Whether you are planning to purchase a professional home security system or are considering a do-it-yourself approach, there many features available to improve security. By finding the right combination of security features, you can feel more confident that your home is protected.
Find A Balance In Camera Features
Security cameras remain one of the most useful security features you can have. Unfortunately, there can be a trade-off between camera resolution and storage of recordings. Ideally, your security cameras should be capable of recording in HD quality. Low-resolution recordings may not produce recordings that are clear enough to identify an intruder or thief, but they can take up less storage space. To help offset the higher quality of an HD camera, you may want to have a security setup with motion sensors. It is not necessary to have a continuous recording of your property. This way, if you ever need to review your security footage, you are only viewing recordings when there was actual motion within your camera's range.
Have Alternative Power Sources
Your alarm system should have at least one alternate power source. Significant weather events may result in widespread power outages that can last for several days. Unfortunately, these are times when residential locations are more vulnerable to break-ins. Another concern is that burglars may cut telephone and power lines before attempting to enter a building. As an additional layer of protection, you may want a security system that broadcasts an audible alarm when the power has been disconnected to the building. Although it may be a slight inconvenience to disable the alarm if the problem is a simple power outage or fuse box problem, having this additional layer of protection could potentially stop an intruder if they tamper with any wiring.
Be Cautious About Networks
Many security features are on a home network or can be accessed by your mobile device or on the cloud. These features are a useful option if you use them correctly. If your security system is linked to a home network, it is imperative that your network is not "discoverable." This means that when people search for an available network, your network should not show up. Anyone who requires access to your network should know the network identification.
You should also use basic security features for generating passwords. When your security system is accessible via your mobile device, you need to keep your device locked at all times and have a plan in place if your device is lost or stolen. All of these advanced features do little to protect yourself if someone manages to gain access to the security cameras inside your home, disable the alarm, and unlock your door.
Proactively securing your home is one of the best defenses against break-ins. Although there is no perfect combination of security features, there are numerous products available to make you feel safer inside and away from home.
For more information, contact Atlas Alarm Corporation or a similar company.