Getting a home or business alarm system requires careful consideration of all entry points, the most practical method for monitoring the system and securing natural obstacles as well. The key features of a good quality security camera set-up include locks on all the windows, doors and conceivable points of entry and the addition of a motion activated security camera.
Basic Level Security
Before installing an outdoor security camera, examine the perimeter of the property. Remove or adjust environmental features which might facilitate entry into the building. Trim trees, vines or other bushes; secure sliding gates with a locking keypad, and swinging gates with a padlock or keyed lockset. Landscape features are effective deterrents to burglary. Thorn-filled rose bushes and spiky buckeye cholla or other cacti can be as effective as barbed wire. Walkways covered with noisy gravel make a quiet approach difficult. Once the property perimeter is secure, installing a motion activated security camera is next.
A motion detection system automatically turns on floodlights when there is movement inside the range of the sensor, and shuts off again automatically after a few minutes. Motion sensors light up driveways, backyards and entryways on the exterior, and are available for every room inside the home as well. Intelligent uses inside the home include placing a light near infrared security cameras and buying a model that is hard to notice in the dark; Lorex security cameras offer some good options. Combined with a locking battery panel, this is an added security measure to prevent tampering.
Motion sensing devices should be easy to install. Quality wireless units requiring only batteries can be set up in less than an hour. Complete coverage includes placing sensors in every room in case someone does gain entry. Security lights may deter prowlers, but their range is limited. A careful thief can plan around this measure to gain entry. The outdoor security camera is also necessary to secure the building perimeter. Exterior cameras can capture footage in black and white and/or color. Most models will come night vision mode as well.
Consider a concealed unit to prevent tampering and search for a camera which doubles as a motion detecting device. Outdoor wireless surveillance is often equipped with a built-in microphone as well, but is only useful if the perpetrators are speaking, and may be an unnecessary upgrade. Microphones are also useful in high security indoor facilities.
Important features of the exterior surveillance device include high sensitivity illumination, weatherproofing, sufficient infrared LED’s for night vision and high resolution for on-screen viewing. A quality Lorex security camera will have these features as well as a versatile mounting package and an average effective range of 100 feet. Wall and ceiling mounting brackets make it easier to install the cameras where they are needed the most.
Wireless vs. Hardwired
Choosing hardwired or wireless surveillance is the next decision. If the system is for a new build, a built-in security system can be installed with additional outlets for later use. The wired system has the advantage of running on electricity, and typically has a battery backup for a power outage. Hardwiring should be left to professionals and is less expensive if it is done while the home is being built.
A wireless system runs on a power pack and is easier to set up. The lack of hardwiring also means the homeowner has endless options for sensor placement and can usually install the system themselves. The only wiring to be done is connecting the receiver to the alarm. Both systems require battery maintenance, but wireless alarms need a clear line of sight to the receiver to function properly. A hardwired system has the advantage of using fundamental electrical wiring, while a non-wired alarm uses technology that may become obsolete in a short time.
Whichever security option is chosen, the owner will want the ability to conveniently monitor the property at any time. The most common choice is a CCTV kit. This unit is a closed circuit monitor feeding back to a specific location and set of monitors. The owner can keep track of their property through an internet feed or a monitor in a separate room.
Small budgets can consider combining dummy CCTV cameras with real infrared security cameras or motion detectors. For example, the owner purchases a single functioning package and fits an additional dummy CCTV camera at strategic locations throughout the property. Dummy units are difficult to distinguish from a real camera and are only intended to deter crime. Close inspection is necessary to determine their authenticity.
The important features of a solid security camera set-up depend on individual needs. A good place to start is with a basic package like the 4 camera indoor/outdoor set from Security Cameras Direct to mention one well established and popular company in particular. As needs grow, expand the system to secure the area completely.