5 Things to Look for in Your Video Surveillance System


“What should my security system have?”

That’s one of the most frequently asked questions we hear at Titan Alarm, Inc. An advanced system consists of various integrated devices that can include burglar alarms, smoke detectors, motion sensors and what many experts consider to be “must-have” components of any security system: video surveillance cameras. Security cameras provide live and recorded video feeds on a 24/7 basis — today, you can even use your smartphone as a remote monitor to view your property while you’re away.

Elements of an Effective Video Surveillance System

There are several factors to consider when designing the right video surveillance system and choosing the proper cameras and equipment:

  • Where to Place the Cameras: No two properties are exactly alike, and each has its own areas of vulnerability. You’ll need to determine your high-risk spots — this can include front and rear exits, first-floor windows and hidden locations that are out of sight from the street. You may also need to install cameras inside your home, as well. If you have small children who you leave in the care of babysitters or nannies, for instance, cameras enable you to monitor their activities while you’re away.
  • Wired vs. Wireless: A traditional video surveillance camera setup consists of devices that are hardwired into your home’s electrical system. While this type of system offers excellent consistency and reliability, it can be difficult and expensive to install. Many homeowners are choosing a wireless camera system that provides greater installation flexibility and eliminates the need to run wiring throughout your home.
  • Viewing Needs and Preferences: You’ll also need to think about how you want to view the footage. For example, do you only want to watch camera feeds while you’re at home, or do you also want to monitor your property while you’re at work or traveling? If you plan on recording video feeds for viewing later, you also need to ensure you have sufficient storage space.
  • Camera Selection: Home surveillance cameras come in many shapes and sizes these days, and they also feature a wide range of capabilities. You’ll need to consider whether you want visible or hidden cameras, as well as factors such as range, nighttime viewing capabilities, resolution, frame rates, pan/tilt/zoom and facial recognition. Also, you’ll have to choose between old-fashioned analog and state-of-the-art digital IP cameras. While analog cameras are less expensive, they can’t match digital cameras regarding picture quality and advanced technological capabilities.
  • Video Verification: Finally, you’ll have to decide if you want video-verified alarms for your surveillance system. In addition to allowing you to use Internet connectivity to view your camera feeds, this feature allows a central monitoring service to respond to verify alarm conditions and immediately dispatch first responders to your home if needed.

Contact Titan Alarm for Help With Your Video Surveillance System

At Titan Alarm, we know what to look for in surveillance systems. We have the expertise to design and install the right video surveillance system for your Phoenix-area home. Contact us for more information and to schedule a free in-home security consultation today.

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Updated by Titan Alarm on November 5, 2018.