For centuries people have sought to secure their belongings by building bigger and better barriers to protect their valuables. Recently, there has been an increase use of electronic monitoring for security in conjunction with physical barriers. This is especially true for protecting your home. Many people have opted for the installation of surveillance cameras or electronic alarms to monitor their property. This is aided by the reduced cost of high quality surveillance cameras. Also, the advent of Digital Video Recorders (DVR) have made surveillance cameras much more appealing.

When selecting a surveillance camera for your home, identify your needs prior to purchasing a system and ask several of the following questions. These questions will help guide you to the right system for your home.

  • Where do you plan to place the device?
  • How will the video be stored?
  • Is the area lit at night?
  • Is the camera waterproof?
  • Do you have access to a power outlet? If not, a wireless system might be more prudent.
  • Do you need a wide-angle lens for coverage?
  • How will the camera be mounted to your house?
  • Do you want to be able to monitor your cameras from a mobile device?

There are numerous alarm companies that can integrate technology to improve home defense. These companies often use lighting, motion detectors, contact sensors and surveillance cameras to monitor your home. The limiting factor for this option is budget. How much are you willing to spend per month for their product? The do-it-yourselfers can access similar technology at a lower price via hardware stores and on-line retail websites. There are numerous pre-packaged alarm systems that can be purchased. Please follow all manufacturer’s recommendations to be sure the system is installed and maintained properly.

Surveillance cameras can range from $100-$1000s based on the features they have. Some cameras can pan, tilt and zoom. Other options include high-definition and infrared technology for night vision. With cameras you typically get what you pay for, so buyer beware.

The Montgomery Police Department has responded to several businesses and residences where surveillance cameras have aided in the identification and apprehension of criminals. Surveillance cameras and alarm systems serve as a deterrent to criminals, because it increases the likelihood of them being apprehended.

If you decide to purchase an alarm system, please be sure to register the system with the Montgomery Police Department in accordance with Montgomery Ordinance 99.01. If you have any questions, please contact the Montgomery Police Department at (513) 985-1600.