Camera surveillance for beginners

Camera surveillance is a term that most people are familiar with, although not always familiar with. Most of the time we think of malls, gas stations, federal buildings, banks and post offices when we think of CCTV and a guy in uniform watching everything that happens in range of the camera.

In the meantime, however, camera surveillance also belongs in private homes and more and more people are installing at least one camera on their property. It’s not necessarily expensive, and it’s not necessarily difficult or expensive to install – most of the time you can do everything yourself. The recommended setup of camera surveillance is to cover your entrances and exits. So every door in the “shell” of the house and every window that is accessible from the ground and can be opened. The reason for this, of course, is to limit the number of cameras to around four, both to save on costs and to avoid the feeling that someone is constantly looking over your shoulder (even if it’s just your own camera).

Front door, back door and one on each opposite corner of the house. Remember that one camera can cover two sides of the house from one corner. So what do I do and how? The best place to buy camera gear and monitors today is online. There you can get the devices at the best prices and avoid all the annoying salespeople you would encounter at a security company or specialty store.

If you’re just starting out, we recommend going to and clicking “Store” on the right-hand side. We have selected a nice selection to start a safer life. You should be able to get a four-camera setup with a monitor for less than $300, which also means you don’t have to pay anyone to set it up. A professional installation would typically cost you over a thousand USD.

Plan your setup. Walk around your house several times, make sure you know what angle you want your camera to cover and what entries. It is best to draw it on a piece of paper. Then get to the screws! It doesn’t get any harder than that. If you’re comfortable with that, run all cables inside your walls – they’re safer there. Go for a wireless transmission setup if you’re new to wiring, it’ll save you a ton of hours and won’t cost you much more. Place your monitor(s) in a safe but easily accessible place – in a kitchen cupboard or just behind your front door where it’s not directly visible.

Then you’re done and the next time someone rings the doorbell or you think you’ve seen someone outside under a window, you’ll know who it is before they can say “breaker”.

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