We live in a day and age in which crime seems to be king. Unfortunately, more and more people, both homeowners and tenants alike, are experiencing break ins, vandalism and other criminal acts that they seem powerless to protect themselves against. As a result, many homeowners are taking steps to protect their property as much as possible.
After all, buying your own home is a huge investment and any violation cheapens it somewhat, as well as making you feel unsafe. The outdoor surveillance system can go some way to helping you feel at ease and protect your property at the same time! What is more, they are now affordable for the common man so the outdoor surveillance system is no longer out of your league!
There are certain legal issues that are associated with having your own outdoor surveillance system. Firstly, there are now privacy laws in place that state that you have to have signage up on your property if you want to operate a surveillance system.
Believe it or not, you are breaching the privacy of other individuals on your property I you do not alert them to the fact that they will be filmed. As such, you are required to have signs to warn them. However, there are fewer legal issues if you are filming outside of your property than if you are filming inside of it. This does make it easier so be sure to put up the signs.
Components Of The Outdoor Surveillance System
When you have warned trespassers on your property about the impending system, you can then install it (you are not allowed to run the system without signage being up first). The surveillance system can have as many or as few components as you like in place.
There is obviously the camera, but whether you have a bullet camera or a full sized one is up to you. The latter is larger and more visible. You can have as many cameras as you like and place them around your property, although you may want to consider how they will film the area in the day and at night.
You may have an outdoor security light to brighten your property at night or you may choose to have a camera with night vision. Again, this depends on what you want and need the cameras for and where you place them.
There will of course be a receiver in place too so that you can view and record the footage shot with them. The recordable footage can be streaming footage with certain discs and/or tapes that you can buy so that it records 24 hours a day, but you can actually buy receivers that can be programmed to start filming if something moves on your property or between certain times of day or night.
You will obviously need a power source for the surveillance equipment. Some operate via a transformer that will operate via your home’s power source whereas others need battery power. You can actually purchase those that now have back up systems so that they will still run if your power is cut off for whatever reason. These are particularly advisable if you have valuables that may be desirable to thieves.
As you can see, there is more to the outdoor surveillance system than meets the eye and, what is more, you can actually install it yourself without the help of a security company. There are kits you can buy that give you full instructions. Considering how valuable they can be, the effort is worth it and so is the affordable price!