Basic Considerations in Setting Up a Security Camera

setting-up-a-security-cameraA story was told about a family who left for a vacation for a week or two. When they got back, they found their house in complete disarray. Their suspicion was confirmed: thieves broke into their house and stole whatever they could steal, especially their valuables. They had a security camera so they were, at least, consoled by the thought that they could identify the culprits. To their frustration, the footages were not clear enough to establish the culprits’ identities. According to BestHomeAlarmsReviews, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds.

When it comes to the subject of home security, getting a good security camera is always one of the main things that should be considered. There is no use for a video footage that is poorly recorded.

When planning about setting up home security camera systems, one can consider researching about companies that offer such products and services. In choosing whom to deal with, it is going to be helpful to read the reviews made by independent reviewers. In the US, companies such as FrontPoint, ADT, Protect America, Lifeshield, Vivint, Safemart, Pinnacle, Xfinity Home Security, Alarm Zone, and Protection One are just some of the few that received good reviews. Information about such companies and their services can be found on the web.

Several questions need to be answered as well: where is it going to be installed? Is it indoor or outdoor? Could it be both indoor and outdoor? What particular locations will they be placed? How many cameras are required?

A recent innovation in the industry of security camera systems allows the use of a multi-camera setup that gives the capability of monitoring one or more areas from different angles. Another breakthrough in the industry is the introduction of wireless security camera systems that gives flexibility in installation.

Should one choose wireless or the conventional hardwired system? Experts say that wired cameras offer better video quality. The whole idea of setting up security cameras boils down to surveillance of activities in and around the house 24/7. This gave rise to the introduction of covert or hidden cameras. They come in the guise of a fake smoke detector, motion sensor, clock, or a sprinkler, to name a few. If one chooses the conventional cameras but wants them somehow hidden, an option is to place them in discreet locations to avoid being conspicuous.

One also needs to ask, will he use an analog camera or an IP camera? In 1996*, a security company introduced IP cameras that transmit and store data via the Internet. It gives the user the greater freedom of monitoring his house remotely through web applications. However, since data are sent and received via the Internet, users of the IP security camera systems are more exposed to the dangers of their information being hacked.

Making a decision about setting up security camera systems may somehow be overwhelming**. The abundance of choices can easily divert one’s attention from what he really needs to what his eyes wants. Without thoughtful planning and consideration, one may end up with a home security setup that may look good from the outside but devoid of relevance from the inside. One should therefore not forget the primary purpose of a home security system: it is not to beautify but to keep safe one’s home and his family.