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  • 10 tips for choosing the right security cameras for your home

     

    In today's day and age CCTV cameras have become a vital part of keeping your home and your family safe, and it is very important to have the correct surveillance setup that is customised to your needs in order to keep your home safe and secure.

    Here are some points which you need to keep in mind when setting up a surveillance system in your home.
     

    Points to keep in mind when selecting the hardware for your home surveillance system

    • Number of cameras needed: The size of your property is an important factor that will help you decide the number of cameras you require on your property. If you have a larger villa, you may need to consider and take account of the various entries intruders could potentially threaten your home with.
    • Style of camera: Dome cameras tend to be more discreet 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 and are usually spotted by intruders and passers-by.
    • 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 a break-in occur and an outdoor camera isn’t able to capture the footage.
    • 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.
     

    Where should you install the surveillance cameras?

    • 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.
    • High-traffic rooms: In the event that a burglar or intruder 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.
    • Garage / driveway: To make certain that outdoor possessions remain safe and untouched by trespassers, a security camera should be installed near or in the garage or driveway in which you park your car.
     

    Which features are important in a home surveillance system?

    • Remote monitoring: Video management software and network video recorders allow you to view and manage several cameras at once from any PC with Internet connection. With the latest technology you can also monitor these on the go with extremely user friendly apps that are available in the market.
    • Scalability: For most video surveillance systems, new security cameras can be added at any time. If you do purchase one or two cameras at the start, you can be rest assured that any new camera you buy in the future can be successfully added and managed along with your other security cameras.
    • Image quality: More than 80% of surveillance footage is unusable by law enforcement due to poor video quality. Therefore it is incredibly important that you select a camera with high image and video quality. 
     

    Once you have set up a surveillance system in your home you can expect these long-term benefits.

    • Increased Safety: Instilling a sense of safety is a top concern for homeowners and the mere presence of a CCTV camera will deter potential intruders.
    • 24/7 Alerts: With an internet enable surveillance system set up, direct alerts can be sent to your phone or email whenever it detects motion or tampering allowing you to take control any situation no matter where you are.
    • Peace of Mind: Investing in security surveillance system for your home ultimately provides peace of mind for you and your family.