Murray, a security system specialist for Prudential
Alarm in Oak Park, Ill., said people often install
security cameras in their homes to watch their pets,
children, and elderly relatives — right from their
cellphone or computer.
believe exterior security devices may be a deterrent to
crime, similar to a home alarm system. Some devices even
allow the owner to communicate with the person at the
reminds residents that while home alarms may be
connected to central station monitoring, where personnel
can notify police, security systems that capture and
record motion and video may only be connected to the
owner’s cellphone or computer.
have an alarm and cameras. There’s never a point in
time where my cameras will protect my stuff more than my
alarm," Murray said of her own home. "The
camera is only for you, your protection, your safety,
your peace of mind."
are 5 things to know about home security cameras.
are a variety of systems available through security
companies, in stores and online. Some can be purchased
for under $100 and installed by the owner, with
tutorials found online. Better quality or
professional-installed systems or those with multiple
cameras can run anywhere from several hundred to
thousands of dollars. Costs also can rise for a variety
of factors, such as the size of the area being
monitored, if separate components, such as monitors, are
purchased, and if there are startup or monthly fees.
quality, recording capabilities and viewing radius vary,
but some systems can be so good that in one case,
Chesterfield Township Police Detective Sgt. Deron Myers
said, investigators could see the color of the makeup on
a suspect who stole a box from a front porch.
people have found that their camera systems are so
sensitive they notify them when leaves blow nearby or
insects are crawling on the devices.
National Council for Home Safety and Security said that
the smart house market will approach $40 billion in the
U.S. by 2020.
buyers of smart home products buy for the ability to
monitor their house via their smartphone, according to
the National Council for Home Safety and Security, a
national trade association of licensed alarm installers,
contractors and other trade groups across the country.
Cameras and video doorbells are among the items they
will buy, according to www.alarms.org, the council’s