Taking care of your home and keeping your family safe is of prime importance. No one wants to believe their home can be the victim of a break-in, but the sad reality is that crime can happen anywhere. Surveillance systems act as a strong deterrent to criminals and help you stay alert in any situation.
How can you increase your family’s protection even more? Follow these six home security tips:
1. Use Good Security Practices Every Day
Being proactive about protecting your home goes a long way towards keeping criminals at bay.
- Double-check home access points every night: Once you get into the routine, this quick step can become a life-saving habit. Never go to sleep without locking your doors and windows.
- Always check references: If someone visits your home claiming to work for the electric company, be cautious. Legitimate employees won’t mind you asking for identification or a contact number to call.
- Avoid giving the impression you’re not home: You don’t want burglars to think you’re away, so make sure to keep your lawn neat and mail collected indoors.
- Follow social media smarts: It’s not a good idea to announce your upcoming plans via social media. You don’t want to give potential criminals a heads-up when you aren’t home.
2. Invest in High-Quality Surveillance Equipment
Your home surveillance system needs to have the right tools to function well. Remember, you get what you pay for, and taking chances with your family’s safety isn’t worth it. Here are a few things to look for when picking out a security system:
- High-definition video
- Rule creation abilities
- Alarm and security system compatibility
- Internet streaming
- Ample data storage
- Motion-activated recording
- Reduced-light detection capabilities
- Weatherproof and tamperproof design
Why is a high-definition video so important? With state-of-the-art surveillance cameras like our Planet ICA-5250 Full HD Ultra-Mini Vandal Dome IP Camera, not only do you see when a stranger is hanging around your home, you can also capture facial details for identification. The same goes for night vision capabilities.
3. Ensure Proper Camera Coverage
For maximum protection, don’t hold back when deciding on the number of cameras needed. It’s important to keep an eye on all home access points:
- Detailed front-door visualization – for identifying visitors before unlocking
- Wide-angle views of the home exterior
- Good view of all exterior windows, doors, garage doors and patio entrances
Also, trim any trees or bushes enough to allow cameras to view all access points and to prevent giving intruders places to hide from the camera.
4. Align Security Cameras Regularly
Take a moment to calibrate and clean your cameras at least once a year. They should be set wide enough to offer sufficient coverage, but zoomed-in enough for clear facial recognition.
5. Rely on Modern Tech
Staying up-to-date with the latest breakthroughs in camera surveillance, and upgrading if your current system is obsolete, lets you have eyes on your home 24/7.
- Home automation apps: This software lets you turn lights, music and other systems on at pre-programmed intervals, randomly or remotely from somewhere else.
- Security monitoring services: Having paid professionals to monitor strange activity, react to alarms instantly, and communicate with police takes a lot of stress off of your shoulders.
- Remote vigilance apps: HD security cameras with internet streaming capabilities let you check in at home from anywhere, anytime. With indoor cameras, you can even keep track of your kids when they get home from school.
6. Consult With a Professional at Performance Audio
At Performance Audio, we know that each home is different in construction and surroundings and no two home security systems will be exactly alike. Talking with home surveillance technology experts is extremely valuable when it comes to finding the best cameras for your needs, deciding on optimum placement and installing equipment properly.
Don’t attempt to tackle such an important project alone. Contact our Performance Audio staff online to request a one-on-one consultation today, or visit one of our convenient locations in person.