Have you considered getting a wireless security camera system yet? The world can be a scary place; all you need to do is what the news for 5 minutes to be reminded of that fact. And sadly bad things happen to good people, especially good people who are not prepared and not protected. Living safely means living smart, and when it comes to your home, you need to have security measures in place to ensure you keep your valuables—and there’s nothing more valuable than your family—safe. After all, the statistics are staggering. According to the FBI, published in a report by Jeff Rossen for The Today Show, “nearly 50,000 robberies within residences (the bureau’s classification for home invasions, not all of which involve violent entry) occurred in 2011, or about 135 per day.” You might think you live in a safe neighborhood or you are immune to a home invasion, but you would be mistaken, and one day you might pay the price for that nativity.
So where do you start? Luckily there are several options, and thanks to recent technological advances you can keep your home and family save, and under surveillance no matter where you are. That’s right, the wireless security camera system is a thing, and you need one in your home, pronto.
Cameras (which can sometimes even be wireless) today can be hooked up easily and in non-invasive ways, and because they can be connected through an Internet connection, you can keep an eye on things from close by or from afar just by looking at your iPhone. Think of it as a nanny cam or baby monitor, but on a whole other level. These security cameras can keep you feeling secure and comfortable in a variety of ways, but the top 2 reasons to use them are to ensure you are safe when you are home, and ensure your loved ones (and loved belongings) are safe when you aren’t home.
Let’s start with reasons you need a camera system when you are in your house:
To Prevent a Home Invasion
When you are home you want to feel at ease; no stress, no constantly looking behind doors or under beds, and no checking and re-checking door locks to makes sure your home is secure. And sure, alarm systems are designed to alert you if there has been a breach in a door, window or garage opening to your house. But at that point it might be too late, and all you have is an obnoxiously loud noise that might scare off intruders, but does nothing to capture their identity on camera. Security cameras can provide surveillance for pretty much anything you want in your home—your front porch, your back door, your hallway, your basement etc. Often times if an intruder sees a camera installed they’ll leave because they don’t want their identity caught ton film, and either way, you’ll have a better chance of catching whoever tried to harm you and your family.
To Keep an Eye on Your Kids
Kiss baby monitors goodbye—you can use home surveillance cameras as a way to keep an eye on your kids at all times. And trust us, even when they are teenagers, you’ll want to know what they are up to. You can make sure your kids don’t sneak out (or don’t try to sneak anyone in) and can make sure they get home on time.
To See Who is at Your Front Door
Let’s assume you’re lying in bed and someone knocks on your door. You could hop up and go look through your peep hole (ugh) or you could just look at your phone/camera monitor and see who’s there before you waste any effort.
And when you aren’t home, you’ll want a surveillance system to help you as well:
To Catch an Intruder
While avoiding an intrusion is of course an important goal, should your home be targeted you want to have every tool at your disposal help you catch the jerk(s) who attacked you. In addition to trying to achieve facial recognition of any perpetrators, you can also identify any weaknesses regarding your home security system and figure out where you need to enhance your efforts as far as doors/windows/garage access/your backyard etc. Having video footage that you can reference and re-watch will help you ensure you are safe today and for the future.
Keep an Eye on a Babysitter or Staff Member
While it would be nice to hire a staff member for your home or babysitter for your children who you trust completely, in the real world you need to be prepared for all worst-case scenarios. After all, this is your family and your home we are talking about. Having security cameras that you can monitor at all times, no matter where you are, will give you peace of mind that anyone working in your house or with your family members are not only doing their job, but being safe, respectful and responsible.
Monitor Your Property When You are Out or Away on Vacation
When you leave town there’s always the concern about what will happen to your home while you are gone. And no one wants that added stress when you’re about to hit the road and embark on an adventure. Vacation is supposed to be relaxing and fun, and you shouldn’t have to worry about who’s breaking into your house while you skip town. Having Internet cameras allows you to, literally, keep an eye on things when you are gone. All you need is an Internet connection for your phone to make sure the cameras are keeping watch and to monitor what is going down at your house.