How effective are security cameras? How do they even work? Are the discreet? Where do I place them? Who has access to that footage?
Did we just read your mind? That’s because these are some of the most common security camera questions we receive on a daily basis. And we get it- home security can be confusing. So, we thought it would be helpful to walk through these FAQ's together.
How Do Security Cameras Work?
Let's start with the basics... how do these high tech tools even work?
To begin you should know that there are many varying types of security technology, so the logistics will depend on whichever tech you choose.
Generally, a video camera sends the footage to a monitor that will display what the camera sees. This footage is sent via closed-signal television (CCTV) so the footage is only available on the software that is connected. Some systems have one purpose (collecting footage), and others have many capabilities, including an option to view footage from your phone.
Some cameras are wired using coaxial cables or network cables. But others use technology that allows them to run on WiFi. This eliminates the need to work with loose cables and wires, but depending on the technology you choose, the wired connection can occasionally provide higher quality video. It is all about what you need out of your security tech.
Whether wired or wireless, there are two main recording types. Some security cameras work by recording 24/7, and some are motion activated, only recording when movement is sensed. Both have varying benefits and are perfect for different needs.
We believe the important information is in the details, but if you want a boiled down version, they all essentially work the same way. Footage is sent from the camera to a receiver via CCTV for discreet viewing.
How Effective are They?
One word… very. A recent study of over 400 incarcerated burglars found that a vast majority of them would discontinue a robbery if they saw cameras, or an alarm went off. That is applicable for both residential and commercial security cameras.
Typically, burglars are looking for the easiest target- which makes sense. Imagine someone targeting your house, but then realizing there are multiple cameras watching over your humble abode... most criminals will decide that the robbery is not worth the risk, leaving you, your family, and your belongings, alone. In fact, about 60% of the burglars indicated that the presence of an alarm would cause them to seek an alternative target altogether. That is a huge number. Feeling safe yet?
Where Should I Place a Security Camera?
This is completely up to you. Some people prefer a more discreet look, but others want it to be known that the house is being monitored.
Getting more specific, where in the home should it be placed? Many burglars use the front door, so placing your camera at a higher angle, about three feet above your door, ensures that you can capture any vehicles entering or leaving your driveway. Other placements to consider are: a first floor window, a back door, a garage, and second floor in case a first floor camera is detected and blocked. These are the most common places for a burglar to enter.
Are Security Cameras an Invasion of Privacy?
This is one of the most frequent questions we receive. However, as we talked about earlier, the security footage from the camera is sent on a closed circuit, so it is only accessible to you.
As far as commercial security cameras go... no. It's hard to believe anyone would be upset that a company is concerned for their safety. Security cameras act as a visual reminder that the store is being watched. This can deter things like theft, and provide employees with a sense of safety.
It should go without saying that cameras should not be placed in public restrooms, changing rooms, etc. This is certainly an invasion of privacy.
How Expensive are They?
Surprisingly, securing your home or business can be pleasantly affordable. Because of the range in options, you do not always have to get the newest tech to get the best results. And even the newer tech doesn't have to break the bank. Since there is such a range in product options, it is hard to give a specific cost. This price will depend on structure of the machine, capabilities, and connection type. Each security camera provides unique coverage, so what your priorities are will guide you in the decision making process and that will give you more insight on cost.
Interested in more pricing information? We'd love to chat; contact us for a quote.