Between 2019 and 2020, more than a million Australian households reported a household crime. Data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that:
- 238,100 households experienced a break-in
- 185,800 households experienced an attempted break-in
- 229,900 households experienced other forms of theft
While these numbers continue to go down every year, it’s still helpful to have measures in place to deter burglars and unauthorised individuals from entering your property.
One of the best things you can do is to safeguard your property with security cameras. With security cameras like CCTV, you have a means of video surveillance, allowing you to catch burglars in the act. This may help you identify them when you report the crime.
With that being said, it’s important to carefully consider the type of security camera to install in and around your property.
What to Consider When Choosing CCTV Cameras for Your Home
- Indoor vs. Outdoor
The areas you will place your cameras in should determine the model you’ll choose. Indoor and outdoor environments, for example, experience different conditions. For instance, you cannot place a camera that’s not waterproof outside.
The brightness outdoors also differs from indoor lighting. The inside of a house tend to be dimmer while the outside enjoys natural light in the day. Because of this, you have to set up CCTV cameras that can handle fluctuations of light levels.
- Wired vs. Wireless
CCTV systems come in wired or wireless configurations. Each has its own pros and cons. Wired cameras, for example, produce more solid videos since they transmit data through cables instead of the air. However, they tend to be more expensive and difficult to install.
On the other hand, wireless cameras can be placed virtually anywhere since you don’t have to configure wirings. The downside is that they are bound by the availability of an internet connection and can be prone to hacking.
It can be tempting to make the price tag of security systems your top priority when choosing. But you might find the cheapest options will not meet your specific home security needs, and expensive doesn’t always mean excellent either.
When shopping for the perfect security camera, look at similar models and the difference in their costs. If the steeper option provides functions you don’t need, hence the higher cost, you can opt for the more affordable option and still get the essential features you want your camera to have.
Alternatively, it might be worth the few extra dollars if the more expensive option has features that will help you secure your home better, and the price difference isn’t too significant.
- Coverage area
The size of the area you want to monitor is another important consideration when choosing a security camera.
For one, it will help you determine the resolution you need. If you’re covering a wide space with just one camera, you want a higher resolution model so you can zoom in without compromising video quality.
The coverage area also determines whether a static or PTZ camera would work better. A static or fixed camera points in one direction, while a pan-tilt-zoom or PTZ camera automatically moves in different directions to get a complete picture of the coverage area.
Watch Over Your Home
SMS Security is a trusted provider of quality security cameras in Perth. With HD resolution, wide angle views,] and wired or wireless options, our CCTV cameras have your home security needs covered.
Get in touch with our security consultants for enquiries.