Advice Posted on November 20th 2015 By Andy Calloway

CCTV and House Alarms in Synergy can be the Ultimate Deterrent

Whether you live in the centre of a major city or a rural area, home security is always a concern. Your property needs to be protected from prying eyes and the threat of a burglary whether you are at home or not. Thanks to modern technology, there are many options to choose from. Two of the most common are closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and house alarms. While each is indeed powerful as a stand alone tool, utilising them together can provide an even greater sense of security and reliability. 

What are some of the benefits that this combination will offer?

The Deterrent Factor

One of the most effective ways to thwart a would-be burglar or trespasser is to deter them from entering your property in the first place. It is a known fact that homes containing warning signs regarding CCTV systems and automatic alarms are much less likely to become targets. Should cameras be physically visible (which is sometimes recommended to offer a "show of force"), the probability of an intruder entering is even further reduced. Burglars are much more tempted with a home that does not appear to have any protection whatsoever.

Modern Visual Detection Methods

Another important point to mention is the fact that closed-circuit television systems are now highly advanced. There are several innovations that can now be enjoyed even by those who may be on more of a limited budget. These units have become much smaller and are therefore more difficult to detect. Disabling them is nearly impossible without triggering some form of alarm. Many models offer high-definition video feeds; critical in identifying an individual that may have entered a property. The have the ability to pan, tilt and zoom, enabling the user to see more than is possible with a static camera.

A few other benefits can include:

  • All-weather capabilities.
  • A dedicated power source (such as a battery), as opposed to a mains feed.
  • The ability to record for hours at a time.
  • Most are activated by motion, heat or both.

Some of these cameras can even be disguised as rocks and other common items around the garden.

They are very much the true silent sentinels of home protection.

Remote Alerts and More

Alarms represent the second "pillar" of security. However, the modern system goes far beyond simply providing an audible alert to the owner and nearby neighbours. Most alarms can now be linked directly to your smartphone. If an 'event' is detected (such as a window opening), you can be immediately alerted, while this same information can also be sent directly to a security alarm monitoring company. This dramatically reduces response times whilst also allowing you to advise the monitoring Company should you believe that the fault has been caused by a non-threatening event (such as a pet or a guest).

A Unique Synergy

It should be clear that each of these systems as a stand alone element can be a great defence for your home. However, using them in tandem is the best way to make certain that you and your loved ones are protected. Not only will thieves be deterred by the mere presence of cameras, but their combination with modern alarms will help to make your property one of the least desirable locations for a robbery.

Home protection has evolved in leaps and bounds during recent years. As technology continues to advance, we should only expect that such levels of security will become even more comprehensive and dependable into the future.

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