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Video Surveillance Systems for Outdoor Environments

Finding an optimal home video security surveillance system can be a real challenge in and of itself, but it can be especially difficult when there is a need to monitor external spaces outside your home at night. This may be especially true for people who live in larger-sized homes that may require effective, outdoor video security surveillance measures put in place.

One of the greatest challenges with the outdoor video surveillance operation is the effectiveness of a night-time video surveillance, which requires the use of specialty cameras. For instance, if there are a lot of leafy trees and areas with low-lighting during the night time, then you will need to have a specially designed camera capable of providing high level of detail under low-lighting conditions, as most conventional cameras will not be up to the task of providing good visibility in low light conditions, especially when there and other objects that further obscure the light.

Thus, it is important to keep in mind that if you happen to have a lot of trees and bushes providing natural cover and concealment for a potential intruder on your property, then even a specialty camera designed and equipped for the night time operation may not be a sufficient-enough measure for heavily obscured areas like trees with a lot of leaves and dense bushes. But, fortunately, there is a solution for this; thermal camera makes it easy to see any intruders, even in the areas with very low to no lighting at all.

Thermal Imaging Camera vs. a Standard Camera

Take a look at the video demonstrating the difference in performance of a conventional camera vs. a thermal imaging camera by Pelco, below:

As you can see in the video above, the difference in performance of this thermal imaging camera from Pelco vs. a standard camera is strikingly dramatic. Therefore it is imperative that you select the type of camera that is capable of providing adequate protection for your property’s external spaces.


Wireless Home Security Alarm System

Security experts have always stressed the need for house and property owners to install a wireless home security alarm system for protection against intruders. If this is too expensive for your budget, you can look for other less expensive systems available in the market today, or you can even design your own security system if you know a thing or two about electronics. The point is that there is no excuse for failing to secure one’s property against burglars and other intruders.

To give you an idea, statistics shows that it only takes a burglar less than two minutes to break into somebody’s house and leave with his loot. Meaning, you have at two minutes to detect what’s going on and to make your move. Since you could be sleeping at the time burglars hit, you can at least make these two minutes the most difficult time of a burglar’s life.

Home security is an investment and should not be taken lightly to protect your property and your family. Thus,
all of the following security measures must be incorporated into your wireless home security system to make your defense against criminals even stronger.

Home security involves a whole system of safety installations placed in strategic parts of your property. You cannot just install a doorknob here and a door lock there and call it home security. Home security must protect all parts of the house to be called as such. That’s why a wireless home security system is the best because you can spread it all around the house without the use of messy cables and wrings.

But home security system doesn’t only mean installing gadgets anywhere in the house. Logic and common sense must guide you in installing the gadgets in their right places and making sure everything is working properly at all times.

A home security, therefore, includes various types of security measures, including the traditional locks, and the more modern electronic gadgets. Be sure there are locks in all doors, gates and windows in your property. Is there proper lighting outside? Darkness is a criminal’s best friend. A well-lighted walls, gates and exteriors help a lot in deterring crimes against property.

Next is you must check if there is neighborhood security in place in your area. Check also your area’s crime statistics. How often burglaries happen there? Who are the usual suspects and who are the usual victims? How about the crime solution rate? The answers to these questions will help you decide which type of home security system to use in your house.

An anti-crime equipment that is very common these days is the CCTV camera. The sight alone of a CCTV camera mounted on walls and fences is enough to make a criminal think twice. In fact, there are house owners who install fake CCTV cameras to scare burglars away. High walls and thick gates give an impression of impenetrability to your house and make a burglar think twice. Dogs are another effective deterrent against crime.