One of the biggest benefits of outdoor video surveillance is the deterrent cameras provide against criminal activity. Burglars, trespassers, vandals, and car thieves are less likely to target a home that has surveillance cameras on the property. In fact, one survey of actual burglars named security cameras as a top deterrent when deciding which homes to target.
Most criminals want to avoid anything that will attract attention or identify them, so incorporating cameras into your security system will help protect your home.
Check on your property from anywhere
Being away from home, especially for extended periods of time, can be stressful. Many camera systems will send you notifications if the camera’s motion sensors detect someone, allowing you to check on your property in real-time right from a mobile app.
You can also look at your camera’s footage from right inside your home. So if you hear a noise outside or your dog suddenly begins barking, you can view your camera feed from the safety of inside your home.
Assist law enforcement
Many smart home security cameras today have excellent facial recognition features. When combined with high video quality, the recorded footage can be an excellent tool for helping law enforcement identify possible criminals. It also helps provide evidence if needed to prove a crime has taken place.
Keep an eye on specific areas of your property
Whether it’s a shed full of valuable tools, a swimming pool, or another area of your property that you want to keep an eye on at all times, outdoor security cameras can help you see specific areas of your property at all times, day or night.
Check on children and pets
Your outdoor security camera can help you keep an eye on your older kids or pets while they play outside. Being able to check on what they’re up to at any time, even from inside your home, helps you multitask while they play outside.
Integrate with your home security system
If you already have a smart home security system, you can integrate your compatible smart security camera with other smart home devices in your system. When part of a complete smart home network like Vivint, your camera will also activate other security features around your home. For example, when the Outdoor Camera Pro spots someone on your property, it activates the Spotlight Pro, shining a floodlight on the lurker to let them know they’ve been seen.