Keeping Your Family Safe with Home Surveillance Cameras
The last few years have seen a boom in the popularity of home surveillance cameras. Formerly only the rich would consider video surveillance for the home, but as prices have fallen in recent years, high-tech video surveillance has become widely available to the general public. But do these systems work? What different kinds of systems are out there? Is home video surveillance and effective strategy to protect your family?
Many people have found that home video surveillance is an excellent way to ensure the safety and security of property, family and belongings. Strategically hidden security cameras, placed around your property, can inform you of what’s happening when you are not there, whether you are inside the home, watching from a remote location, or recording video for later viewing. The information gained can be of great importance to you and your family, and can ensure your peace of mind. For example, families with children need to be able to trust child care providers, such as nannies and babysitters, with their most important family members. This surveillance can give you secure knowledge that your children are safe. “Nanny cams” have become increasingly popular for just this reason. Even if you don’t have children, you may still find home-video security cameras essential to keep tabs on employees working in and around your home.
Even fake security cameras can act as a deterrent to criminal activity such as vandalism or theft. A number of outdoor security cameras, such as the popular dome cameras, can be combined with dummy cameras in place around areas such as front doors, garages, and other entryways. If a potential criminal realizes that he may be watched, and even caught on video, you may be able to stop a crime before it is even committed.
Indeed, dome cameras are an excellent choice for these outside areas. These cameras provide a wide angle view, and work well in tandem with motion sensor lighting, since they need light to provide an adequate signal. The dome surveillance camera is most effective when mounted to a ceiling, but should not be too far away from the subject, since picture quality can suffer.
Another good choice for outdoor use is the infrared camera, which can operate in areas which are not sufficiently lit for the use of a normal camera. These infrared cameras can often operate in conditions with next to zero light, and some have a range of up to 100 feet or more. Often these cameras are designed to operate as normal color cameras when lighting is present, and as black-and-white infrared cameras at night.
For indoor use, mini-cameras, also known as spy cameras, can allow you to see the activities of anyone inside your residence, including dates, housekeepers, or even your own children. These discreet miniature security cameras are small enough to be hidden in ordinary household objects. Lamps, desks, books, chairs or other commonplace objects can easily be altered to accommodate them. These cameras are generally wireless, and transmit a signal to a nearby base station where the signal can be viewed on a television or computer monitor, or recorded to VCR or DVD.
Another popular method of home security video surveillance is remote internet surveillance. Thanks to broadband Internet, and its increasing data speeds, the video signal from a surveillance camera in or around your home can now be viewed no matter where you are. Streaming video from a security camera can be sent across the Internet, watch live, or saved to a computer hard drive. Video footage can then be cataloged and archived, or discarded after a period of time. Many remote surveillance systems now utilize DVR systems, which contain dedicated hard drives specifically designed to record video.
No matter what type of system you may choose, home video surveillance can give you peace of mind you can’t get from any other technology.