Choosing A Home Security Cam
July 26, 2019
Looking to add an extra layer of security to your spot at The Village apartments? There are plenty of ways to help improve safety at your abode, but perhaps one of the easiest and swiftest is adding an interior security camera or two. Being able to see and record what’s going on in your home (even when you aren’t around), is a nice little extra to have — and one that will go a long way to keeping your family and valuables safe. Most burglars don’t want to mess with residence if they know that the property is well monitored, and what’s more, those foolish enough to try will be met with the unfortunate reality that the police will have all the evidence they need to start tracking them down. So, when it comes to anti-theft measures, security cams are a safe bet.
The benefits go even further, though. If you have kids, elderly family members, or pets, a security camera system is a great way to keep an eye on them while you’re not at home. This way, you can make sure everyone is safe, sound, and staying out of trouble. We could go on with all the reasons a security camera makes sense, but the biggest challenge isn’t figuring out if you need one or not — it’s narrowing down which option to choose when you’re searching. That’s what we plan on helping you out with today, as we provide a few solid tips that will lead you to the best security camera for your apartment. We’ll be going over some of the most important features to look for, along with a few suggestions that won’t break the bank. Let’s begin.
What to Look for in a Security Camera
So, when you’re looking for an indoor security camera, there are several factors you’ll want to take into account, with the first being price. You obviously have a budget on how much you can afford and are willing to spend, but remember that it’s not just the camera that you’ll be paying for in some cases. Systems that are complicated enough may require some professional installation (in which case you’re looking at labor costs), and there might also be monthly charges for using particular features with the model of security camera you choose. Be aware of all of this before your search.
Speaking of features you might have to pay for, you’ll want to know what kind of data storage plans are available for your camera of choice before you buy. These generally allow you to use the manufacturer’s cloud storage to record motion sensor-triggered events, and provide you with footage of all the important incidents that occur.
Next, you’ll want to look at the size of the potential camera you’re considering. Size won’t normally affect the performance of your device, but it will play a role in where you can place it within your home. If you’ve got a particular spot reserved for a surveillance device, make sure you know the measurements and what will fit within so that you can get a camera that’s small enough for your space.
You’ll definitely want to keep field of view in mind when you’re purchasing a security camera. If you’ve got a large space you want to monitor, you’ll want a camera with a wider field of view that can cover said space adequately. Most cameras range from about 90-degrees to 140-degrees, but a wider view can sometimes mean shelling out a few extra dollars, so consider where you’ll be placing your camera and buy accordingly.
Now let’s talk resolution. When you’re buying a TV or computer monitor, high-resolution is great for seeing all those details. High resolutions also let you see plenty of detail on security footage, but do you really need the maximum resolution possible? High resolutions take up more storage space, and for most security camera purposes, isn’t worth the extra cost. For monitoring the inside of your apartment, you probably won’t need anything close to 4K resolutions, and should probably look within the range of 480p to 1080p.
Will you be wanting a camera that has audio recording capabilities or no? Being able to hear what’s going on in addition to seeing what’s going on in your home can be a plus, but you’ll have to pay extra for it in most cases. If you’re looking to get even more advanced, you can look at cameras with two-way audio functionality, meaning that not only can you hear what’s going on, but you can transmit audio through the device as well from a remote location. Very useful if you need to communicate with someone at your home while you’re away.
Motion detection is another feature to look for, and the name should be fairly self-explanatory. Cameras with motion detection functionality will alert you to any movement that passes by their sensors, giving you a heads up that something might be going on and you’ll want to start monitoring what’s happening at home. And if you’re planning on having your security camera going at night, low-light capabilities are something to look for in your choice of camera. That way, you can see more than just shadows moving around when you check your video feed.
Now that you know what to look for in your new security camera, you might be wondering what fits the bill, right? Time to start surveying your options, and you can get a pretty good idea of what’s on the market currently by checking out CNET’s list of 52 Indoor Cameras that will fit just about any apartment need imaginable.
You’ll Feel Plenty Secure at The Village Apartments
Just look at this splendid community. If there’s any place you’d feel safe in the beautiful city of Mountain View, it’s here at The Village Residences. And beyond the safety these lovely residences provide, there’s the unparalleled comfort, convenience, and luxury that comes with living at what very well may be Mountain View’s most amazing apartments. This is the contemporary rental experience you’ve been searching for. Drop us a line, see what The Village can offer you, and learn more about making one of these gorgeous units your new home.