Wireless Security Cameras for Home – Making your home less vulnerable
It doesn’t matter if you live in a large house or an apartment or condominium, you want to feel safe in your home. Home security is something many people don’t think about until after that have been victimized. I am going to give a few tips on how to make your home less vulnerable. We will discuss crime trends in the 21st century. We will discuss how you can use technology to make your home safer.
I will tell you about wireless cameras. We will recommend where to place cameras inside and outside your home. I will show you how you can monitor your home on a budget without having to use a monitoring service. I will show you steps you can take today that will have potential burglars looking elsewhere.
Our homes are our most valuable assets and protecting our homes and family is one of our most important goals. Please take the time to read these simple steps you can take that might keep you from becoming a statistic.
The facts About Residential Burglaries
Statistics show that in the United States a residential burglary occurs about every 15 seconds. That means that approximately four homes an hour are burglarized in the US. According to the Department of Justice an average of 3.7 million homes are burglarized every year. The average loss is around $2,500 per break-in. In about 27% of cases a resident is home. Most burglars prefer a “soft” target, easy to get into with little or no security. Most break-ins occur during the day when people are at work and school.
Burglars tend to grab smaller items which are easy to carry and pawn. Electronics like I-Pads, small game systems, games, movies, anything that will fit in a backpack. Jewelry, handguns and other items which are easy to carry are also popular. Most burglars are in and out of a house within ten minutes. My experience working burglaries is in recent years young burglars started wearing back packs (like kids use for school books). They would take what they could fit into the back pack. It is less suspicious walking down the street with a back pack than a TV.
Even if the home has an alarm system burglars have an average of around fourteen minutes to complete their offense before police arrive. About 80% of residential alarm calls are categorized as a false alarm. Most departments place alarm calls as a lower priority than many other calls. This increases the response times.
Most Crime is a Matter of Opportunity
Burglaries, thefts, robberies and other crimes become a matter of opportunity for most offenders. During this time of year when so many people are Christmas shopping opportunistic thieves troll large parking lots. They can go through a lot fairly quick. They look for vehicles with packages laying on a seat in plain view. They can conduct a smash and grab in under 30 seconds.
These same thieves drive neighborhoods looking to see packages left on the door step by Amazon, UPS FedEx, USPS and other services. These are quick easy targets. Burglars look for homes without security systems. They check for unlocked doors and windows, easy to break locks, sliding doors. Almost on third of burglars enter through the front door.
Burglars tend to like “soft” targets. Homes that have no security systems. They go through neighborhoods where most people are gone during the day, I worked many burglaries where a person had their garage open. The burglar would simply enter the open garage and take whatever they wanted from the garage. sometimes they would enter the house from the open garage as a lot of people do not lock the door from the garage into the house.
Ways to Make Your Home Less Vulnerable
There are some simple steps you can take to make your home less vulnerable. These steps are not expensive, but can help make your home less appealing to potential burglars.
- Make sure to keep shrubs cut low in the front of the house. High shrubs are good hiding places for potential burglars.
- Lock all of your doors and windows. Get deadbolts for all the doors into the home.
- Put motion sensors on all of your outside lights. A burglar is less likely to attempt to enter a home if a light comes on as he approaches the house.
- Dogs are deterrents. I know a lot of people don’t want dogs, but they can be deterrents.
- Close your garage door even if you are working around the house doing yard work or maintenance. Just carry your opener around with you.
- If you are scheduled to receive a package make sure someone is there to bring it in. If you can’t be there have a neighbor get the package and hold it for you.
- If you are going to be out-of-town make sure you have someone pick up papers and your mail. You can also go through the Postal Service to have your mail held. You can go to USPS.com to request this. Most police departments will conduct “extra patrol” if you are going to be out-of-town.
- Put up inside and outside security cameras. While some people recommend these cameras be very discreet, I believe you make them clearly visible. Nothing will deter a potential burglar like knowing they are being recorded. I use Blink cameras and have the motion detectors set to record with lights.
- I recommend placing cameras on the doors entering the home. I point a camera at my mailbox down my sidewalk. I have a camera pointing from the side of my house down the driveway, We have a pool and I also have a camera looking over the pool. Inside I have a camera pointed at the front door.
- Lock your cars at night and don’t leave things out in plain view.
Why Wireless Security Cams?
When I decided to get security cameras for our home I did some research. There are many types of cameras. Wired ones were difficult to install. Some cameras have very expensive installation costs. Some have expensive monthly monitoring fees. I was also uncomfortable having strangers monitor my cameras.
I found Blink wireless cameras on Amazon Prime. I was able to get five cameras and a control unit for about $350. I like these because the cameras were light, small and easy to install.
They work through our Wi-Fi and I had access to them anytime I wanted through an App on my phone. There is no monitoring fees on these cameras and the network can handle up to ten cameras. With the motion detectors, I get a notification on my phone every time a camera activates in I can watch live in “real time.” I didn’t have to depend on third party monitors. I was my own monitor.
Don’t allow you or your family to become victims. Do something. Any positive action is better than doing nothing. You can take control of your home security. Begin today and don’t become a statistic. Taking the simple steps I have suggested will not guarantee you won’t be broken into, but it will reduce the odds that you will become a statistic.
Take control of your safety and security.