Keeping one’s home safe and secure is wise, especially as in these tough economic times, there is just no knowing what criminals are capable of. Back in the day, it was not very practical to get home surveillance systems installed. This was because these were not very affordable and widely available to the general public. And yet the question remains: are they really needed? Pause for a second and consider the security of your home when you are at work, or perhaps even in another country, on vacation. If you only have locks installed, what happens if a criminal chooses to break into your home or apartment by smashing your glass window?
In installing outdoor home surveillance systems, you are sure to be able to leave your home with some peace of mind, knowing that your property and things are all safe and sound. A lot of components are available for these systems, allowing you to select between many to figure out what is best for your budget and requirements. There are motion sensor alarms that are wireless, webcams, CCTV, motion activated security cameras, etc.
Among the components available for home video surveillance systems are motion activated webcams or security cameras, which only begin recording when they detect motion in spaces that are being monitored. Choosing this is a good way of maximizing the use of resources and saving energy, time, disk space and money. Imagine: the device will only record when movement is detected, which means that you will never again need to stare at endless hours of nothing happening caught in the footage, which can easily take up most of the disk space in your DVR. If there is a downside to this home surveillance system component, it is that webcams are unable to shift their focus. This is, however, possible with some security cameras. There are also hidden cameras, which are mostly used to keep an eye on the behavior of individuals like new nannies, vandals or misbehaving employees. These tend to resemble regular household objects, or can be hidden behind items like power outlets. And then there are fake security cameras, which look exactly like security cameras, but do not record anything. They mostly work by scaring off criminals. There are also security cameras that use IR or infrared technology, or Night Vision, and these are able to capture footage even when lighting is nonexistent.
The majority of home video surveillance systems have sound and motion-sensing capabilities working with the security cameras. Sensors are mostly used to notify homeowners when there is some activity that they should be aware of, in the space being monitored. Images that are captured may be emailed to handheld phones like an iPhone, Android, a Smartphone or a Blackberry. Likewise, these images can be sent to PDA’s or an iPad through the internet. For some systems, it is possible to monitor multiple sections of the house using software that allows multiple viewing.