What Are The Main Types Of CCTV Cameras People Use For Security?

For as long as it has been an option, CCTV has been a popular way to get peace of mind that your property is safe from thieves, vandals and anyone else who wants to trespass there, whether it is at home or at your business location. As with all video technology, CCTV has advanced a lot over the last couple of decades and is now not only more convenient but also more affordable, meaning more and more people are installing some degree of camera based security. Whatever your needs, whether you want to film an office, a store, or your own home, you have plenty of choices when it comes to CCTV cameras. Here are some of the main types you can go for:

Dome Style Cameras

You have probably seen dome style security cameras on the ceiling in places like banks and hotels. They are good choices for these kinds of businesses because it is impossible for the people coming and going from the premises to tell where the cameras themselves are pointing, which makes them a very good crime deterrent. They also look sleek and subtle and can look good in a site where aesthetics are important and you may not want bulky looking cameras everywhere. These cameras can be either wired or wireless, though are usually wired because they tend to be left in the same spot permanently and are usually used on a 24/7 basis, so the owners don’t want to have to worry about their batteries.

Traditional Wired Cameras

The typical security camera you see in shops, and even in some cities out on the street, is a hard wired camera that films whenever it is switched on, sending its footage to screens or to a hard drive where it can be stored. These are still used by lots of people, and one of their main selling points is that they look very imposing. If you want to put off opportunist thieves and vandals, having a large, obvious camera can be a great way to do it. They may look a bit more ‘big brother’ than the sleek dome style, but they certainly make an impression that says you are monitoring your home or workplace.

Wireless Cameras

Most styles of home and business security cameras can now be found in a wireless style. Wireless cameras have their pros and cons – they are much easier to install and move around, however they do need to run on battery power and this means you need to recharge them often. This makes them great if you just want them on for a few hours a day, but if you want surveillance at all times a wired style will be more convenient.

As well as getting different styles of camera, you can also choose things like night vision for your security cameras if you don’t have security lighting in the area you want your camera to watch. Night vision and thermal imaging are both popular ways to combat this and are available in wired, wireless and dome styles.

How Secure Is Your Garage?

Garages are really useful places. You can keep your car in there, helping you save on your car insurance premiums and protect it from thieves, and you can also use it to stash away other valuable items like your family’s bikes, your tools, and general clutter you don’t want to throw out but don’t want to keep inside the house. If you use your garage for any of these purposes, you may think your stuff is all safe, however garages are almost as regularly targeted by thieves as actual houses. It is therefore important to think about how safe and secure you are keeping your garage.

Here are some tips for making your garage and its content more theft proof:

Keep Things Inside Your Garage Locked Down

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If you keep things like cars and bikes in garages, make sure you don’t disregard their normal security. Lock your car even when it is inside the garage and don’t leave any valuables, or things that look like they might be valuable, like handbags, laptop bags, phones and wallets visible inside the car. This way, if someone gets into the garage itself they may still not be able to steal your car or its contents. You should also consider keeping bikes locked to a firm structure inside the garage so that they can’t be easily lifted, and keeping expensive tools and equipment locked away in cabinets that aren’t easy to remove, as opposed to lightweight tool boxes someone could easily take away.

Lighting and Cameras

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If you have security lights or a CCTV system protecting your home, don’t neglect the garage area in your set up. Security lights that work on a motion sensor and come on when someone approaches your garage can be a big deterrent for thieves, and can also alert you inside the house when somebody comes close to your garage door. Security cameras can have an even more powerful effect when it comes to putting thieves and trespassers off of coming to your garage to take a look and steal what they can, and will also give you good evidence to use, which will help the police if the garage is ever broken into.

Security Doors

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There are all different styles of garage door you can have and what works best for you will depend on the style and size of your garage space, and how often you need to access it. However, it is vitally important that these doors are lockable, secure, and very difficult to smash in. While it would be difficult for someone to break down the doors undetected when you are at home, if you are on holiday or otherwise away from your house then thieves who were aware of this could take the doors out if they aren’t robust. You may also want to consider electric doors that will only open for somebody who has the right electronic key fob to open them.

Securing your garage can prevent the theft of a lot of valuable items you may not really think about because they aren’t inside your home. Remember that theft is always on the rise, and taking care of your garage space can really make a difference.