Security Cameras: Why Everyone Should Have Them

In modern America, most of us (especially city dwellers) are getting used to the idea of video surveillance cameras watching what we do in stores, at work, and even at traffic lights. It's no surprise, then, that home security cameras are becoming an increasingly popular way for homeowners to keep tabs on their property. Whether you want to make sure that your children are safe with their babysitter, or you want to deter intruders from entering your home (or have some footage to help police should a break in occur), security cameras are an excellent addition to the other safety precautions you take for your family.

Security cameras are everywhere, and I mean everywhere. You can't walk down the street and not be recorded by someone somewhere. When driving down the street look up and you will see video cameras on traffic lights, news stations use video surveillance to tell us about the traffic and catch news as it's happening. Law enforcement agencies also rely on video surveillance to be there eyes when they can't be there physically. Recently home security surveillance has become more popular as well.

Once considered the exclusive realm of the rich, video surveillance equipment, like most high-tech products, has become increasingly affordable. With the wide selection of security cameras on the market today, it is very likely that even homeowners on a budget will be able to find a surveillance system that will suit their needs without breaking the bank in the process.

Security Camera Systems

Most video security systems consist of several cameras. They can be concealed in many places, including smoke detectors, telephones, and even in the frames of artwork hanging on the wall. These security cameras are generally used to monitor activity inside the home. Some outdoor systems leave one or two cameras exposed as a deterrent, while the other cameras capture happenings in other areas. These cameras can be connected to a VCR or DVR so you can review footage at your leisure.

It is also possible to have remote monitoring, allowing someone with the proper equipment installed on their personal computer to look in on a video surveillance system at another location. This is a feature offered to parents at a growing number of daycare centers, and is becoming increasingly popular for parents who want to check on their older kids who are home alone after school, etc.

Some surveillance cameras are designed to record sound as well as video, while others record only images. While signs warning consumers that they are being filmed and recorded must be posted on the doors in all public places that use audio and video systems, there are no such requirements in private homes.

Pricing Security Cameras and Surveillance Equipment

Though consumer grade surveillance cameras are coming down in price, high-end technology is never what you'd call "cheap". It is a good idea to consult with an industry professional to get an informed opinion on what will work in your specific situation. Not only will a security professional be able to suggest what kind of equipment will work for you, he or she will also be able to give you good advice on where security cameras can be placed to do the most good.

Each individual component of surveillance equipment can range in price from less than $100 to several hundred. When combined to create a surveillance network, prices start at less than $1,000 and go up from there. In most cases, a security professional will be able to find you a system that fits your budget, and will give you the peace of mind you want from your security equipment.

Homeowners have many options when they want to see what is going on in and around there property. While most video surveillance is in black and white, homeowners can spend a little extra money to get video surveillance in color. Now you can see the Fed ex guy or your expected guests in living color.

You can choose to buy the equipment for your home security surveillance and install it yourself or you can hire a home security company to install your cameras for you. For the exterior of your home you will need cameras at all doors including the garage door as well so that you can see out onto the street. This will allow you to see who is approaching your house from the street, this is useful for looking at makes and models of cars if there is a car involved in a home invasion.

You can also choose to install dummy cameras around the exterior of your house. Dummy cameras are cameras that aren't really cameras at all they just look like cameras to fool the home invader. Burglars usually do their homework as to where the cameras are, if the perpetrator believes that he can be spotted at all different angles then chances are that he will pick an easier house. While you still have cameras at the front and back doors the dummy cameras really save you the homeowner and considerable amount of money.

If you want to see what is going on inside your house there are many different options for interior surveillance as well. In the movie meet the Parents they make light of such cameras. While the movie was funny, interior surveillance is a great way to protect your valuables and your family. Make sure a babysitter is treating your child like they are supposed to be treated, as well as keeping an eye on any valuables that might be in your house.

Home security surveillance does for your family what the public cameras do for the media and the law enforcement agencies. It provides protection from harm and records criminal activity it there happens to be any. So invest in a home security surveillance system today and keep your family and your home secure.

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