Protecting Your Home 24×7, Easier Than You Think

Jul 2, 2013 by

As part of my prepping plans, I’ve always wanted to outfit my home with security cameras to help me monitor the outside and deter would be burglars.  However, I always thought the effort involved was greater than the risk.  I’m starting to rethink that and the below post helped me realize that protecting your home is easier than you think.

It may seem like security cameras are only used in crowded public spaces to protect valuables and prevent crimes. However, video surveillance systems are available for home owners as well, and are one of the best ways to prepare for any danger that could occur.

Considering that homes without security systems are five times as likely to experience a break-in, a security camera is worth an investment for any home. It can help keep you, your family, and your valuables safe.

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Having a security camera installed – inside, outside, or both – can protect your home in numerous ways. If you have children, or you live alone by yourself, or spend a lot of time out of the house, a camera can be extremely useful and important for monitoring unusual activity. Here are some of the benefits of having a security camera protecting your home.

1. Check to see who is at the door before letting him in. If your door doesn’t have a keyhole, then a camera can help you to see the person knocking and decide if they look suspicious before you open the door.

2. Be aware of any unusual activity while you are on vacation. While you can take other precautions while away, such as stopping your mail and setting your lights on a timer, you’ll have more peace of mind if you can actually view your house.

With the new technology, you can view live video from a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Pretty cool.

3. Prevent break-ins before they occur. With a security camera visible outside your front door, you greatly decrease the chance of a break-in. A thief who sees your camera and knows that he can be seen will choose another target.

In addition to helping you catch unsafe activity, security cameras also have practical benefits:

4. Keep watch when you have strangers in the house. If you use a cleaning service or a handyman from time to time, you are most likely not to be well-acquainted to that person. With a camera inside your house, you can monitor what is happening to whatever it is that he is working on.

5. Make sure your kids have arrived home from school safely. If you are unable to be at home when your kids get back from school, a camera will keep you from worrying that they didn’t make it back safe and sound

6. Keep an eye on members of your family in other parts of the house. For those that have young children, a baby, or even an elderly family member living at home, you can easily see what they are doing at all times without being in the same room.

This can be a practical benefit, giving you more mobility around the house and allowing you to work while still supervising them.

7. Monitor areas of the home that could be dangerous. If you have a pool or construction due to a renovation, there is an increased risk of an accident. Video surveillance can help you check that everyone is safe.

There are many options when it comes to security cameras, but you don’t need to spend a lot of money on equipment. Even a one-time investment in a single camera for a high-risk area of your home can help prevent accidents or break-ins from occurring.

A simple purchase, even if it only gives you views to one part of your house, may be the factor that prevents all your valuables from being stolen. Some home security companies also help you save money on your homeowner’s policy when you invest in a home security system, making a camera even more affordable and a worthy investment.

If you want to tighten security in your own home, consider a security camera to keep you and your loved ones safe.

This post was written by Lindsay Traiman who writes for Protection 1, one of the largest home security companies in the U.S. You can visit Protection 1 online for information on home security systems and more useful safety tips.

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