Exterior security cameras are often the first step in securing your home. Coupled with lighting that is activated by motion detectors, you can have a positive impact on keeping any would-be burglars away from your home. There are many different options available, some with night vision capabilities, some without. We recommend that you spring for the night vision as well as some type of recording or DVR mechanism.

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Security footage, even when provided by the homeowner rather than a third party can prove invaluable when filing a police report or completing an insurance claim.

Let’s Take a Look at Some of the Best 2018 Options for Exterior Home Security Cameras

  • If you are looking for an all-in-one product, take a look at the Bird Home Automation BirdGuard: it offers a 180-degree view, night vision, motion sensor, speaker and a microphone. One drawback is the lack of recording options, which can be a deal breaker for some. The camera itself offers a very clear picture, and you will like the speaker and microphone options if you ever need to communicate with someone but do not want to leave the safety of your home.
  • For tech aficionados, there is the Bosch Eyes Outdoor Camera. This looks like something from a sci-fi movie and offers all of the high tech features that one would expect from a company like Bose. The camera is fully weatherproof, has night vision, and is able to zoom and tilt for you to get a better look at your home and what is happening around it. This is a fairly new product from Bosch and represents their commitment to their home security line of products.
  • The Flir FX has a lot of cool features and comes with several different cloud storage options. This camera is an outdoor/indoor model that can be converted by simply attaching or removing the weatherproof cover. We like this option because of its many features and the ability to run everything from our smart devices with a pretty seamless integration.

Why is Night Vision Capability So Important?

Having an outdoor camera without night vision capabilities is almost as bad as having nothing at all. Your home security system should be designed to keep your house and your family as safe as possible. Without a night vision camera, your outdoors is pretty much unprotected, especially as most crimes occur at night. If you are monitoring your cameras while out of town or from a late night at the office, you will not be able to see anything once it becomes dark.

Night vision is no longer cost prohibitive, and we recommend fully night vision capable cameras for both your indoor and outdoor needs. Remember, one of the great advantages of having a security camera is the weight that the footage can carry with your insurance company or when filing a police report. Don’t miss out on this feature by going for a low-cost camera that does not offer a recording mechanism or does not have night vision.

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Full-Service Companies Are Also Available to Meet Your Home Security Needs

If your research into the importance of home security has been an unpleasant wake-up call, there are other alternatives than the DIY route. Companies such as Protect America offer a full range of equipment and services to meet your home protection needs, including:

  • 24/7 live monitoring
  • Free installation
  • Up to $1,400 equipment credit
  • 25+ history in the home security business

If you are interested in learning more and receiving a free quote, call (800) 951-5190 or fill out this easy-to-use online form.