Many a concerned, single person has thought of setting up some DIY home surveillance. When you’re out working, studying, or partying frequently; it can be unsettling to think of what who might be hanging around your home when you get back. Having some home surveillance removes the doubt and makes home seem like a safer place to go to at any hour.
Types of Home Surveillance
There are a few types of home surveillance. There are cameras inside the home that monitor hallways and access points. These can come in handy if anyone tries to break in or succeeds in stealing something of value while you’re away—a good security image could be exactly what the police need to locate and bag the criminal, bringing back whatever has been stolen from you. They can be placed to minimize the plausibility of them infringing in any way on your privacy; however, the idea of recording devices all over the home can still be unsettling to many people.
Another type of indoor home surveillance system has more to do with keeping an eye on furry little friends than on identifying and bagging criminals who might try to enter. Sometimes, being away at work all day can be hard on loving pet owners as well as their little friends. A couple of well-placed cameras in the rooms where pets are kept can help to ease the fears—modern surveillance systems can easily be placed on a private (not public) internet server and checked up on from a computer at work or even from a mobile device. Seeing Rex wagging his tail and strutting around will give you a sense of relief that he’s doing alright, and it just might be the boost of confidence and energy (and laughter) that you need to get you through your work day. If anything is wrong with him, you can take a break and get home to help him out. Getting there early might mean a lot to him if he’s choking or has gotten himself stuck between bars on the banister or something.
The most common type of home surveillance system keeps tabs on the outside of the house, marking the perimeter and keeping an eye on potential points of entry for criminals. It serves the same purpose as indoor security cameras, plus an added bonus: your house won’t look like a very appealing target to criminals if they see security cameras attached to it.
Outdoor security cameras can come in extra handy and be a cheaper solution that sees in the dark when you couple security cameras with lights connected to passive infrared receivers (PIRs) or motion sensors. Basically, every time that someone comes close to the house at night, powerful lights will turn on towards them. Not only will this send most criminals running for their lives, but it will make for a good picture on your surveillance system and even show the would-be-housebreaker that their face has been caught on camera. They are not likely to keep moving forward with their plans at that point.
You can set up a DIY surveillance system that is quite effective, but coupling it with lights and making sure that you have all of the potential weak points on your premises covered is something that can be a bit tricky. Missing an important point could be the difference between getting broken into and not. When it comes to monitoring pets in the house, setting up a private server to send the camera images to your mobile device or work computer can require a lot of technological knowhow as well. So, as with all matters of security, DIY home surveillance is a step in the right direction, but using a professional service will get you the best results.