Setting up a surveillance system for your new home is a lot more than simply putting up a security camera over your front door. Safety is an important issue for all of us, especially when your belongings and loved ones are at stake. Statistics show that 7 out of 10 households have had their house broken into at some point in time. The risks are even higher if you move to a new neighborhood or city altogether. You don’t know the extent of crime and security levels in your area. This is why you should be very careful when setting up a complete surveillance system in your new home. Here is How to Set up a Complete Surveillance System in Your New Home:
Consider this scenario. You decide to move from New York to Miami, Florida with your family, pets and most of your possessions. Your house is pretty and the neighborhood looks like most suburban locales. In all the excitement of owning a new home, working at a new job and making new friends, you should not ignore the need for a surveillance system. Being new and not well connected in the city makes you an easy target for burglars and vandals. So here is what you must do to get your house maximum security.
For starters, here are some of the basic things you need to set up a home surveillance system:
- Wire-free cameras
- Multi-camera systems
- Central computer
Now that you understand the basic tools and devices you’ll need, here is a simple 4-step procedure for setting up your own surveillance system for your new home.
Step 1: Plan and prepare
The first step is to identify what kind of security you need for your new home, and then customize your system accordingly. Off the shelf solutions won’t really work for you. Prepare a checklist of which areas of your home are particularly vulnerable to intrusion. Also, mark all the access points, such as doors, windows, and so on.
Next comes knowing what kind of surveillance system you need.
- Do you leave kids and pets alone during the day?
- Do you often work the night shift?
- Do you travel out of the city on weekends?
- Do you have to leave the door open to receive deliveries or domestic help while you are away?
- Is your home left unattended for several hours a day?
All of these questions will help you determine what time of day and what level of security you need.
Finally, you need to plan what kind of devices you need. There are options for outdoor and indoor cameras, as well as wired and wire-free ones.
If you go for a wired system, consider the length of cabling you will need. Cables cost by the meter, so if you have a large house, the costs will go up. Also, Ethernet cables are more expensive than coaxial cables.
Step 2: Positioning and installing the cameras
Based on the hotspots you’ve identified in the previous step, identify the most important places to set up your cameras. Some areas that you should consider are:
- The main gate and path leading to your door, ideally with a view of the street
- Front and back doors
- Large windows on the ground floor
- Pet doors
Also, remember to position your cameras at a downward angle for maximum coverage.
You can also install sensors on your windows, garage gate and other blind spots where intrusion is possible. This will alert you when someone tries to break into your house.
Step 3: Setting up your cameras
When placing your cameras, keep a few pointers in mind:
- Avoid directly facing sunlight or bright streetlights
- Avoid any reflection on the camera lens
- Position it high enough to avoid reaching by hand
- Make sure you are not invading the privacy of your neighbors
- Ensure that your cameras are fixed where WiFi network reaches
Step 4: Lay down the network
Installing the cameras is one thing, but you also need to ensure that the entire surveillance system works efficiently. Here are a few things to plan when creating a home surveillance system:
- Place your cameras near accessible power sources
- Connect your camera securely to a recording device
- For maximum security, drill your camera into a wall or pillar
- Test run the camera angle by viewing on a monitor
- Avoid leaving any blind spots that are not covered by the cameras
- If possible, connect your surveillance system with an app to access footage while at work or out shopping
Setting up a surveillance system in a new home takes time but it can bring you immense peace of mind and reduce the anxiety of being in a new and unfamiliar environment. You will feel relaxed about leaving your home every morning or having your kids stay at home while your return from an urgent errand. To learn more about how you can maximize your home security, get in touch with All Around Moving today.
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