There could be any number of reasons why someone would want to use home security surveillance for their private residence. It could be that you suspect someone that works for you is stealing. Or maybe you’re concerned about your teenager’s comings and goings while you’re at work. Or crime is up in your neighborhood. Whatever the reason, home security surveillance has its positive benefits and its drawbacks as well. Let’s explore just a few of these here, and then you can be better prepared to decide if this investment is for you.
First, note that there are typically two types of home security surveillance videos. One is recorded to a video tape or DVD, and you play it back at your leisure or watch it on a monitor while it’s being recorded. Another broadcasts the video to a website while it records.
The advantage of one over the other is that the website broadcast can be viewed anywhere that there’s an internet connection. If you’re considering home security surveillance because you suspect your teenager is doing something he or she shouldn’t when you’re at work, you can log in, watch the broadcast, and then call home and tell them to get off the couch and get their chores done, or to send their friends home, or to put that bag of chips back in the cupboard.
You can also do this if you have a nanny or babysitter watching your children when you’re away. In cases like this, you want to just log in quickly and check on things, rather than needing to actually save recordings of the video. Of course, not many choose this type of home security surveillance, but it’s interesting that many daycare centers and nursing homes are now offering it as part of their pricing. Parents can watch their children when they’re at work and you can be assured that your elderly parent or relative is not being harmed while you’re away.
The other type of home security surveillance that records the video to a tape or DVD is best used if you suspect someone is stealing or vandalizing your property. You may not be able to monitor your property twenty-four hours per day, and of course not while you sleep, but buy using this type of home security surveillance, you are able to have a recording in case you need to call the police or show up in court.
Of course, you want to be sure that you’re not using your home security surveillance to do anything illegal or that might unnecessarily bother the neighbors. Don’t be taping their yard or their activities. And definitely don’t tape someone in your house without their knowledge if they were to have a reasonable expectation of privacy. There have been many cases of persons being sued because they used home security surveillance in this way. Not only might you face monetary fines, you could actually go to jail depending on who you taped and what you do with the tapes afterward.