Some Ins And Outs Of Outdoor Security Cameras

November 18th, 2021

Surveillance cameras play a vital role in securing the perimeter of homes, offices, schools, and more. In many instances, they are a property owner's first line of defense against thieves, vandals, and trespassers. The devices help employees, students, parents, and shoppers feel safe and secure. Not to mention, the recordings can serve as evidence to ensure that those committing crimes are brought to justice. Curious Chico citizens who are considering outdoor security cameras should read further to learn more.

Should You Choose Wired Or Wireless Models?

A lot of people are going with wireless security cameras these days. Why? Well, much of the reason has to do with cost. Wired installations are more time consuming, as workers have to dig trenches and drill holes to run cables. Plus, if the property's surveillance needs change, the cam can easily be moved from one location to another. Also, it is simple to add a device if the need arises. Regardless of which choice a person decides on, some of the security cameras that are available to them include...

  • Pan, Tilt, And Zoom Cams
  • Infrared Surveillance Cameras
  • Weatherproof And Vandal Proof Devices
  • Dome Cameras
  • Bullet Security Cams

Things To Look For In Outdoor Units

Take some time to research all of the different cams accordingly. After all, you want the devices to provide you with the best possible results. With that in mind, don't forget to check out the video resolution. The higher the better, but it is recommended that persons go with a unit of at least 3MP. This will make identifying faces, license plates, and distinguishing marks such as tattoos a cinch.

Chico residents may want to consider security cameras that are not entirely reliant on the Internet. If you choose the other route, and the WIFI goes down, the images might become distorted and blurry. That is providing that the unit records at all. So, think about going with a model that will continue to function at a high level when online service is not available.

Nightvision is equally important if the recordings are going to take place in dimly lit settings. What good are the cameras if they can't see in the dark and thieves can sneak onto the property undetected? Purchasers should make it a point to find out how far the units can reach in the darkness too. They won't be very beneficial if they can't capture video at the required distance.

The Importance Of Weatherproofing

Regardless of what security cameras Chico consumers select, they must make sure they are for outdoor use when the devices are to be installed outside. If the units do not have adequate weatherproofing, purchasing them will be just like flushing your hard earned money down the drain. Once the moisture gets to the internal components, it is highly probable that the equipment will stop working and need to be replaced. When safety, well-being, and assets are the main topics of concern, one can never be too careful. So, choose the right outdoor security cameras for your specific application.

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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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images Certifications & Training

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