As home security systems continue to evolve, security video surveillance has emerged as a popular technology.

Homeowners are turning to both DIY home security and security alarm companies for video surveillance. A surveillance system can be installed either indoors or outdoors, or if you want extensive video security for your home and property, you can install a system that covers all areas.

Indoor vs. outdoor video surveillance system

How do you know if you need video security? Consider your security goals and objectives. Do you mostly want to monitor what’s going on inside your home or do you need video coverage for activity happening around in perimeter areas, such as your yard, the street and your front door? Once you’ve assessed your security needs, you can decide where you want to install security cameras as part of your home alarm system.

Outdoor security: Video surveillance and equipment

While you may not know where to begin with so many options, start by making a list of what you want and need in terms of protection. You should also consider your budget and if you already have an existing security alarm system that you’ll be adding video surveillance to. Check out home security reviews to get an idea of what other consumers are saying about the product you have in mind. These should be good first steps in the decision-making process.

An outdoor video surveillance system can help detect threats to your home before they make contact. Security video surveillance can help you watch out for potential intruders or even extreme weather. As with indoor cameras, you can view the footage on a dedicated monitor or on your computer or smartphone if you have access to live or recorded video security on your mobile devices.

One thing to keep in mind about an outdoor video surveillance system is that outdoor cameras usually are designed with a wider viewing angle to observe larger areas. Cameras intended for outdoor use may also have night vision capabilities and weather-resistant design. While many outdoor security cameras can also be used indoors, the same is not true for cameras specifically designed for indoor use.

Indoor video security: Equipment and features

As with an outdoor video surveillance system, you’ll need to consider the different elements that an indoor system will need to work around.

Lighting is a factor that can affect indoor security cameras. If you’ll be capturing images in well-lit areas, almost all cameras will work well in these conditions. However, if you want to use the camera for an area that is mostly in dim light, or during nighttime hours, be sure to select a camera designed for “Day and Night” use or with low-light capability. These types of cameras are more flexible and can adjust to fluctuating lighting conditions.

Types of cameras for video security

While there are many different types of security cameras, some may be better suited for outdoor use than indoor use and vice-versa. You also want to consider whether you want to install wired or wireless models, because you may run into compatibility issues. Make sure to choose the best fit for your security surveillance needs, so that you can have the optimal home and video security.