Burglaries happen more often than most people think. A lot of valuables get stolen just because homeowners don’t have a security system. Now, regardless of what you want to protect from theft, besides tough doors and locks, you will need a proper surveillance system. People often think that the surveillance system won’t do anything to stop thieves from breaking and stealing their belongings.
Even though surveillance camera is not a physical barrier like a vault door, it can help you spot suspicious activities, identify the thieves and scare off some of them. In this article, we will go over a few tips on how to choose the right surveillance system that will work best for you and hopefully save you from any burglary attempts.
Research the technology of surveillance systems
Surveillance cameras have come a long way. Today you can choose from a number of different types of technologies that surveillance systems use like motion tracking, infrared cameras, thermal surveillance systems, etc. These are just some of the many types that are available for commercial use. Not long ago these technologies were only used for military purposes, but today they are widely available and used even by small households.
Depending on the place you want to secure, you will need to do some research on these technologies and maybe consult with some experts in order to get a proper insight on how everything works. For example, if you have a lot of street light, then there is no need to pay extra for a night vision camera or if a lot of people pass by your store, then motion activated cameras are probably not an ideal solution because they will turn on and off all the time.
Positioning is everything
After you have decided on what type of surveillance system you will be using it is time to plan the number and positions of your cameras. The number of cameras depends solely on the size of the property you want to secure. But sometimes even a small household needs a lot of cameras, especially if they have a lot of access points that need to be covered.
The general rule is to place a camera on your front door, in your backyard, and on your garage door. Most of the houses will be covered with this layout. Also, put one camera on your roof to monitor traffic on your street. A lot of thieves are caught by getting a number of their license plates. One last thing you should keep in mind when positioning your cameras is the angle and height they are placed at. If you put them too low you won’t be able to catch the thief’s face and if you put them too high you will see only the top of their head. Move your camera around until you find a perfect angle.
Choose the right equipment for your needs
Lastly, you will have to pick a model for each camera depending on their position. This is not that complicated as it seems. You already know what type of technology you are using and now the only thing that is left is to choose between regular cameras and more durable, water resistant ones.
What we mean is if your front porch camera is covered and safe from elements, then there is no need to pay extra for a waterproof one, but your rooftop one is certainly not. For this camera, you will need a model that can withstand all types of weather and elements.
Additionally, some cameras can be blinded by sunlight, so getting a lens that dims down this effect is necessary, while a quality night vision camera gives optimal results for the after-dark surveillance.
And that is it from us. As you can see there is nothing too hard when picking the surveillance system for your house. Just follow our tips next time you go shopping for one and your house will be burglary-proof in no time.