How to Select the Right Home Security Camera System
According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, indicators of increased security, such as video surveillance equipment, deter burglars from target homes.
Video surveillance enhances home security and allows you to monitor multiple rooms in real-time from virtually anywhere, since you can view live footage on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Follow these steps when selecting a camera system to ensure optimal security for your home.
1. Assess Your Needs
To select the appropriate home security camera system, homeowners must assess their home’s needs. The most suitable surveillance system is dependent on several factors including:
- The layout of your home.
- The number of entry points.
- The size of your home.
- The value of your assets.
- Your system budget.
Use this information to determine what types of cameras are required and the number of cameras necessary to provide optimal coverage.
2. Consider Your Camera Options
Security cameras come in a variety of sizes and serve different purposes. Once you have established your home’s security needs, you should consider the different camera options.
Standard camera types include:
- Box. Large, visible indoor cameras with variable focal lenses.
- Bullet. Small, well-hidden cameras that can be used both indoors and outdoors.
- Dome. Ceiling cameras covered with tinted glass.
- Pan-Tilt-Zoom. Remote-controlled cameras with panoramic capabilities for a wide-angle view from a single unit.
Select cameras that are designed to function in specific locations. Outdoor cameras have coverings to protect from natural elements while other cameras are designed strictly for indoor use. Some higher-quality cameras can function in both.
3. Enhance System with Additional Camera Features
After selecting which type of camera is necessary, consider these additional features that improve functionality and further enhance security:
- Adjustable. Cameras that are mobile and can tilt or zoom for multiple views.
- Day/night capabilities. Cameras with night vision use infrared LEDs to provide clear images, even in the dark.
- High resolution. Higher resolutions give the best quality image.
- IP-based versus wired. Video cables are not required with IP-based systems.
- Weatherproof. Cameras that can withstand outdoor conditions.
- Remote access. Sync your video surveillance system to your mobile security app to control settings and view footage anytime, anywhere on your mobile device.
Having a clear understanding of your family’s needs before selecting the appropriate cameras will ensure you install a security camera system best fit for your home.
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