What to Look for When Buying a Home Security Camera System
A home security camera system is one of the most important investments you can make in your home and knowing what to look for when making your first security camera purchase is essential. A quality home security camera system is an irreplaceable feature that can provide peace of mind by offering constant surveillance and added security to your home.
While you can surely find home security camera systems at your local hardware or department store, getting these DIY versions installed and set up properly is often not as simple as the packaging might lead you to believe. When it comes to finding the right system and getting it set up properly, it’s best to consult with a professional residential home security installation company like Barcom Security.
Why Buy a Home Security Camera System
A quality home security camera system is an excellent and convenient way to monitor your home and property 24 hours a day and reduce the risk of a break-in, theft, or other mischievous behavior. If a crime does occur on or near your property, footage from your security camera can be highly advantageous to the police during their investigations. In addition, many insurance companies will offer incentives or discounts for homeowners who invest in a home security system, so even if you never become a victim yourself, a security system can be highly advantageous and often pay for itself in insurance discounts.
Home security systems have come a long way in recent years and most modern units can be accessed and monitored through the owner’s smartphone. While any operable home security camera system is better than none at all, there are many options on the market, and it’s best to know which option is right for you.
How to Choose a Home Camera Security System
When choosing a home camera security system, you’ll want to do as much research as possible to ensure that you’re purchasing the system that is right for your home and your family’s needs. Putting in the research ahead of time ensures that you’re getting the features you need without getting ripped off or paying for services that you don’t. While you ought to look at far more than just the price tag, chances are you don’t need the most expensive unit on the market. On the flip side of that, it’s a good assumption that the cheapest on the market will likely fall short of your requirements and expectations.
Types of Home Security Camera Systems
While all home security camera systems are designed with the intention of keeping your family and your property safe, there are many different types of home security camera systems. In a most general sense, home security camera systems can be broken down into one of two categories: outdoor (weather-resistant) and indoor (not weather resistant). From there, you have a variety of options including:
- Wired Units – hardwired to a power source and connected to the Internet through a cable
- Wireless Units – hardwired to a power source and connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi
- Wire-Free Units – powered by batteries and connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi
(NOTE: While wire-free units might seem like an attractive option, keep in mind that they will need fresh batteries from time to time and that their storage capabilities tend to be on the lower end compared to hard-wired options.)
Camera Security Checklist
Before doing your research, it’s good to have a mental “checklist” of important features to help prioritize features, reliability, and pricing. Below are some of the most common features you’ll see when it comes to various security cameras on the market today.
- Two-way audio
- Wide field of view
- Smartphone integration
- Storage (cloud, SD card, hard drive, etc.)
- Motion activation
- Night vision
Of course, you’ll want to weigh the importance of each as more features will equate to more money out of pocket. For instance, if you live in an apartment building and your front door opens to an always well-lit hallway, you probably wouldn’t need to splurge for night vision capabilities.
Barcom Video Surveillance Systems
Purchasing a reliable home camera security system can be a worthwhile investment when it comes to the safety of your family and the security of your property. But like any addition or improvement to your home—especially those involving complex technology—it won’t do you any good if it’s not installed and operating correctly.
For this reason, we always suggest finding a trusted and professional home security installation company to handle the heavy lifting and to ensure that your devices operate as they should. This way, you can be confident that you’re getting the most out of your investment at all times. At Barcom Security, we carry a wide variety of home camera security systems with features specifically designed to meet our clients’ home security needs. It’s our goal to get you what you need and ensure that it is fully operational at all times. For more information on our home security offerings, or to learn more about what to look for when buying a home security camera system, contact the Barcom team.