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Home Security 101: Essential Things You Need to Know About Protecting Your Home

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Home Security 101: Essential Things You Need to Know About Protecting Your Home

Everybody wants to come home to a house that is safe and secure. Thankfully, there are a variety of ways on how you can keep your home safe from any internal or external threats. Let's break down the things you need to know about home security. 

General security measures

Before we dive into the world of security cameras and systems, let's discuss general home security measures that can greatly improve the safety of your home.

  1. Identify your home's weaknesses. The first step to home security is to identify your home's weak spots. Answering these questions will help you address the issue more effectively.
  • Are there particular areas in your property where a break-in can happen?
  • Is your house well lit at night?
  • Can outsiders see your valuables from the street?
  1. Do you know your neighbors? A good community consists of neighbors looking out for each other. Get to know your neighbors and make arrangements to watch over each other’s properties whenever any of you are out. If there's one thing that can thwart a burglar's plans, it's nosy neighbors.
  2. Be careful what you throw in the trash. Prevent burglars from knowing what's in your home by disposing of your trash properly. Cut up cardboard boxes and shred bills or bank statements.
  3. Reinforce openings. As an additional precaution, take care to reinforce doors and windows to make possible break-ins harder. 

Install a home security system

Research conducted by various organizations all agree on one thing-- homes without a security system are more likely to be broken into. Surveillance cameras strategically placed in various areas of your home monitor your property for you, while other devices bring audible attention (and dispatch police) in case of any break-in attempts.

Before you head to your local hardware store, however, it's important to familiarize yourself with the common types of surveillance cameras best used for home security. 

  • Dome and bullet cameras - For home use, we highly recommend using dome and/or bullet cameras. Dome cameras are discreet and cover wide areas. Bullet cameras, on the other hand, are inexpensive and easy to install.
  • Coverage - For an efficient home surveillance system, identify areas where you want to place cameras. Cameras come in different lenses and, as a result, cover different amounts of areas. Wide-angle lens cover a large amount of space than your usual lens, while pan-tilt-zoom cameras can provide you a 360-degree view of the surroundings.

    Once you've got everything covered, plan where you're going to place this or that type of camera for better surveillance. For example, consider placing a camera that directly shoots in front of the lens for doorsteps.
  • Wireless vs. Wired - Home surveillance cameras also come in two types: wired and wireless. Wired cameras provide clear images and can be built into the walls. However, most buyers think they are unattractive and less discreet.

    Wireless cameras, on the other hand, can be installed everywhere. This type transmits signals, can be very discreet, and are generally flexible. A common problem with wireless cameras, however, is the disruption of recording time whenever a home's wireless network encounters hitches.

For more information about home surveillance systems, including types and features you should look for, check out our article on: The Home Owner's Guide to Home Security Systems [insert link to article: Q’See Home Owner's Guide to Home Security Systems]. Our shop is also regularly updated with the latest home security systems available in the market.

Contact us at (877) 998-3440 so we can recommend the best security products for your needs and budget. 

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