Should Your Home Have Indoor Surveillance Cameras?

August 30th, 2019

Security cameras are an important part of any advanced security system.  Their presence can deter burglars from targeting your home, they can spot trouble and let you call the police before burglars get away, and the authorities can use your recordings for evidence that will help them catch and convict the people who stole from you.  Some homeowners will install additional cameras inside their homes, but there are both pros and cons to this decision.

Pro:  Pet And Child Monitoring

Today’s security cameras can come with live monitoring apps that let you check your feeds using your smartphone.  This means you don’t have to sit down at your recording setup and watch the monitor to see what’s going on in the rest of your home, and in fact you could be a thousand miles away on vacation.  Indoor cameras let you see what your pets are up to while you’re away and how well your babysitter is doing with your kids while you’re spending the night out.

Con:  Anxious Monitoring

Sometimes when people can see what’s going on in their home at any time, they constantly use their cameras to check in and see if anything has gone wrong like a burglar, an accident, two pets fighting, a candle left burning, or any of the thousands of other things to worry about.  Indoor cameras will make some homeowners relax, but for others it feeds their anxieties.  One way to help is to get a camera with motion detection.  It can send you an alert if something moves, and if nothing does you can be confident that all is quiet.

Pro:  Valuable Monitoring And Recording

Sometimes burglars strike even if they see your security system, either because they’re confident they can disable it or they just don’t care.  In either case, it can help to have a camera pointed at your valuable electronics, your safe, your jewelry stand, or other objects a thief might take.  Not only does this give you an extra chance to spot and record the burglar’s face, it also gives you solid evidence you can give to your insurance company to prove that you owned these expensive items and that someone has stolen them.

Con:  Hacking Vulnerability

Burglars can cut the cords of a security camera to disable the feed, and they can hack into a wireless camera’s feed to shut it down or find your valuables.  Fortunately, there are plenty of sophisticated cameras that encrypt their transmissions and are impossible to hack without guessing the password.  Just be sure to do your part and change the passwords of your cameras, Wi-Fi network, and recording computer so they aren’t easily guessed or default passwords.

Indoor surveillance can be very helpful, but it does come with a few issues.  Fortunately, it doesn’t take much to clear those issues up.  You shouldn’t put cameras in certain areas like bathrooms even if you own your home, but otherwise you should think about where one would be useful and contact SilverHammer Surveillance to find out what else you should know about security cameras.