Security Cameras and Surveillance Cameras

Many homeowners like to see what’s going on around their property — literally speaking — with the help of home security cameras. These devices are offered in specific plans from security providers or as optional features when you sign up for a monitoring plan.

Home security cameras can also be connected by homeowners with DIY home alarm systems, but they may not be as reliable as surveillance cameras and equipment that security companies install for you.

Surveillance cameras have typically been utilized by large corporations, office buildings and businesses. Today, consumers with home security systems can also reap the benefits of home surveillance cameras, as they’ve become a valuable – and affordable – tool in home security.

Wireless security cameras vs. wired cameras

Home security cameras, much like home security systems themselves, come in both hard-wired and wireless models. A wired security camera usually requires a more intricate installation process compared to its wireless counterpart but usually doesn’t cost as much.

Some other things to keep in mind about wired surveillance cameras:

  • Since they run on electricity, wired models need to be positioned near an electrical outlet for a constant power supply.
  • They may not be as tamper-proof – or hold up as well – as wireless security cameras. If there are wires exposed to elements such as weather (for surveillance cameras placed in an outdoor location), the cameras could suffer damage. Burglars may also be able to access the exposed wires and cut them, rendering the camera inoperable.
  • Fake home security cameras can act as decoys for real cameras when placed in a highly visible spot. Unlike real surveillance cameras, a dummy camera is purely a gamble.

A few notes about wireless cameras:

  • These surveillance cameras don’t require an electrical power source since they run on batteries. The batteries may need to be replaced several times throughout the year to keep the camera unit up and running.
  • Setting up wireless security cameras is much less complicated than hard-wired surveillance cameras. While the installation process may cost less, the overall cost of wireless cameras is usually higher. However, consumers should weight the extra cost against the extra convenience.
  • Sometimes wireless security cameras may experience wireless interference, which can happen for a number of reasons. Other wireless devices – such as TVs, computers and household appliances — and inclement weather can all contribute to wireless interference.

For the most effective home security, it’s important that in addition to equipment like surveillance cameras, you also follow best practices and educate yourself and your family with home security tips. While an alarm system and wireless security cameras can help monitor your home and reduce the risk of threats including fire, burglary and other home emergencies, a quick and effective response by you matters greatly in an emergency.

Home security cameras: How they integrate with home security systems

Homeowners who are looking to add some extra protection to their alarm systems may consider surveillance cameras as one of their options. Cameras can act as a second set of eyes and monitor the main and peripheral areas of your home and property.

Sophisticated technologies such as home automation give homeowners added security and the convenience of managing their home security systems and – wireless security cameras – using their mobile devices. Home automation also lets homeowners remotely control other aspects of their security systems including arming and disarming the system and managing thermostat and light settings.

This feature lets you stay connected to your home even when you’re not there. If you carry your smartphone everywhere, you can check in on your house whenever you want from wherever you are.