Newbie security cameras question explained

I meet a lot of people, who have a lot of seemingly naive questions about home security cameras at first. However, I realize that those questions are really crucial and helpful for them to make better decision in protecting themselves and families.

Hence, I decide to pick up 5 most common and important questions, and try to explain in a plain and simple way possible. Hope you can learn something from this post, and share it with first-time security camera peers.

1. What do I need to know about security camera system?

If you are planning on installing security camera systems in your home, you should look for those that are affordable and yet will give you a sense of security that you seek.

There are many different types of security camera systems that are on the market today; there are those that are made for commercial use as well as those that are made for home protection. These include both indoor and outdoor units.

In private residences, security camera systems are used outside the home to protect the premises as well as the residents from vandalism and theft.

Most people who have security camera systems installed outside their homes prefer to give notice to potential perpetrators that they have these devices so the device itself acts as an effective deterrent.

A basic security system is good enough if you are simply looking to curb potential crime. However, if you are looking for something more hi-tech, there are exterior cameras that have motion sensors and those that even have night vision capabilities.

The advantage of using cameras with motion sensors is that they only commence recording when there is any activity taking place within their scope and range.

This means, in the event of anything untoward happening within your property, you do not have to look through hours of blank tapes in order to try and identify the culprit.

Night vision cameras are capable of recording even in low light conditions and can turn out to be very useful in identifying the perpetrator if the crime occurred during the night.

Security camera systems for the interior tend to be smaller in size as their effectiveness depends upon them being invisible. Cameras that are installed inside the home are typically used to keep an eye on the quality of child care being meted out by child minders or just to generally monitor the household staff.

2. How do I ensure my personal safety using security cameras?

The benefits of installing security cameras to your home or office are immense. These are equipments that can greatly reduce the risk of bodily harm to yourself and your near and dear ones.

They are also an effective way of stopping potential thefts or in the scenario of a theft having taken place, these are very useful in being able to nab the burglar.

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Keep a Watch of the Proceedings of your Home while Sitting at Office:

Modern technology has taken great strides in the security department. If you need to go to the office everyday and yet want to keep a watch at the proceedings of your home then security cameras with internet access available to them are a godsend.

  • Interior Cameras: Parents who leave their children with nannies can easily ascertain the quality of care being provided to their child while sitting in the office. If you want to ascertain that no unwelcome visitors are coming to your place while you are away then again such internet accessible cameras can be very useful.
  • Exterior Cameras: Cameras that are mounted outside can be a real deterrent to potential thieves; these should ideally have night vision and should also be equipped with motion detectors in order to ensure that you don’t end up wasting reels of tape during those times when nothing untoward is happening.

Modern security cameras are very simple to install; they can be easily mounted on your office or home wall without you having to drill any holes or in any way mar your walls.

These come in various sizes and shapes, so the choice is yours whether you want your security measures to be easily detectable or completely hidden.

Installing huge fake cameras is a great way to deter thieves while putting in concealed surveillance cameras might be a good way of catching a thief red handed.

3. How to read and understand information about video surveillance system?

Many homeowners who are interested in setting up video surveillance systems very often find it difficult to decipher the product description details and determine what that information means to them.

This can be simply frustrating at best and a waste of money at worst. If you purchase the wrong product for your needs, you may end up spending more time and money than you should to get the products you require.

When you are assessing video surveillance systems, there are a few key aspects that you need to know. Some may seem obvious but others are not always as straightforward as they seem to be.

The first thing that you should look for is whether a video surveillance camera can be used inside as well as the outside or whether it is for indoor use only.

This is important if you are going to be putting cameras outside. An indoor camera is usually unable to handle weather and increased moisture.

Night vision capabilities are important for many people whether they are recording what happens in a home or around a business.

Many cameras are capable of recording in low light but if you want to make sure you will always get as clear a picture as possible you should look at night vision capabilities.

If a camera says it is wireless, this means that it does not need to be physically connected to a recording device. Much like a wireless modem or a cordless phone of sorts, a wireless camera can broadcast a signal that is picked up by the recording device or which can be viewed from a computer website.

You should look at the power source as well. If it is a plug in camera, you will need a power source. A battery operated camera will not need one but you will have to make sure you recharge the batteries regularly.

By evaluating what you need in your video surveillance equipment you can ensure that the equipment you buy will meet your needs, which in the long run can save you a lot of time, money and frustration.

4. What should I do if I often go on vacation?

Before leaving on vacation, a lot of people decide to look into getting security cameras. While doing research online, one can easily find that he has many options to choose from the famous technology companies in the world.

They offer security cameras that are wireless with built in mic and speaker that allows for two way audio monitoring and communication to the camera location.

Remote internet viewing would be a plus while on vacation. Some of the outdoor security cameras can see in complete darkness easily out to over 100 feet. It is perfect for our rural home covering a large area.

They also offer black and white or color (or more), indoor or outdoor.

You may decide to purchase even came with a digital video recorder that will record motion. Some newest models also allow for remote viewing over Windows Mobile, iPhone and Symbian smart phones.

Installing security cameras was fairly easy to do once you read the instruction manual. You will definitely feel like we made a wise chose to invest in the security cameras and protect our investments.

Better, read my post on 8 home safety tips while on vacation. It loads with top tips and tricks to give you peace of mind.

5. How to use security cameras at my home as effectively as possible?

If you are trying to put security cameras in your home, you may have found that they can be quite expensive.

It is true that they are much less expensive now than they were originally but the cost can still add up if you want special features and multiple cameras.

Here is how you can put security cameras in your home so that you get the coverage you want without breaking your budget.

The first thing to think about is which the areas you wish to monitor are.

This can substantially influence the number and kind of cameras you are looking at.

If you only want to monitor what is happening in one area of your home such as a nursery or the area around a shed or garage, a single camera system will likely give you the coverage you want and cost much less than a multi-camera system.

You should make sure that the security cameras you are looking at have the specific features you require.

While this may seem obvious, it’s surprising how many people simply assume that all security cameras have features such as night-vision even though it may not be specified that they do.

Check out information such as the recording modes (continuous, motion, sensor and timed are the usual modes you can find), how much of a room or an area can be captured on a camera and whether or not it can record in low-light and night time conditions.

The size of your camera is also important depending on what you will be using it for. If you are using your security cameras to monitor childcare providers for example, you will want the cameras that are small and easy to disguise.

By taking into account what you are going to use your camera for and where you will be placing the cameras in your home, you have a better chance of getting the system you want at an affordable price.


I hope my post has helped you some ideas on home security cameras.