The world has changed and will continue to change and how we manage and protect our lives and property must change as well. Even if you have not been subject to a home invasion, having a security camera around you property can help protect you and yours from potential issues and concerns.
Cameras are not just to be there in case of a robbery, but are there so you can know what is going on when you can’t physically be there. For many homes, the installation of a security system can also save on your homeowners insurance, thus making it a great addon for any home.
One of the first steps to selecting a security camera system is identifying all the areas to be covered. To do so, you have to identify all possible access points to your property. Can individuals come through the shrubs, around the rear, over the neighbors fence and more. Security cameras cover cones of areas and the farther away from the camera, the more it can see and detect.
Up next to the camera, the cone of vision is small and therefore, you should look at overlapping the viewable areas of all placed cameras if you want to cover everything. Importantly, if you are only wanting to place one or two cameras, it is best to install four or use two dummy cameras, as it will help throw off any intruders. They will not know which cameras are active and which ones are not.
Day Or Night Or Both
Security cameras with night vision can work in total darkness and in inclement weather conditions, thus providing more protection than standard security cameras. Since most incidents occur at night, it is usually a good idea to invest a little more in a camera with infrared technology or night vision.
Resolution At a Distance
All cameras will have their resolution quality on the box, but comparing that to real world applications can be difficult. This can be especially true when trying to compare security camera resolution with digital security camera resolution. Digital typically offers better resolution and it will work well with modern DVR equipment, giving you the bigger bang for your buck.
However, television signal style, security cameras are still on the market but the highest resolution with these are 960 pixels per inch, horizontally. The standard resolution is 420 pixels with only the top end having 720 and 960. Digital can have up to 1080 or more. The television style security cameras, typically called analog cameras, resolution will degrade with distance. Meaning it is harder to discern detail the farther away the object is. With the higher resolution of the digital camera, you can get more detail at a father distance.
The DVR Connection
No security camera is worth its expense if there are not some means of recording the information. Digital video recorders come with times storage. Some will store for six, eight or twelve hours and some will record for up to 36 hours before taping over the previous information. The best ones are 12 hours or above, to give you the most opportunity to capture a scene and then review it. You also must be able to output the information in a readable format. This can be a disk, thumb drive or some other means but the best solution is one that can do multiple methods of exporting the information.
When considering purchasing a security camera system for your home or property, it is better to spend a little more to get the most features than to spend less to only find that the cameras don’t capture everything they need to capture. Modern security camera systems have come a long way and digital capture technology is what most people should consider for a security system.
Digital can capture more information and can easily export this information for a variety of purposes. When you consider a digital security camera system, you want one that will work in the dark or very low light and can discern a generous amount of detail. Nothing is too good to protect your home and property from invasion, theft or other nefarious activities.