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How Many Home Security Cameras Do You Need

by Amy June 22, 2017

There are many different opinions about how many security cameras you need for your home. Some people think having one that appears to be working is enough to prevent an intruder, which may be true, but it will be no help if they figure out it doesn’t work. The number of home security cameras and where you need to place them on what you need to protect and the reason you are using them.

Recommended places for security cameras are:

  • The front door
  • The porch or doorstep
  • The back door
  • The back garden or yard
  • The living room
  • Bedrooms
  • The eating area or the kitchen
  • The garage
  • The basement
  • Emergency exits
  • Close to high interest assets

It is not essential to install security cameras in every one of these areas, but choose the ones that are important to you and will allow you to have full view of your home.

Consider installing cameras for reasons like:

  • Deterring Intruders: Protect your home from burglary and break-ins. Determine what needs protecting in your home and place cameras there. Don’t skip out on the exterior of your home either.
  • Evidence: If someone does break into your home, a video surveillance system lets you see exactly what happened. A good recording can also help police catch the intruder and possibly retrieve what was stolen. Make sure you have high quality cameras to best identify any trespassers.
  • Live streaming: You can view the live feed from your home security app on your phone. Use it to keep an eye on your family and stay in touch with them throughout the day.
  • Alerts: Most security companies have a way to alert you if your security cameras detect movement where there shouldn’t be.

Make sure you’re purchasing enough cameras for what you need and that they are positioned to best spot intruders and keep an eye on the things most valuable to you.

Summer Vacation Security Checklist

by Amy June 19, 2017

Summer is prime vacation season. It’s also prime season for home break-ins. Here’s an important checklist to make sure your summer vacation ends as happily as it began.

Follow the checklist below or click on the image to print:

  • Contact My Alarm Center and let us know you will be out of town
  • Have the post office hold your mail (go to holdmail.usps.com) or have a neighbor collect it
  • Make arrangements to have your lawn mowed
  • Remove hidden house keys
  • Test your system before you leave (visit myalarmcenter.com to learn how)
  • Check your alarm batteries (smoke, carbon monoxide, water detector)
  • Close interior doors to stop thieves from looking through your house (this also acts as a firebreak in case of a fire)

If you have the MyHome® home automation tool, you can also do the following from anywhere:

  • Remotely arm and disarm your system if you have neighbors or workers dropping in
  • Program your indoor/outdoor lighting and electronics to make it seem like you’re home
  • Keep an eye on your home through live videos and have activity reports sent to you

For more about how we can help keep your home safe this summer and beyond, call 855-334-6560 or visit myalarmcenter.com.