As the crime rate continues to climb higher and higher, consumers need to put in more effort protecting their homes. Many have already done so, by installing camera systems and burglar alarms in their homes. Of course, there are innumerable factors, which can play a role in the overall effectiveness of wireless surveillance cameras for home. If you fail to make the right choices, your camera’s effectiveness will diminish and an intruder will be able to stroll right into your home, without any resistance. Below, you’ll learn how to increase the effectiveness of your cameras.
It is possible for an intruder to break into your home, despite having a camera system. Although ADT offers professional monitoring, criminals have gotten immensely smarter and they’re well aware of cameras, their positions and their capabilities. Below, you’ll find a list of potential problems that can decrease the effectiveness of your camera.
• Insufficient nighttime capabilities
• Improper positioning
• Unsuitable backup power
• Too easily accessible
• Not enough coverage
• Unreliable alert system
Don’t get discouraged yet! Rectifying these problems can be very simple.
Night Vision And Positioning
Cameras have gotten much better and more innovative over the past few years. This is certainly a good thing and will help to ensure that you’ll be able to see clearly in the darkness. There is truly no doubt that criminals are much more likely to strike at night. Therefore, totally reliable night vision is pertinent! Make sure your camera is capable of delivering a 20 or 30-foot field of view at night. Also, it is a good idea to make sure that your camera is positioned properly. It needs to be able to capture any potential intruder, before they’re able to get too close to your home.
Some cameras rely entirely on your home’s power grid. This can be very problematic, if your power goes out. In fact, this will leave your home compromised to potential intruders. Although battery-powered cameras are great, the batteries can die quickly and this too could leave you unprotected. Therefore, it is generally best to opt for an electricity-powered camera, with backup battery power. Otherwise, you’ll need to have replacement batteries on standby, at all times.
It is great to be able to access your camera easily. Life is definitely easier, if you don’t even need a ladder to move it around or replace the batteries. Unfortunately, if you’re able to access the camera without difficulty, a thief will be able to do the same. Keep the cameras far from the ground and somewhat concealed, so criminals won’t be able to disable them easily.
Finally, you should remember that your camera is most likely capable of sending you alerts. If you’re not utilizing the alert system to the fullest, you’re missing out and leaving yourself unprotected. Make sure your camera is configured to deliver alerts to your text inbox, as well as your email inbox. This will help to ensure that you’re always notified and aware of an intruder.
All in all, cameras can be immensely effective, but they’re only as good as the strategy used to install and configure them. Make sure you put a lot of effort into installing, positioning and configuring your cameras. A little bit of diligence can go a long way and will help to ensure that your cameras capture all potential intruders, before they’re able to enter your home.