One of the more basic home security measures you can take as a homeowner in Wichita is to install a DIY home security camera. As a homeowner in one of the most notorious crime cities in the United States, you may already have thought about installing just such a thing, but you may feel overwhelmed by the sheer amount of information on security systems. You may wonder what would be the best option to protect yourself, your house, and your family. We’ll help you figure out what to do.
Criminals—housebreakers, thieves, larcenists, burglars, robbers—often scout out their targets before they ever attempt to invade a house and steal what is not rightfully theirs. They will check out a neighborhood, pick what seems an easy and promising target, and watch the house for a while to decide when is the best time to strike. They’ll watch to see what time the owners are usually leaving in the vehicle, they’ll try to determine if there are any kids or anyone who stays home all day… They’ll look to see if there is a sticker or any sign of a home security system, and they’ll especially look to see if there is a time when everyone is consistently gone. A criminal may watch for weeks in a holiday season to see if a house becomes empty as its owners go on vacation, or to see if there is any easy time to enter without any neighbors noticing.
Three Ways To Fight Burglars
There are three ways, then, that security cameras can help you to fight back against such petty criminals. First, a security camera can monitor the perimeter of your house. Speeding up the video and reviewing the day, it will be easy to spot any suspicious activity around your house (e.g. someone walking around your property inspecting the eaves of the house). If you find that someone has been walking around and inspecting your house, you can take appropriate measures with the authorities to be prepared in the event that a criminal strikes.
A second way that security cameras help to prevent crime from occurring on your property is by making it appear as though you have a home security system. Nothing says “no” to a cat burglar like security cameras around the doors and windows of your house. They are looking for targets that look like they might have money, yes, but they are especially looking for easy targets. Your house with big security cameras on it looks like a free ticket to prison.
A third—though hopefully unnecessary—function of a security camera is that it can provide valuable information to the authorities in case someone does break into your home and make off with some of your property. Well-placed cameras are often the means by which police forces catch criminals and make them repay damages and property to those they have victimized. Without security cameras, a break-in may be successful for the criminal. In worst case scenarios, an uncaught criminal may decide to come back for more.
There are several types of DIY security cameras you can purchase, and various means of installation and ways of recording and reviewing the video. The easiest way to cover all of your bases with a security surveillance system is to invest in a professional home security and surveillance service. Such a service can professionally assess and monitor all of the points of highest risk on your property.