If you’re looking for a reliable way to beef up your home security, you should consider installing a security camera for your home. Not only are they a great deterrent against burglars, but they can also provide you with invaluable footage of any suspicious activity that happens in your home. There are many different options types of security camera; it’s not a case of one size fits all. Here are some tips on choosing the right security camera for your needs.
Seven tips for choosing a security camera for your home
What your security camera can see
1. Look for a camera that has a wide viewing angle. This means that you can position the camera so that it has a clear view of the area from which you are sitting.
2. Choose a camera with a day and night viewing setting. Home security cameras with good night viewing allow you to see clearly and tell whether there is anything going on within your home at all times, without having to change the settings on the camera.
3. Look for a camera that is set to record in high definition. The higher quality your camera offers the clearer your images. Some commercial premises will opt for number plate recognition and ultra HD cameras. Security cameras for home don’t often need to be at this quality but its worth checking the megapixels of the CCTV system and comparing the quality to ensure you get the best quality of video.
Beyond what your security camera can see
4. Look for a camera system that has the ability to store videos. Some home security cameras are much cheaper because they only offer live view, and do not record. Recording is key to providing evidence in the event of an incident. The options for this are a memory card or an internal hard drive. Try to choose a camera with a large amount of storage. This is important as you don’t want to have to change the storage medium, or for your system to stop recording, once the storage is full.
5. Consider a CCTV system with a motion detection setting. Motion detection allows you to set the camera to detect movement within the frame and automatically triggers recording if there is any activity. Beware that this is set up correctly to avoid being alerted to every passing hedgehog.
6. Some cameras also offer an audio capability as well. Consider cameras with microphones and 2 way speech to allow you to listen to, or interact with, people on your property.
7. Choose a professional installer who will ensure your camera views are compliant and won’t upset the neighbours. A professional CCTV installer will show you how to get the most out of your cameras and provide support
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