Home Surveillance Systems

Home surveillance systems make use of cameras to keep you connected.

Home surveillance systems make use of cameras to keep you connected.

Keeping your home safe isn’t just about installing smoke alarms and making sure you have a plan for emergencies. Of course, every household should have both of those things covered, but what should people be doing about home security systems?

There’s a growing trend towards more home owners and renters using in home security cameras to both protect and monitor. This is because a basic home surveillance system provides greater peace of mind than a traditional motion sensor security system. Here are two key reasons why:

  • False alarms are a thing of the past when you can immediately tune in to a live view or see the footage of an event.
  • In the event of a burglary or break in, a good home surveillance system can save video footage out of harm’s way both locally and to the cloud. You can then use this secure footage to assist law enforcement and for insurance purposes.

Modern home surveillance systems also have convenient features which makes things easier for you and your family such as Geofencing, a feature which means you don’t have to arm the system every time you go out, and disarm it every time you come home. No more forgetting to set the alarm!

What to look for in a home security camera system

There are different options when it comes to a home security system.

The traditional passive infrared sensor systems have been around since the mid Seventies. A quick review would show they are limited in function and will always lack the ability to let you actually see what’s going on in your home.

Compare this to video security systems which record continuous footage but don’t alert you to important events – this means you are unable to act if something suspicious is taking place. A home surveillance system that only records continuous footage is very ‘after the fact’ solution to home security – is this really what you want?

Modern home surveillance systems developed to be able to alert you to motion. The biggest issue with these systems as they developed was distinguishing what is actually important from what isn’t. Nobody likes receiving false alarms caused by curtains moving in the wind.

The following is a checklist of things you should be looking out for in a good home video surveillance system:

  1. The ability to live stream and view cameras.
  2. The capacity to send out alerts based on movement detection.
  3. The quality of alerts that are actually important and not false alarms.

DIY basic home surveillance

The great thing about a modern home surveillance system is how much less they cost to install than traditional infrared or CCTV systems. In fact, the majority of them are Do It Yourself. Older systems often need to be professionally installed by home security companies which can cost you anywhere in the range of $100-$2000. In 2015, a good home surveillance system can be taken out of the box and installed by the user in minutes for no additional cost.

CleverLoop is an example of an easy to install home surveillance system. Here’s a quick rundown of just how simple a CleverLoop smart home security system is to set up:

  1. Open the box and take everything out.
  2. Plug in the power cable to the power socket and CleverLoop Base Station.
  3. Connect the Base Station to your router using an Ethernet cable and check the LED light blinks.
  4. Scan the QR code located on the back of the Base Station and set a name for your system.
  5. Connect your indoor or outdoor camera to power.
  6. Plug your camera into the Base Station using an Ethernet cable.
  7. Set a name for your camera, for example ‘Living Room’.
  8. Enter your Wi-Fi credentials.
  9. Unplug the camera.
  10. Position the camera and you are good to go!

Tips for keeping your home safe and monitored while you’re away

  • Tell trusted neighbours you are going away
    Make sure they can contact you, or someone else, if anything were to happen to your property. See if they will collect your mail as an overflowing mailbox is an indication of an unoccupied home. You could even ask them to park in your driveway to make it appear as though you are home.
  • Secure your home
    Make sure every window, door and gate is securely locked. It should be the last thing you check before you leave.
  • Consider what you post online
    A harmless social media post about travel may be seen by the wrong eyes. Think carefully before announcing when you are away from home for a prolonged period.
  • Stay in the loop
    Having an in home security camera system that alerts you to any unusual activity which you can view remotely is a smart idea. It’s even better if you can share the app with trusted friends, neighbours or family members.
  • Unplug
    By unplugging all electronics you are protecting them from power surges, not to mention saving on your power bill. Just don’t unplug your home security camera system!


by Cleverloop Team
October 5, 2015