So you’ve made the decision to update your home security system to go beyond the simple “is my door locked?” and “are my windows closed” sensor array systems. It’s a great move, and a popular one; as the technology for video surveillance becomes more impressive and the price of the equipment continues to drop, it’s practically a no-brainer.
But there are a few important considerations you need to take into account. First and foremost is coverage; deciding where to place your video surveillance cameras is the biggest decision any home security designer will make, and it’s a complicated question. Do you want to simply cover areas where you suspect you’ll get the most benefit, such as around doors and gates, or do you want comprehensive coverage that encompasses more of your property, such as the driveway? Do you want exclusively exterior cameras, or do you want them inside your home or business as well?
The effort to answer those questions is further complicated by having to choose what sort of video surveillance system you wish to deploy — and, as we’ve discussed in other such decisions, what you want that system to accomplish. If it’s important for you to simply keep track of workers coming and going, you’re going to want a different video surveillance system than if you want to be certain to be able to capture the details of a criminal’s face in the hopes of future prosecution. If you simply want to track movement, you’re going to need different video surveillance tools than if your goal is to cover every inch of a property — and potentially take action before a break-in or vandalism occurs.
The most important step you can take is to work with experts in home security and video surveillance to design a system that meets your needs and budget; contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.