In the not-so-distance past, only high-risk businesses and high-end homes had surveillance cameras installed. This is no longer the case. Millions of homeowners have either installed cameras via a trusted security company or on their own.
What Are the Benefits?
The protective benefits of having CCTV cameras installed in your home go far beyond the obvious ones you might think of. Here are a few:
- Keep an eye on the babysitter or pet sitter, while you are away from home.
- Monitor the comings and goings of teenagers who have a habit of sneaking out.
- Provide extra protection for your car if it is parked on the street or in the driveway.
- Speak directly to the mailman to instruct him on where to hide packages with valuables.
- Provide evidence if a crime does occur.
What Cameras Do You Need?
The type of surveillance cameras that may best serve your needs depends on what those needs are. Hidden cameras are best for watching pet sitters and nannies. You do not need to tell them where the cameras are, but you may have a legal obligation to tell them they are being recorded.
To speak with people who might come to the door, you need a camera with a built-in two-way speaker. You might also need one that is motion-activated so you know when someone is at the door.
Most people are now using wireless cameras for a clean install inside their homes. It also makes it much easier to move cameras around as needs change. It also makes it easier to put cameras outside. However, not all cameras are rated for outdoor use, so you might need one for that specific purpose.
The Bottom Line
Installing surveillance cameras in your home is a lot less expensive than it was even a few years ago. Some people might argue that even if this was not the case, the peace of mind it offers in tandem with a 24/7 security system is worth any price.