Theft, vandalism, and other crimes happen in the blink of an eye. For the times when you can’t be there, security cameras can take your place.
They will serve as your eyes and ears so you can still monitor what’s happening inside and around your home even while you’re away. They’re also an effective way to deter porch pirates or anyone who might want to break in.
Keep reading to discover the types of security cameras your home needs.
There are several ways of categorizing security cameras: by location, power, connectivity, recording, and shape.
Where do you plan to install security cameras? Inside your home, outside, or both?
If you want eyes on your front and/or backyard, it’s best to use an outdoor security camera. They come in weather-resistant cases, meaning they can withstand rain, hail, snow, and dust as well as extreme temperature changes.
Unlike outdoor cameras, indoor cameras don’t usually have weatherproof features. They are put in areas that are central in your home, such as the living room and hallways.
Before buying a camera, ask yourself whether you want it to get its power from batteries (wireless) or a wall outlet (wired).
Wired cameras are either plugged in or hardwired into a home. They offer stable connections and can run multiple devices without over-extending power.
The absence of cables and cords makes wireless cameras a cinch to install compared to wired ones. They are also portable and a great fit for small and hard-to-access areas. However, Canadian winters are not kind to batteries and you may find yourself having to replace them very often this time of year.
Wired cameras work even without WiFi. Since footage can’t be live-streamed, the recording goes directly to a micro-SD or hard drive, which you can download to local storage for viewing.
WiFi cameras are connected to your internet and have a corresponding app so you can live stream footage, control the camera, and receive notifications. Recordings are stored in the cloud so even if a vandal destroys them, you still have the footage.
There are cameras that come with a physical hard drive where you can record and store videos, such as Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and Network Video Recorders (NVRs). Other cameras send videos to a cloud server through the internet.
If you give a lot of importance to aesthetics, you may want to choose your camera based on its shape. These are the usual shapes to choose from:
Dome cameras provide a wide field of view because of their spherical design. Typically placed on ceilings, they are also hard to steal.
Bullet cameras are the best choice for covering wide areas such as building exteriors and your perimeter fence. Some are equipped with infrared night vision to ensure powerful video surveillance.
This depends on where you want to put it and how secure you want your home to be. If you want to have eyes on every corner of your home for more thorough security, we recommend you get a doorbell camera, indoor cameras, and outdoor bullet cameras.
A doorbell camera allows you to screen visitors and protect your deliveries. Knowing who is at your door or if a package has arrived are two of the major advantages of installing a doorbell camera.
An indoor camera gives you surveillance inside your home. If someone gets inside your home, suspects can easily be identified and prosecuted because CCTV footage can serve as compelling evidence in court. We recommend you get one with a “360 panoramic view” because they capture a much larger field of view—that means fewer risks for blind spots.
Finally, you should also consider installing outdoor bullet cameras on your perimeter fence. The presence of security cameras is highly effective in deterring criminal behaviour—and because bullet cams have protruding bodies, they’re easier to spot.
Most bullet cameras also have a larger lens and built-in infrared illuminators, which allows them to detect license plates and continue surveillance into the night.
Knowing you have these three types of security cameras to protect your home will assure you that your home is safe even when you’re not at home.