A Look At The Best Home Security Camera Types

July 28th, 2021

Your home in Chico, CA is your castle, but the sad reality is that sometimes it may not be as secure as it should be. As such, investing in good, reliable security systems is important for homeowners in Chico, CA. And when it comes to creating a good security system, the right security camera will have a huge impact on how safe and protected your home really is.

The Right Cameras For Your Needs

With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the main security cameras to consider for your home in Chico, CA.

Dome Cameras

These are self-contained cameras housed in a dome enclosure. The enclosure protects the lens of the camera and allows it to work indoors or outdoors. Additionally, they have wide-angle lenses that let you monitor larger, open areas like backyards or driveways. They can provide high definition views, night vision, and more – and are easy to install.

Bullet Cameras

Sometimes called ‘lipstick’ cameras, these are small surveillance cameras that are best used under the eaves of roofs, facing out towards driveways or lawns. They have wide view fields and are designed to stand up to impacts. As such, they’re great choices when you need something that will last even in the face of vandals or physical impacts. They’re also very easy to install and are budget-friendly, making them a great choice for those who want protection while on a tight budget.

Hidden Cameras

These cameras are great when you want to add an extra layer of protection to your home – especially when you’re protecting it against those who you know are in it. These cameras can be hidden in things like smoke detectors, picture frames, clocks, and more. They’re often used to monitor babysitters, housekeepers, and even loved ones, and are available in a wide range of forms. Their small size still allows for excellent picture quality.

Infrared Cameras

Those who need protection around the clock will want to ensure that they choose a camera that offers them infrared video monitoring. This allows users to capture video even in the dark, and they are undetectable to humans while still capturing everything going on. They’re a great way to provide additional outdoor and indoor protection.

Consider The Overall System

Another key thing to think about is how your camera will link up to your system. Modern IP cameras, for instance, sync with the network without the need for cables running to every camera in the system. The easier the installation and the more reliable its setup, the more you can relax and know that you have the protection you need.

The Right Camera For You

No two homes in Chico, CA are identical, and it’s important to find a system that works properly for you. As such, you’ll need to consult with your security expert to determine just what kind of system and what kind of cameras will work best for you. By letting a professional help, you be able to relax and know that you’re getting the camera coverage that is best for your home and your family.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
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