The mere presence of a video surveillance system is often enough to make criminals steer clear of a home. As burglary crimes seem to increase during this time of year, more and more homeowners are also realizing the importance of having a device to keep watch over a home at all times. While surveillance cameras are important for home security at any time of the year, they are especially important during the holiday season.
Caught on Tape
In addition to deterring burglars, a good home surveillance system can also help capture criminals. This is particularly true in cases where cameras have been hidden from plain view. Most recently, a pair of burglars in Huntersville, North Carolina entered a model home where they stole several television sets during the middle of the night. Fortunately, video cameras positioned throughout the home were able to capture clear footage of the thieves in action. Surveillance, therefore, not only protects a single home, but can also lead to putting criminals in jail so that they cannot continue to victimize others.
Holiday Surveillance Precautions
We typically recommend that cameras be placed in a number of locations in and around the home, which is why our multi-camera kits are among the most popular video surveillance systems sold in our main store. Individuals installing such a system would do well to position cameras at front and back doors, over garage doors, at driveways and at as many windows as possible. During the holiday season, it is also a good idea to place a camera directly on the holiday tree or at any location where gifts are stored as these items are the most likely target of a home robbery at this time of year.
Businesses Need Increased Surveillance, Too
Beyond home security, business owners should also increase video surveillance during the holiday season. This is particularly true in cases where cash is regularly handled on a premises or when inventory is stored at a particular location. Thieves often count on an increase in sales and product storage at this time of year, which is why business owners should make certain that all cameras covering entrances, exits, storage areas, deposit safes and cash registers are all in good working order and have not been tampered with. Cameras should also be equipped with infrared technology for recording at night and should be connected to an uninterruptible power supply.
Burglary Isn’t the Only Concern During the Holidays
Unfortunately, burglaries aren’t the only types of crimes that seem to increase during the holiday season. As this can be a very emotional time of year for many, those with increased stress levels or who are emotionally unstable are often more prone to acts of violence as the holidays approach. Video cameras strategically placed in and around a home, however, can increase the safety of those inside. This is particularly true for homeowners who have installed devices such as the Samsung Video Door Intercom Master Station, which can be connected to a home surveillance camera and, thus, enables occupants to both see who is at a front door, as well as communicate with that person from a distance without ever having to approach the door until it’s been deemed safe to do so.
Maximum Security For Everyone
Depending upon the video surveillance used to protect a home during the holidays and beyond, homeowners can enjoy a measure of safety previously only available to large institutions where tight security is of the utmost importance. For example, the new network video recorders (NVR) featured in our store are of the same quality used in maximum security prisons. Such systems offer multi-channel functionality and can also be operated via smartphone, which further helps in merging home automation with home security. Systems like these used to require special installation and were usually beyond the budgets of most homeowners. Recently, however, NVR and DVR systems have become more affordable and DIY installation options have made high-tech video surveillance solutions more affordable than ever before.
Your Safety is Our Primary Concern
While Home Security Store wants all of our readers to focus on home security year round, we especially want to raise awareness about the options that are available to our customers at this time of year. As home and commercial burglaries increase, so do our efforts to educate the public about DIY home security and all of the affordable ways to keep families and valuables safe during the holiday season. Beyond alarm systems, we aim to educate our readers on how easy it is to establish multiple layers of security, which includes video surveillance, in order to make a home most unattractive to common burglars.
We Want to Hear From You
Have you noticed an increase in burglaries or violent crimes during the holiday season? What steps have you taken to assure that your family is not affected by crime now or in the future? We’d love to hear your thoughts about the importance of video surveillance in the space provided below.