Electronic Home Monitoring
Crime is on the rise and safety has become a major concern for many homeowners. The fear of being burglarized in your own home is every homeowner’s nightmare. In 2012, 23.4% of all property crimes were burglaries. FBI also pointed out that over $15.5 billion accounted for loss caused by property crimes. Such a high crime rate cannot and should not be ignored. After all, nothing is more important that the safety of your loved ones.
Installing a home security system could boost security and minimize threats. This system is designed to cover entry points, detect intrusion, and alert homeowners or law enforcement. You are most likely to find a control panel, sensors, and an alarm in the system.
The sensors will do the job of detecting, whereas the alarm will give off a siren-like sound whenever a suspicious activity is detected. The control panel will make sure all components are functioning and will inform the homeowner of any malfunction or system error.
Surveillance and Electronic Home Monitoring is taking security one step further. How secure would you feel if you could keep a close watch on your home from any location? From keeping a watch on the babysitter to finding out when the kids get back from school, you could keep an eye on everything in your home via surveillance cameras.
The first step to home monitoring is setting up the right number of cameras. You could choose from a range of cameras such as bullet cameras or dome cameras. Cameras can be wired to the system or operate wirelessly. Choosing either depends upon your need, the size of your home, and your budget of course.
To set up an effective monitoring system, you will most likely need:
A reliable internet connection
A smart phone
The more reliable your internet connection is, the more secure your connection to the surveillance system is. You could opt for a cloud-based monitoring service. In fact, nowadays, most surveillance systems are linked to a cloud-based service. This will enable you to receive live feed directly to your phone no matter where you are. You may have to log in to a specific web portal to connect to the surveillance system, or may be given an app from the service provider for monitoring. If you want to record images and video footage, a DVR will be needed.
The quality of the images and video you receive live will basically depend upon the cloud-based service you have. Make sure you research well and select a company that is recognized, credible, and effective. You could also have the system linked to the local police station or a monitoring company, which means immediate assistance is within reach in the event of an emergency.
The benefits of home surveillance are countless. You don’t have to worry about your home or your kids and could instantly connect to the home surveillance system via phone. Knowing you have complete access and control over your home’s security could help you feel more secure.