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Key Tips for Installing Surveillance Video Cameras Outside Your Home

Home security systems that use video cameras to watch for any intruders make a great way to keep you and your family safe and secure. Although many security companies install outside video cameras for a fee, you have the option of installing them yourself and saving money. If you decide to do the job yourself, follow these key tips for best results.

DO: Place the camera in the right spot

Place the cameras in the locations on your property you feel need monitoring. Consider placing them in spots vulnerable to intruders, such as near a patio door. Mount the camera in a high position on your house to cover more of the area, and place it under the eaves to protect it from the elements. Putting the camera high up on your house also reduces the risk of damage due to vandalism.

DO: Run the cable to the power source

Unless you decide to use a wireless system, which is less secure than a cable system, you need to run a length of cable from each camera to your power source, such as an electrical outlet. To connect the cable to the camera, tie it to the camera with pigtails, then run the cable through the gap between the wall and the roof, and plug it into the outlet. If no gap exists, you must drill a small hole into the wall.

DON'T: Forget about the monitoring system

An effective security camera system needs a connection to a monitoring system. This gives you a way to keep an eye on all of your cameras at once. The best systems also record their video footage so that you have the ability to view anything the camera captures when you are away from home. You have the choice of connecting your cameras to a digital video recorder, or DVR, or to your home computer. If you use a DVR, you must connect the device to a monitor.

DON'T: Install the cameras loosely

Make certain that you screw the cameras into the exterior walls securely according to the manufacturer's instructions. If you do not tighten the screws securely, the camera moves around excessively and gives you a distorted picture. Use the proper type of screw for the hole in your camera's casing. Using a screw too big or too small makes the installation more likely to come loose over time.

Installing outside video cameras is one of your best options for detecting any unwanted activity around your home. Installing these types of systems requires only a modest ability with tools in most instances and takes only a small amount of time and effort.

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What is a video camera?

A video camera is a camera that takes videos. a camera for  recording images on videotape or for transmitting them to a monitor  screen.
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