Looking for peace of mind when you leave your home in the morning or when you’re on vacation? A home security camera or surveillance system can give you instant access to seeing what’s going on at home, inside or out.
You can watch your live camera feed on monitors installed in your home or office … or on your smartphone, any time, any where.
We’ve designed and installed a lot of security camera surveillance systems for homes in Fresno, Clovis and Visalia.
Here’s what you need to know when you’re thinking about home surveillance.
Start with the Right System
As a homeowner, you’re probably looking for outdoor surveillance cameras to watch your front door, side yard or garage door so you can check everything when you’re on vacation or at work. Maybe you want cameras installed inside as well, for example to be able to check the interior when your home alarm system goes off.
Our experience has shown us that home owners always find more places they want cameras. If you start too small or get the wrong system, you might have to buy a new system or duplicate components, like the recorder, because the original was maxed out.
Make sure you start with a system that is easily expandable. That way, you aren’t locked in and you can always add more cameras if you need them.
Stand-Alone System or Internet Connected
Your home surveillance system can be connected to the internet or it could be a stand-alone setup. You want a stand-alone setup (think CCT or closed circuit television systems) if you want to be the most secured.
We remember a few years ago when it was revealed that hackers were showing people’s home monitoring cameras as a live feed on the internet! If you’re concerned about your video cameras getting hacked or tapped into, we can (almost completely – nothing is absolute) guarantee the security of your system, whether it’s a stand-alone system or online.
You might just want to be able to keep an eye on the outside of the house. Or you might want it just to record and have the ability to search and play it back, similar to a closed circuit TV system like a bank might have.
Personally, my system is setup for recording and playback, but most of our clients prefer to use theirs to be able to check their house remotely. An internet-connected system lets you watch your feed live on your smartphone or from your desktop.
You can see who’s at the door, if your kids are home, what the dog is doing or if you left the garage door open (if you did, talk to us about smarthome automation so you never have to worry about that again).
The important thing is to decide how you are going to use your system before you invest in equipment or installation.
Go Beyond Visual Surveillance
A surveillance system can do more than just let you watch things. We can set up a system that will alert you if something has gone wrong, like a broken water line or a fire.
We set up a system for a client so he can remotely turn off his water main (this is for his mountain vacation cabin – but it can be done for any home). We installed water sensors under every fixture, then if a fixture leaks while he’s not home, it automatically shuts off the water main. Instantly!
They’re battery-operated but there’s even an alert if the batteries get low. It was an investment to install the system, but much like fire sprinklers or a burglar alarm, it saves tens of thousands in damage if there’s a problem. It was worth the peace of mind for this client.
Custom Home Surveillance and Security Cameras
Whether you want a complete custom home surveillance, fire and lead detection system tied into your smarthome system or you just want a few security cameras, I’m always glad to give you an estimate and advice.
Give us a call here at Central Valley Entertainment Systems at (559) 432-8600 and let’s see what we can do for you.
Cover image photo by Jared Rice on Unsplash Cabin photo by Ian Keefe on Unsplash Home interior photo by Jolene Hardy on Unsplash