Protection with a Home Security Surveillance System

Jen Jones
Home security surveillance systems do more than just protect your family from burglars who attempt to break and enter into your home. They also improve the police’s chances of catching the thieves with the recorded data. Selecting the best home security surveillance system can be tricky as there are a number of different monitoring components and types of home security cameras available. It is best to decide where you want to place these cameras and keep your budget in mind while still buying the best system available.

Home Security Monitoring Components

Home security surveillance systems pick up images over a closed circuit and broadcast the images. These systems are comprised of three main components: the home security camera, display monitors, and a recording device. The security camera comes in a variety of types, can be used indoor or outdoor, have panning capabilities, and be switched on when someone walks past it.

Display monitors are designed to be left on for an extended period of time. The best monitor matches your camera’s image resolution. Although some people opt to use a computer monitor as the display monitor, this is not recommended as results may not be the best. The recording device captures the images—like a VCR—so that the images can be viewed at a later date.

Types of Home Security Cameras

Home security cameras come in several different types and formats, with the most common being the bullet camera, the dome camera, the hidden camera, and the c-mount camera. The bullet camera is typically used outdoors since it has casings on it to protect the camera from the harsh elements. Dome cameras have a dome-shaped casing over the camera, allowing the camera to film multiple angles or hold multiple cameras. These home security cameras are used both indoors and outdoors, and are commonly found in stores and schools.

Hidden cameras can be disguised as a variety of household objects, including clocks or radios. These hidden cameras are typically used to monitor people within the house, such as a maid or babysitter. Hidden cameras can be helpful in detecting a thief inside the house since the identity of the camera is concealed. C-mount cameras allow you to change the lens, providing you with the ability to record an object from a far distance.

Home Security and Your Budget

Although you never want to put a price on your family’s safety, sometimes money can become an object blocking you from purchasing an expensive home security monitoring system. In order to find cheap home security cameras, take advantage of the Internet to find discounted security cameras. Many websites provide a wide selection of security cameras with a large discount. You can also contact local home improvement contractors that can give your home security system price quotes.

You can also opt to purchase a dummy home security camera. Although this camera will not record information, potential burglars cannot tell the difference between the realistic-looking fake camera and the real thing. The threat of being recorded on tape will increase the risk of being caught in the burglar’s mind, which will help keep your home theft-free for a low cost.

The selection of home security cameras may seem overwhelming at first, but you need to find the security camera which will best fit the location you wish to be watched—indoors or outdoors—and the purpose of the recording. Keep in mind that the investment of a home surveillance system will seem costly at first, but the cost is justified in the long run. No one ever wants to be robbed, but with the help of home improvement tools, such as security cameras—inexpensive or expensive—you are able to have a better chance of providing the police additional visual information to catch the thief.


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