughout the home. However, wired security cameras should not be overlooked. These cameras are typically connected to a central recording device by Ethernet or coaxial cable and offer a wide field of view without the need for an outlet.
There are other types of security cameras that are less conspicuous. For example, some homeowners have upgraded from a standard outdoor camera to a hidden doorbell camera. When motion is detected or when the doorbell is pressed, it begins recording and allows for two-way audio from a smartphone or other internet-enabled device. Floodlight cameras are another option that can help homeowners gain a clearer picture of potential intruders. When the camera detects motion, the floodlight automatically turns on and illuminates the area.
Choosing Security Camera Placement
Proper placement is crucial for a home security camera. Ideally, a camera should be placed up high to offer a wider coverage area and to protect the device from vandalism. Security cameras should also be pointed away from direct light sources and obstructions that could block the homeowner’s view of the property. While outdoor cameras are weatherproofed, it is a good idea to keep them under shelter whenever possible. This will help reduce the effect of precipitation on the footage. Camera cables should be safely installed and concealed on the sides of buildings, ceilings or soffits.
When you purchase a home security camera from a reputable security system company, you can count on a professional installation from an experienced professional. The security camera installation process typically involves mounting the camera onto the side of the house or other secure surface using mounting brackets and screws. If it is a wired system, any wires or cables will need to be run to the recording device and carefully arranged and concealed. If the camera requires a DC power adapter, a power outlet will need to be nearby to power the device. Once installed, the camera can be turned on and the camera setup can begin.
Connecting To The Internet
Connecting a security camera to the internet allows homeowners to more easily store video footage. It also allows homeowners to monitor their property in live time from anywhere the internet or Wi-Fi is available. While there are several ways to set up a security camera for remote viewing, one of the easiest involves downloading the manufacturer’s app. Security camera providers often release new software regularly to ensure that homeowners are able to maintain monitoring capabilities. After downloading the app, a unique ID number will need to be added or the camera device will need to be manually connected. This process usually takes just minutes and then the camera is ready.
Storing Footage & Monitoring
Homeowners are not always able to monitor their property in real-time; this is why security cameras capture and record videos that can be watched at a later date. There are several ways that home security cameras can store footage, including local storage options such as microSD cards, network video recorders (NVRs) or digital video recorders (DVRs). While local storage can be convenient, there is always a risk that an intruder could steal the camera and with it, the footage. Cloud storage has become a popular option for storing footage as video can be obtained through a desktop or phone app at any time and without the physical camera.
Contact The Security System Professionals
There are countless benefits that come from installing home security cameras. In addition to deterring criminals, footage from a security camera can be used to aid police when incidents occur around the home. Many homeowners also use security cameras to check in on the family, including pets. Having evidence of a burglary or other crime can also come in handy when homeowners make an insurance claim due to theft. For more information about how to install home security cameras or to speak with a security system professional, contact APG.