It can be frustrating to choose among the vast options for home security systems out there, isn’t it?
Fortunately, all home security systems can be categorized into two: wired and wireless. As each type of system has its pros and cons, you need to take the time to figure out what you are looking for in your security system. In most cases, a wireless security system ends up being the better option for a number of reasons--which we will elaborate further in this article.
- Reasons why a home security system is a must
- Why cameras are the best way to keep criminals at bay
- Benefits of wireless home security cameras
Why Wireless Home Security Cameras Are A Must
While a wired home security system is generally considered to be more reliable, modern technology has progressed to the point where wireless systems share nearly equal footing in terms of reliability. On top of that, a wireless security system cannot be disabled by simply clipping a few wires, which is one of the main vulnerabilities of a wired system.
Why you should have a home security system
Did you know that from 2003 to 2007, there were an estimated 3.7 million burglaries? Moreover, in roughly 28 percent of these burglaries, someone was home, and that about 7 percent of them end up being victims of a violent crime. Meanwhile, from 2009 to 2010, there was roughly a 2-percent increase in the number of residential burglaries.
These figures are a testament to the ever-rising crime levels. As such, keeping your family safe means that you need to take personal responsibility for protecting them. That means having solid doors and locks, secured windows, and of course, a home security system.
Why cameras are the best way to keep criminals at bay
When the average criminal sees a camera, they are immediately going to start thinking twice before attempting to break in. Cameras capture video evidence of crimes, which is the last thing a criminal wants to happen. After all, it's pretty hard to go to court and argue that you didn't commit a crime when there is video footage of you doing it.
Another major reason that cameras are a great deterrent is the fact that most home security cameras can be viewed remotely by the homeowner now. Criminals also know this, and they know that even if they manage to bypass the security system without setting it off, there's still a good chance that someone will be watching them via a remote camera feed and call the police.
Since a lot of home security cameras also have motion sensors that can alert the home owner, the chances of a burglar being caught in a house that has cameras have been much higher. In other words, home security cameras are one of the worst things that a criminal has to contend with. Having one in your home lessens the chances of you being burglarized.
Here's a news video from ABC detailing how Ohio citizens deter crime by installing cameras in their neighborhoods:
Benefits of wireless home security cameras
Easier to install
One of the biggest advantages of a wireless home security system and camera is that they are much easier to install. Wired security systems mean you have to run wires through the walls of your home to connect the various components of your security system. That means that you are going to need a lot of wiring done if you want to have enough cameras to cover your entire home properly.
This also means that you are going to have to hire a professional to handle the installation for you. If you are the type of person that likes to do things yourself, then installing wired security system and cameras may not be for you. Many people concerned with home security also prefer to limit the number of people they allow to enter their home, so having to have a professional installation done defeats that purpose. On top of that, there's a good chance that you are going to have to pay more money to get your security system and cameras up and running.
Less vulnerable to bypassing
One big advantage of a wireless security system and cameras is that it is less vulnerable to being bypassed by a burglar. Wired systems can be cut. Wired home security systems also often use a land line to communicate with the security company that monitors it, and land lines can also be cut.
While a wireless system can be hacked into by a sophisticated criminal, the amount of effort this takes is generally pretty high. In fact, most criminals won't even attempt this because of the amount of work involved. Also, there are methods by which you can prevent your camera from being hacked, from steps as simple as securing your wireless networks as well as enabling encryption for your devices.
Installable in less-than-viable places
Wireless cameras also have the advantage of being able to be installed in places where a wired camera would be difficult or impossible to install. Instead of having to run wires through large sections of your home, you could instead opt to have a wireless camera set up instead. Then you simply connect it to a power supply, then connect it to your home security system using a wireless connection.
This frees up your options and will allow you to put more cameras in your home, which will, in turn, make your home a much less appealing target for criminals. This, of course, should be your main goal when installing a home security system.Last Updated 7/20/2017