Using Security Sensors with Home Security Cameras

Did you know that you can set up your security cameras to be linked to security sensors to trigger when the camera turns on and where it points? Installing a home security camera can seem simple, but it is important to make sure that it is installed correctly. motion-alarms-135448943If security sensors are improperly installed, the results may be less than acceptable. If you want to make sure home invaders are caught or frightened enough to run away, you need to make sure your home security camera is installed just right. You may even want to consider seeking professional assistance installing cameras and sensors. A professional installer will ensure that your home receives optimum surveillance and protection. They will also be familiar with the laws and regulations that go along with your security cameras to make sure everything is up to code and in conjunction with the law.

Installation and Use

Most home security cameras come with installation instructions and procedures. Every camera is different, so if you choose to install the camera yourself, make sure to read through the instructions carefully and follow them closely.

Sensors can be of great use when recording video feeds from a security camera. They also are normally easy to install and can help save the lifespan of a camera, not to mention the storage space for documented videos. Location is extremely important. Sensors can be set up on the front porch, inside doorways or windows, or on driveways and gates to the backyard. Once anyone passes the threshold of the sensor, the cameras will kick on with the recording device.

Placement of a home security camera is very important. You need to make sure that there is nothing blocking the view of the area you want to monitor. The placement of the lens is also extremely important. You need to make sure to consider how far away the camera is from the area to be monitored. With that it is important to make sure that the camera is in focus for the best quality of image. It doesn’t make much of a difference how well the camera system is set up, sensors and all, if the image of a burglar is blurry because the camera wasn’t in focus. Another way to help the camera stay in focus is to make sure it is mounted on something stable. diagram-146967394If the camera is not mounted properly or is on an object that can be easily moved, the camera may shake and the image will be distorted. If the camera is placed outside, it is important to make sure that it is well protected from the elements. Good casing can not  only protect from normal outside hazards, but can also provide protection from vandalism or from being tampered with.

Recording what your camera picks up is always an option. Not all home security cameras are set up to record. In some cases, a direct video feed is all that is needed. If you want to use a security camera to see who is at the door or to keep an eye on the kids outside, a direct feed should work just fine. However, there are plenty of great reasons to want to be able to play back what is being monitored. There are many ways to record the video feed. Some are as simple as hooking up a VCR while others can link to a computer with recording programs to upload onto a hard drive. This is a way to constantly document who or what is coming into a yard, home, or individual room. It is also a great way to link up with sensors to begin recording as soon as a sensor is triggered.

Choosing a home security camera should be carefully thought out and researched for the needs of your home. The installation of the camera you choose should be equally as well planned. Proper installation is important, and whether installed on your own or by a professional, make sure that your cameras are in the perfect spot, sensors have been placed well, and proper recording equipment has been set to help protect your home and family.