Friday, 2 January 2015

5 Ways to Protect Your Home with Security Cameras

Security cameras have become a common sight in public places like shopping malls, banks, schools, hospitals, airports, casinos and road intersections, but did you know that they’re also becoming an increasingly important part of residential security systems? Just as they help to curb crime and increase personal safety in public venues, surveillance cameras can also help to protect you, your family and your possessions right at home.

Consider the Location

The most important part of ensuring that your home security camera system is optimized is choosing the right location. It's important that the camera is pointed in the right direction and that no trees, bushes or other things are obstructing the camera's view. If your camera can't already see clearly, then you may need to consider moving it.

Incorporate Other Home Security

Although cameras are an important form of home security, they aren't the only type that you should invest in. It's also important to install a high quality and reliable alarm system which can be used to protect your home and maybe even trigger installing.

See who’s at the front door

Whether you don’t have the type of front door that’s right for a peephole, or just want to be extra sure before opening your home to someone, a small surveillance camera can let you answer a knock at the door with confidence. Save on data storage by using a motion-activated camera that only films when movement is detected on your front step, and keep a small CCTV monitor handy in the kitchen or your home office so you can easily see who’s there.

Keep an eye on your garage

Despite the fact that they’re generally far easier to break into than other buildings and often house expensive vehicles and equipment, home garages tend be security deficient. Not to mention that they’re often left wide open with their contents in full view of passersby.

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs and high-end power tools can become extremely tempting to potential thieves, so protect them with more than a rolling garage door or lock and key. Installing a visible but out of reach remote-access security camera lets unauthorized visitors know that they’re being watched, and enables you to check up on your valuables even when you’re on the road.

Make your own video baby monitor

Standard audio baby monitors are great, but if you need to work or relax in another room and don't want to get up to investigate every time your sleeping baby makes a peep, it's time to set up a video baby monitor that transmits both sounds and images.

They're simple to put together: just install a CCTV video camera next to or above your baby's crib, and have it broadcast audio and video to a monitor in the room(s) of your choosing. That way, when you hear a baby-related noise, you can just glance at the monitor to decide whether or not you need to check in person.

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