Having a security camera (on show) is the best way to prevent a crime being carried out on your property. A study found that crime dropped by 80% for homeowners who installed a security camera that was in sight from a public footpath or road! If you live in a high crime area or want the reassurance and peace of mind of a security camera then we have listed some basic tips to help you get started deterring crime on your property!
The Home Security Camera Installation Guide!
Security cameras have come on leaps and bounds in recent years because of the advancement in tech. For the past few years, companies such as Ring, Nest, Netgear, and Blink have been falling over each other to promote you their latest security devices.
You only have to switch on the Television and you will be presented with adverts about the latest in video surveillance devices and how they will deter any crime towards your property!
#1 Positioning Your Security Camera
As mentioned earlier in this article your property is less likely to be targeted if you happen to have a security camera! (80% less likely to be targetted) But, this really depends on where you position your security devices. At Home Spy, we believe that you should always fix any security device high and on show.
Using this technique will reduce the chances of a crime being carried out on your property! By just using a video doorbell will not cut it in the real world. If you are going to use a security device it must be visible from any public place looking onto your property.
- Fix your security camera high and on show
- Make sure you fix any warning stickers to your cars and windows
- Be sure you cover every entrance/driveway to your property
Are you are finding it hard to record your entire property? then we suggest you purchase a security camera system that can have extra lenses added easily! The majority of smart cameras can have up to 8 individual lenses if needed!
#2 Recording Your Footage
If you are investing in a security camera then we recommend you sign up with their cloud storage package. All security cameras now provide this service. It reduces your storage and keeps any recordings secure and only available to you! You simply install the app and you can view live footage, speak, alarms and around 30 days of film. This way if something happens over this time on your property or locally you can refer back to the time and date and see if your recordings can be used for a prosecution to help the police.
- Always take advantage of cloud storage for future reference
- Download the app provided by your security camera brand
- Using the app Setup notifications and alerts if your camera is activated
#3 Nightvision – A MUST!
It might still sound like SCI-FI but night vision is a must have if you’re using a security camera! There is nothing worse when you go back over footage from the middle of the night only to find out that a persons face is blurred and no features can be distinguished. I have been there before because my old model never had night vision so we could not help in tracking the culprit down who stole our car at 2 am!
If your thinking of purchasing a camera that does not support night vision then we would advise you think again. Because most crime happens when it’s dark and if you cannot help with an investigation then your basically only using your security cameras as a deterrence!
#4 Where To Position Your Security Cameras?
When planning your security needs for your property, positioning is key to deterrence and prevention! We suggest you allow a camera for each entrance. Back door, front door, side doors, and garage entrances. If you have a larger property then you MUST buy enough cameras to cover every entry point.
- Front doors and driveways
- Garage doors and side doors
- Backdoors and gates
You may have five or six entry points, this means you will need to purchase 5/6 cameras so you can focus each lens on a specific entry point. If you live in a terraced property then you only need one camera that is out of reach but focusing on both your front door and gate. With the advancement in video security, you will get 180 degrees so fitting in your entire front garden should not be a problem. If you live in a detached house then focus on each corner, so you may need 4 or 5 individual cameras to cover the whole of your property!
#5 Security Camera Features – Must Have!
Finally, you must make sure your camera package provides these basic features. To be able to maximize your security needs and protect your property to the max! All security camera brands are different so you will have to shop around to find the best features on the market. Here are a few necessary features we advise all our customers at Home Spy.
- Night vision. Because most crimes occur at night having the ability to see an intruders face will help with identifying the suspect if a crime has been committed.
- Two-way Audio. Having the ability to speak and listen to anyone on your property is another great way to deter potential thefts. But it also very convenient if your out and you get a notification of movement and its a delivery or a family member you can talk to.
- Facial Recognition. Yes, you can detect whether or not your visitor is a friend or foe. Depending on the type of device you purchase. Although not always precise facial recognition is one of the new techs in recent years.
- Cloud Storage. This is a must if you want to take protecting your property seriously. Most subscriptions allow for up to 3o days of storage so you can refer back to a certain day if need be. But most of all it keeps any recording only accessible by yourself.
- Zooming And Wide Angle. When viewing a live feed you will want to zoom in and pan out depending on what you are viewing at the time. Having this available is important especially if you receive a notification late at night through your smartphone app.
Even if you are going to hire a specialist to install your system you will want to take note of these important beginners tips to making the most from your security camera system. Here are five key tips to take away and learn from before choosing a system that works for you:
- Always make sure your devices are out of reach from potential opertunists
- Check your product is weather proof because some brands are far from weatherproof
- If you are installing your system DIY, then make sure you have all the tools to accomplish the job
- Security cameras tend to have 130 or 180 degrees, make sure you check your requirements before making a purchse
- Think strategically, cover all doors and property entrances so you can view every angel when needed