Factors to Consider When Setting Up Your Own Home Surveillance System

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Everyone is entitled to a safe and secure home and that usually impels a lifetime contract with a security system company, which in turn demands annual fees. With the advent of wireless technology, this scenario is changing and DIY home security systems have become easier than ever to fit and control.

There are just a few things you must keep in mind while setting up your own home security system:

1. Choosing a surveillance system
Wirelessly connected CCTV cameras, both hidden and visible in plain sight, have their own advantages. While smartphones or tablets can covertly control the ones that are hidden, the visible devices can act as the first deterrence for burglars. CCTV can also help you identify the perpetrators and locate misplaced goods. The minimum is four bullet cameras along with a DVR that can hold the recordings. One TB of memory is sufficient.

Wi-Fi cameras are the most recent addition to the DIY security systems. They are of superior quality and more versatile than the former. Aside from the obvious advantages of motion tilting and pan/zoom, it allows two-way communication and facial recognition.

2. Selecting your sensors
Setting up sensors in critical areas that may or may not lie in the cameras’ blind spot usually rakes up extra costs. Now, however, you can do it for free with the DIY system.

Motion sensors – set them up on doors/windows that should never be opened.
Motion detectors – these usually work by lighting up whichever source they are hooked to when they sense movement. A perfect obstruction for uninvited guests.
Smart sensors- they are connected remotely to your mobile device and keep you updated wherever you are.
Environmental sensors – for fire and/or smoke. These save more lives than all of the above combined.
Smart lighting – set up to control the switching on and off of lights at set intervals to give the illusion of the home being inhabited even when it isn’t.

3. Select a home security kit
The entire process of installing every component one piece at a time might prove too overwhelming for some, especially because it is your home’s safety on the line. There are pre-designed security kits of the plug and connect variety that you can buy instead. These usually do not require monthly instalments and since you would be setting it up personally, the chances of a false alarm reduce significantly.

4. Setup and placement
Move your cameras according to your needs. You don’t have to install a camera and leave it forever. Choose the kind that you can move around depending on how and where you require it. Magnetic mounts that are available in security kits can be used for this.
Use monitoring software to name your cameras. This is an integral step and often skipped by many. Name the cameras according to their location and avoid confusion while receiving information wirelessly.

5. Use preinstalled applications and software
Make use of all the cloud storage you have. This way, you don’t have to worry even if the burglars take the network hard drive with them. Determine how you can best use your notifications- on a phone, tablet or laptop. You could simply ask for push emails and remain connected through any of the devices or request specifics.

6. Subscribe to online monitoring systems to check-in on the go.
Use the Wi-Fi connection and install software on your mobile device to allow you to check-in visually.

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Bill Brown is an expert writer in the home security, investments, saving and cleaning field.