Did you know homes without a security system installed are three-times more vulnerable to burglary than homes that are equipped? However, home security systems do more than just safeguard you and your family members against intruders.
They can also protect against environmental damage like fires and floods, and even lower the cost of homeowner’s insurance. In this step-by-step guide, you’ll learn how to choose a home security camera system, where to place your cameras and how to install each piece of equipment to maximize its effectiveness.
Step 1: Choose a System
In choosing the home security system that best suits your needs, you want to consider how many cameras are required to cover your space, and whether you want a wired or wireless system. Generally, wireless systems are easier to install and to relocate to a new home.
Lorex Technology offers a plethora of home security surveillance cameras that come with cutting-edge features like 4K Ultra-HD video, long range night vision, and audio monitoring.
Step 2: Place Your Cameras
Use the floor plan or blueprint of your home to help you identify the best places to install your surveillance cameras. You want to have coverage of your doors (both the front and back), driveway and windows — the places where intruders are able to enter.
Once you have a general sense for where your cameras should go, consider the most strategic placement for preventing people tampering with them.
For example, a camera covering the front door could potentially be placed on the second story of the house. Before you place your cameras, be sure to check your state’s laws regarding video monitoring.
Step 3: Install the Sensors
Following the instructions in your security system kit, attach all sensors to the corners of your doors or windows. These are access points that can trigger the alarm during an intrusion when the alarm system is armed.
Motion sensors are great for safeguarding your home at night or when nobody’s home, whether they are set up to switch on a porch light or set off an alarm.
They work by detecting a change in temperature, so you want to avoid placing them in the direction of a window, as it can be heated from the sun. You want to point your motion detector toward the center of the main room in your house so that it’s more likely to pick up on an intrusion.
Step 4: Program the Control Panel
The control panel is what the sensors communicate to when they detect anything. If you chose a wired system, you’ll need to set it up with a landline, which may require professional help. However, wireless systems are easy to install yourself by mounting them onto the wall and powering on the device.
Follow the system’s programming guide precisely to set up the system. Once your control panel is programmed, you should be able to arm and disarm your system using the control panel itself or a key fob you can use to control it remotely.
Securing Your Home With the Best Technology
Whether you’re getting started with home security or you’re updating your equipment, better safety means investing in the best features modern technology can offer.
Cutting-edge equipment such as Lorex’s new line of nocturnal cameras is able to provide more surveillance with higher resolution, color night vision and audio recording.