Home secu­ri­ty cam­eras give you a clear pic­ture of what’s hap­pen­ing at your home. But it would be best to be care­ful which cam­era sys­tem you buy.

There are numer­ous styles of home secu­ri­ty cam­eras on the mar­ket these days, and unfor­tu­nate­ly, many of the cheap­er DIY options lack the essen­tial fea­tures you need to keep your home safe.

If you’re look­ing for a pro­fes­sion­al sys­tem to pro­tect your home, here are eight fea­tures to look for.

What to look for in home secu­ri­ty cam­eras

Home Security Cameras

1) Professional monitoring capability

While it’s essen­tial that you can access your live cam­era feed (more on that below), you need to con­sid­er what might hap­pen when you’re unable to view the footage. With pro­fes­sion­al mon­i­tor­ing from an inde­pen­dent mon­i­tor­ing cen­ter like PROTECTION PLUS, you can be sure that alarm-trig­gered video footage is ver­i­fied by trained dis­patch­ers who can send author­i­ties to your home imme­di­ate­ly.

2) Live remote viewing

What good are your home secu­ri­ty cam­eras if you can’t see the footage? If you’re away from home, you should be able to view the live video stream on your smart­phone or com­put­er. So you can check on the kids, see what’s hap­pen­ing at the front door and ensure your home is safe.

3) Smart notifications

Look for secu­ri­ty cam­eras that alert you to activ­i­ty on your prop­er­ty, such as some­one walk­ing in your front yard. The best cam­era sys­tems allow you to define what trig­gers these noti­fi­ca­tions on your phone. Addi­tion­al­ly, some sys­tems can be con­fig­ured to ignore every­day activ­i­ties you don’t want to be alert­ed about, such as dri­ving by car.

4) Night vision

Make sure your cam­eras can see in the dark. With­out night-vision capa­bil­i­ties or motion-trig­gered lights, you won’t be able to see what hap­pens after night, mak­ing them use­less.

5) Weather resistance

The cam­eras may be designed for indoor, out­door, or both. Ensur­ing that any out­door cam­eras are specif­i­cal­ly built to with­stand the ele­ments is cru­cial. With­out prop­er weath­er resis­tance, mois­ture and oth­er envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors can eas­i­ly dam­age out­door cam­eras.

6) Ample storage

The method of video stor­age can vary depend­ing on the spe­cif­ic cam­era sys­tem and set­up. Some cam­era sys­tems allow for local stor­age on the sys­tem itself, while oth­ers pro­vide options for cloud stor­age or even a com­bi­na­tion of both.

Fac­tors such as the cam­er­a’s stor­age capac­i­ty and the select­ed stor­age option deter­mine the num­ber of videos that can be saved and the dura­tion of stor­age. Cheap cam­era sys­tems may have lim­it­ed local stor­age, which may require addi­tion­al expens­es for month­ly cloud stor­age if you want to save a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of videos.

To get accu­rate and detailed infor­ma­tion about the stor­age capa­bil­i­ties of a spe­cif­ic cam­era sys­tem, it is best to con­sult the man­u­fac­tur­er’s spec­i­fi­ca­tions or prod­uct doc­u­men­ta­tion.

More robust sys­tems allow you to keep vir­tu­al­ly all your footage, so you nev­er miss a moment.

7) High-definition video

Why both­er record­ing any­thing if you can’t tell what you see in the footage? Look for secu­ri­ty sys­tems that record and save your footage in high-def­i­n­i­tion video so that the images are crys­tal clear.

8) Scalability

For prop­er secu­ri­ty, you’ll need mul­ti­ple cam­eras posi­tioned around your prop­er­ty. Oth­er­wise, you’re leav­ing your home at risk. Ensure you can eas­i­ly scale your sys­tem with more cam­eras to cap­ture every angle effec­tive­ly.

Get more infor­ma­tion

Con­tact us at PROTECTION PLUS for more infor­ma­tion on safe­guard­ing your home with pro­fes­sion­al home secu­ri­ty cam­eras from a lead­ing Toron­to secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny.

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Mike Wedmann
Mike Wedmann is an experienced Security Industry Professional with over 25 years experience as a Security Integrator and Project Manager. Mike has been with Protection Plus Inc. for over 20 years. Mike has lived in the greater Toronto area for over 25 years with his wife, 2 kids and a dog named Bart. He has an educational background in Communications and writing. Mike is a published author that writes about his experiences on various topics, including his experience as a parent. Primarily Mike writes about Security Industry products and Security Solutions that benefit consumers.