I purchased my first security camera over five years ago for three reasons: fist, I caught kids walking around our property late at night on several occasions. Nothing was ever missing or damaged, it was just strange that kids were roaming around the property.
Second, bad neighbors would not clean up after their pets. There were too many times for my liking that I had to clean up our yard because people were too lazy to pick up after their pets.
Third, my wife saw two foxes running though out subdivision one morning before work. That would have been cool to see.
A few years ago, I purchased an additional security camera, so we could monitor the nurses that stayed with my dad during the day after he got sick. Mom believed that money was disappearing (small change) and wanted to make sure that wasn’t the case. Then there was the curious case of a health care worker knowing exactly was in a downstairs freezer.
These are just a few of the reasons why I’ve purchased security cameras over the years.
There are several reasons why people install security cameras. I’ve put together a complete list of why these purchases were made. Check it out now.
Home is where we keep our most important possessions, rest, and watch our kids play. It wakes sense that you’d want home to have all the security measures you can afford. I’ve put together a list of reasons why people install security cameras I and around their homes.
1. Remote monitoring
One of the biggest benefits of a home security camera is the ability to log into a web application and see what’s going on in real time. With an internet connection and a few clicks of a button, you can view both live ad recordings of your cameras. Most camera manufacturers have even created a mobile app to make mobile viewing even easier.
I tend to view the live recordings if I am expecting a package, or if there seems to be a lot of activity around my house.
2. Notification of activity
Currently, I receive notifications to my phone when there is motion around my home. This can be handy if there is a lot of unexpected activity, or there is movement at night.
As I write this, I’ve received three notifications from my security camera letting me know there is motion. I better see what’s going on.
3. Communicate with guests (even if you’re not home)
Another benefit of security cameras is the ability to communicate with invited or uninvited guests without having to be there. Many cameras feature two-way communication in which you can have a conversation without having to be face to face.
There have been countless times in which I’ve had a conversation to tell a salesman that I’m not interested in your product or tell the pizza man I’ll be down in a second. It always catches them off guard when you can tell them you’ll be down in a minute before they ring the doorbell.
4. Deter criminals
Statistics show that criminals are less likely to break in to homes that have visible video cameras. For this reason, we have dummy cameras. However, experienced criminals can tell the difference between real and dummy cameras.
Do yourself a favor, and purchase a real camera, it will be worth the investment. Replacing stole items is much more expensive that purchasing a quality camera system to begin with.
5. Peace of mind
Knowing that your house is always being watched is a comforting feeling. Even more comforting is knowing that every movement around my house is being recorded and saved to the cloud.
6. Reduce home insurance costs… maybe
Depending on your location and insurance provider, you may be able to reduce your insurance premiums just by installing cameras. This will vary based on a number of factors, but you should check with your insurance provider to see if they offer additional discounts for security cameras. If they don’t offer a discount, find a provider who will.
7. Monitor your kids
Another benefit of having security cameras is the ability to monitor your kids while getting other things done. Whether inside or out, having a constant set of your eyes on your kids is always a good thing. Also, it is the best way to solve arguments. There is no more he said/ she said, just “review the tape!” you can find out whole stole the cookie from the cookie jar, broke the window in less than five minutes.
8. Monitor your neighbor’s kids
Anyone that has ever lived in a neighborhood knows that the worst kids on the block are the neighbor’s kids. These kids will ring your doorbell and run away, break things, and throw rocks, but then “not know what happened.”
Showing their parents, the recordings reduces in arguments with neighbors, and gets your stuff fixed, and a hand-written apology.
9. Catch criminals
Even if a criminal is not deterred by security cameras, the chances of him getting caught are increased. As we know security cameras see and hear everything and will record all movements. Security cameras can also help to determine how the criminal entered the home, exited the home, and which direction he went.
Last summer a criminal couple walked into a neighbor’s open garage and took a few power tools. What the criminals didn’t realize is that they had security cameras point at the drive. The security camera recorded the criminals walking into the garage, taking the tools and getting into the car. The camera was able to capture the license plate, and their faces. They were arrested later that day attempting to steal more tools.
10. Technology in fun!
This is a personal reason but learning new technology can be a fun and informative experience. Whether you are running wires to your digital video recorder, or connecting your camera to the wireless network, there can be a lot enjoyment in getting your security camera up and running.
Installing this tech isn’t without problems. One of the most frustrating experiences I’ve had was installing a camera on my network. Once I was able to successfully add the camera to the network, I spent the rest of the day showing my wife all the different features (which she didn’t care about).
11. Stop bad neighbors in their tracks
As I mentioned in the beginning, one of the primary reasons I purchased a security camera was to see who was leaving their pet waste on my lawn. While this was a minor annoyance, it did provide clues into the type of people I was living round.
The next time I saw pet waste I referred to the recordings, and to no one’s surprise it was the neighbors kid that was letting the dog come into my yard, do his business and leave. Not totally shocked, I showed the video to my next-door neighbor. Once again, the neighbor’s kid said, “I’m sorry,” and cleaned up the mess.
Since that day, I haven’t had any issues with extra pet waste in my yard.
12. Catch funny things happening in the neighborhood
As I’ve mentioned in this post, and others, you will see some funny things if you have an outdoor security camera and have watched enough recordings. To date I’ve seen:
- Garbage bins rolling down the street – imagine tumbleweed rolling down an empty and dusty highway before a dramatic movie scene.
- People chasing mail down the street – I do get a chuckle when people chase after mail, try and step on it, miss it, then start the whole process over again.
- Cars getting stuck in the snow – people with lower profile cars often underestimate the height of the snow, and then they get stuck. Of course, I go out and push their car out of the snow.
- Raccoons – watching raccoons and other animals is fun, at least for a little while
I’ve also seen some not so funny things including:
- Speeding in a subdivision – driving 50 miles per hour where children are riding bikes is a huge, and possibly deadly problem. Posting videos on speeding cars can help reduce the speeding
- Fights – These fights are basically loud disagreements, and usually between two kids. The video helps to provide context as to what started the fight.
- Police activity – sometimes it’s fun to be a little nosey and see what’s happening in the neighborhood.
- I would have missed all of these things if I didn’t own security cameras.
13. Review earlier events
Reviewing similar events is similar to other reasons I’ve listed above. However, being able to go back and replay the day is a benefit you can’t get without a security camera. Because of my cameras I have a better idea when mail is delivered, when packages are dropped off and when the kids get home.
If you own a small business, it is your baby. As such you will do everything possible to protect your child. While some of the above reasons also apply to office, below are additional reasons why you would install a security camera at your business.
1. Reduce loss
Loss is considered internal theft. This theft can be stealing inventory, money, or anything that has a negative impact on the bottom line. Placing cameras in and around the office can help reduce the amount of loss you can incur. You can place cameras where money is handled, where transactions take place, and outside.
The investment in security cameras will be much less than the cost of lost/ stolen items.
2. Catch criminals
Another benefit of security cameras is that they can be used to catch criminals in the act. Just like security cameras used at home, security cameras just at work can deter a criminal from committing a crime.
Any footage caught on camera can be used in criminal and civil court cases.
3. Unbiased opinon
Security cameras are great for settling disputes between employee and customer, customer and customer, and employee and employee. Security cameras provide an unbiased opinion, just how it happened, every time.
4. Coaching opportunties
Security cameras can be used to provide valuable feedback to employees regarding customer feedback without seeming like a micromanager. A manager can simply watch an interaction make a few notes and review it with the employee. In addition, the employee and manager can review the video together.
A word of warning: let your employees know that this used as part of your evaluation before sitting down with them. Failure to do so can lead to trust issues, and high employee turnover.
5. Reduce insurance costs
Security cameras can reduce insurance costs for the same reasons listed above. Because you are a business you may be able to receive better discounts for having security cameras.
6. 24/ 7 monitoring
The eye in the sky never sleeps. A security camera with night vision will be able to see everything, even in the dead of night. The night visions can help to prevent criminal activity in and around your business.
7. Limit liability
Avoid lawsuits by having security cameras installed. Scammers will not be able to file “wet floor” lawsuits for a quick cash grab opportunity.
I believe that anyone that is serious about safety should consider installing cameras on their property. As I’ve mentioned above, there are numerous benefits in installing the cameras. If a small upfront investment can save you $1,000s of dollars, then it is a must have.
Before buying a camera do extensive research and decide while one is right for you. There are hundreds of options available and not all cameras are created equal. I would look for a power over ethernet option first, then IP and wireless IP camera systems.
Above are just a few of the reasons why home and business owners purchase security cameras. In general, security cameras provide security for you, the customer or visitor, and anyone within the field of view of the camera. For me, the remote viewing alone is worth every penny I spent on my cameras.