Adding video surveillance may sound like an exorbitant measure at first—after all, who really needs a slew of cameras surrounding their home? Well, according to Safe Guard the World, there are around two million reported break-ins each year in the U.S., which means having a systems of cameras is extremely beneficial.
Before you go purchasing the works, it’s important to know the different types of cameras and what they are used for to best understand the right fit for you and your family. Here’s a quick look at some of your options:
These small devices offer the highest quality imagery and can monitor an entire area or hone in on a specific area. They also have 360 degree rotations so nothing goes unseen.
Cameras set outside are durable, weather resistant, and come with night vision features, infrared, and other settings to help you see in even the darkest conditions. Many are connected through wireless settings and come with easy to use controls that let you monitor what’s going on outside from the safety of your home.
Motion detector cameras
These efficient cameras turn on and begin recording as soon as movement is detected, ensuring you capture intruders, while also streamlining the amount of footage. You still get the security you’re looking for without the endless hours of video.
To ensure you’re covering as much ground as possible, rotating cameras allow panning, tilting, and zooming for optimal views. Wherever your focus is, you can adjust your cameras to cover the exact area or areas of your preference.
Beyond the many different types of cameras, how you install them also matters. The easiest way to control a system of surveillance cameras is through wireless technology. This connection will allow you to utilize any type of video security system—from the most basic to the most complex–easily and without worry of hardwire failures.
To make your home even safer, having cameras installed with an entire security system provides surveillance and protection you can trust. Cameras are often integrated into systems, working with other devices and streaming into feeds to provide multiple layers of security. Although getting the works may sound pricey, there are many options for different budgets.
To keep costs on the lower end, using low-tech cameras are the way to go. It doesn’t mean that you can’t keep a watchful eye on your home, however, the resolution and image quality will be lower, and the functions less advanced. These basic cameras usually run in the $100 range. However, if you’re looking for cameras with the functionality to pan, tilt, rotate, and zoom, you are looking at a range of a few hundred dollars all the way up to a grand.
In addition to the cameras, it’s important to factor in the cost for a complete security system, as homes with full systems are 300 times less likely to be broken into, according to Safe Guard the World. These systems often run from $600 to $1,200 for installation and from $20 and up for monthly plans, which include monitoring and authority alerts, according to security company, Safe Wise. Both cameras and systems can be pricey, however they will save you money in the long run by helping prevent burglaries and break-ins, which can cost thousands in damages and stolen property.
Make sure before you make the jump, you do some research on the types of cameras that will work best for your home and budget, and don’t forget to factor in the cost for a home security system, as well.