All What You Need to Know About How Security Cameras Work

June 25th, 2021

Security cameras are an integral part of a home or business in Chico, CA. They not only help you to catch burglars, but they actually help to stop criminals before they become intruders. Security cameras help to deter would-be-intruders before they break into your house in Chico, CA. With all this in mind, keeping surveillance cameras clearly visible in your home or business is quite important. It is also essential to install hidden cameras as some determined burglars may try to disable or block the cameras they can see. Here are all the important details you should know about how security cameras work.

Types of Security Cameras

There are two major types of security cameras: wired and wireless cameras. The type of camera you need depends on the where you want to install the cameras and how visible you want the cameras to be. Wire cameras have higher quality pictures than the wireless cameras. However, they have stray wires that deter your attempts to be discreet and they are also difficult to install. Wireless cameras broadcast from other devices such as cordless phones, internet, and baby monitors. They are more flexible than the wired cameras. The only disadvantage of wireless is that your wireless camera's signal can be intercepted by others, and thus it is important to check to be sure that they are well encrypted.

Other important features you should take into account when choosing your security cameras include:

Field of View: This refers to the width of area the security camera can record. The field of view is essential as it helps you to determine the number of cameras you will require and where you will install them.

Movement: Security cameras can tilt or pan to be able to record a larger area than a static camera. Choosing such cameras helps to lower the total number of cameras you need to cover a given area.

Resolution: The term resolution is used to define the clarity of the image from your camera. A clear image is helpful when trying to identify faces or items in the images.

Motion Detection: Security cameras with this feature send you notifications when they detect motion within the field of view. These help you to quickly detect some suspicious activity.

Cost: It is important to consider your budget when choosing your security camera. If a security camera's price is too high that you can longer afford the valuables you are trying to protect with it, then it may not serve a purpose.

Installing Your Security Camera

After choosing a security camera that meets your needs well, it is important to ensure that the set up is done correctly. If you install your security cameras wrongly, you will not get the results you want. If you do not have any experience with electronics, it is important to hire a professional to do the job. Most certified security camera suppliers will most probably provide installation services, and if they are credible, they will ensure that your security system is not only working but legal.

These are just some important aspects you should know about how security cameras work. To get the most out of your security cameras for your home or business in Chico, CA, it is crucial you hire pros to do the job on your behalf.

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J. Folsom Arco Station

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"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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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
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators