Home Security & Video Surveillance: Know What You Want Before You Begin

Over the years, we’ve designed and installed a lot of stand-alone home security & video surveillance systems in homes and businesses – and we’ve integrated a good many into new or existing whole-house home automation solutions. We’ve found that the best advice we can give homeowners (and those looking to video surveillance to make their business safer and more secure) is to begin thinking about what you want your system to accomplish long before the first piece of equipment is ordered or the first hole cut in the wall. There are many reasons people want to incorporate video surveillance into their home security plans, and they are all perfectly valid – but the type of system you ultimately install is dependent upon what you are trying to attain from having video surveillance.

For example, if you’re interested in video surveillance as a means to combat loss prevention in your business, you’ve got to decide whether you’re interested in having those cameras hidden or visible; hidden cameras are less likely to be vandalized or intentionally damaged by determined thieves, but the mere presence of visible cameras often deters criminals before they have a chance to commit a crime.

If you want to use video surveillance to help ensure the honesty of people performing work at your property while you’re away, you need to decide whether you’re best served by the ability to take a peek at them any time via a video link to your smart phone – or whether there is sufficient “leverage” when addressing complaints with contractors with the ability to play back a recording at a later date.

The most efficient home security & video surveillance system is one designed and installed tailored to your specific needs; assess them early, and you’ll be on the right track.

If you want to use video surveillance to help ensure the honesty of people performing work at your property while you’re away, you need to decide whether you’re best served by the ability to take a peek at them any time via a video link to your smart phone – or whether there is sufficient “leverage” when addressing complaints with contractors with the ability to play back a recording at a later date.

The most efficient home security & video surveillance system is one designed and installed tailored to your specific needs; assess them early, and you’ll be on the right track.

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