Tips for Choosing the Right Security Camera System for Your Home


Security cameras are no longer reserved just for commercial buildings and retail stores. Many homeowners are opting to use these around their home and property in order to monitor things while away and deter potential thieves and intruders. Not all security cameras and their monitoring systems are the same, so you need to consider their costs as well as what you're looking for in a system before you decide on the right choice for yourself. Note a few simple tips that can help make your choice easier.

1. Note the visual clarity

A security camera may give you a good picture during the day when it's plenty bright outside, but how much visual clarity does it give you at night? This isn't to say that you need to invest in high-tech night vision cameras, but you do need to note how well the camera works without surrounding light.

Be sure you check sample screen shots of its night vision, and also note how clear the picture is when shooting anything at a distance. If you mount a camera on the outside of your home to monitor your driveway but the camera only offers visual clarity for a few feet or meters, it won't offer you the security you need. A camera with a small cap over the top will also have less glare for very bright and sunny days.

2. Monitoring options

 Do you want a system that simply records what happens on your property, or do you want the ability to actually monitor your property while you're away? Some systems will hook into your internet connection, and you can watch what they're filming on a private website, which gives you more security for when you're traveling or at the office. These can be more expensive, so note if you would actually use that feature or if a simple recorder is all that's needed for your home.

3. Note the weather resistance

Outdoor cameras will advertise that they're weather-resistant, but this rarely means that they're actually waterproof. If you live in the tropics or an area that sees heavy snowfall, you want to invest in the most waterproof camera you can, or opt for one that is mounted inside a secure dome for added protection. Find a camera that is meant for the tropics or for use in rain if needed, rather than just assuming that "weather-resistant" means that it resists all extremes of weather.  It's also good to note the heat tolerance, if you'll be mounting your outdoor camera where it may be in direct sunlight. For more information, contact a business such as Adept Security Pty Ltd.


12 June 2015

Teaching my kids about security

At work we do lots of work on making sure the office stays safe. I try and teach some of those same lessons to the kids, like making sure we don't leave windows and doors open and that we lock the car doors when we come into the house. I don't want my kids to grow up paranoid, but I know it's much easier to maintain our home security if all of these little checks are automatic. I am keeping a track of all of the things I am teaching my kids about security on the site - and working out which lessons actually sink in! Read on and see how I'm going.