Do you need a security system?
Are you sure?
Security systems aren’t what they used to be. Today’s technology offers many options not available just a few short years ago. So you owe it to yourself to at least look at how easy, and necessary having a security system is in today’s volatile environment.
Types of Security Cameras
There are wired and wireless security cameras. However, wireless cameras give you more flexibility, but with that being said, with a wireless system, there are additional security measures you will have to take to make sure they remain secure and keep the video feeds from being intercepted by hackers. You can do this by using the WPA2 option that comes with most wireless cameras.
Wired security systems are harder to install and their wires prevent you from being discreet alerting intruders that you have a surveillance system. Which could lead the intruder to cut the wires to avoid detection. Additionally, if the power goes out, some wired systems leave you unprotected because they can’t be monitored without power. The alternative is paying extra for a backup power source.
How Do Wireless Security Cameras Work?
Wireless security cameras use radio frequency (RF) to transmit the camera’s video through a radio transmitter. The video feed is sent to a receiver that’s connected to a storage device or some type of cloud storage. Then you are given different ways to monitor your system through the use of a computer monitor, receiver, or mobile device.
There are five basic functions of a wireless security system.
- Motion detection
- Wireless functionality
- Scheduled and saved recordings
- Real-time remote viewing from a computer or app on a mobile device
- Automatic cloud storage
Even for technologically challenged people, using today’s very user-friendly security systems are a breeze not only to use but also to install. So you don’t have to be proficient with tools to be able to get the job done, nor do you have to be a techo-wiz just to use them.
Pew Research reports that only about half of the violent crimes and a third of the property crimes that occur in the United States each year are reported to police. And most of the crimes that are reported don’t result in the arrest, charging and prosecution of a suspect, according to government statistics.
With these types of statistics, it’s more important than ever to have a security system with cameras installed. Because security cameras help prevent a crime from happening in the first place and if a crime does occur, the recordings can help police find, identify and arrest the perpetrator.
Legalities of a Security System
When installing a security system you should brush up on the legalities of what you can and can’t do with them. For example, any time you are recording with a security camera, whether inside or out, in most states you legally have to let people in the area know they are under video surveillance. That means any type of recording either audio or video, hidden or visible, you must disclose to anyone in the vicinity that he or she is being recorded. So for example, if you have a small hidden camera in your house, or anywhere else, and you don’t let people know they are being recorded, you are technically breaking the law and could face charges. Don’t let that be you!
Please Contact ProtectAmerica today if you would like more information about a wireless security system.