Summer is travel season and while you are off enjoying the gorgeous weather with your family the last thing you want to be worrying about is your home security. That is one of the many reasons why it is so important to have a good home surveillance system in place. With many of the new systems you can monitor surveillance footage from anywhere on your mobile device. This allows you to check in on house sitters, pets or just to make sure your home is safe and sound. You can also enable notifications to be alerted anytime a specified event occurs. To get the most out of your home surveillance system you want to make sure you have security cameras set up in the most vulnerable places. According to various studies the following four locations are the most vulnerable:
- Font Door- According to a study by the Washington Post, an estimated 34% of burglars enter the home through the front door. It is the most common entry point for burglars. Place cameras where they can’t be reached or tampered with. Fisheye cameras (pictured below) are discreet and not obvious to burglars. Cameras at the front entrance can also work as a high-tech peep hole so you can get a clear view of who is at your door before you answer. Front door cameras can also help if you are experiencing issues with mail and package theft or vandalism.
- First Floor Windows- This is the second most common entry point for burglars. Often they will use windows along the side of the house or behind bushes or trees so they can stay hidden from neighbors and passing cars. However, they won’t be able to hide from the cameras. Place the cameras outside above windows, perhaps mounted to the eaves where they are out of reach. Cameras can also be installed indoors, pointed at the windows. Dome cameras (pictured below) are a great option for outdoor monitoring because most are weatherproof and vandal-proof and burglars can’t see if the camera is pointing at them through the tinted dome. They are also pan/tilt/zoom capable so the angle on the camera can be easily changed.
- Back Door- 22% of burglars enter through the back door. It is a prime target because it is out of sight and can be easily kicked open regardless of an alarm system. The same rules apply for the back door as the front. Keep the camera out of reach and make it discreet.
- Hidden or Uncommon Entrances- Another 13% of burglars will enter through basements or garages. While these spots may be out of view or difficult to reach, they are still potential targets for burglars. Noise from a break-in at these locations often goes unnoticed. Cameras can be mounted just inside these uncommon entry points in a discreet location so as to not attract more attention to the hidden entry. The cameras should be night vision capable since many of these entrances are in dark or shadowy areas.
Get your surveillance cameras set up in these locations and then monitor the camera feed on your smart phone or tablet while you’re lounging by the pool. It will give you peace of mind to know that your home is truly safe so that you can relax. If your home does fall victim to crime while you are away you can use the notification alerts as early warnings and contact police. Also, footage can be used as visual evidence to capture and prosecute a criminal.
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