Security is among the top priorities for many homeowners. Video surveillance will undoubtedly enhance the security levels of your home. CCTVs are the most effective video surveillance systems. However, for you to reap into the many benefits of this security measure, you have to know a thing or two about CCTVs. Different types of CCTVs are designed to meet various security needs. Therefore, knowing these 3 things before you install a CCTV security system in your home will ensure you get the most out of it.
You Will Need to Choose Between Going Discreet or Letting the CCTV Be in the Open
Do you need everyone to know you have CCTV surveillance? Perhaps you prefer the opposite. Your choice will affect things such as the kind of CCTV to install. Generally, CCTV surveillance systems that are in the open deter potential intruders by letting them know that they are being monitored and this helps discourage them. You want to go for box CCTV cameras because they are usually large and can be easily seen by anyone.
If you would like to be discrete, dome CCTV cameras would be the best choice. They are small enough to remain discrete while providing a wider coverage due to their spherical shape. If you need to be even more discrete, pan, tilt and zoom CCTV cameras are an excellent choice. They are equally small to provide for discrete service and have a higher monitoring capacity because they follow the movements of potential intruders.
Be Keen On Indoor and Outdoor CCTV Cameras
If you are installing CCTV cameras both indoors and outdoors, you must pay extra attention to the type of cameras you are selecting. This is in regards to the level of lighting in the two living spaces. Check the levels of light in the various indoor and outdoor locations that you intend to install the CCTV cameras. These light levels are often measured in lux. As a general rule of the thumb, choose a camera with a low-light recording capacity for areas with low lux readings. You will need a lux meter to measure the light levels.
Determine Whether You Need Audio On Your Footage
Integration of recording features into your CCTV security systems will come at a higher price but it's something you may want to consider. Capturing communication of intruders will make it easier for investigators or individuals monitoring the footage to easily identify them.