Many homeowners are familiar with traditional home security systems and how they work on a basic level but many have never heard of a trail camera.  A trail camera is generally placed outdoors in trees or bushes and used for taking outdoor photography or to aid in outdoor hunting.  The cameras can greatly help hunters by allowing them to scope out animal activity in an area to plan ahead for a successful hunting trip.

Trail cameras can be a good, low-budget alternative to a traditional home security camera because they work exactly the same way.


Trail Camera Features

There are many different types of trail cameras to consider but first, it is important to make a list of features in a camera that are important to you. Below are options that most trail cameras offer and finding the right one is just a matter of preference for what your home security needs are. There are other special case features like trail cameras that send pictures to your phone, but for this example I’ll just list the most common features.

Motion Sensor

All trail cameras have motion sensors in order to turn the camera on to start recording.  The distance that the sensor will detect is the what you need to consider.  The standard range most trail cameras will capture is approximately 40 feet, which for many suburban homes, is a decent distance.  However, if you have a larger yard, many cameras reach up to 70 to 80 feet and even up to 100 feet.  Depending on your budget, the further the distance the sensor can detect, the better for your home security.

Night Vision

In order to provide protection around the home, a trail camera with infrared vision is an added benefit.  This allows you to see the intruder, whether it be human or animal, without them noticing the camera by it giving away light.  A camera which uses infrared vision will give you a clear image of what the intruder is up to, even in the dead of night.

Video or Picture

All trail cameras come with the ability to take pictures.  With the ever-evolving technology of today, trail cameras can send imagery wirelessly to your cell phone.  As with your cell phone, the trail camera will use data but the ability to see what is happening in real time can be a benefit when it comes to protecting your home and to have the imagery on your phone where you can hang on to the proof that someone was attempting to break in to your home if you should ever need it.

Many trail cameras also offer the ability to take small snippets of video.  The length of these usually last no more than 20 seconds but allows you to see the action that an intruder is taking.  Some cameras offer maximum video length of about 60 to 90 seconds and again, the length that a camera can take is personal preference.

To see a list of various trail cameras and their features, gives a review and breakdown of the bestsellers.

Where to Set Up a Camera

When placing a trail camera around the perimeter of your home or land, place the camera up high and angle down.   Because a trail camera is meant to be in wooded areas or land, many have a camouflaged appearance or earth tone colors to blend in easily with their surroundings.

Many place their camera up near the roof of their home or corner of a porch or corner of a home.  By doing this, it also allows the roof to provide protection from the elements of weather such as rain, snow, and sun.


Do I Really Need Home Security?

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics,

about 1 in 3 violent crimes occurred in or near the victim’s own home and almost 1 in 5 violent crimes took place in open areas such as yards, playgrounds, fields, on the street or in other similar locations.

If you’re interested in using a trail camera for your home security and would like to get protected, visit Protect America to get information or request a free quote by calling 1-800-951-5190.  Protect America works directly with you to get your home security installed under your control.