Home security cameras have become an integral part of protecting our families and our valuables. Almost daily, more and more stories are released about how a home security camera has helped prevent a home invasion or used as a means of identifying a burglar and retrieve stolen property. If you’re considering purchasing a camera security system, here are a few basics about how they work and what you should look for when shopping around for a system.

Monitoring Basics

Home security cameras are placed both inside and outside of your home. They can be strategically placed in areas of concern: entranceways, porches, garages, and additional areas around the home. Depending on the type of camera you have, you’ll need to either hardwire the camera or replace the batteries periodically in the device. For any cameras placed outdoors, they must be weatherproof to avoid malfunctioning in extreme weather conditions. They will also need to be mounted in a way that permit an unobstructed view. A home security specialist can help you choose the right type of camera based on your specific needs.

State Farm also recommends "speaking to local police to get an idea about how much time it takes for them to respond after being contacted by a home security company." 

Network Versus Analog Camera

In the past, many homeowners only had the option of having an analog security camera system. With this type of system, the camera is set to record on a DVR or digital video recorder device. With the use of cables, the cameras in the home system are wired directly to the DVR. The DVR compresses the images to allow for later viewing. Depending on the features, the camera can operate on a specific schedule and use motion detection.

Network cameras have seen a recent surge in popularity. The appeal of network cameras is they use Wi-Fi to operate and the video images can be streamed to your smartphone or computer. With the smartphone app, you can check in anytime to view a live feed or receive automatic alerts when motion is detected. The major downside of having a Wi-Fi only camera system is there are multiple scenarios that can cause problems. For instance, what if your phone is dead and you don’t see an important alert in time? What if your wireless network glitches or stops working altogether?

Home Security Camera Benefits

 Before you make a commitment to buy a security camera, you may wonder if you really need it. Consider this statistic from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation: approximately 13 percent of burglaries committed lead to arrests. With a security camera, you’re not only preventing burglaries, but also possibly gathering evidence when a crime is committed. But home security cameras are more about stopping burglaries. Video surveillance has the following additional benefits:

  • Monitoring the elderly and children while away from home
  • Checking up on pets
  • Viewing home arrivals and departures
  • Property Retrieval
  • Deterring criminal activity

Along with a home security camera, you should have a monitored home security system. This type of service ensures 24/7-protection regardless if you have a good Wi-Fi signal or not. Protect America offers security solutions with packages suitable for all types of homes. Plans are affordable and include round-the-clock monitoring and professional installation. Call 1-800-951-5190 to get a free quote today.