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Home safety and security systems are an effective way to keep a house and those within it protected against a range of eventualities. They communicate information rapidly, providing real-time updates to keep homeowners informed at all times, whether they’re at home or away. These systems take the form of CCTV cameras as well as other monitoring devices that detect motion or changes in the environment requiring alert and swift action.
Smoke alarms are an essential and required part of any home safety and security setup. These devices use precision sensors to detect the presence of smoke, differentiating it from steam. Some also detect carbon monoxide, sending an alert to a smartphone as well as audible alarms so inhabitants can vacate quickly. Built-in lighting in certain models supplies illumination to make navigating hallways in the dark or in smoky conditions easier. Smart smoke alarms are self-testing to ensure their continued reliability. Place water overflow detectors in the laundry room and bathroom to receive immediate alerts in the event of a leak from a burst hose or a pipe.
Installing an array of IR network cameras provides an all-around view of the home’s exterior to detect incoming humans and animals in any direction. Outdoor cameras in surveillance security systems feature durable, weatherproof housing to stand up to the elements. A camera with night vision is equipped with IR sensors, allowing for recording footage in the dark up to a certain distance. You can control these cameras from a computer or smartphone, adjusting the field of view as necessary to capture the action. Dome cameras mounted on a ceiling are highly adjustable, and offer a clear picture of the events in a room or the immediate area. Greet visitors or watch packages being dropped off with a camera placed by the front door, some of which feature two-way audio.
As they capture activity during the day, and night, IP network cameras record large amounts of data. Video takes up a lot of hard drive space, so a home safety and security system requires a central hard drive with plenty of storage available. Users can keep footage for as long as needed, or set up an automatic, regular deletion of old recordings to make room for new ones. To reduce the amount of video recorded, set up an IR network camera to only record if motion is detected or during certain times of day. Save segments of time-stamped footage or still images to provide to local law enforcement.
A home safety and security system is easy to install utilizing various camera types such as CCTV analog cameras or IR cameras. Configure compatible cameras with a smartphone app, and even view a feed of real time footage from the device screen. A mini spy camera fits in a discreet, hidden location and often requires little set-up. Many security cameras are wireless, requiring simple attachment to walls or ceilings.