Feb 26, 2016|

9 Amazing Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Video Surveillance Systems

Vivint Smart Home app camera monitoring feature from an iPhone

Millions of Americans have video surveillance systems. They’re a great way to keep an eye on your property, ensure your family members are safe, and catch signs of danger as soon as possible. Many people, however, simply install surveillance cameras without taking the time to learn what makes them such a valuable tool. With these nine tricks, you’ll always be able to make the most out of your video surveillance system.

1. Learn the ins and outs

Individual camera systems have different features. Take the time to read up on what your video surveillance system can do and watch any necessary tutorials to get yourself up to speed.

2. Get the mobile app

The Vivint Smart Home app is indispensable, providing you access to your cameras around the clock. The app can also send you alerts when the status quo changes, providing you immediate access into your home. The mobile app’s home security controls allow you to arm your camera system from anywhere with the tap of a finger. You can also check the live video feed from cameras around your home while you're on the go.

3. Register for e-mail alerts

Motion detected at your door or in your empty house? E-mail alerts can notify you right away and allow you to watch footage regarding the activities on your property so you always know what’s going on.

4. Register for text alerts

Not by a computer? Want quicker access? Text message alerts send the same content directly to your mobile phone, letting you know when your cameras capture action and giving you the option to watch footage directly on the mobile app.

5. Choose the right cameras

With multiple camera options available, including fixed lens and pan and tilt cameras, you can coordinate your camera use to your home’s unique needs to ensure the right product is in the right place. For example, utilize a camera with night vision for potentially dark outdoor areas like the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro, or a camera with a built-in speaker and two-way audio like the Vivint Ping Camera for your home entryway.

You can find the right system to meet your needs whether you are you looking for indoor camera systems with high definition footage or an outdoor surveillance camera with a wider field of view.

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6. Petsit and babysit

Have pets or older children who are frequently left home alone? A video surveillance system is a great way to keep an eye on them as a precautionary measure, just to make sure no one is hurt or in trouble.

7. Understand privacy mode

Want your cameras to record later but you aren’t interested in making those recordings visible remotely? Simply turn on privacy mode with the push of a button.

8. Set scheduled times

Your security camera doesn't have to be operated solely on motion detection. Instead, you can set the times you want your surveillance system recording so that you can watch the footage in real time or at your leisure, on the web or on your mobile device.

9. Manage your cameras remotely

Featuring state-of-the-art technology, mobile integration, and cloud storage, your surveillance system can be operated from anywhere. With Vivint, you have the option to turn on cameras, watch footage, and monitor your entire home, all from hundreds of miles away on your mobile device.

Install a Vivint Smart Home system today

The right video surveillance system is essential in keeping your home safe. By taking advantage of everything a Vivint security system has to offer, you can rest a little easier knowing that someone always has an eye on your property and you will truly get the most out of your video surveillance system. Our experts are trained to help you find the perfect options for your home.

Contact our Smart Home Pros today at 855.822.1220 for a free quote on a customized system.

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