What is the best form of home security?
Every property is different, so no one form of home security is better than another. In most cases, an intruder alarm is best at deterring and warding off intruders, but this may not be the right solution for everyone.
How much do home-security systems cost?
There are many different systems ranging across many price points. DIY solutions can start from as little as $500. For a professionally installed system, you should expect to pay anywhere from $900 to $5000.
What are the DIY home-security systems?
DIY systems range from wireless cameras to basic motion-sensor systems. These offer a very basic level of deterrence and need to be maintained by you. DIY systems do not report back to base and will either trigger a loud alarm in the house or send you a smartphone notification.
What is the best home security camera?
Cameras vary in size, quality and price, from a $100 off-the-shelf DIY camera to a $3000-plus professionally installed CCTV system. Depending on your application, a camera with high-resolution and infra-red night vision is the minimum for best performance.
Can you run home security off your home wifi?
Some CCTV and alarm systems can connect to your home wifi network so you can operate them remotely and, in some cases, connect back-to-base to a monitoring centre. Wifi and home internet connections are not ideal for back-to-base monitoring as they are prone to outages and can be easily circumvented.
How often will camera / alarm batteries need to be replaced?
DIY camera batteries will need charging every few weeks to every few months, while professionally installed CCTV cameras are constantly powered by mains power. The back-up battery in your alarm system should give you hassle-free service for many years, though it is recommended it be tested and replaced (if needed) every few years.
Can we run home security on solar power?
Some DIY cameras can be powered by small solar panels. Professionally installed CCTV and alarm systems are powered by your home’s mains power.
Can I control the system from my phone?
Most modern CCTV and alarm systems can be controlled via smartphone apps. Depending on the system, this can range from basic operation to extensive control.
What about fake security cameras?
Fake security cameras are a cheap and easy way to give the appearance of security around your home. But don’t underestimate a criminal’s intelligence. Most fake or dummy cameras are easy to spot and this will undermine your home’s overall security.
Do all cameras have motion sensor?
Not all cameras sense motion. Their main function is to capture vision but, as a supplementary feature, some cameras and systems will detect motion. However, as most cameras are used outside, they are prone to unwanted activations by passing cars, pedestrians, animals, wind etc. It’s recommended to rely on your intruder alarm to detect motion and your cameras to capture vision.
Will switching to the NBN affect my system?
Yes. If you have an existing intruder alarm system reporting back-to-base over the copper phoneline network, switching to NBN will interrupt this communication. This can be easily fixed by installing a mobile communicator that reports back-to-base over the mobile network.