Alarm System Tips - How To Make Sure Your Cameras Are Keeping You Safe

Posted on: 21 December 2015

Around 3.7 million burglaries occur each year that involve a residence. While this statistic may seem scary if you are a new homeowner, you should know that there are ways that you can protect yourself. Securing your sliding door and windows, installing a deadbolt lock, and resisting the urge to keep a spare key outside are three things you can do. You also should think about having a security system installed in your house by a company like Tele-Plus. Once the system is installed, follow these tips to make sure your cameras are up to the task of keeping your home safe.

Make Sure Wires Are Hidden

While the addition of a security system is a great deterrent against break-ins, a burglar may still target your home if your security system can be easily disabled. Systems with clear wiring along the edge of the home can allow for easy disabling with a few cuts from a wire cutter. To prevent this from happening, think about concealing the wires. The easiest solution is to use paint to camouflage the wires so they are harder to spot. To paint the wires, use an acetone based electrical wiring paint. This paint usually comes in black and white options. If you want the paint to match your siding, foundation, or your landscaping bed, then think about purchasing white paint and a nail polish that matches the color you want. Add the nail polish to the paint until you reach the desired color and use a small paintbrush to paint the wires.

You can also cover the wiring to help protect it. The best protection is offered by PVC piping. Think about purchasing thick schedule 80 piping that is around one-eighth of an inch in diameter. Measure your wiring and cut the piping down to size with the assistance of a handsaw or a pipe cutter tool. Ask your alarm system professional to assist you in detaching the wires so you can slip the wiring inside the piping.

Think About A Wireless System

If you do not feel comfortable hiding your wires, then you should think about upgrading and asking your alarm professional about a wireless option for your system. Most external wiring systems are installed on your home to transmit both video and audio information to the central alarm company and to also power the system. While power cords can easily be slipped through a small hole in your wall and battery units can be secured to reduce disconnection issues, transmission boxes need to be secured outside for proper transmission purposes. However, a wireless camera will utilize radio frequencies to transmit information. This is true whether you decide on an analog or digital video model. 

While a wireless system is likely to cost you more money, you may have options that allow you to access your camera through a computer, smartphone, or a tablet with the help of your security company if you invest in a digital system. Not only can this keep your home safe, but you will be able to provide yourself with peace of mind by being able to check on your home throughout the day.

Add An Indoor Camera

Even if you do your best to make sure that outdoor cameras are secure and operational, they may still be broken or otherwise disabled. This is one reason why it is wise to have a camera installed in the home. A good option is to opt for a motion activated device that is secured near the front door. Think about having this device hooked into your main system or purchase a separate camera with a DVR to record high definition video. You may be able to set up the camera to alert you through your phone if the device senses movement in your residence. Keep in mind that the camera will likely need to utilize your home wireless internet connection if you want alerts sent to you. You will also likely need to place an application on your phone for this to work.