If you have gone through all of the steps of installing a home security system, complete with a home alarm system and a security police dispatch, to help protect you, your family, and your belongings from unwanted intruders, you may want to consider taking the next step to home security: adding a video surveillance unit.
There are all kinds of things to take into consideration when thinking about security cameras, including the invasion of privacy and the cost, but, if you have determined that your home could benefit from cameras, read on to learn how to put indoor video cameras to use.
You must begin by determining the function of your cameras. Are they intended to secure your home office and valuables, to keep an eye on your kids when they are home alone or with the babysitter, or to guard your children or baby while they sleep?
Deciding this will help you decide what kind of a lens your camera requires and what quality of video you need. A wide-angle camera lens will give your video a much wider area to record, being able to take in the peripheral areas of a scene. If you are just wanting to monitor your home, but not necessarily use the video to catch perpetrators in the case of a break-in, you probably do not need to invest in an expensive, high-resolution camera that can pick up the fine details. You can probably opt for the black and white, low-resolution version that will give you a good idea of what is going on in your home.
Determine if you want a wireless video surveillance system – this can be useful and easy, but may be limited by walls, ceilings, and other obstructions. Sometimes wiring your house with the system is a better option, especially if you are a home owner. The actual camera itself can come in many different sizes and shapes; small enough that you can hide it easily, or larger and with a zoom lens to help you zone in on particular details.
You must also decide if you want to record at all times (which will be a lot of dead air time), or if you want to purchase a camera with a motion sensor, that begins to record only when movement is detected. Also, how will you plan to record the signal? You can have your camera directed to your television or computer, or just have it saved on a digital recorder that you can view at your leisure or in case of a problem. Sound is another option, an element that can be recorded easily, or that you may not necessarily deem appropriate for your needs.
One of the last decisions you need to make is whether or not you want to have your video surveillance picked up by a security company, or just for personal use. Remember, you might also get caught on the camera from time to time, so you must determine if you want a security company monitoring you, as well.