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Home Security Systems: Common Questions Answered

Home security systems have come a long way from the time that they were invented. Consumers nowadays are often surprised by just how much they have to consider when they get one for their homes. Here are the answers to the most common questions from homeowners.

What type of coverage should I get?

The first thing that people need to determine is the amount of space that they have to cover. The coverage area has a huge impact on the security system of choice as well as the type of system to put in place. A large coverage area for example would greatly benefit from cameras that can move. In the old days, several cameras would be used to cover large areas. Today's technology allows a single camera to do the job by making it capable of moving its viewing angle.

The scope also means that the system would greatly benefit from a camera with zoom capabilities. Cameras that are capable of encoding videos in HD quality are a must for a surveillance system that covers a huge area.

Hidden or in plain sight?

Old surveillance cameras used to be big. Their size made it easy for them to spot from a long distance. Today's cameras come in a lot of different shapes and sizes. Some of them can be hidden in plain sight while others are as conspicuous as they come.

The type of camera to use for a home security system depends largely on a person's needs. If they want to catch someone in the act of doing something then a camera hidden from view, like a bullet shaped camera, would be right for the job. Cameras that are easy to spot and are positioned in plain sight act as a burglar deterrent.

How many cameras?

The number of cameras depends largely on the type of camera and its coverage area. Homeowners are strongly advised to draw up a blueprint of their property. This makes it easier to make a layout of which areas are at risk of entry.

Indoor or Outdoor Cameras

Outdoor cameras are weather proofed. Some even have sun shields to prevent too much light from ruining the video quality. Indoor cameras are usually smaller and inconspicuous. They are made this way to avoid ruining the interior's look.

What other features do the cameras have?

Today's security cameras have a lot of features. Cameras today can connect to the internet and allows the homeowner to get a live feed. Extra features are by no means a necessity, but they do add a great measure of security. The downside with these cameras is that their complexity means that they are more expensive. You can just consider it as a solid investment in a home security system.

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