A security camera is a smart addition to any home's security system. However, the benefits of having the camera are closely linked to how good of a device you have. If you are buying a security camera for your home, here are some mistakes to avoid in the selection and installation process.
Underestimating the Importance of Night Vision
Night vision is a feature that usually means you have to shell out more money for a security camera. As a result, some homeowners bypass on the feature in an attempt to save money. However, your home's lighting might not be enough to provide you with clear images of the area in and around your home.
If your home is burglarized during the nighttime hours, the lack of night vision could mean that police will only have grainy images to work with to apprehend the culprit. Your camera needs at least six to eight infrared LEDs to produce a quality image.
Failing to Secure the Camera
It is important that your home security cameras are out of reach for burglars. If they are too low, they can be vandalized or even stolen. However, the security cameras do not need to be completely out of sight. The cameras are not just there to record, but to hopefully deter a would-be intruder from entering your home in the first place.
The threats to your cameras are not just physical. Someone could gain access to your home's surveillance stream and use those images. As part of the setup process, take the time to change your cameras' default passwords. You also need to remember to use a strong password that will be difficult for others to guess. At the same time, the password needs to be something you can remember so you can access the stream when you are not home.
Installing the Camera Yourself
It might be tempting to save on the installation of the security camera and do it yourself, but this could prove to be a mistake. There are several reasons that a professional installation is ideal.
For instance, a professional will be able to assess your home and determine the best locations for placing a camera. If there is an issue during the installation, the professional will be right there to resolve it.
If your camera needs maintenance in the future, the professional will already be familiar with your setup and can determine the issue quicker.