Though many people will tell you that DIYing home security camera design is a simple task you should take it with a grain of salt because the truth is, most DIY home security systems are riddled with flaws that can be fatal. Though you shouldn’t be killed for it, your security most certainly can be. Designing a smart surveillance system can be helped in two ways: #1 call a professional to help you analyze your property and determine what will work best for you. #2 Avoid these most common mistakes made in home security camera layout design:
Number 1- Cheaper is Not Always Better
Just because your buddy the tech geek says that he can get you some cameras on discounted rate does NOT mean you should take him up on that. The truth is, you’ll get what you pay for, and not just any old camera can provide you with adequate resolution or quality. No, the better choice is to always, always DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Study up on the product reviews and ask a few professionals before you decide upon a camera or DVR. A good security system should be durable and endure for years, you’ll get less false alarms, less glitches in the system, and less trouble overall.
Number 2- You Are Not A Filmmaker
It’s kind of crazy to professional surveillance installers, but amazingly enough as people set up their security cameras they get the photography bug and set up the camera as though looking for a beautiful and artistic shot. The problem with thinking creatively is that it doesn’t work so well practically. Don’t waste your time and money with a security system that isn’t going to give you the coverage you need. Set up a camera to cover the vulnerable areas of your property with a scientific and objective eye. Remember that light can blind the camera and essentially ruin your chance to get a shot of the offender.
Number 3- Trying to Cover Too Much With One Camera
In the world of today you have many options for high quality cameras with resolutions nearly as good as 1080p, which is what your television shows at. When you set up a camera it’s important to remember that just because you CAN fit everything into the frame doesn’t mean that you should. Sometimes too much visual information just becomes white noise and wastes the space that you can allot to getting great coverage of a smaller area. Instead of getting a huge image that gives very little detail consider covering and area with two cameras and allowing them a smaller field of view where they can provide you with a better shot.
As you design the home security system for your home, be sure that you’re acknowledging what cameras can and can’t do for you. With careful considerations of their limitations your security system won’t overlook things or have blind spots because you’ll have covered all of them with additional devices for a cohesive system you can be 100% confident in.