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In many people's minds, surveillance systems are meant for commercial security in order to monitor customers and prevent thefts and break-ins. Security cameras can be a vital piece of your home's security too, however. There are millions* of home invasions each year in the US. Your surveillance system should avoid these common problems that cause surveillance systems to fail.
While alarm systems are a great way to deter criminals and alert authorities should someone break in, they don't record evidence of the crime. That's why having a surveillance system is a good idea. It could be the difference between losing your stuff and being able to find the culprit and recover it.
System could fail
Like a home security system, a surveillance system requires professional installation to ensure it works when you need it. In most cases, you won't realize your system is set up wrong until it fails to record a break-in. That's why it's important to use a trusted installer from the beginning. Common issues are installing wireless cameras out of operation range, incorrect positioning, and failing to consider lighting . These are simple concerns for a professional, but common mistakes by a do-it-yourselfer.
Not enough cameras
Protect your property
Some believe that having a single camera at their front door will be enough to be effective. While it's true that burglars will take notice of this lone camera and move on to the next house, it's also likely that they'll find an alternate way in. Your home has many potential entry points. Cameras should be set up throughout to record criminal activity. A general, simple rule of thumb is that the larger the residence, the more cameras you need.
Connect your devices
Having the ability to watch a recording is an important aspect of a home surveillance system. But, it isn't the only required feature. In some cases, you may not know an intruder has been in your home, so you need an alert to tell you to go check the footage. Effective surveillance systems alert you when they capture something of interest, offer the ability to watch the feed from virtually anywhere, and integrate with other tools to create a complete system. Without these features, your security cameras will never be effective.
NOTES: * about 3.7 million burglaries/intrusions according to Bureau of Justice Statistics
At Holder's Security, we've been installing surveillance and security systems for Tulsa families for more than 50 years. We can talk with you about problems that cause surveillance systems to fail. Come see us just northeast of 41st and Sheridan for help picking out the right security equipment for your home.