Home security camera systems are incredibly effective at deterring criminal activity. It has been found that homes without a good security system are 300% more likely to be broken into. THREE HUNDRED PERCENT, that’s kind of crazy.Do you know what else is crazy, only 17% of American homes actually have security systems installed. With home invasions on the rise and nearly 2 million burglaries happening each year the excuses for not having a home security system are beginning to sound less and less convincing. Whether it’s money or laziness that drives you to not have your security system installed yet it doesn’t matter, what matters is that you take action on protecting your home and family. The most effective security systems are going to utilize 3 different parts to guard from intruders:
- Home security cameras
- A quality DVR
- Motion sensors/glass break sensors
Home Security Cameras
Since the 1960s security cameras have been steadily growing in quality and convenience of use. Most cameras available these days are the product of simple innovations that make them not only cheaper but better. For example, PTZ security cameras can not only pan, tilt, and zoom in live footage, but can also pan, tilt and zoom in on recorded footage (within the footage that was in frame of course). Cameras now have the ability to activate infrared illumination for low-light filming. Other cameras have motion detection features, meaning they are activated by motion and can send you an email with the feed or an image when that happens. Another feature to look for in your camera is HD resolution, 720p or 1080p. With this kind of image you’ll have a reliable amount of information in the case of a break-in. Placing a few cameras around the entryways to your home is an incredible element of protection in your security system.
A good DVR is like a good brain, they’ll run your camera system smoothly. Many people overlook the DVR assuming anything will do the job credibly, but that’s not really the case. It’s important to make sure that you choose the DVR that will provide you with the power and features you need to really have control over your home security camera system. Look for DVRs that provide you with high definition resolution while streaming live AS WELL AS, high definition resolution when reviewing stored footage. Because HD recording requires a lot of space, you’ll also want a DVR with a large amount of storage. Also if you’re planning on utilizing remote access for you and your spouse you’ll want a DVR that supports more than person viewing remotely.
Motion Sensors and Glass Break Sensors
These devices are important to supplement the surveillance that your cameras are doing. If you can’t afford cameras to cover an area, or you simply want to be doubly sure that you’ve got your defenses up then you should utilize motion sensors. These are cheaper than cameras most of the time and provide notification if they sense radiation or specific sounds in the case of glass break sensors. With more accurate sensors less false alarms occur and you’ll have greater peace of mind.
If you make sure these three elements are included in your security design you’ll be covered against crime and you won’t be among the statistic of break-ins.