Property Surveillance: The Basics

3 Things To Consider Before Purchasing A New Security System

Are you worried about a potential burglary in your home? Do you want to make sure that your home is protected even when you're on vacation? While some people just buy a dog and consider the matter over and done with, this isn't necessarily the best solution. Dogs can be bribed, may escape, or may hide when strangers try to break into your home. If you're really concerned about a potential robbery, you're going to need a more advanced solution. But, before you just go out and buy a system to install, here are some things that you should consider:

Camera placement: It used to be entirely too expensive to have cameras installed for personal use. Thankfully, modern technology has made it so that security systems with cameras are getting cheaper and cheaper. You're going to have to consider how many cameras you want and where they should be placed around your home. A lot of homeowners only get a front door camera installed, but that does no good when a thief sneaks over the back fence and breaks in that way. You'll want to talk to a professional about how many cameras are going to be best for a home like yours and where they need to be for maximum coverage.

Monitoring: Not all modern security systems are monitored by a particular company these days. Instead of having a bank of operators watching for signals from your security system, some systems simply send alerts directly to your phone and/or computer. This can allow you to take the appropriate response yourself because you know exactly who should and shouldn't be around your home. On the other hand, if you are busy when someone is breaking into your home, then there might be nobody to call the police until hours have gone by. 

Connection: Some security systems are connected to the internet and upload the recorded videos to a server somewhere. If your home burns or your computer is stolen, having the files saved in a remote location can help you figure out who or what might have been responsible. On the other hand, some of these systems don't save a local copy of these files either; if the internet goes down for some reason, then there is no way to recover the missing footage because it simply does not exist. Finding a system that has both options can sometimes cost more money, but it may be worth the additional expense.