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Security Cameras for Home Use

By SA Rubin

When we think of security cameras and surveillance systems, most of us assume that they are only for businesses such as office buildings, retail stores, restaurants, hotels and warehouses. But surveillance cameras can also be very useful for residential applications as well.

Gated communities, apartment complexes, condominiums, and single-family homes can all benefit from the use of security cameras.

Residents of gated communities are obviously concerned with the security of knowing who's coming in and who's going out of the community. If they weren't, then there would be no need for the security gates in the first place. Surveillance cameras can offer the added security of being able to record activity for later viewing, should the sanctuary be compromised by any unwanted visitors.

Apartment and condominium complexes can have so much foot traffic on any given day, that it could prove nearly impossible for anyone to know who's there for legitimate reasons and who's there to stake out the place for future criminal activity. Sometimes just having security cameras in plain view can deter criminal activity before it ever happens.

Single-family homes can find security cameras quite useful as well. An outdoor security camera can show you who is coming up to your house before they even knock at the door.

Indoor surveillance cameras can help you monitor any room or every room in your home should you feel the need to do so. And let's not forget the increasingly popular nanny cams, which are very useful for keeping an eye on caregivers, cleaning staff, or anyone else that you let into your home.

Security cameras are also very useful for providing evidence to the police, should your home be broken into while you're away at the office or on vacation.

My own recent experience is just one more example of where a surveillance camera came in handy. It seemed that an animal was getting into my garbage cans at night and spreading trash all over my yard. I assumed it was my neighbors' dog but I didn't want to read him the riot act about keeping his dog inside unless I had some proof. So I set up a day/night outdoor camera and pointed it at my garbage cans.

The next morning I viewed the video and found my answer. It wasn't the neighbors' dog at all; as it turns out, a skunk was getting into my trash.

I'm glad that I didn't put a strain on our friendship by falsely accusing his pet, but now I wish it was just a dog. Does anyone know how to scare off a skunk without getting sprayed?

Some of you are thinking, "yea, security cameras are useful, and they're even pretty cool to have. But they're also very expensive to own". Well, years ago that was true, but today we can purchase a very high quality surveillance camera for only a couple hundred dollars. Many of them are even plug and play easy to use, so there's no need to hire an expensive technician to install the cameras in your home.

All in all, security cameras are not very expensive to own or maintain, and if they help give you peace of mind and let you sleep better at night, then they're well worth the price of admission.
About the Author
SA Rubin is the owner of North American Security Products, LLC. For more information on Home surveillance cameras, visit

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