Purchasing a video security system can be a difficult task. What type of DVR should you buy, how many cameras you will need, and remote viewing capability are just some of the options that should be considered when purchasing such a system. By following this basic buying guide for video security systems, you will have a much clearer idea of what system will best suit your needs.
Determine the Purpose of the System
- What are you looking to protect? Are you looking to deter intruders?
- Would you like to keep an eye on certain areas of your home? Determine how many locations you’d like to monitor and look for a security system that will accommodate that amount. Most systems have 4, 8 or 16 channels to protect the areas you care about most, such as entrances and exits, the backyard, and your children’s rooms.
Analyze Your Property to Determine Equipment Locations
- Would you like to monitor indoor, outdoor, or both?
- What areas of your home are the most susceptible to theft or property damage? Monitoring main entry points, like doors, windows, and garages can go a long way in keeping your property safe.
- Cameras that have both indoor and outdoor capabilities are very common and are effective in any weather condition. If you require night time monitoring, be sure to purchase cameras that allow night vision
Establish Your Budget
- Research various systems with the features you have decided you are looking for and compare costs
- Consider Do-It-Yourself options, which will help bring expensive installation and monitoring costs down, allowing you to use the extra money for a higher quality, more comprehensive security system.
Consider an Internet-Accessible System
- Many new DVRs allow for remote viewing, which means you can view your recorded video footage anywhere in the world at any time of day
- Some systems are even smartphone compatible, affording you the convenience of checking in from your iPhone or BlackBerry – all you need is a high-speed Internet connection