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What to look for in a Security Camera?

CCTV Camera

Thinking of installing a CCTV or IP Surveillance camera? Some quick tips.

Installing one or more security cameras around the interior and exterior of your home is one of the best things you can do to protect yourself and your family.

Surveillance cameras can detect burglars skulking around your home, housekeepers stealing your possessions and even nannies who are a danger to your precious children.

The prices of these cameras has dropped quite a bit in recent years, but it is still important to know what to look for.

Understanding your needs and the must have features for your security program will help you protect your family without breaking the bank.

Motion Detectors

One of the most important things to look for in a security camera is a motion detector.

Without a motion detector your camera will sit there and record the same unchanging landscape every day.

While the camera will record any suspicious activity, it will be time consuming and tedious to fast forward through all that tape in search of trouble.

By choosing a camera with a built in motion detector you can be assured that you will capture the scene only when the camera detects a change in the surrounding area.

Internet Connections

The ability to connect to the internet is critical for any type of surveillance camera, whether it is to be placed inside or outside your home.

With an internet connection you will be able to keep tabs on your home from work, or even while you are on holiday.

When shopping for a surveillance camera look for IP cameras – these cameras have a unique address that camera owners can use to watch the action from anywhere an internet connection is available.

Storage Capacity

Storage capacity is an important part of the security picture, especially if you plan to have a network of cameras around your home.

By combining a network of security cameras with a digital video recorder, or DVR, you can capture video to be played back and reviewed at a later date.

Most modern IP cameras will allow recording to an ‘on board’ micro SD or other storage card that means that no running PC or other storage device will be needed.

It may even be possible to send your recordings straight to a cloud service so virtually unlimited storage may be possible.

We believe a combination may be the best solution. Recording direct to a PC or a cameras internal storage card and also backing up to a Cloud service may be the safest way to protect your recordings.

Remote Audio

If you do see someone sneaking around your home the ability to speak to the would be intruder from your camera may be enough to scare that intruder away.

Many modern surveillance cameras include speakers that camera owners can use to communicate remotely, and this is an important feature to look for in any surveillance system.

Dummy IP Camera?

Without a doubt, a real CCTV / IP Camera installation will certainly aid in our security but there is another option if you find the cost or installation prohibitive.

Fitting a Dummy or Replica CCTV Camera should offer the same visual deterrent as a real camera but will obviously not record any video. They certainly are worth considering should you just need the visual threat of a good security system.


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