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Finding the Right Security Camera System for Your Home
Hidden or exposed?
Security cameras come in all shapes and sizes. There are large ones that are indiscrete, and there are tiny ones, that can be hidden in virtually any crack or crevice. The home owner must decide if the camera is meant to serve as a preventative measure to discourage would-be burglars, or if they are meant to capture the criminal in action to aid law enforcement investigation. Of course, if resources aren't limited, a comprehensive set-up can include both types of security cameras.
Real-time monitoring or recording?
With Digital Video Recording (DVR) technology, cameras can record footage for long periods of time, and store that footage on server storage, dedicated DVR receivers, or even desktop PCs. The footage, in turn, can be archived and can serve as an effective tool in the event of an investigation. But DVR requires the extra cost of paying for storage and maintenance. Of course, cameras can also serve as simple monitors, giving homeowners the luxury of checking in remotely for criminal activity, or to monitor pets or nannies.
Security cameras are offered with a variety of features at added cost. Wide-angle lenses are helpful in monitoring larger rooms, since they enhance the field of vision. Night-vision or heat-sensor might be helpful features to consider for dimly lit spaces or the extra-cautious property owner.
Of course, the most effective set-up for a security camera system really depends on the type of space a homeowner is looking to monitor. It's important to take into consideration the size of the space, the quality of lighting, the assets at risk, and other environmental considerations.
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