3 Uncommon Uses for Security Cameras

May 24th, 2021

Of course security systems are installed to protect your home in Chico, CA, property, and family. But, on the lighter side of things, there are a number of alternative methods in which you can put security cameras to use, in a home or even in a business setting. So whether you are looking to set up additional systems, or simply want to find alternative solutions for security systems, these are 3 uncommon uses for security cameras in Chico, CA, you might otherwise never have considered trying out.

1. Entertainment

Have you ever seen late night drive thru stories (like the McNugget rampage) at McDonalds? If so you are probably familiar with the entertainment you can see at such late hours of the evening. You will not only get a good laugh at what these individuals do when they want something (especially when drunk), but you might also catch some criminal activity during the entertaining recording as well. So even though it is going to entertain you while you are watching the recordings caught on security camera systems in Chico, CA, you can still use it for the intended purpose, which is to serve as a security system for a home or business, with the high quality video capturing these systems provide.

2. Control Wildlife

Whether it's those raccoons coming to your trash can after hours making a mess, or a wild deer making its way onto your property and damaging your landscaping in Chico, CA, your security systems can help you determine the best methods for controlling animal life. Even though it might not provide a viable solution, you can start to come up with a few ideas to keep these pesky animals away, find unique traps to keep them off your property, and you can find methods to place set ups or traps around the home, in order to ensure your home is pest/bug/animal free.

3. Control Package Receipt

This does fall in line with what the system is for (securing your property in Chico, CA), but the peace of mind alone in knowing a time sensitive package arrives (while you are at work) is a nice feature to have. And, if theft, or people potentially trying to steal packages or highly priced deliveries is a problem, you can at least catch the perpetrator. So you always know where your belongings are, if things are fishy or if something is stolen you can report it with video footage, and if nothing more, you at least know that your package is being delivered on time by a supplier, if you are paying for expedited shipping with a particular company.

Although your security equipment is purchased with the intention of protecting your home, or a place of business in Chico, CA, the sole purpose of the equipment does not have to be that of protection. So if you want to find more than one way in which you can use this high priced equipment you are purchasing, these are a few simple ways your equipment can be put to good use, for entertainment, as well as for practical matters around the home or a commercial facility where the system is set up.

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

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  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
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