Security Resource Center
What Is a Home Security Camera?
Although they come in a wide variety of sizes, image qualities, fields of view, and ranges of motion, home security cameras all perform one basic function—they provide a video image of what is occurring within their field of view. Cameras either show live action in real time or record everything for viewing later. Some camera systems even let customers monitor and control their security cameras online.
How Do Security Cameras Work?
Not only can home security cameras help catch burglars,but they can also actually help to stop the criminals before they become intruders. Cameras work as a deterrent when would-be burglars see them and decide breaking into your house isn’t worth the risk. With that in mind, keeping surveillance cameras clearly visible on your property is a good idea. You also want some hidden cameras because a determined burglar may try to block or disable cameras they can see. For more help assessing your property and determining the best combination of cameras for your needs, consult a home security expert from one of the monitoring companies spotlighted above.
Security Camera vs Surveillance Camera
While the terms are regularly used interchangeably, there is a slight difference between security cameras and surveillance cameras. The difference is whether a camera is passive or active. Surveillance cameras are passive. They observe and/or record whatever is happening in their field of view. Security cameras are active. They alert people to unexpected events within their field of view. This distinction can be very subtle or very large depending on the circumstances of a particular situation. For instance, if a surveillance camera sends a constant feed to a monitor that is continually viewed by a security guard, it is essentially functioning as a security camera because simply by viewing the feed from the camera the guard would be alerted to anything unexpected happening within the camera’s field of view. However, most modern security cameras have the ability to detect motion and send alerts to owners or authorities via text or email.