How to Get All You Can Out of Your Surveillance Security System
Home surveillance is a big deal. Think about it, this is your and your family’s safety we’re talking about. Here are some 2015 crime statistics from the FBI that highlight the importance of needing a good home surveillance system:
- Every 3.9 seconds, a property crime occurred.
- More than $12 billion worth of personal property was stolen.
- Only 26% of stolen goods were recovered after the theft of the item(s).
- The most common properties taken include money, household items, cars, and jewelry.
- Burglaries of residential and home properties accounted for 71% of all burglary offenses.
- About 13% of home burglaries went unsolved due to a lack of witnesses or physical evidence.
We don’t mean to scare you by showing these statistics. We only mean to make you aware of the reality of what’s out there. It is almost dangerous to believe that you would never be a victim of a home robbery. We hope it never does happen to you, but you need to be prepared to defend against such a threat.
You’ll be comforted to hear that you can install a home surveillance system to protect you and your family. This will help deter criminal activity such as domestic robbery from happening in your home.
Once you’ve made the decision to install some kind of video surveillance in your home or property, here are a few tips to help you maximize its full potential.
Smart Video Doorbell
You can know exactly who is at your front door by using a smart video doorbell. You can view a live feed from your phone of your front porch and can monitor 24/7 who comes to your door. The video doorbell doesn’t just do video but also audio. You can even communicate or talk to someone through your smart video doorbell all through your mobile app on your phone. Motion sensor technology is used to record automatically whenever it senses motion at your door. You will then be alerted on your app so that you can see what is happening at your door.
Video Doorbell Tips
- To get the most out of your video doorbell, make sure you get a video doorbell with a high quality video camera. Look for a doorbell that has 1080p HD, a 5x zoom, and full-color night vision.
- If you live in extreme conditions (i.e. humid hot weather or extremely cold weather), make sure your smart doorbell will work in those rough conditions.
- How is your Wi-Fi signal? Depending on several factors, you might need to make adjustments so the you have a strong signal between your doorbell and your home’s router. Also check to see if your home’s materials (brick, stone, metal, etc.) interfere with the Wi-Fi signal.
- Know what your doorbell chime or ding sounds like. Many people don’t test their doorbell sound before they buy and then angrily find out their doorbell has an incredibly annoying ding. You can also find video doorbells that have the ability to turn off the chime for when you need some quiet in your home.
Exterior Smart Cameras
Use an exterior smart camera to see what is happening outside your home at all times. Motion-activated video, mobile alerts, and live streaming can give you the option to record clips of those lurking around your home.
Exterior Smart Camera Tips
- Place your cameras where they have optimal viewing angles. This usually means that they can view 75-180 degrees without obstruction.
- Be sure your cameras are out of reach (about 9 feet or more above the ground) so they can’t be dismantled, damaged, or stolen.
- Know that if your camera is easily visible, its mere presence may be enough to deter criminal activity.
- Use cameras that have night vision capabilities.
- Your outdoor camera should be weatherproof. Look for cameras that have an IP-66 rating and UV protection.
Indoor Smart Cameras
View and monitor the inside of your home day and night with an indoor smart camera. Whenever you want, you can view a live feed on your smartphone or computer browser of everything happening in your house. Receive mobile alerts and record clips with the touch of a button. You will feel safe and secure knowing what’s going on at home when you are away.
Indoor Smart Camera Tips
- The optimal height to mount your indoor camera is around seven feet, pointed slightly downward.
- You shouldn’t point the camera directly facing a window. This will prevent backlighting and reflections which make it much harder to identify an intruder.
- The master bedroom is the most common room for burglars to invade. Place one of your cameras in the master bedroom and/or in the hallway that leads to it.
- If a burglar does manage to break in and steal some of your possessions, use your video feed to determine what they took as well as what the intruder looked like so you have a higher chance of recovering the items and help the local authorities catch the thief.
Other Home Security Options
For answers on how you can best use video security to protect your home and family, contact AMP Smart today!
- FBI: UCR, “Crime Clock”
- FBI: UCR, “Property Crime”
- FBI: UCR, “Table 24”
- FBI: UCR, “Table 3”