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Types of Home Security Technology

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If you are a homeowner, then keeping your family members and property safe is a top priority. It used to be that the best way to keep your property secure was to get a guard dog or leave the television on while away to trick potential intruders into thinking someone was at home. While these methods are still useful, modern-day home security technology provides even more protection and peace of mind. Nowadays, home security technology runs the gamut from do-it-yourself burglar alarms to expensive surveillance systems installed by a professional. Here are four of the easiest and most effective home security devices you can use to help put your fears to rest. 

Closed circuit television cameras

Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras can be used to monitor areas of the home that are common break-in points for burglars, such as the front door, rear windows, and basement door. These cameras can also be installed indoors to monitor domestic staff, babysitters, or in-home caregivers. With CCTV cameras, homeowners have around-the-clock access to the video footage which they can view from anywhere in the world on a computer or laptop.

Motion detectors

Motion detection systems use infrared technology to detect the presence of an intruder. When the sensor detects motion, the system automatically turns on floodlights outside the home and sends an alarm signal to the receiver unit. Motion detectors can be installed both indoors and outdoors. Many of them can be programmed to respond only to human movement, so that pets do not end up repeatedly triggering the system.

Burglar alarm systems

Burglar alarm systems combine a number of security features. Along with video camera monitoring of the premises, they may include things like electronic access control (for doors), motion detectors, glass break detectors, door and window contacts, spotlights, and invisible force fields. Burglar alarm systems have alerting devices (sirens, bells, or flashing lights) that go off when the system detects an intrusion.  Burglar alarm systems also come with a keypad. The keypad is placed in a central location inside the home and can be used to disable the alarm system by punching in a code.


Uses of Closed Circuit Television

Closed circuit television (CCTV) refers to a type of surveillance system whereby footage recorded by video cameras is transmitted to television monitors on which the footage can be remotely viewed. CCTV allows for continuous monitoring of multiple sites and real-time surveillance whereby footage can be viewed as it happens. CCTV systems also store video surveillance footage in digital file format for future reference.

There are a number of applications of CCTV in residential and commercial settings.

Residential Settings

1)      Nanny cams

CCTV nanny cams are used to monitor hired caregivers in the home, such as a babysitter, governess, nurse, or nurse’s aide. Homeowners can use nanny cams to ensure their children and elderly loved ones are getting the attention and care they deserve. Nanny cams have the additional benefit of allowing homeowners to monitoring everyone who enters the home, such as maintenance workers or even party guests.

2)      Front door cams

CCTV front door cameras are video cameras that allow homeowners to monitor the entrance to their home. They help control access to the home by providing a way to check to see who is at the door without having to open up or look outside. Front door cams help homeowners weed out unwanted visitors such as door-to-door salespeople and also boost security my recording footage of everyone who approaches the entrance of the home.

Commercial settings

1)      Loss prevention

CCTV cameras are used in business places, such as retail outlets and banks, to help prevent losses due to shoplifting, robbery, or fraud. Loss prevention cams are also very useful in other places where theft can occur, such as in schools, restaurants, and museums.

2)      Employee monitoring

CCTV cameras may also be used in settings such as daycares, nursing homes, mental hospitals, or assisted living facilities to make sure employees are providing responsible, quality care and not shirking their duties.

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