It can be unnerving to think of someone being in your home while you are not there. This is especially true if this was due to a break in. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to help prevent this from happening. One of these things is installing a residential surveillance system. Below is more information about this so you can decide if you would like to do this.
Types of Cameras
There are inside cameras that you can use. These are often used to keep an eye on children, a pet, etc. You can also use an inside camera to view a person that may be in your house that should not be there. You can purchase a complete surveillance system, which is installing a camera in multiple rooms, or choose to install only one camera for one area only. This would work well for an exterior door, as you would see the person breaking in. An indoor camera system also comes with software that displays a video feed of what the camera is seeing on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or other device.
Outdoor cameras are installed outside your property. You can choose to have the camera hidden, or you can put the camera in plain view. Putting the camera in plain view can deter intruders as they know they are being taped. The outdoor camera is placed in a housing that protects the camera from the elements. Outdoor cameras also have settings that allow you to change the lighting, such as from high light to low light, depending on what time of the day it is. As with inside cameras, there is software that allows you to see what the camera sees. If you choose a hidden camera, you can place the camera in something like a potted plant or hang something on the wall on your porch and put the hidden camera behind it. Using a combination of placing cameras in plain view and using hidden cameras can be useful.
Digital Video Recorder
Another component of a residential surveillance system is the recording device that you want to use. If you do not have a recording device, you would have to sit in front of the camera 24/7 to catch the intruder.
The most popular type of recording device is a digital video recorder (DVR). Using a DVR is popular as they are easier to install when compared to other types, and you also get a very clear picture on the screen that you are using. DVRs have a hard drive that stores the information that is recorded. You can also easily add a camera to your video surveillance system with a DVR. The DVR is attached to a dedicated television or a computer monitor to view the recordings.
Hire a security company like All Pro Security to install your residential surveillance system, and they can give you much more information.