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If you have safety concerns in your home or business, security cameras are a logical solution. According to the US Department of Justice, property crime accounts for approximately 75 percent of all crime in the United States. Security cameras can help reduce crime as well as increase a sense of safety in a community.
Security cameras allow you to see both in and around your home at any time, and with LiveWatch Complete 2.0 Monitoring you are able to watch streaming and recorded video from your phone or computer. Cameras also give you added security as a deterrent to criminals. Burglars who see security cameras near a home are much less likely to approach or enter the house.
Even with security cameras installed, some areas do not see any significant decrease in crime. According to a 2005 report from the Home Office Research Studies, “The use of CCTV needs to be supported by a strategy outlining the objectives of the system and how these will be fulfilled. This needs to take account of local crime problems and prevention measures already in place.” As with all home security equipment, there are steps you can take to ensure that you get the most out of your cameras:
- Make your cameras visible. The benefit of security cameras is not only to secretly record criminals in the act and catch them later. Cameras work best to scare burglars off before they ever break into your home. If your camera is visible and prominent, it will give the burglar a good reason to stay away from your home altogether.
- Use your security cameras to check up on family. Having security cameras inside your home is certainly another layer of protection in case of burglary. However, it can also be a great tool to look after your children and elderly family members. If you want to make sure your child is still sleeping peacefully, a quick check of the live feed from the security camera in his or her bedroom can put your mind at ease.
- Get Interactive Monitoring to keep up on the latest. With Complete 2.0 Monitoring from LiveWatch, you can use your security cameras in new ways. 2.0 Monitoring enables you to see live video as it happens on your iPhone, iPad, Android or other mobile device. You can also check live security camera footage from your computer, meaning that you can look in on your home from anywhere that has Internet. If you want to see that your children arrived home safely but you are not free to check the live feed when they get home, you can also view recorded footage from your mobile device or computer.
- Put your cameras in appropriate places. Security cameras serve as a powerful safety tool, but if used improperly they can also cause problems. As Ken Kirschenbaum, Esq., a top lawyer in home security, has pointed out, you should never put a security camera in a bathroom or any other location where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. “Even a camera that is placed in a lawful place for proper purposes, may pick up conduct that would be considered embarrassing or intended to be private… the misuse of that data could be actionable,” Kirschenbaum said. This is especially true for businesses or public locations, even if you install warnings of surveillance. Securing your home or business is important, and it can be done without invading the privacy of others.
- Look into night vision cameras. The newest security cameras on the market today come with infrared night vision capabilities, so that you and your family are protected 24/7. However, if you settle on a camera without infrared technology you should make sure that the area near the camera is well lit so that your security cameras can still deter criminals and catch footage of any potential burglars.
The ultimate goal with any security camera is to give you and your family a sense of safety and security. With today’s technology you can do that and much more with just a little knowledge of all that these cameras are capable. Just make sure to follow these guidelines as you go about protecting what is priceless.