Do you need a home security system with video security cameras? Your home could be a high risk for home invasion and burglary without some kind of video surveillance system. There are more home invasions today than in the past, regardless of where you live. Security cameras with video footage can be important in finding and procecuting the criminals. Listed below are four basic reasons why your home should be equipped with a video surveillance system.
1.) Burglars are more likely to keep away from residences with video security. In a study recently done by Rutgers University, 30 – 40% of criminals said that they would avoid homes if they recognized an active video system. The video surveillance makes the home look less attractive to the burglar. It also discourages them from entering any neighboring homes. A good number of would be home intruders won’t break into a home that has security video cameras installed.
2.) Catch and prosecute the criminal. Numerous criminals get away with their crimes simply because there isn’t sufficient proven evidence against them. With the installation of a simple video surveillance camera, a homeowner will be able to record the criminal’s image, which is necessary for prosecution charges. There are actual news stories of homeowners being alerted of break-ins by the use of video cameras, a security system and a smartphone via the Internet. One woman, who was able to view her living room from her work desk, noticed a man in her house taking her belongings. She alerted the police, and they were able to respond quickly enough to catch the thief.
3.) Monitor housekeepers and nannies. Specialized cameras designed to fit the decor of an interior space, are used by many parents to observe their hired help. Even if a background check is performed on a nanny, and several good references are made, there is always a possibility that wrongful and/or violent behavior is happening in your home against your children. In some cases, housekeepers have been caught stealing valuables from homeowners. These are the thieves that you invite into your home. Make sure you are aware of what they are really up to.
4.) Protect you and your neighbors from illegal and gang activity. Studies have proven that homes that are well lit during the night, even in rough neighborhoods, are less likely to be infiltrated with illegal or gang activity. Drug exchanges, turf wars, and damaging graffiti are all done under the cover of darkness. With a video system installed on the exterior of your home, complete with security lights, your house will be fortified against unlawful activity. Thieves, drug dealers and criminals are not only discouraged from coming close to your house; they will also stay away from your neighbors’ homes too. This can make your whole neighborhood a safer place.