Learn everything you need to know about video surveillance for your home.

Surveillance video cameras are a great way to keep an eye on your home and protect your property. With new technology, video cameras are more affordable than ever and they offer you the ability to replay and store your surveillance footage. Additionally, many new cameras allow you to access your video feeds in real-time. Considering equipping your home with video surveillance cameras? Here’s what you should know.

Number of Cameras

The number of cameras you need will vary depending on your needs. For instance, if you simply want to monitor who’s at your front door, a single camera will suffice. However, if you’d like to surveil a larger area, then more cameras will be necessary. Another thing to consider is whether you want to use static cameras. If you are using multiple cameras, using static cameras that don’t move should be fine. However, if you’re only using one camera, consider investing in a camera that pans, tilts, and zooms, so you can cover more area.

Camera Placement

It’s up to you to decide whether you want your cameras inside, outside, or both. Once you decide which areas you want to surveil, try to place your cameras in locations that give you the best, unobstructed view of the area. Please note that if you want to place your cameras outside you may have to invest in additional weatherproofing measures.

Wired vs. Wireless

Wired cameras are generally more reliable because they don’t depend on an Internet connection. However, using wired cameras might require you to run cables through your walls and floors. Wireless cameras have a much easier set-up process.

Video Storage Options

A DVR (digital video recorder) backup will provide a ton of space to store your footage, and is ideal for a multi-camera operation. If you don’t need large amounts of storage space, then you could use a system that relies on SD memory cards. Additionally, if you want to be able to access your video feeds anytime, anywhere, you should consider a system that provides cloud backup. These systems may require monthly cloud storage fees.

If you want to keep an eye on your property and make sure your family is safe, then installing video surveillance cameras might be the right move for you! Also installing security monitoring can possibly get you a discount also on your homeowner insurance. Check with your agent for the amount of discount and for what types of security/monitoring systems. Remember, in addition to watching over your property, having the right insurance is a great way to make sure your home is protected at all times. To find the right insurance to fit your needs, trust the experts at Randy Jones Insurance Services in Pleasanton, California. Contact us for all your insurance needs!