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Video Camera Surveillance for Home Owners (w/FAQs)

Updated: Jan 13

Video camera surveillance is a security system that uses cameras and the internet to gather and send video data. The video surveillance system consists of recorders, display units, and one or several cameras. Video cameras can be conspicuously located in the open or hidden to enable discreet recording.




The surveillance systems use encrypted and closed data transmission channels to avoid interception by unauthorized parties. You can remotely monitor the video footage via an IP camera or record it on a DVR for later viewing.


Benefits of Video Cameras

Video cameras can be used for a wide array of functions, including:

  • Remote Monitoring: You can use a hidden video camera surveillance to remotely view what is happening in your house.

  • Home Security: Video camera surveillance can be used to protect a home's perimeter.

  • Deter Thieves and Burglars: Thieves and burglars will be reluctant to invade your home if they can see the surveillance video cameras.

  • Court Evidence: Footage from video camera surveillance can be used as evidence in a court of law.


Planning for a Video Surveillance System

You have to consider several factors when choosing a video surveillance system for your home. They include:

  • Size of Monitored Area: The size of the area will determine the number of cameras needed.

  • Conspicuous vs. Hidden: Conspicuous cameras can deter criminals, while hidden cameras can secretly collect video information.

  • Lighting: Maximum surveillance will only occur if you choose a camera system that can overcome reflections, glares, and low lighting.

  • Location: Outdoor cameras need protection against weather elements and theft.

  • Viewing and Storage: There are multiple storage options, including memory cards, hard disk, and local device storage. Viewing options include smart TV, tablet, smartphone, and computer.


How to Install Video Camera Surveillance

While you can hire a video surveillance system installation expert, some cameras have a simple installation process and homeowners can complete the installation on their own.


Each video surveillance camera has its own unique installation process, but here are five simple steps on how to install most video camera systems.

  1. The first step is to take measurements of the camera, drill screw holes, put the camera in place, and connect the power cables.

  2. Next, you will need to mount the DVR in a locked compartment. This is to protect the stored videos from tampering.

  3. You need to connect the cables from the camera unit to the DVR unit.

  4. You will connect extra cables from the DVR output port to an external viewing device.

  5. Switch on the power to the DVR, display, and cameras. You will then adjust every camera to create the ideal viewing angle.


Video Surveillance FAQs

What is the difference between CCTV cameras and IP cameras?

Internet Protocol (IP) cameras transmit video data via the internet, while closed-circuit television (CCTV) uses DVR when recording videos.

Is an IP surveillance system better than a CCTV system?

Does the IP camera need a very fast internet speed to work effectively?

Where should I place my indoor video surveillance camera?

Can hackers compromise my wireless video surveillance system?

Key Takeaway

A video camera surveillance system enhances the security of your home and can provide court evidence if a burglary occurs. Fortunately, homeowners can plan and install a video surveillance system on their own.


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