Installing a camera monitoring system offers security for the smarthome – and the advances in tech have transformed households across the world.
Security for the smarthome is essential – and I speak from experience. Almost twenty years ago my house was burgled twice in the space of about six weeks. Okay, I wasn’t living in some gated community or even a particularly salubrious part of town – but the thought that someone uninvited had been in my home and caused havoc was still a major shock.
It was devastating to return from work in the evening and find my stuff either gone for good or damaged beyond repair. I still remember the moment clearly – and the aftermath. The vivid sense of violation, of having had my space invaded, was hard to get past. I didn’t sleep for several nights, and it took a long long time to get worry and anger out of my system.
Looking back, I think if I’d had CCTV I would have felt safer and more secure much more quickly and life could have ‘gone back to normal’ more easily.
Being aware of what’s going on around you while you’re at home, or keeping an eye on your place while you’re away is not a new concept in the home security market. There have been some reasonable products available for years.
But the advances in technology and the introduction of connected devices has enabled manufacturers to move away from conventional static storage systems (DVD and HDD) to live feeds, cloud backups and user-controlled cameras.
The move towards internet-enabled technology has empowered homeowners by giving the chance to harness CCTV as a live monitoring system, accessible through a smartphone. Some systems even provide motion detection so when movement is detected, an alert can be sent to your mobile device.
Interestingly, if you’re thinking of getting a CCTV system for the outside of your home, there are privacy laws you must comply with. Making sure that your cameras aren’t pointed at public spaces, or other people’s houses or gardens, is essential. It’s also a good idea to discuss your CCTV plans with your neighbours before you install.
More and more CCTV systems are implemented into homes across the country each day. In the world of brilliant consumer tech it’s voice-activated media systems and self-aware robots which grab most of the media headlines. But it’s CCTV home safety technology which most usefully integrates into day-to-day life.