Home Security Camera Types, Features and Placement

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by under Cameras, Security

The options for keeping a home safe continue to evolve as technology increases. One way to enhance your family’s safety and protect personal items is by installing cameras throughout your home. Security cameras monitor home activity and potentially deter break-ins.

Outlined below are key considerations when purchasing home security cameras.

Security Camera Types

When choosing a security camera to protect your home, select a system that suits your home’s needs best. Factor in what type of home you have and how you will be using the security cameras. Camera type examples include:

  • Bullet: Designed to be mounted to point in a specific area, mostly for indoor use.
  • Day/Night: Primarily used for outdoor purposes, these cameras are built to adapt to natural lighting.
  • Dome: Built to spin quickly within its surroundings and not meant to be visible.
  • Infrared Vision: Designed to capture images in extremely dark conditions.
  • Varifocal: Allow operators to focus and zoom in on images.

Quick Tip: Keep in mind that you may need more than one type of camera to keep your home secure. Different cameras are built for different purposes.

Security Camera Features

Once you have picked the camera type, assure the model selected has the features you require. Six essential features to keep in mind when purchasing security cameras are:

  • High-definition resolution.
  • Motion-activated sensors.
  • Remote-viewing capability.
  • DVR hard drive for recording purposes.
  • Night vision.
  • Wireless access.

Seeking out these specific features helps enhance the quality of your home surveillance system.

Security Camera Placement

The last aspect to consider is where cameras will be placed throughout your house. Knowing where you need cameras helps determine how many of each type should be purchased.

To enhance maximum security, focus on these locations:

  • Front and back doors. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 34% of burglars enter through the front door and 22% through the back door.
  • Back windows. The opportunity of entering through a window facing away from the street decreases a burglars chance to be seen by neighbors or bystanders.
  • Basement stairs. If your basement has an outdoor entrance or hatch, it is essential to place a camera focusing in this direction.
  • Side gate: Sneaking in through a backyard gate gives intruders the opportunity to hide behind objects such as furniture, toys and other recreational equipment.

Strategically placing cameras in your home is essential, so use best judgment when selecting areas for installation. If an area seems more vulnerable than other parts of your home, add a camera for extra security. Better to be safe than sorry!

How did you select your home security cameras? Share with us in the comment section below.

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