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What are the Best Tips for Home Video Surveillance?

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Some of the best tips for home video surveillance will depend on the reasons for setting up cameras in the first place. If the surveillance is intended to observe a babysitter, housekeeper, or other service professional, then it's generally important for the cameras to be well-hidden. In the case of video surveillance for security purposes, making the cameras highly visible can be a great deterrent. Regardless of the purpose, it's usually important to look at things from a strategic perspective and make sure the right areas get enough camera coverage. It's also important to purchase the right home video surveillance technology for the intended coverage area.

One of the first things a person needs to think about is what camera model to buy. There are many different kinds available, and the feature sets can be pretty wide-ranging. Some models get more recommendations than others. For cameras that are meant to be seen, box cameras are generally recommended, because they are very noticeable and easily recognizable. In situations where secret surveillance is required, tiny bullet cameras are usually recommended as a good choice.

There are also some important technological considerations when purchasing home video surveillance cameras. It is usually important to get cameras with plenty of lines of resolution, because these will have a much clearer image. Many experts recommend avoiding wireless cameras because of reliability issues.

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For areas that may need to be filmed in darkness, night cameras can be a good idea. There are many different kinds of home video surveillance cameras with night vision technology, and the prices for these cameras have gradually dropped over time. Night vision is usually a good idea for outdoor security cameras, because many break-ins happen at night, and a camera that can’t see in the dark could be almost useless in those situations.

When people are setting up security surveillance, it's usually important to think about what areas are most vulnerable. One way to do this is to try thinking like a burglar. Once a person sees his home from this kind of tactical perspective, it can be easier to plot a surveillance strategy that will actually work.

Some experts also recommend buying some fake home video surveillance cameras to go with the real ones. This can increase the deterrent effect in security situations. With this strategy, it is generally important that the real cameras cover the most important strategic areas, while the fake ones are placed in areas that are highly visible, but not crucial. Another part of the same strategy would involve putting a sign on the lawn that lets people know there is video surveillance on the property.

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Timofey753
Post 2

I agree, the software is a quite important part. Most all modern programs can detect movements and send notifications. The question is how good and stably they work. I personally use Xeoma for nearly a year already.

I really like the functional part and it works fine with different types of cameras and brands. In addition, it has a very pleasant and user-friendly interface. This is my personal tip and experience I can share.

kylie83
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The camera model is the first thing you need to consider, but surveillance software is also important to create an effective security system. You need to consider security software recording, monitoring. motion detection, e-mail notification and more.

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