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Installing CCTV Cameras In Your House: Do's And Don'ts

CCTV cameras have been the security police of many households in the United States. If you're out most of the day and you want peace of mind from robberies or your young children being taken cared of properly, you can rely on the CCTVs for doing the job. At night, when you want a restful sleep, the CCTV provides a certain amount of protection along with a burglar alarm.

CCTV cameras provide minute-to-minute details of the goings-on in your house through a remote monitoring system. The good models record videos that give clear images and can be zoomed in and played in slow motion. It's better than a human security guard at keeping watch 24/7 and loyalty is unquestionable. The guard may fall asleep or may be tempted to steal your things himself.

Yet, for various reasons, there are do's and don'ts to follow when installing CCTV cameras in your home.

  1. Check your budget. CCTV cameras can be quite expensive. Assess your needs so you'll know how many units to purchase and where you will install them.

  2. Install some cameras so that they are seen by intruders. Cameras placed on the exterior of your front and back serve as deterrents for robbers and other criminals. Their visible presence gives them enough reason to stay away. Footage of videos can be used to prosecute criminals.

CCTVs can also be used against you if you are caught doing illegal activities that are caught by public video surveillance equipment. Federal and state laws, except for a very few, allow hidden video surveillance in public places and in the workplace. Evidence from video surveillance can also be used in court. For more information about this, click here.

3. Aside from putting a damper on criminals, you can check on family members through your CCTV even if you are away from home.

IP CCTV cameras can access the device through the internet by connecting it to your router so that even away from your house, you'll know that your elderly parent or young kids are safe. At night in the privacy of your bedroom, you can see the driveway and activities on it with an IP CCTV camera.

4. If you want to monitor the babysitter, allow her some privacy and don't install a camera in her room or toilet.

Every person has a right to some privacy. Limit the monitoring of your children's caregiver to rooms where she is likely to be with them, such as their bedroom, the living room and the kitchen.

5. Monitor the maid or nanny only if your children are too young to tell you if they are being abused. Older children who can talk will tell you themselves if the nanny does abusive acts.

However, the older age of children is not a guarantee that they will report abuses committed on them. Possible reasons for not reporting are the child having intellectual disabilities or the caregiver instilling fear in the children.

6. Get cameras with night vision capability. These models have infrared features to allow you to see what is happening at night.

Since cameras with night vision are more expensive, you can install the standard camera in well-lit areas to catch footage of activities. Just make sure the light switch is not easy to locate to prevent the light being intentionally switched off.


Marie Miller loves to decorate homes and give tips for safety and security. She is in favor of installing surveillance and nanny cams in homes to protect against illegal activities and keep childrena nd the elderly safe.