Once confined to banks, government installations, and the homes of the rich and famous, video surveillance systems are now becoming more popular with homeowners.
At first, these systems relied on surveillance cameras that were part of a closed-circuit TV (CCTV) system. Due to the expense of installing and maintaining the systems, they were not affordable for most people.
These days, advances in digital technology have made the old closed-circuit systems obsolete, and the video surveillance systems of today are dependable, affordable, and easy to use.
Even the presence of video surveillance cameras can deter would-be thieves. Since the odds of getting convicted are greater if there’s video evidence of the break in, most criminals will pass up a house with visible cameras. For this reason alone, you should consider investing in one of these systems.
The surveillance systems in use today use Internet Protocol (IP) technology to deliver digital information over a network. This is less expensive and more reliable than the old system of coaxial cables required by CCTV systems. And you can monitor the feed live as it happens.
IP surveillance cameras are available individually or bundled with software that lets you record, view, and broadcast the video.
Cameras can be placed anywhere there’s an IP network connection. Most often, it makes sense to place them near the entrance to your home, on any outbuildings, and inside your home pointed at any valuables that you want to protect.
The cameras don’t have to be connected to a PC, and they have unique IP addresses. The most sophisticated ones will pan, tilt, and zoom, and the image quality of the digital picture is much better.
The best thing about these systems is that you can monitor the feed from any computer with Internet access if you have a network video recorder. You can even use some smart phones. The benefits of being able to see your home anytime, from anywhere, are obvious.
Instead of storing images on videotapes that must be dated and stored, IP systems store the information digitally, so it’s fast and easy to access via search.
These systems have really come down in price lately, so if you’re interested, call your burglar alarm service for a quote.