Installing home surveillance cameras has become a very popular choice among
homeowners looking to improve the security in and around their home. The
popularity of this option is evidenced by the fact that there are countless
video camera and surveillance equipment options to choose from.
However, the question is -- how does installing a home security surveillance
camera system make a difference in your overall security? In an effort to answer
this question, we will look at some of the most popular reasons given for
installing video surveillance equipment. Then we will look at some of the
potential hindrances that could reduce the effectiveness of the reasons cited.
- The mere presence of video surveillance cameras is a crime deterrent
-- This is perhaps the number one argument people use for installing video
surveillance equipment to protect their home. On the surface level, this may be
a valid argument. There may be some instances where this is the case. Your video
surveillance network however would have to be convincing enough to be effective.
Then you are met with almost a catch twenty-two situation. If you install video
surveillance cameras so they are visible enough to the perpetrator, they may be
able to figure out ways to get around the camera's field of vision. On the other
hand, if you place video cameras in very inconspicuous or covert locations, then
the criminal would not be aware of their existence in the first place and
therefore would not be deterred by their presence.
The reality is that
video surveillance cameras have lost some of their natural deterrent abilities
simply because they are so commonplace. People have become so accustomed to
their presence that they are either not affected by them, or they have figured
out ways to outsmart the system. The deterrence factor may work in some
instances, but should never be the sole factor in your decision.
Having video surveillance cameras in place will help provide evidence to
prosecute a crime -- This is likely a true statement. If you have a strong
network of video surveillance cameras in place in your home, you will likely be
able to garner some evidence that a crime has been committed. The problem with
this situation is that you have not stopped the crime from occurring in the
first place. While it may be comforting to know that you may have some video
evidence in hand to prove your case, it does not negate the violation. There is
also the chance that in some cases the evidence may not be strong enough to be
of any value.
- Installing video cameras will provide the homeowner with a strong sense
of security -- If you believe having video surveillance cameras in place
will provide you with extra security and protection, you will gain an added
sense of security. This added sense of security can be especially effective if
your reasons for installing the equipment in the first place are more centered
on simply wanting to keep a watchful eye on your home while you are away. Maybe
you want to keep an eye on your beloved pet, or want to be assured of the fact
that you will be alerted the moment something is amiss. If these are your
motivations behind installing video surveillance equipment then you will likely
be rewarded for your efforts with a heightened sense of security.
Installing video surveillance equipment can be a very important step in
establishing a secure home for you and your family. It is however important to
realistically consider what your motivations are behind installing video
surveillance equipment. If you are realistic in your goals and expectations, you
will likely get out of the installation what you anticipate.