Security Cameras—It Matters Where You Install Them

Security cameras are very useful in monitoring who goes in and out of a house. The way these devices are installed, however, sometimes enables them to capture more than they should. Security cameras can capture and record a crime unfolding, and can successfully foil any suspect’s plan. The eyes of the modern security system could be right where you need them: in the right place at the right time.

Hidden Cameras

Not all placements are convenient, though. For starters, covert surveillance—unauthorized installation of hidden cameras—is considered illegal. California, Rhode Island, and New York specifically prohibit security cameras in public areas that are considered ‘private’, like restrooms and locker rooms. Delaware and Connecticut require signs to inform people of the cameras’ presence.

Neighbor to Neighbor

Private areas in a public place is one thing; private areas in a private place is another. In September 2013, an issue was raised in Boise, ID when a lady complained that her neighbor’s security camera was trained on her bedroom and outdoor tub. The camera’s owner clarified that it’s a low-cost dummy installed to fool would-be thieves and vandals. He wasn’t cited by the police for voyeurism.

Security cameras are helpful tools in preventing crime, but individuals must be informed of their existence. Ideally, homeowners should have security companies install the cameras strategically to avoid any legal problems.

What Happens to Security Systems During Blackouts

Responsible homeowners understand the importance of having home security. Trusting that no one’s going to break in and hurt a family member is an unacceptable risk. A fully functioning home security system will end that perpetual fear and give the family peace of mind.

However, most security systems are vulnerable to blackouts and power outages. It’s during these power interruptions when burglars and crooks are usually on the move. The effect of outages depend on the type of home security system. The most vulnerable types of security systems are those that draw power from home power lines and operate via the Internet, since power outage also leads to Internet outage.

To keep a home security system functional 24/7 and provide maximum protection for homeowners, many home security companies provide a backup battery. When the power goes out, the security system automatically draws power from the backup battery and continues to do so until the power comes back. This battery is designed to last for a minimum of 24 hours.

The lifespan of a home security system backup battery depends on many different factors, including the age of the battery, its usual maximum temperature, and additional devices installed in the system to name a few. If the power outage is expected to last for several days─ which rarely happens─ it helps to ensure that all unnecessary elements that will draw power from the backup battery are removed.

Common Sense: A Good Alarm System

Never think that you've seen the last of a burglar who got busted by your security system. The experience will only make him smarter and better-prepared for another attempt. This is why it's important for you to stay one step ahead of intruders. Sometimes, common sense is the better security system.

Suppose that the burglar already knows that breaking through the front door or ground-floor window is a mistake. He might strike again but this time with a ladder to climb to your unsecure second-floor window. It's not uncommon to leave these windows open since it lets fresh air in while you get comfortable in bed.

Given that most homes come with HVAC systems, it makes no sense to leave windows open, even during the day. Therefore, you should keep your windows closed and install sensors on them in case the burglar tries to force his way through. In addition, look for any vehicle parked in front of your house, especially a pickup truck. It's the most sensible vehicle to carry a ladder.

Another effective way of making burglars leave your house alone is to protect your sources of contact information; i.e. mailboxes. Avoid printing your name on the mailbox and make sure you get one with a lock. Some thieves check for presence inside the house by giving it a call. If no one answers, it's open season for that house.