Home Security Cameras

Security Cameras – Designed to Secure Streets and Homes

A study by the Urban Institute's Justice Policy Center found that Baltimore's network of more than 500 cameras has driven down crime in most areas. This has given taxpayers a return of as much as $1.50 for every dollar spent. As shown by these statistics, getting a security camera system may not be a bad deal after all, especially when safety is involved. With the right package, your security cameras are designed for multiple purposes and may protect you from intrusions or robberies.



They could be used to:

Check in on the nannies or babysitters

  • Ensure that your kids get home from school on time

  • Keep an eye on the kids while you’re busy working

  • Know who’s at the door before answering

  • Check on your baby from another room

  • Make sure your pets are doing fine while you’re away or at work

Spy Cameras – Covert Surveillance

Here’s a statistic:

"According to the preliminary results of the National Retail Security Survey, retailers lost more than $34 billion to theft in 2011."

Spy cameras, sometimes referred to as hidden cameras, could play an effective role in catching culprits red handed. Footage could be used as admissible evidence in the court of law. Spy or hidden cameras may be useful in the following situations:

  1. When you are entrusting your valuables to someone you don’t know well.

  2. For security at night to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe.

  3. When you are leaving your kids with a new babysitter.

Wireless Security Cameras – Security without Wires

According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics, approximately 75% of all crime in the US is property related.  Wireless security systems are designed to play an effective role in protecting your property and treasured possessions. These systems may offer the following advantages:

  1. No Wires - you may secure your home without affecting its aesthetic appeal with dangling wires, which could also be a dead give-away for intruders.

  2. Easy Installation - you could avoid the hassle of having to drill holes in the walls and get mounting kits of sorts.

  3. Flexibility - planning to change the location of your valuables? A wireless camera could give you this flexibility with your changing security needs.

  4. Long range - the receivers that may come with these systems usually have a wide transmission range. Depending on the model you go for, the transmission may range anywhere from 50 to 450 feet.  

IP Cameras – Digital Video Cameras

These are designed to send and receive information via a computer network or the internet. They may be connected to a computer or laptop and users can receive live feed.  New developments in technology have revolutionized the security domain. It is designed to provide a number of benefits and advanced functions that analog video surveillance systems may not.

  • Superior image quality - detailed, high quality and color images and video footage may help in better and quick decision making.

  • Compatible – compatibility with other equipment could make it easier to upgrade your security system.

  • Scalability and flexibility - the network video system could be extended and added to as per your security requirements.

  • Distributed intelligence - the system may include features like audio detection alarms, video motion detection and active tampering alarms. This could enable video encoders to analyze footage and respond by sending notifications.

  • Remote accessibility - video footage could be seen by any authorized computer when you’re on the move.

If you think that security cameras were only for office and public buildings, think again! They may be able to beef up your security at home as well.

 

FAQs

Q:Do the wireless cameras pan or move?

A:Depending on the make and product type, a wireless camera generally does have features that allow it to pan, move from left to right, zoom in or out and even tilt. Refer to your instruction manual or ask your company's customer service for more details on how to operate it.

Q:Do I have to purchase monthly service with my DIY home security camera systems?

A:Not necessarily. There are several companies offering home security systems that you can put together yourself and have no monthly charges. Monthly charges are mainly to compensate the company for the off-site monitoring that they offer. If you can monitor your camera system yourself via internet, or cell phone, and notify the police when you feel the need, then you should look for companies that offer such a package.

Q:What do I need to install DIY home security camera?

A:Setting up a DIY home security camera system is doable if you have a wireless camera kit, available for purchase from hardware stores and hobby shops. This kit allows the camera to transmit images wirelessly to a TV receiver. Next you'll need wood screws and a screwdriver to fix the camera into position. After turning the camera and its transmission on, you could get a monitoring TV to pick up the video feed using a video cable.

Q:Can the home security camera image be used as court evidence?

A:Yes it can be used as court evidence if it fulfills two conditions: The images in question should be watermarked and time stamped, the presentation and storage of the security footage should guarantee that its reliability is not compromised. Authenticity and relevance are two factors are mainly considered when determining the admissibility of a camera image as evidence in court.

Q:How much of the room can the PIR home security camera cover?

A:This depends on the type of PIR camera you have installed. Different companies offer different technologies with varying ranges. But as a general rule, if your PIR sensor has been placed strategically in the room, and has no major obstructions in its path, the usual range may be between 25 and 35 feet.

Q:Would I get live images from the PIR security camera?

A:That depends on the system you have purchased. If you want an alarm system that gives you this option, there are such alarms available in the market. A PIR camera might allow you to keep an eye on things when you are not around. You can call up the mobile app and immediately access live images from your home. A micro SD card slot might be provided for recording purposes.

Q:What types of security cameras are available and what are the difference between them?

A:There are several different types of security cameras available in the market, including but not limited to the following: • Black and white security cameras: clarity of image, cost-effective, and easy to install. • Bullet security cameras: suitable for indoor installation, can stand extreme weather conditions, provide sharp detailed video images while keeping low profile visibility. • Dome security cameras: suitable for building entrances, shopping malls and retail stores, stylish and blend in easily. • Infrared security cameras: to detect nighttime activities and capture footage in dark surroundings.

Q:Whats the difference between indoor and outdoor home security cameras?

A:Outdoor security cameras are fitted outside homes, usually in the porch, near the main entrance, or in the front/backyard. These cameras are durable, weather-resistant, and some even come with infrared vision. On the other hand, indoor security cameras are designed to be fitted inside homes. The main purpose of indoor and outdoor cameras is to capture video or images. Indoor or outdoor cameras can be connected to a home's main security system for surveillance.

Q:What is the best pan-tilt-zoom camera for a home security system?

A:There is no one best pan-tilt-zoom camera for all users, as preferences vary from one user to another. However, there are certain features and functions that you may want to consider before buying a pan tilt zoom camera. These include night vision, vandal proofing, weather proofing, remote operation, and technical support facility.

Q:How easy is it to tap into security cameras footage?

A:Some web enabled cameras can be easily tapped due to poor design or security. However, traditionally wired security cameras are more secure because they are less likely to be connected directly to the internet. It all depends on the security measures taken to protect camera footage from intruders and hackers. Negligence and easy access to passwords can lead to security breaches.

Q:Will security cameras lower home insurance costs?

A:Many insurance companies offer discounts on home insurance premiums to homeowners who have installed home security systems. A home security system helps lower the risk of burglaries and related property crimes. You can call up your home insurance agent and find out if you are eligible for any breaks or discounts on insurance.

Q:How is the quality of pictures or videos of security cameras?

A:CCTV cameras use two types of chips to produce images, which are CMOS and CCD chips. Low price or very small cameras use CMOS technology. CMOS has poor light sensitivity and thus produces poor quality images. Quality CCTV cameras make use of CCD technology. CCD chips are larger in size and produce a high quality image; however, the price of such cameras is higher.

Q:How much mbps is required to watch my security cameras from home?

A:If you want to know how many mbps are required to watch your security cameras from home, you will first need to consider the kind of cameras you have. If you have an analog camera with a viewing resolution of 528x320, you will require 0.56Mbps of bandwidth. If you have an IP camera with a viewing resolution of 640x480, you will require 5.28Mbps of bandwidth. You will also need to have a WIFI connection at your home to watch these camera recordings remotely.

Q:How to disable my security cameras?

A:If you want to disable your security cameras temporarily, the best method would be to simply unplug the recorder. Some people may use duct tape to stop the camera from recording, but it is not recommended, as it leaves a residue on the lenses which is very hard to remove.

Q:Is it possible to scramble my surveillance camera even though it is not wireless?

A:Although, it is not easy to interfere with hardwired cameras, it is possible if someone is directly tampering your camera. If you are worried about any kind of interference with you hard wired camera, you should install another hidden camera next to it and a hidden VCR to record and find out who is tampering your camera.

Q:How can you tell if security cameras have audio capability?

A:It is not easy to tell whether a camera has an audio capability or not. Only the security personnel in charge of these monitoring cameras have information about their audio capability. However, if you have these cameras installed at your home and you don't know if they also record audio, you may check their specifications either by calling up the company or reading the user manual.

Q:I need guidance on installing security camera system in single family home?

A:Depending on your needs, you can either select a wireless or wired camera for your home. Besides, you may consider aspects such as DIY installation or professional installation. It will be good to assess how many cameras you need, the type of image quality you require, and the lighting at your house. After considering these factors you can select cameras that best suit your needs and you can compare costs to get the best price as well.

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