Getting a home security system helps homeowners, business owners and families feel safe, both in terms of their physical safety and the security of their property and other assets. You might want to keep some key pointers in mind when shopping online or offline for security camera systems. There are a huge variety of options available but you should shop based on your needs, which may include budget, space, locations of surveillance, mobile access or viewing requirements and so forth.


Your lifestyle or business requirements may also give you certain requirements or parameters to be aware of. Continue reading to learn about shopping online for security camera systems and what features to look for when shopping for them.

Attack is the best form of defense. – Proverb

Security Camera Systems by Price

There are all sorts of security camera systems available on the market these days. Digital technology has made cameras and their capabilities go leaps forward and thus the prices drop way down for consumers for good quality video. However, there is more to security than just having a good quality picture to look at. Other features can add to the price tag. Also keep in mind that systems that claim to every feature, bell and whistle but at a ridiculously low price point (copmared to other similar products) may be to good to be true. This is usually the case with any technology product.

Always look at reviews and do research on brands. Protect America has a wealth of information about various systems. You can also consult with them on DIY installations and other issues related to security. For businesses and homes alike, budgets should reflect need. Are pan/tilt features necessary to get every angle in the frame for wider/taller spaces? Consider these choices. Also, for wireless systems, will you need very long range? Some properties have multiple buildings or structures spread across a large estate or campus. Should the system be wired instead? Is there a budget for this? Motion sensors are also available on newer systems as well as mobile phone apps for mobile viewing.

Monitoring or Self Monitored?

There are plenty of security camera systems for surveillance available on the market from ultra affordable to ultra expensive with high quality video and numerous features. But what about monitoring? You now know that mobile device use can be implemented for self viewing from a distance and most security camera systems include a way to monitor the cameras on site with a monitor screen. Many businesses and homeowners, however, want or need the ability for a professional service to respond to incidents and even alert authorities when necessary. For example, if there is an intruder caught invading the home or if there is a fire and alarms, motion detectors and footage has been triggered. This is an added expense, but many people are able to afford the rates, depending on the provider and terms. These companies also often run promotions.


Network IP Cameras or Standard Video

Nowadays, many cameras (especially many remote cameras and remote operated cameras) are wired via network cables. These are usually called IP cameras and they differ from standard video recordings. Often, IP cameras record to a network, like a VPN or cloud system. They can also be accessed from other computers and devices with proper permissions. Standard video cameras usually record to a DVR system or are wired to a router that can make connection to a network. There are also hybrid solutions. If you want to store video in the cloud and get cameras that are directly connected to a network, consider hybrid or network cameras. Interested in monitored home security? Get a free quote from Protect America.