Home Monitoring: What To Consider

Ensuring that your home is secure and safe, even while you’re away is something that every home-owner wants, but it can often be confusing when it comes choosing what you need to ensure your home monitoring is effective. We’ve compiled the following factors of consideration to help you decide what security you might need in your home.


Most home monitoring systems will include a camera of some sort; it’s up to you which one you choose and different cameras will suit different people. You’ll need to decide whether or not you want an indoor system or an outdoor system and then decide on how many cameras you would like. The number of cameras you’ll need will depend on the area of space that needs to be protected.

  • Fake cameras. If you don’t want to have cameras installed in or around your house then an alternative could be to place fake cameras outside of your home to deter thieves.
  • Night vision cameras. This type of camera will allow you to record any evidence of theft or vandalism that could happen outside when it’s dark. Choose from a black and white camera or a colour camera. The latter allows you to identify the colour of items worn by anyone attempting to target your house, which could be useful if giving a police statement in the event of a burglary.
  • Motion detection cameras. Ideal for use outside the home, a motion detection camera is able to detect and record any unusual movement. If you invest in a motion detection camera you should ensure that the camera is not set to too high a sensitivity level as you don’t want it to alarm you of leaves being blown by the wind for example.
  • Hidden cameras. If you’re planning on asking someone else to look after your house while you’re away then you might want to install a hidden camera for peace of mind. This type of camera can be hidden on a mantelpiece or windowsill and will catch anyone stealing from your home.
BT Smart Home Cam 100
BT Smart Home Cam 100, shop.bt.com

You’ll also need to decide which type of camera shape you want. Box cameras are the most commonly used, dome cameras easily blend in with décor and surroundings while pan-tilt-zoom cameras provide a closer look. Which camera you choose is entirely up to you – whatever suits your needs best.

Where Should They Be Installed?

Home monitoring cameras can be installed in a variety of places throughout the home – it’s up to you to decide where you feel they would be best placed. Here are some locations that you might want to consider placing your cameras:

  • Exits and entrances. Placing cameras here will enable you to capture intruders trying to enter or exit your home.
  • Under eaves of the roof. This will give a clearer shot of who is loitering or acting suspicious around your property.
  • Garage. Many people keep expensive cars or other valuables locked up in a garage which is why thieves target them. Having a camera on your garage door could deter thieves.
  • Outhouses. If you’ve got a barn, guest-house or any other type of outdoor building you should keep it protected with a camera. Again, you can place a camera indoors, outdoors or both.

Important Features To Consider

When you’re investing in a home security system, there are some features that you might want to consider in order to fully optimise the security around your home. We’ve listed the most important three below.

  • Remote monitoring. This is the most popular type of home security system that’s used today as it enables you to view a number of cameras at the same time from one computer. To be able to do this you must be connected to the internet.
  • Scalability. You might start off with one or two cameras when you first set up your home security system, but later on you might decide that you want to add more. Scalability allows you to do this by providing you with a licence that permits you to add more cameras when you need to.
  • Megapixel Image Quality. In order for thieves or vandals to get caught the camera will need to get a close look at them or their vehicle. Megapixel image quality cameras are cameras with a higher image quality that reduce any noise and prevent blurred images when recording which you can hand over to the police.

Investing in a home security system has many long-term benefits. It not only provides you with legitimate evidence if an intruder was to vandalise or steal from your home but it also provides you with peace of mind knowing that your home is protected 24/7. Just the presence of security cameras could deter thieves and vandals from targeting your home or your car.

Other Types Of Home Monitoring Products That You Might Want To Consider

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: These should be in your home anyway for safety; you should have one on each floor of your home and you should check them regularly.

Devolo Home Control Radiator Thermostat
Devolo Home Control Radiator Thermostat, shop.bt.com

Radiator and room thermostat: A radiator and room thermostat will not keep you safe from intruders or a fire, but they will keep your home at the right temperature and prevent you from wasting energy.

Motion sensors: Usually installed outside, a motion sensor can detect when someone is approaching your house. They can be placed discreetly or in full view.

Door and window sensors: A door or window sensor will notify you when someone is attempting to access you home through a door or a window without your permission.

Browse our full range of home monitoring systems today at BT Shop to find your ideal solution.

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