If you’re considering upgrading your home security or installing a new security system, then chances are you’re thinking about the benefits of a home security camera system.
A long-time mainstay of commercial security, technological advancements and more affordable hardware have made CCTV systems a common option for home security.
While there are plenty of reasons to add security cameras to your home security system, there are some downsides to the technology. We’re going to run you through the pros and cons of home security camera systems to help you decide if they’re right for you, your home and your family.
One of the most obvious benefits of home security cameras is that they deter crime. The mere presence of a single visible security camera is often enough to make a criminal think twice. If a criminal believes there’s a chance that they are being filmed, they are less likely to try to break in.
The presence of security cameras can help to deter break-ins, vandalism, theft and other property crimes.
More than just home security
CCTV cameras offer much more than just home security. With home CCTV cameras, you can check up on the kids while you’re out, make sure the dog isn’t destroying the furniture, keep an eye on tradespeople and more.
If your system has audio functionality, you can also use it as a video intercom system for your front door or gate. A strategically placed front yard camera can also be used to monitor what’s happening in your yard or on your street, like road traffic issues, suspicious foot traffic, deliveries and neighbourhood disputes.
Advances in home CCTV systems mean that today’s cameras are available with a wide range of functionality including:
- Night vision
- Wi-fi enabled
- Battery backup
- Motion sensors
- Portable and movable cameras
- Email/text alerts
- Audio enabled to record and transmit sound
- Built-in sirens and flood lights
- Cloud data recording
- Remote controlled camera direction and zooming
Unlike traditional monitored security systems, home CCTV systems do more than just alert you to a break in. They can provide video and audio evidence of break-ins, thefts, vandalism and other crimes. This evidence can be helpful when dealing with the police and insurance companies and if you pursue legal action as a result of the incident.
Let’s face it. For a lot of people, placing cameras in or around the home might make them a little uncomfortable. Family members may feel uncomfortable knowing that their activities at home may be recorded. Likewise, guests may not be comfortable if they think they may be recorded while in your home.
In the case of rented properties, tenants may consider the landlord’s security cameras to be an invasion of privacy instead of a security addition.
Even if the system isn’t active, the mere presence of a security camera in the house may be enough to make people uncomfortable and create tensions around the home.
They don’t stop crime
While home CCTV systems may be great for deterring crime, they certainly won’t stop it. A security camera may record a break-in. It might even alert you when one is taking place. However, a basic camera set-up can do little to stop a break-in taking place.
Security cameras are just one part of a total home security system. When combined with a monitored system, in-built flood lights and sirens and text or email alerts you can feel safe that any alert will be dealt with by the pros.
They can be vulnerable
While security cameras are a valuable addition to any home security system, they are by no means invulnerable. Cameras can be knock out, obscured or blacked out. Cameras without battery backup are also vulnerable to power outages.
Cameras and wi-fi networks that aren’t properly secured could also be targets for hackers. If hackers access your cameras, they can steal and delete footage, use that footage to access your home security system and, in a worst-case scenario, use your cameras to spy on you and your family in your home.
What’s the verdict?
While home CCTV cameras aren’t a security system unto themselves, they are a valuable addition to any home security network. Their versatility and ability to deter crime can help to take your home security to the next level. And the peace of mind they offer to homeowners is priceless.
To overcome some of the downsides or limitations of the technology, it’s important to speak to a qualified and experienced security consultant. They will be able to provide you with a comprehensive security system that suits your home and your lifestyle.