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Considerations for Outdoor Security Cameras

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Your outdoor security cameras are your first line of defense against home intruders. They are your third eye that help you see what’s going on outside your home.


Even if an intruder successfully executes their plan, everything will be recorded in your surveillance system and you will have footage that you can retrieve with the help of a video surveillance company in Sonoma. Law enforcement bodies will need crime scene footage to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.


Outdoor security cameras should be installed properly or they may fail to serve their purpose. To help you get the most out of your outdoor security cameras, we have compiled a list of some things to keep in mind when selecting and placing security cameras.


Camera Placement


Place your cameras in strategic areas so no one can move about undetected. Make sure they’re protected from the vagaries of nature. Security camera tampering is a major concern for homeowners. To prevent tampering, place your security cameras as high up as possible so no one can reach and grab or smash them.


Many burglars consider outdoor security cameras a deterrent and would usually not target homes with them, while others may consider it a sign that the homeowner keeps too much cash or valuables at home. Decide if you want to make your cameras visible or hidden.


Go Wireless


If you use wired cameras, an intruder can cut the wires to ensure they aren’t caught in the act. Wireless cameras are more secure in comparison to their wired counterparts. So, we suggest going wireless.


Keep Hackers at Bay


Though it's more difficult to bypass wireless cameras than their wired counterparts, they aren’t 100% secure and are vulnerable to hacking. Though it would take some doing to hack wireless security cameras, it's not impossible.


Here are some tips to keep hackers at bay:



  • Replace default passwords with strong, secure passwords and encrypt your network

  • Look for cameras with advanced security features such as WPA2

  • Keep your software up to date


Choose Security Cameras That Detect Tampering


Cameras with tamper detection will immediately alert you if:



  • Their lenses are covered by objects or plants

  • Their focus is obscured

  • They are hit by an object


Feel stuck between two equally good outdoor security camera options? Let Sync Systems help. Our team will help you weigh the pros and cons of the security systems you are considering. To learn more, call (707) 799-9558.