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4 Tips To Help You Get The Most Value Out Of Your Home Security Cameras

by Sylvia Miller

If you are interested in installing a home security system that includes cameras, make sure you follow the four tips below to get the most out of your new system:

Think Carefully About Placement

One of the most important decisions you can make in regards to installing your new camera based home security system is where to place the cameras.

Your security cameras should provide you with a clear view of your doors and windows from outside of your house. They should also provide you with a clear view of your driveway as well as other outside areas where a person could enter your property.

You want to place the cameras so that they are not obstructed by bushes, trees or other objects. When you consider  the placement, think about not just how the area looks right now, but how it looks throughout the year. For example, if you have a bush that flowers really large in the summer, but is small in the winter, you will want to place a security camera so it can see around that bush throughout the year.

Install Multiple Cameras

Installing one camera by your front door is not going to be enough to provide you with the protection that you crave. If you really want to make sure that your property is protected and watched, you should install enough cameras to cover all the entrances to your house as well as any windows that open.

Go With A Motion Detection System

If you are going to be monitoring your own security system, go with a motion detection camera system. This type of system is set off when motion is detected within the area of the camera. The camera will start recording and will continue to record for a set period of time after the motion is detected.

If you are monitoring your own security system, this will make it easier for you to handle and store the footage that your cameras produce. Instead of having to save hours of video where nothing is happening, you'll have videos of the things you really need.

If you are going to hire an outside company (such as System Tech) to monitor your security video feed, this feature is not as important since someone else will be doing the monitoring for you.

Install Other Security Features

While you are having security cameras installed around your property, you can save money by installing other security features at the same time. You should consider installing motion sensors connect to an alarm system to all of your windows and doors as well. This is a great way to provide your home with another layer of defense against unwanted individuals.

Take some time to think about where you want your security cameras placed; make sure they can capture any activity around the entrances and windows of your home. For an effective system, install multiple cameras and think about how you want to monitor your system. Finally, once your security system is in place, be sure to take care of it. You'll want to occasionally wipe down your camera lenses in order to ensure the images captured with them are clear and helpful.