Home Defense: Surveillance Cameras

Home Defense: Surveillance Cameras

Having surveillance cameras is all good but oftentimes people are not quite sure when it comes to choosing a system. Below you will find some things to consider when choosing the best surveillance cameras for you.

Entry Points

The front and back doors are the main areas in which a burglar will enter your property which makes them prime candidates for your camera installations. Another common entry point for a burglar are windows. If fitting the cameras outside, place them high enough that potential intruders cannot tamper with them.

Quality of Image

Your surveillance cameras are not much good if the image quality is poor. There is no proper video evidence against somebody if you can’t tell what they even look like. When purchasing, be sure that you only go for a camera with HD capabilities to ensure that you get a much sharper and reliable image.


When positioning cameras, angles are everything. You need to think about which direction(s) you would like to aim the camera, as well as what type of zooming or panning capability you plan to employ in your surveillance. Cameras that have smaller fields of vision should be trained upon very specific areas such as a single door or window, while cameras that can rotate, zoom or pan to cover larger areas should be positioned to monitor more open places.

Hidden or Visible

There are always arguments as to whether you should hide your cameras or make them visible. If an intruder doesn’t know that they are being filmed, they won’t be focusing on trying to cover their face so it will be easier to get a clearer picture. At the same time, if you make them visible, they are a great deterrent as intruders will usually think twice about trying to break in to your home. It is a matter of personal preference, and it’s up to each individual to determine what they think will be the right move.

Lighting Conditions

It’s important to test cameras to see which models work best in the lighting conditions present at your property. Thankfully there are a variety of technologies which will ensure you capture usable footage in a range of lighting conditions. Light filtering technology such as IR filters and artificial illuminators can amplify or reduce the amount of light reaching a sensor, creating clearer images during the day and night.

Do you Need Audio?

This is another one that is down to personal preference. With audio capabilities, you will not only get a clear image of an intruder but also hear everything that is said. Even if an intruder has their face covered, enough evidence could be gathered against somebody just from audio alone.

IP Cameras

Having a flexible and scalable surveillance system is important. The problem with traditional surveillance systems is that they are a closed circuit meaning that everything is hard-wired and difficult to scale.

It is therefore important to choose IP cameras which connect over a wireless network allowing you to easily grow and scale any installation as you need. Adding IP cameras to a network works in much the same way as adding a phone to a VOIP network – it’s simple and easy and there’s no wiring to change or update.

Privacy Laws

If you’re thinking of getting a home surveillance system for the outside of your property, you must comply with privacy laws. This means making sure that your cameras aren’t pointed at public spaces, or other people’s houses or gardens.

It’s a good idea to discuss any surveillance plans that you have with your neighbours. Most will be fine with it as sharing a surveillance system is a great way of keeping a wider area covered and cuts costs too.

Please feel free to contribute your own tips below so we can get them added and above everything else, stay safe out there!


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