When it comes to using a security camera to keep your home safe you should consider protecting both the inside and outside of your home. Many people think of security cameras as only being good when you are away from home but they are missing the true capabilities.
With a properly placed set of cameras and the right recording device you can access the video while you are at work to help keep an eye on your pets, kids or guests all day long while you aren’t home.
For outside protection you have to be sure you choose outdoor security cameras to ensure they will be weatherproof and you should also be sure they are vandal resistant. An easily defeated camera does you no good at all.
A mix of hidden and visible cameras are recommended as the visible cameras will act as a deterrent for most criminals and the hidden cameras are there to ensure even better equipped crooks are caught on video.
You should place your outside cameras in such a way as to cover the doors and first floor windows. Security cameras have a cone view meaning that the closer you are to the camera the less width it can view. So the farther away from your house you place the cameras the wider the view will be and the less cameras it will take to ensure full coverage. Often trees or poles can be perfect for this purpose.
A good outdoor hidden security camera for home or small business use is the Spotlight Hidden Camera. It looks like a standard motion activated spotlight but in actuality it contains a camera with built-in DVR which makes it a self-contained unit. The spotlight part allows the camera to see up to 90 feet in complete darkness to ensure the cover of night won’t help the criminals as the lights will turn on and allow the camera a great view.
For your indoor cameras you have the option to use all hidden cameras or a mix of both much like you did outside but this all depends on your budget and personal preferences. Hidden cameras are much more expensive than your standard indoor security cameras so make sure you figure that added cost in as you begin to plan your security layout.
As for placement of cameras inside you should also cover the external doors so you can always see who is coming and going at your home. If you have pets, kids or guests you want to watch you may want to add additional cameras in various parts of the home such as the living room and garage areas.
To be able to view the cameras over the internet you will need to be sure the video recording device that you decide to use is listed as network capable or possibly internet or network ready as it will vary by manufacturer. If the recording device is network ready then it should be prominently displayed as this is not a standard feature at this point in time.