These Surveillance Tips Help You Get Added Peace of Mind
Research shows burglars are likely to bypass homes with a comprehensive security system. Unfortunately, many households settle for security for show rather than performance. In many cases, homeowners think that having a few visible cameras and a yard sign with a security company’s name on it will be enough to secure their properties in Menlo Park or throughout the Bay Area.
The truth is that inefficient security systems can leave you as vulnerable as non-existent ones. Over the years we’ve noticed some common issues with home surveillance systems. In this blog we show you the best way to set up your system so you can have peace of mind whether you’re home or enjoying a paradise destination for summer vacation.
Choosing the Right Camera Location & Placement
Even the best security cameras are useless if they’re not covering your most vulnerable areas including your front door, back door, windows, backyard, and gates.
Outdoor security cameras should be placed on second floors or near close to the roof, so they are out of reach. For added protection, cover them in mesh wiring so burglars can’t damage them by throwing rocks or other objects at them.
In the case of your front door, you may also want to have an additional video doorbell. Placed at eye level, it helps you clearly see the faces of those trying to enter. At the same time, these cameras should be easy to spot—as their mere presence can encourage intruders to avoid your home.
We also recommend covering some common interior hallways. In some cases, parents may also want cameras in general areas and children’s rooms so they can check in on them throughout the day. In this case, we recommend installing omnidirectional cameras on the ceiling.
Choosing High-Quality Security Cameras
On the other hand, even if you surround your home, your surveillance system will still underperform if you’re not using the right equipment. Below are some features to consider when choosing home security cameras:
- Video Resolution: If you ever need footage to identify an intruder or make insurance claims, grainy images are not going to be much help. Most high-end security companies now offer HD and Ultra HD video resolution for their residential cameras.
- Night Vision/Glare Protection: Depending on location and function, you’ll want some cameras with infrared night vision. Just as necessary – and often ignored – is anti-glare protection. If you have east or west-facing outdoor cameras, they could be rendered useless during parts of the day if they’re not specifically designed to deal with direct sunlight.
- Motion Detection: There is such a thing as too much of a good thing. If you have too many cameras recording at all hours of the day, you’re going to have too much footage to sift through. Instead, install cameras that only activate when they detect movement.
- Recorded & Live Coverage: Some companies like to sell webcams offering only live footage as security solutions, Upgrade to cameras that provide live views while also recording footage in either cloud or physical storage. This way you can review footage and provide it to insurance agents or authorities as needed.
- Tamper Alerts: As we mentioned in the first part of this blog, all cameras should be out of reach to avoid tampering. Regardless, all outdoor cameras should include tamper alerts. If anyone tries to vandalize your camera, you’ll receive an instant notification on your smartphone.
Camera placement and quality are the first steps to getting a powerful, proactive security solution in your home. For more information and features on how to best protect your spaces, call us at 415-993-7600 or email us at [email protected].