If you're considering a security system, then you might want to include cameras as part of that system. Security cameras are great for providing recorded evidence of criminal activities. They can also record other suspicious activities that are noteworthy. Choosing a camera system and location takes a little thought, so here are some ideas on choosing a camera and locations.

Choosing a camera system:

Camera systems vary depending on price, type and number of cameras needed. There are several varieties of cameras available with different capabilities that are indoor, outdoor, wireless and wired. You also want to consider the amount of lighting available in the areas in which the cameras will be placed. Some cameras work best in low light while others need ample lighting.  Some are motion-activated and some are always on. 

You also have to consider whether or not you want your cameras to be highly visible, low profile or hidden. There are domed and bullet cameras, both of which are low-profile and non-obtrusive. Domed cameras are great in areas where a wider angle is needed. Box cameras have a higher profile, but they often have interchangeable lenses allowing you to adjust the angle and zoom for more flexibility in their placement. Cameras that pan or tilt allow you to follow a suspicious person or pan to view a wider area. Wireless cameras allow more flexibility with size and placement, but may take up a substantial amount of bandwidth. 

Where to locate your cameras:

You have to consider what you want to monitor before you decide on the locations of your camera. If you are trying to prevent crime and monitor who might be visiting your home, then you would, at least, want one camera to monitor who visits your front door. If possible, you might also want one at your back door, gates and any blind spots. You can also position one to monitor your pets while they're in the yard or watch over your children.

Be mindful of other people's privacy when considering locations for your cameras. Try to keep only your own doors and property in the camera's view and not your neighbor's property. Keep interior cameras out of places where there is a normal expectation of privacy (such as bathrooms and bedrooms). If you're using audio along with your cameras, be sure to consult your state's laws regarding consent to be recorded.

Security cameras are one part of an overall security system. Setting them up can be a big job depending on how many and what types of cameras you choose to install. If you want more information on the types of cameras available and how to set them up, contact a specialist in home security systems to see what kind and how many you might need.