Endless Security Camera System Options? – How To Find What You Really Need

Security camera systems can ensure that the things that matter most to you: your home, valuables, loved ones, are taken care of.  “What do I really need?” is the biggest question around security camera systems. If you’ve found yourself asking this question this guide is for you. If you have further questions and are looking to purchase your own security camera system, be sure to contact Jay360.

Security Camera System Options

Whether you’re looking for your business or home, here are some good questions to ask when beginning to look for security system options.


  • Do you want to keep property safe from thieves?
  • Do you want to keep loved ones safe at all times?
  • Do you want to monitor visitors?
  • Do you want to protect valuables?

Multiple Property Site Owners

  • Do you want to ensure that restricted area security is being maintained?
  • Do you want to prevent vandalism?
  • Do you want to monitor visitors?
  • Do you want to monitor activity?

Business Owners

  • Do you want to monitor cash registers and employees?
  • Do you want to keep track of inventory?
  • Do you want to know the shopping pattern and preferences of customers?
  • Do you want to increase employee productivity and give them accurate feedback?
  • Do you want to prevent vandalism?
  • Do you want to prevent shoplifting and catch those who are doing it?

The truth is, security systems can serve a number of purposes, from monitoring a small home to a large corporation.

Outdoor Versus Indoor Monitoring

The type of camera that will be required will differ depending on the location that is being monitored, and whether it is inside or outside. For outdoor cameras, weatherproofing is required to protect cameras from dust, rain, or snow. Night vision will also be important if an area does not have consistent lighting. Finally, the challenge also with outdoor monitoring is the need for internet connectivity and a power source.  These needs influence where outside your cameras can be placed. Ask these questions to help you determine whether outdoor or indoor cameras are right for your needs.

  • Is there an available power source that can supply an outdoor camera?
  • Can your wi-fi router or LAN cable reach the area that you are considering monitoring?
  • What is the intention of the security camera? Is apprehending culprits or deterring unauthorized entry your focus?

Placement and Lighting

A crucial factor in property surveillance is the positioning of a camera that maximizes surveillance coverage, lighting, visible deterrence, and ease of maintenance. Knowing where you will place your camera(s) will help you manage each of these placement factors to provide the most optimal surveillance quality. A post from Safe Sound Family suggests securing points of entry, basement stairs, and windows that do not face the street, all of which are prime points of entry for burglars. Without proper lighting, a camera may depend on night vision features. Here are some questions to ask when considering lighting and placement.

  • What assets or individuals need to be protected and where are they located?
  • What are the different lighting levels of the location to be monitored?
  • Where are the potential blind spots of the surveillance cameras, and how will they be managed?

Choosing the Right Features

Here are a number of features that require consideration as you decide which camera to employ in your surveillance project.

Night Vision – perpetrators are most prone to strike during the night, and having this feature will be a great advantage. Both outdoor and indoor security cameras are available with this feature.

Independent Power Source and Onboard Storage – during power outages the risk of burglary and vandalism increases. This feature helps your cameras stay rolling in these situations.  Here is one example of a product that offers this feature.

Motion Detection and Alerts – most camera owners won’t be standing around all day waiting for an intruder. Software and camera technology have provided automated alerting and incident reporting whenever motion is detected during periods of inactivity (i.e. after business hours or when everyone at home will be away at school or work). See here for a review of recent security camera models with good performance in motion detection.

Choosing the Right Manufacturer and Tips

In a previous article, we covered a number of major manufacturers for surveillance cameras. In the midst of the many household brands, there were some star performers that stood above the rest. Knowing the right manufacturer can help you make the right investment for a long-term surveillance solution. See here for the full article.

Here are some quick tips before you jump into your surveillance camera project:

  • Know whether your camera manufacturer provides support for DIY installation or requires a qualified installer
  • Check eBay and Amazon for product reviews for the camera model you are considering
  • Consult with a qualified security provider to get you started

Jay 360 Has Your Blind Spots Covered

jay-360There are many more factors to consider when designing and installing a surveillance system. Jay 360 continues to help clients ensure their premise security, looking at all the different angles to provide you with peace of mind and comfort. You can rely on the knowledge and experience of Jay 360 to provide you with the best home security solutions. We will recommend only the security products that meet your specific needs and budget.

Call on Jay360 to help you to plan the ideal security camera system to suit you and your needs, all at the very best value.

Read more from the Ultimate Guide to Surveillance Cameras:

This series helps you choose and set up the best camera system for your next surveillance project: offering insights and direction to those wishing to secure their home and small business premises.


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