Seeing is believing. Today's video surveillance technologies let homeowners remotely view footage from their desktops and smartphones. The result is real-time insight into what's happening at home, which can provide peace of mind or actionable intelligence.

From a basic security standpoint, this enables you to monitor your home while away to identify threats, such as a potential intruder.

For example, you can configure your security system to receive an alert when something suspicious happens. Log in to see video footage to determine if the threat is real, and then respond appropriately. Consider a window alarm going off, this could be a burglar or a tree branch. Similarly, suspicious movement outside could be an intruder or a neighbor's dog. Real-time video lets you know immediately whether the situation is real or a false alarm, and can serve as evidence in a crime investigation.

While this capability alone is extremely valuable, the benefits and applications of remote video surveillance extend much further. In some cases, they can actually transform everyday lives.

Video Surveillance: Check In on Home & Family From Afar

Below, we outline eight practical video surveillance applications, all of which are possible with the right security technology in tow.

  1. Curious if the kids got home from school safely? Simply log in to watch them walk through the front door, prepare a snack and start their homework.
  2. Monitor pets during the workday or while away on a trip. No longer worry about coming home to chewed couches because the dog got out while you were gone, or a sick cat that got into something it shouldn't have.
  3. Give your home security camera a dual role as a nanny cam. Ensure kids are cared for, safe and well behaved when you're away.
  4. Check in on elderly parents or neighbors throughout the day. Maybe they don't need to be admitted to that nursing home or assisted living facility just yet.
  5. Keep tabs on teenagers left home alone. Put a stop to parties before they happen by making them aware that you can check the footage at any time.
  6. Monitor second and vacation homes from afar. Only make the trip in person when necessary. Save time, without sacrificing peace of mind.
  7. Make sure cleaning staff and other professional service providers arrive on time, do their jobs as instructed and are trustworthy in your absence.
  8. Waiting for a big package to arrive? Watch it get delivered to your front door, and then keep your eye on it from afar until you get home.

By installing the right set of indoor and outdoor cameras, you can see what's happening at your home, even when away. This presents both safety and convenience benefits unmatched with other systems.

Do you have video surveillance built into your security system? How does it make your day-to-day life safer and more convenient?