Surveillance Cameras: Their Presence Is Needed
Although some companies are marketing surveillance cameras that are very well hidden, often so well concealed that you may forget that they are there, this isn’t always a good thing. If you walked down a street that was filled with well to do homes, you’ll notice one thing. If the home has a security system, there’s no doubt that there is a sign in the front of the home that says so. Why would anyone want to tell everyone that the home has a system or a few cameras installed? It’s simple. When there are simple targets available, without this type of protection, why would any thief target a well protected area?
One of the benefits of having a surveillance camera is the fact that they can be seen. A thief is much less likely to go to a home that is going to be harder to get in and out of. They would rather try to hit a home that has little to no protection so that they can get into it and out of it faster, without any risk of being seen or recorded.
How can you use this information to your benefit? There are several key ways. First, when you purchase a surveillance camera, make sure that you place it someplace that it can be seen. This will allow for anyone and everyone to know it’s there. Police departments often claim that 8 out of 10 homes that are robbed are cased, or watched, for at least one or more days before it is hit. This means that if the camera is well positioned, they will see it and head to your neighbors instead.
If you don’t want to do this, or you don’t have the equipment necessary to place a camera out front so readily, consider instead using signage that says clearly that there is a camera at the residence. Place these by all the doors of the home as well as on all sides of the home. If someone attempts to break into your home and sees these signs clearly displayed they are less likely to try to break in. After all, if they do, there’s a good chance an alarm will sound.
The presence of a surveillance camera is one of the most important things that you can do to your homes security system. Even a camera that isn’t working or works as a decoy to another is a smarter decision than going without anything.