It is never a terrible idea to have a good video surveillance system protecting your home or business. Whether they solve crimes which you fall victim to, or even prevent them from happening in the first place, they can be an invaluable resource to the safety of yourself or your property.
Before choosing a system, however, there are some very important factors to have in mind. Luckily, this guide will provide you with five things to think about when looking into purchasing a video surveillance system for your home or business.
1. How Much Coverage Is Needed?
Everyone’s needs are different in a variety of ways. One of these ways is whether or not you need a large area of coverage provided by your surveillance system. Some people only need their front doors watched, others may need to have their entire front or back yards watched, using one or more wide angled lenses to do so. Of course, business owners may need multiple cameras to fully secure the most vulnerable areas of their businesses. It all comes down to you deciding what it is that you want or have to keep your eyes on at all times.
2. What Resolution Is Your Camera?
Ideally, you will want your camera resolution to be as clear as possible. The higher your resolution is, the clearer the image that your camera captures is. Image clarity can be a big factor in identifying anything that is out of place in your home or business. Of course, you will need a high resolution DVR to capture your footage and store it safely. This typically comes down to how much you are able to pay for a surveillance system, although resolution is not exactly something you want to go cheap on.
3. Will You Have Adequate Storage Capacity?
Running with the previous theme of resolution, you should know that high quality footage and lengthy recording times will require somewhere with a lot of space to save the footage. Some cameras are equipped with interior SD or MicroSD card holders, wherein you can save the content.
Of course, another alternative would be connecting your cameras to a system that uses DVDs to save footage, but many modern systems may use digital video recorder technology, or a DVR. A DVR will save the camera’s content right to your PC for safe keeping. No matter which format you choose, there are plenty of good options for storing your footage.
4. Do You Require Mobile Access?
A neat new feature to many video surveillance systems is the ability to live stream the camera feed to your own mobile device. Maybe you want to check on your place at lunch time or want to keep an eye on your business from home. All you have to do is pull up an app on your phone and you’ll be greeted by a live stream of your property, allowing you to keep a close eye on things from anywhere. It’s certainly not a bad feature to look into when purchasing a surveillance system.
5. Wireless or Wired System?
This one is a pretty evenly matched decision, as both options have pros and cons. For instance, a wireless camera can be moved with relative ease, although you will have to monitor the battery levels quite closely. On the other hand, a wired unit will usually provided cleaner, more reliable imagery, but typically require a professional installation and access to a power outlet. Really, it just depends on your specific needs and preference.