Most of your home safety
needs can be met by a standard burglar alarm, yet many people like to add a
layer of security to keep their home as safe as possible. Home video security systems
can add that extra layer of security.
Many people think an outdoor video system is just for commercial business owners. Yet there are a variety of affordable security video packages that the average homeowner can afford. These systems can help minimize the threat of both break-ins and vandalism.
Most external home video
security cameras can be programmed to start recording when triggered by a
motion sensor. Motion activated home video security cameras are the most
popular, as they are economical and reduce the need to scan through hours of
video to locate needed footage.
This makes responding to problems less time consuming. One downside to the motion activated equipment is that forces such as wind or small animals can trigger a recording. However, this should also be considered an assurance that your camera equipment is in good working order. There's no way that it's missing any suspicious activity within its vicinity.
Outdoor Home Video Security
cameras do vary in both cost and functions which really depend on what your
needs are. Cameras come with many exciting features like automatic zoom,
infrared, and high resolution video recording options. Or you can choose a
basic model without all the bells and whistles. However, we suggest it's a good
idea to select a model that can withstand extremes in both weather and
If you already own an
existing security system, you may want to deal with your current security
company when seeking out home video security camera options. They should be
able to add on this feature without a lot of up front costs to you.
Most alarm and monitoring
companies offer this equipment as part of a total security package. An added
plus is that their cameras should be fully compatible with the current security
equipment you already have installed. They may also cover any repairs and
routine maintenance that your camera will require.
When you are choosing an
outdoor security camera for installation, there's no need to go overboard. You
want to find a reliable, durable, and budget friendly option.
You might also want to check
out some online reviews of various models, and always select an extended
warranty and service package. Camera repairs can be costly and spending a
little more upfront, can save you money in the long run.
Another option to consider
is security camera monitoring. This can lead to an added level of security and
safety to home video security systems. Especially, if you are away from home if something occurs.
Again, if you are currently
using a security company go ahead and contact them and get a quote for their
monitoring service. Be prepared for a hefty increase. This is not a cheap add
Also, most security cameras
should include a backup power supply option. You also want to be assured that
you covered in case your equipment breaks down and needs repair or replacement.
Ideally you will like to
have enough video cameras to be able to watch your whole outside area. But this
is probably a little unrealistic.
The best option to consider
is placing the cameras so that every entrance point into your house (doors and
windows) is viewed. With the right placement, some cameras will be able to view
more than one or two doors or windows. This way you don’t need a video camera
for every entrance point.
Also, place the cameras in a
location where they are safe from tampering. Usually that means placing them
high enough to need a ladder to reach. Most criminals are not going to want to
bring a ladder to the scene of their crime.
But make sure the cameras are in plain view. Crooks do not want to have their pictures taken. Quite often just the sight of cameras will send them on down the road.
Home video security systems
for home owners are a fairly recent new addition to home security packages. The
improvement of quality and range of wireless cameras and video devices has
driven the cost of this feature down to where it fits into many family budgets.
If you have a good outdoor lighting system, and an alarm system with door and window sensors, then this just might be the best choice to add on to your security system.
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