Setting up home security cameras systems is a fairly simple task, even for
the unskilled do it yourselfer. Minimal tools are required - mainly you need to
do a little planning, and think about your home like a burglar or other intruder
would. With proper placement of small, inconspicuous home security cameras, you
can protect almost every area of your house using anywhere from four to perhaps
at most ten well-placed cameras.
Home security cameras systems are used for more than just protecting your
property from prowlers and burglars. A growing trend is the use of these cameras
to monitor maids, child care providers, and handymen who may be in your home
when you aren't there.
Especially if you are setting up home security cameras yourself, you probably
should go with a wireless home security cameras system, for the sake of
simplicity. You don't need to worry about running wires back to your main
control panel or recording system, and if you go with battery operated cameras,
you don't even have to worry about the proximity of power outlets.
Wireless home security cameras systems transmit images to your television or
you can record the images on your VCR for later review as needed. You can also
set things up so that you can see what's going on at home even if you aren't
there, by routing the images through your computer, which you can then remotely
connect to via the internet.
Examine your home carefully, and when setting up home security cameras
position them so that you can cover several potential entry points (e.g., doors
and windows) simultaneously. Another wise move when setting up home security
cameras is to position them so that they monitor obvious traffic paths through
your home, and/or monitor the parts of your home that contain the most valuable
burglary targets (e.g., home entertainment systems, jewelry, and computers).
If you have an entrance with several windows leading to a hallway, you can
set up your home security camera to monitor just the hallway, rather than
monitor each individual entrance. Another good idea when setting up home
security cameras is to monitor the access to your upper floors simply by
monitoring the staircase.
If you have a basement, monitoring that staircase as well is also a good
idea. Put entry and breakage sensors on all the basement windows, and then set
up a security camera with a view of the stairs leading up into your home. You
might similarly monitor the garage entrance to your home, if you have one.
Once you have selected your desired locations, setting up home security
cameras requires little more than a screwdriver, perhaps an electric drill, and
some sturdy wood screws and molly bolts or plastic screw anchors. If you have a
helper, test positioning the camera in several locations while your assistant
watches the monitors.
When setting up home security cameras systems, some people choose to have
obviously visible home security, or you may, instead, choose tiny micro cameras
that can be concealed almost anywhere - a flower pot, stereo cabinet, or within
a ceiling mounted light fixture are commonly chosen locations. In any case, with
the variety of home security cameras options available today, a do it yourself
home security installation is easier than ever.