Installing home security systems are not just a way to keep your personal belongings safe, they also act as a deterrent for perpetrators and create a sense of security and safety for homeowners.
A burglary happens every 15 seconds in the US, and home break-ins account for 70 percent of the total 2.2 million burglaries that take place each year. Warm weather increases the risk of theft, with southern states accounting for almost half of all home invasions and other states seeing a spike of nearly 50 percent during summer months.
On average, the arrest rate for burglaries is only 13 percent, and while the average loss of physical goods in home break-ins is usually around $2,000, it’s difficult to place a dollar figure on the newfound feelings of fear and lack of safety following a home burglary.
In a 2018 study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 60 percent of convicted burglars report that home security systems act as a deterrent when choosing which homes to target. Having a visible alarm system has obvious benefits, but many security cameras are hidden so that they can’t be covered up by intruders. As an added defense, we recommend placing a sign on your lawn or in the front window of your home to advertise that your home has a security system.
A study by Jacksonville State University found that most burglaries don’t occur at night as is often portrayed on TV shows and films, but in broad daylight. The time of day that sees the most thefts is between 10 am and 3 pm when most residents are at work and school. Neighbors who are home are often less diligent about keeping an eye on strangers on their street during the day, with someone lurking around a home in the middle of the night more likely to raise concern. For that reason, we’ve included security systems on our list that alert homeowners to movement in and around their home when in use, which will give you peace of mind during the day while you’re away from your home.
Home security systems are now more affordable, user-friendly and reliable than ever. Here are three of our top picks to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
1. Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera
With HD1080 filming and live streaming capabilities, a wide 90 degree viewing angle, 32 feet of night vision range and up to four hours of free Cloud storage, the Amcrest ProHD 1080P WiFi Camera enables you to keep a watchful eye on your home from anywhere.
Pros: With an extra-wide viewing angle of 90 degrees and the ability to control pan and tilting and zooming from the app on your phone, the Amcrest enables you to view every corner of a room. The Amcrest sends alerts to your phone when motion is detected and begins recording, uploading the footage the Alexa Cloud, or onto your Windows PC or Mac. The 2.4ghz wireless camera is WiFi enabled and has two-way audio and voice so you can listen and respond. Multiple Amcrest cameras can be purchased and set up on the same app.
Cons: Some customers note that there is a learning curve during setup and the software may be too advanced for those who are not computer savvy. The camera isn’t waterproof and should only be used indoors.
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2. Blink XT Home Security Camera System
The waterproof Blink XT Home Security Camera System is ideal for indoor and outdoor use, with the wireless camera able to handle up to 10 cameras on one Blink Sync Module, making it easy to monitor all entry points of the home at once.
Pros: Unlike the Amcrest and YI Dome, the Blink can be used in both indoor and outdoor settings. The Blink also comes with free monthly Cloud storage and runs on batteries, making it easy to place the security cameras even in areas that aren’t near outlets. When motion is detected, the Blink sends an alert to your phone and begins recording a short clip, uploading the video to the cloud. Live HD video through the Blink app is available on your smartphone and can be paired with Amazon Alexa and Echo. The Blink has a 110-degree diagonal view, slightly more impressive than Amcrest’s 90-degree angle.
Cons: The Blink comes with a mic to record audio, but unlike the Amcrest, the audio is only one-way, and users cannot talk back through the camera. The wireless Blink runs on batteries that will need to be frequently changed, and the free Cloud storage is for two hours compared to Amcrest’s four hours of free storage.
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3. YI Dome Indoor Security Surveillance System
With a complete 360-degree camera coverage, the most impressive on our list, the YI Dome Indoor Security Surveillance System is a cost-effective and easy to use home security camera.
Pros: Like the Amcrest, the YI Dome has two-way audio that allows users to respond through their cameras. The YI Dome has a number of smart features built into it, including activity alerts, auto-cruise, bookmarks, camera sharing, customize schedules and more that can be shared on one family account. Working with both Android and iOS systems, the YI Dome will alert users of motion and store footage on the included SD card. It can also be formatted to use with the Cloud, although YI only includes one free month and users must pay for storage after the trial.
Cons: Unlike the Blink, the YI Dome can only be used indoors. The YI Dome camera is only 720P, whereas both the Amcrest and Blink record in 1080P. The night vision range is only 9.8 feet compared to the Amcrest’s 32 feet.
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