In 2016, property owners suffered $3.6 billion in property losses due to burglaries, according to a new report by the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program. The average dollar loss per burglary is an estimated $2,361. Installing a home surveillance camera is an affordable and effective way to reduce the risk of a break-in and protect valuables. In fact, a study conducted by the University of North Carolina revealed the following:


“When selecting a target, most burglars said they considered the close proximity of other people – including traffic, people in the house or business, and police officers; the lack of escape routes; and signs of increased security – including alarm signs, alarms, dogs inside, and outdoor cameras or other surveillance equipment.”

A home security camera is also an excellent solution for those who want to check in on the safety of children, elderly parents, or pets while away from the home. Consider the following quick guide to video surveillance to learn more.

Surveillance Basics

Most well thought-out home security systems incorporate the use of video cameras to record and store digital footage to be accessed in real-time over an internet connection from anywhere in the world. Surveillance cameras are often placed both outdoors and indoors. Indoor cameras are generally used to monitor activity inside the home. Outdoor video systems are typically used to enhance safety by deterring crime. Outdoor video cameras are also useful for monitoring daily activities, such as the delivery of packages. Typically, a video camera is configured to record footage when instructed or when sensors are triggered.

Monitored Systems

A security system should protect a home whether the owner is home or not. If security is the main concern of a video camera, having a professional monitoring service behind the camera is key. When the system detects a break-in or emergency event, it notifies a central station and emergency responders, if warranted. A monitored system can give homeowners peace of mind when out of town or away from the home. While unmonitored systems are a valuable component of any home security system, unmonitored systems are more suitable for checking in on children, elderly parents, or pets throughout the day.

Mobile Device Streaming

Video cameras allow homeowners to view live feed on a mobile device wherever they have an internet connection. While a camera records footage, it connects wirelessly to the internet to transmit the video to the network. Wireless cameras use both the transmission and security features TCP/IP protocol, allowing for high speed transmissions, options for secure encryption, and the capacity for high quality video. In turn, homeowners are able to access this footage or live stream from anywhere in the world. This feature is becoming increasingly popular for parents who want to monitor children under a babysitter’s care or check in on elderly parents. Likewise, mobile device streaming also enables homeowners to monitor the activity of pets while away.

Real Time Audio

One of the many value-added features of home security cameras is real-time audio. Both wired and WiFi-enabled security cameras with two way audio typically have a built-in microphone and speaker, allowing homeowners to talk and listen in real-time as well as gather audio evidence for future review.


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