Need of Protection For Your Home and Garden

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Safety and security are the number one priorities when building or buying a home.
by Kristy Franco · All Zones · Gardenality Ideas & Vision · 0 Comments · September 27, 2013 · 3,109 views

Safety and security are the number one priorities when building or buying a home. In addition to choosing safe neighborhoods, extra precaution can be taken by purchasing security cameras and placing them all over the house for constant surveillance.

Home security is no longer limited to merely securing your home from the inside. Affordable technology has advanced so much that we are now able to secure our homes from the outside as well, for a decent price. CCTV cameras placed outside in the garden can help us keep a constant watch on our surroundings to prevent intruders from entering our premises, giving us a 360-degree view of the area around our house.

What is a CCTV Camera?

CCTV Cameras are security cameras that can be placed both on the inside and outside of a house. They record videos and images for surveillance purposes. The footage recorded is saved and can be viewed even at a later date, thus making it a great security device. In case of a crime, recorded footage acts as proof that can help the homeowner recover property and prosecute damage or vandalism.

Due to their competent and wide range of prices, security cameras are making their way into middle class homes now as the market is proliferated with affordable options. They are easily available and simple to install and use.

Why is the Garden a Great Place for a Camera?

Gardens are generally near the entrance of a home. Placing a security camera here is strategic because you will have constant surveillance of all access and exits from the property and the front gate. This way you will always know who is entering your house and when.

If you are an avid gardener with a proud display of flowers, fruits and vegetables, garden security cameras are a great way to keep an eye on them just in case somebody plans to help themselves to your tomatoes or decides to pluck a few roses when no one is around. Maybe your favorite garden gnome is at risk too. Vandalism does happen and either way, you will always be aware of exactly who is wandering through.

Difference Between Indoor and Outdoor Cameras

Unlike the indoor cameras which are connected through wires and cables, wireless outdoor cameras and have no cables attached to them. This feature makes it harder for intruders to disable them.

Since cameras outside are openly exposed to the elements like rain, wind, snow and sun, the exterior of the camera is made with waterproof materials. They are created to withstand difficult environmental conditions.

The camera parts are fused tightly together with no cracks or holes in the joints, to ensure that water does not seep in and damage the electronics or create a malfunction.

How to Pick the Right CCTV Camera

When searching for the right camera, there are certain recommendations that you could follow.

  • High quality footage. When searching for an outdoor camera, pick one that transmits clear, sharp, high quality images and videos. The camera must be able to function well in all weather conditions. You should be able to clearly recognize who is coming towards or entering your house.
  • 24-hour monitoring. Theft can occur any time of the day. It is important that your camera records images and videos throughout the day. It is also important that this footage can be saved and viewed later on if required. If something does happen, you will need a record of it on film.
  • Wide camera range. Ask the sales representative to explain every feature of the camera to you. You should get a fair idea of what each camera’s range of view would be if used in your garden.
  • Price. Pick one that falls within your desired price range. The goal is to extract maximum utility at minimum cost. There is no point in buying many cameras that will have overlapping views of your garden. Instead, buy fewer cameras with different views so that all angles can be covered at the least cost.
  • Vandal-proof. Most criminals try to destroy surveillance cameras. Make sure you pick rugged, vandal-proof, high quality ones that cannot be easily broken or damaged.
  • Night vision. An absolute, must-have feature for garden security cameras is night vision. Most crimes occur when it’s dark outside and it is imperative that your camera transmits good quality images and videos even then.
  • Audio recording. Not all cameras have this feature but it is an added bonus, depending on your budget.
  • Customer support. When malfunctioning equipment strikes, it is ideal that you have access to good customer support so that you can find help easily. Faulty security cameras need to be tended to as soon as possible, so an efficient customer service is very important.

Gnome More Mr. Nice Guy!

Bet you didn’t know that there are hi-tech garden gnomes available with security cameras and motion sensors hidden inside them. The gnome’s security camera is connected to a router, linked to a motion sensor, and takes photos at 30 frames per minute. It then sends the images to a pre-set email address. House owners can remotely log on to the camera through their smart phones or computers, or even use software to receive the texts and picture messages sent by the gnome. This funny yet ingenious invention is great for the garden and no one will ever guess.

Gardens are ideal places to install security cameras. The all-round view provided gives homeowners a sense of extra security and protection. Home should be your sanctuary and with some of the clever CCTV systems out there, you can keep your home and family safe.


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