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The Ins and Outs of Smart Home Security Cameras and Video Surveillance

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Gina Post-Franco

Co-Owner at Post Alarm Systems
Gina is the Co-Owner at Post Alarm Systems, a family-owned alarm company that has been serving Southern California since 1956.
Gina Post-Franco
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So, you’re thinking about purchasing a smart home security system with intelligent cameras and video surveillance. But you don’t know where to start. There’s a lot of information floating around on the internet, and it can be confusing. Here’s a brief guide on smart video surveillance and security cameras.

What Makes a Smart Security Camera Intelligent?

Today’s security cameras let you watch your home no matter where you are. Watch the kids get home from school in real-time. See when suspicious activity occurs and notify authorities quicker. You can even tell the kids not to answer the door when they’re home alone after school because you can answer it from work if you have a video doorbell.

Most security cameras integrate well with other security products. They provide peace of mind and add an extra layer of security to your property.

Look at purchasing a camera with a built-in motion sensor that’ll record activity when triggered. When you set up alerts on your smartphone, you’ll receive notifications of activity around your house. You can set the camera to send you alerts on the things that matter but not common motion alerts like the kids or cat running through the house. By customizing your alerts, you’ll save yourself from information overload.

The footage saves to the cloud and is easy to access through your security dashboard. Look at the unimportant footage whenever it’s convenient for you.

A Few Tips for Buying Security Cameras

If you truly want security cameras to protect your property, enabling alerts is critical. It’s also important that the camera you choose understands context. Many smart cameras can distinguish between objects and animals and allow you to customize those alerts. It’s critical to purchase cameras specific to your needs.

You’ll get alerts for common security issues, such as forgetting to set the alarm or shut the garage door. Many of the problems you can correct directly from your smartphone.

Also, for true security, you want 24/7 monitoring. 24/7 monitoring means someone watches your house 24 hours a day, seven days a week, whether you’re home or not. You may not get an alert in time to act if you’re in a meeting at work or at the doctor’s office.

That’s where the monitoring center comes in. When the system detects suspicious activity, it will send an alert to the monitoring station and you. A security professional assesses the incident and decides whether there is an actual security breach. If the monitoring center thinks it’s an emergency, then they’ll contact the police or fire and rescue as needed. This response happens quickly and ensures you and your family always have help when you need it.

Want to know more about smart home security systems? Contact Post Alarm Systems to get more information on how you can enhance security at home.

About Post Alarm Systems

To learn more about Southern California security technology, come see us at Post Alarm Systems. Our highly qualified and experienced home security experts can answer all your questions. Call us today at 1-800-654-7678.

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