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How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Video Security System

Home surveillance is a serious topic. After all, we are talking about being safe and having the feeling of security. Here are a few FBI crime statistics from 2015 to get you thinking:

  • A property crime occurred every 3.9 seconds.
  • Over $12 billion worth of personal property was stolen.
  • Only 26% of stolen goods were recovered.
  • The types of property most taken include cars, money, jewelry, and household items.
  • Burglaries of residential properties accounted for 71% of all burglary offenses.
  • Approximately 13% of home burglaries went unsolved due to a lack of witnesses or physical evidence.

These numbers aren’t here to scare you, but to make you aware of the facts. Believing that a home robbery could never happen in your neighborhood simply isn’t the truth.

The good news is that by installing measures to protect your home and family can go a long way to stopping criminal activity from taking place on your property. In fact, according to Statistic Brain:

  • Homes with alarms thwarted 60% of burglary attempts.
  • Surveyed police officers believe home alarm systems help deter 85% of burglary attempts.

Now that you may be considering your home video security system, here is how you can get the most out of it.

Smart Video Doorbell

Know who is at your door right from your phone with a smart video doorbell that monitors 24/7. This security feature allows you to see, hear, and speak to your visitors without having to open the door or even be home. It uses a motion sensor to turn on and record automatically, even if the button is not pushed. A live feed will be sent to your phone where you can capture a photo or record a video.


The quality of your camera is imperative to getting a close-up description of your visitor. Look for a doorbell that features 1080p HD, a 5x zoom, and full-color night vision.

Be sure your doorbell will work in extreme temperatures and humidity.

You need to consider the strength of your Wi-Fi signal to your video doorbell. Is your router close enough to allow a strong signal? Do your home’s materials (stone or metal walls) interfere with the signal?

Listen to a sample of the chime before you purchase. Some people don’t like certain tones and you want to be sure it doesn’t annoy. Also, having the ability to turn off the chime, such as when a baby is sleeping, is a good thing.

Exterior Smart Camera

See what’s happening outside your home with an exterior smart camera. Motion-activated video text alerts and live streaming give you the option to record clips of those lurking around your home.


  • Place your cameras where it can view 75-180 degrees without obstruction.
  • Be sure they are hung out of reach (about 9 feet above the ground) so they can’t be grabbed or broken.
  • If your camera is easily seen, its presence may be enough to deter criminal activity.
  • Mount a camera that uses night vision to see up to 40 feet.
  • Your outdoor camera should be weatherproof. Look for one with an IP-66 rating and UV protection.

Indoor Smart Camera

View the inside of your home at all times of the day and night with an indoor smart camera. Anytime you choose, view a live feed on your smartphone or computer browser. Receive mobile alerts and record clips with the touch of a button. You will feel more secure knowing what’s going on at home when you are away.


Seven feet is the optimal height to mount a camera. Point it slightly down.

Don’t point the camera directly facing a window. This will prevent backlighting and reflections which render an intruder unidentifiable.

The master bedroom is a favorite room in the house for burglars. Place a camera in there or in the hallway leading to it.

If a burglar steals your possessions, use your video feed to determine what they took so you have a higher chance of recovering the items or are able to file a more complete insurance claim.

Additional Home Security Options

There are a variety of additional home security options for you, including Smart Locks, Window and Door Sensors, Glass Break Sensors, Motion Image Sensors, and Asset Safes.

For answers on how you can best use video security to protect your home and family, contact AMP Smart today!