Smart Security Cameras vs. DIY: Which is Better?
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Connected home security cameras are among the best electronic investments a homeowner can make, especially as a first step into home security. As most people know, many criminals avoid targeting a home if they see a camera mounted outside; plus, connected cameras can be incredibly useful for household management.
Unfortunately, some beginners to home security start out believing that all home security cameras are the same. This is not true at all; as a matter of fact, many of the cameras you encounter at retail stores are standalone camera sets that are not connectable to a security system. What’s the difference between those and true security cameras? The latter is fully connectable to your home security system. This means they give you:
Connected home security cameras have exclusive features and intelligence that standalone cameras don’t have. One of those is the ability to notify the homeowner when there’s a person at the door, or motion captured on one of the cameras; this is done via an alert to the homeowner’s smartphone. Because the homeowner receives an alert whenever these events happen, it’s possible to stay on top of home security from anywhere.
Of course, not everything captured on the cameras will be a legitimate security threat. Sometimes, it could be your own loved ones coming and going from the house. That’s where a connected camera’s unique intelligence becomes very valuable. Using the home security app that enables you to control the entire system from the palm of your hand, you can choose the specific video events that warrant a notification.
For example: Do you really want a notification every time your spouse or kids move into camera view? Probably not – so to prevent this, you can customize the motion-triggered notifications you will receive for each camera. You can even filter your notifications by time of day or alarm activation status. This will greatly reduce the number of notifications you get, which means you’ll know that the alerts you receive warrant your attention.
Of course, there may be some common household events that you do want to be notified: for instance, when the kids come home from school. When your cameras are connected to your security system, you can use your app to enable a video notification when the kids arrive.
Likewise, you’ll receive a video notification when there’s an alarm event – like if the alarm is ever triggered by a possible break-in. The alarm event prompts your cameras to begin recording automatically, which means you’ll see everything going on during a true home security event. And because the video clips are sharable, you’ll be able to send them to law enforcement or post on social media to caution others.
These are some of the differences cameras purchased off the shelf and connected cameras for home security. Long Island homeowners who would like to learn more can contact All Action Alarm.
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