The benefits of installing a home security system and broad and varied, but no singular piece of that system delivers the same advantage that home surveillance cameras do. Surveillance cameras act in two ways: They provide you with valuable footage that can serve as a resource after a home invasion, and they act as a deterrent in that potential intruders are less likely to enter a home when they know they’re being recorded. That said, there’s quite a bit to consider regarding the proper way to install and monitor your home surveillance cameras. Check out these tips to make sure that you’re getting the most out of your cameras, and remember to log on to www.protectamerica.com for all of your DIY home security needs:

Coverage

For whatever reason, many people seem to be under the impression that it’s best to position your home surveillance cameras in a manner where they’re hard to see to the untrained eye. It’s understandable that people feel this way, surveillance cameras aren’t exactly the most home decor-friendly piece of equipment. Regrettably, though, this thought process is incorrect and can lead to improper positioning of a crucial part of your security system. When installing your cameras, make sure that you’re doing so in an area where they won’t be overrun by trees, bushes or vines. This is of particular importance if you have any sort of ivy on your homes exterior walls, as it may grow over the lens after installation and obscure the view. To determine if your cameras positioning hasn’t been compromised, check on them by using the live video feed in our Smart Connect Application.

Considering others

While video security cameras are important to ensure that you have a strong idea of what’s happening outside your home at any point, you must remember that they also can have an effect on the people who surround you. Before installing any cameras to the exterior of your home, consider the proximity of the cameras to your neighbors homes. If there’s a possibility that you’ll unintentionally be recording footage of their home and lives, then you may want to reposition the cameras (assuming this is possible while still maintaining an adequate coverage area of your property). Either way, you should explain to your neighbors, before installation, that you intend to add home security cameras to your home. Not only does this afford them the knowledge that they may be recorded if on your property, but it also conveys trust to them by including them in your plans. They’ll appreciate the respect that you’re showing them with that discussion, and it eliminates the chance that they’ll think you don’t trust them.

Visibility

As we indicated in the first section of this post, you don’t want to make your video surveillance cameras undetectable to the outside observer. In addition to running the risk of obscuring their lenses, you also lose one of their foremost benefits: their ability to act as a preventative measure. Consider placing several of your cameras near the edges of your property that face the street most closely. This way, anyone who might be observing your house with the intent of potentially breaking in at a later date (“casing” your home), will be made aware of the fact that you have a security system and will be that much less likely to cause you any trouble. In this sense, cameras have the same effect as home security yard signs or decals.