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Five Considerations for Installing an Effective Home Surveillance System
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Crime is more prevalent than ever, with over one million burglaries in the U.S. every year. And simply double-checking that your doors are locked isn’t enough to keep intruders at bay.

Installing a home surveillance system is the most viable way to tighten up your security. The presence of circuit-controlled television (CCTV) cameras serves as a deterrent. And even if your home is burgled, you can use your footage for insurance purposes or hand it over to authorities. 

But before you get started, there are some things to consider. Here we’ll explain what to plan for so you can get the most out of your home surveillance system.

1. Budget

A home surveillance system usually requires a range of equipment. And the more complex your system is, the higher its price. 

Figuring out what you can afford beforehand will help you pick the right system that matches your needs without breaking the bank. Remember, a proper system has more than just cameras. You’ll need alarms, camera footage storage, and wire protectors, too. 

You also need to consider how many surveillance items you want to buy.  For example, you may have to compromise on the quality of a camera system for the sake of affording the right amount of cameras. Knowing how much of each equipment type you need will make all the difference when the time comes to install. 

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2.  Wiring of Your Surveillance System

Once you know the type of equipment you need, you can plan out how you’re going to wire it. 

Exposed wires are easy to tamper and damage. They’re susceptible to inclement weather conditions and also the animals in the neighborhood. Squirrels might chew them, birds will likely leave droppings on them, and there’s also general dirt and debris that could build up and affect their performance. 

So, for reliable security, you should cover any and all exposed wiring. AV Smart Solutions, among other businesses that offer professional installation services, will include surveillance system wire management to ensure everything is protected.

3. Observation Points

The key spots to observe when planning your surveillance system setup are any doors or entrances that lead in or out of your house and property.

It’s wise to install cameras pointed at hidden entryways, too. Consider virtually any place that someone could enter your property, whether it be through the woods in the backyard, near a fence, or along the driveway. 

Some additional important spots to observe are side gates, basement windows, and general downstairs areas that members of the home don’t frequent as often.

4. Camera Locations

Camera footage is often unusable when light is directly hitting the lens. Direct light, bright or not, causes lens flare and makes it very difficult to make out anything in the footage. 

So, consider the lighting in the areas you want to observe. Where in that area is a camera least likely to be hit with direct light? Or, which area will receive direct light for the shortest amount of time?

If there’s no location where your camera will remain unobstructed for the whole day, consider placing two cameras in opposite locations. That way, when one camera is blocked, the other camera will work. 

You should also make sure your cameras have sufficient views of the space you want to observe. There’s no use in installing a camera if it’s impossible to gain a view from it.

Taking the time to strategically plan out your camera locations before installation will keep you safer. It will also help you avoid a hassle down the road if a camera needs relocating.

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5. Footage Storage and Access

The footage from your cameras needs to be stored somewhere. There are a few questions you need to ask yourself before choosing how to do this:

  • Do you want the footage to be remotely accessible? (This is helpful in an emergency.)
  • How long do you want your footage to be stored? 
  • How secure do you want your footage to be?

Your surveillance system installer will work with you to find and acquire the right footage tools and equipment to match your needs. Custom residential solutions are available to make your security just as smart as it is scalable.  

Contact AV Smart Solutions to Create a Secure Home

Nothing is more important than the health and safety of you and your loved ones. If you’re interested in securing your home and everything inside, contact AV Smart Solutions

We offer a high-quality, reliable Home Surveillance System that will deter those with malintent, or catch them in the act if they try anything. 

Call +1 (425) 655-5052 or complete our contact form. One of our AV specialists will be in touch to discuss what system setup will work best for you.


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