When implementing a comprehensive home or office security surveillance system, the first step is to install appropriate outdoor cameras. For homeowners especially, the perimeter tends to be the most vulnerable area. Research indicates most burglars gain access to residential properties through a ground-floor door or window. Protect these vulnerable points of entry with cameras capable of providing continuous, ‘round-the-clock video surveillance.
Built for Resilience
Outdoor cameras must withstand the elements—and possible attempts at vandalism—so they should be encased in tough, weather-proof housings. Housings for outdoor cameras are designed to withstand the punishing effects of harsh weather, including heat, cold, rain, or snow. To be truly effective, an outdoor camera should also be capable of “seeing” in the dark. After all, that’s when most criminals are likely to attempt to break in to your home. Today’s cameras offer everything from full-color, high-definition video to night vision capability. Armed with in-camera infrared LEDs, which project invisible infrared “light” after dark, these cameras switch seamlessly from full-color natural-light imagery to surprisingly detailed night-vision imagery, even on the darkest of nights.
Weatherproof Camera Types
Cameras suitable for outdoor use come in a variety of styles. Choose from among bullet, dome and PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) cameras. Select wireless IP cameras for the greatest ease of installation, or choose analog cameras, which must be networked with a Network Video Recorder (NVR). IP cameras will broadcast their image files to your home wireless network, to be accessed, controlled, and viewed remotely by you, using your smartphone, tablet computer, or other device and an Internet connection.
The only other decision you’ll need to make is how many cameras to install. Experts recommend bullet or dome cameras at every door, and cameras to cover ground-floor windows, as well. Add additional outdoor cameras as needed to fortify your surveillance perimeter.