Installing security cameras outside of your home is always a great first step toward safeguarding your family and securing your home and property, but should you also have cameras inside your home? This can be a very tricky question since placement of interior cameras is critical and must be carefully considered in order to achieve the desired level of security, without intruding on the lifestyle and privacy of others.
In general, one should avoid areas where others would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, dressing rooms, etc. In addition, privacy also requires that cameras be properly installed and programmed in order to prevent outsiders from hacking into a system to eavesdrop and literally see and hear everything that is going on. A disturbing fact is that there are literally thousands of improperly programmed home video systems that have been hacked and their web addresses posted on a hackers website, for all to see and share. Chilling!
Likewise, there are many valid locations in a home where the use of video can be a valuable security tool. For instance, the ability of parents to see and hear their baby in the nursery from anywhere in and around a home, is an ideal application for video. A child’s safety and well being are always important, and there’s peace of mind in knowing that a child is safe and secure in its crib. And so is the well being and care of an elderly or infirmed member of the family. Video can be an invaluable asset for a care giver.
Another location in a home would be the garage. The garage is home to your car, tools, bikes and an assortment of other items collected over many years. Anything from lawnmowers to power tools can be a target for a thief. Additionally, someone who can get into your garage, may often be able to enter your home, if the two are attached. Aside from always keeping your garage door closed, a camera can provide important documentation in the event of a break-in.
Rooms that contains a safe or lock box should also be considered. As should rooms with computers, file cabinets, important documents, coin or other valuable collections, and even prized family heirlooms; all benefit from the security a camera brings with it. This is especially true when it comes to guns and other weapons, which are often a big target during a break-in. According to one report, over 200,000 guns are stolen from homes in America each year. Needless to say, guns should always be stored and locked up properly.
With over 40% of all burglars entering the home through a door, entry ways and foyers can be an ideal place for a camera as they capture images of people entering and leaving. And video is also useful documenting when the kids come home from school.
These are just a few of the many uses for video in a home, but every home is different and each will have unique requirements when attempting to optimize security. We invite you to contact us to discuss your security needs in greater detail. Call us today at (718) 258-1310. We provide full service alarm, CCTV and access control solutions for homes and businesses. When you think of security, think of Video Surveillance Corp. It’s security you can see!