The Benefits Of Outdoor Security Cameras And Things To Consider

February 27th, 2019



When installing security cameras, it’s critical that you evaluate areas of vulnerability both inside and outside your Houston, TX home or business. Unfortunately, property owners tend to neglect outdoor cameras. Outdoor cameras are a vital part of a comprehensive security plan. Below, we’ve provided a breakdown of some of the primary benefits of outdoor security cameras and some things to consider during the installation process.

What Are The Benefits Of Outdoor Cameras?

The most significant benefit of outdoor cameras is that they often deter intruders from targeting your building. Researchers from the University of North Carolina surveyed convicted thieves and burglars. Statistics showed that roughly 60 percent of these individuals said they would avoid a home or business if they noticed security cameras. So, having security cameras outside could be enough to give a criminal second thought about breaking into your building.

However, if someone were to break into your Houston home or business, having outdoor security cameras could prove critical in catching the culprit. Where this tends to be most beneficial is when dealing with package theft. As ecommerce continues to grow, so too do “porch pirates” or package thieves.

The company “August” routinely provides reports about theft. One of their recent reports concluded that in 2017, more than 11 million homeowners had at least one package stolen from their home. The footage that an outdoor security camera captures could prove beneficial when dealing with:

  • The shipper or company from who you ordered the product
  • Your insurance company
  • The Houston authorities

What Are Some Things To Consider When Dealing With Outdoor Security Cameras?

If you’re looking to add outdoor cameras to your security package, there are a few things that you’ll want to consider. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure that the cameras are weather-resistant. Even cameras that are undercover, such as a camera on your front porch, could still be susceptible to moisture and wind. The cameras that you use inside likely will not work outside.

You’ll also want to consider whether you would like wired or wireless cameras. It could be much more challenging to install wired cameras than it is wireless cameras. However, you’ll need to make sure that you have a stable WiFi connection if using a wireless camera. Similarly, you’ll also need to think about how you’ll supply power to the cameras. You’ll need to replace batteries every few months, but they will work during a power outage.

Where Should You Place Outdoor Security Cameras?

The first place that you should place your outdoor cameras is near your points of entry. Doing so should allow you to obtain an uninterrupted view of anyone entering or exiting your home or office. Don’t forget about less obvious entrances, like a basement door.

You should also elevate your cameras when installing them. This will not only increase your field of vision, but it will reduce the likelihood that a criminal can tamper with the camera. You should need to use a ladder when installing the cameras to make sure they are high enough that an intruder cannot reach them.

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Homeowner

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