Out-of-the-Box Uses for Your Security Cameras

Out-of-the-Box Uses for Your Security Cameras

When you are trying to protect your home and family from intruders, thieves, damage, and injury – security cameras are incredibly useful.  They act as deterrents for individuals looking to break into your home and also provide recorded evidence when a break-in or some other altercation occurs.  Knowing that your home and family are safe, obviously gives you peace of mind to carry on your day to day life.  If you have suffered from a burglary or an intruder in your home in the past, security cameras can definitely help ease any discomfort or anxiety you may suffer.    


However, there are many other uses for security cameras, making them far more versatile than you may have originally thought.  It’s true that the above are reasons enough for installing them, but what if you could get more out of your security cameras?


In the following post, we will look at some of the more unconventional uses for security cameras.  Some are rather obvious and make perfect common sense, while others are a little more left-field.  


Some you may not have considered in the past.  Regardless if you have thought of these suggestions or not, we hope we open your eyes to the world of possibilities when it comes to security cameras.


Monitoring Your Children (Teens and Older)


While having security cameras positioned so they monitor entry points to your home will deter crime or even record evidence of it; they can also be used to monitor your children.  Say, for instance, you are at work or not at home for whatever reason and want to check who your children are spending time with at your home, you can station security cameras to capture their activity.  As well as ensuring that they weren’t getting up to mischief, security cameras could also serve as a way of ensuring things are going well at home.  


It would give you incredible peace of mind knowing that while you were out of town or just out of the house, that they were safe and looking after themselves.  Obviously, it is important that you tell your children about your intentions.  While you may think it is your home and your right to protect it and look after it in whatever way you choose; your children won’t thank you for monitoring them secretly and may see it as a hurtful and deceptive.  


Monitoring Your Children (Babies and Young)


Some forward-thinking parents have started using security cameras to monitor their babies.  It is true that traditional, audio-only have sufficed for many decades. However, it may help you to have a less stressful life if you could monitor their activity whether it is day or night and wherever you are (even if they are with a sitter) in full-color video footage with audio.  Even if you are the other side of the world and just want to have eyes on your baby because you miss them.   You can do that with some modern security cameras thanks to the ability to stream footage live.  This can help you to feel less bad about not always being there for them, and help you to concentrate on earning money that will benefit your children.


Monitoring Your Pets


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Have you ever wondered what your pets get up to when you are not around?  Have clothes mysteriously been vanishing or strewn out all over the place?  Have other weird things been happening around your home and you are not sure who is responsible?  It could be a good time to invest in some security cameras if you answered yes to any of those questions.  By positioning security cameras to record footage inside your home, you will be able to monitor the activity of your household pets.  Not only will you be able to solve some pertinent issues or just baffling occurrences, but the footage could be entertaining in its own right.  


You may have enough recorded footage for your own little ‘Secret Life Of Pets’ movie, that could be a fun thing to show family and friends at social gatherings or during the holiday season.


Monitoring Elderly Relatives


Some of the hardest choices you will ever have to make in your life revolve around elderly relatives that you have a duty of care towards, such as your mother and your father.  You want to do all you can to make sure they are comfortable and safe in their own home while giving them their own personal space.  For many families, a live-in caregiver in the form of a family member is preferable to putting your loved one in a nursing home.  However, this solution has its own set of challenges.  Even if you are living with your elderly relative, you may find it hard to be attentive as you would like towards them, thanks to other commitments in your life.


Using security cameras could help solve these problems.  With their permission, you could monitor them at all times, even when you are out of the house, to ensure they are comfortable and safe.  Even if you don’t live with them, this is a good alternative that allows them the chance to keep some of their independence.  You will feel a lot better, as you will be doing all you can to monitor them, and even if they show resistance at first, your relatives may come to be grateful.  Particularly if you are able to come to their aid at the drop of a hat thanks to the streamed footage from the security cameras.


Monitoring Your Staff


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Although we have spent a lot of time discussing home uses for security cameras, there are other great uses for them outside of the home.  For instance, many people find security cameras useful at their workplace.  If you are in charge of a workforce, security cameras obviously provide a means for you to monitor their activities.  As well as helping to deter and to catch an employee who may be stealing or doing something they shouldn’t; it could also help improve their productivity.  If they know they are being watched and you could access the footage at any time, they will be more likely to stop wasting work time and concentrating on their tasks and projects.  


Monitoring Your Neighborhood


Security cameras installed on your home don’t necessarily need to be used to monitor the activity around your home.  They can also be installed so that they are positioned to record not only your own property but the area surrounding it.  This is great if there is a neighborhood watch scheme for your street and local residential area, or if you are concerned about criminal activity close to home.  As you have to put up a sign or some other indication that CCTV is active in the area, it will act as a deterrent as well as a way of recording the goings-on in your local area.  


Monitoring A Pool, Outhouse, or Shed


Again, most people would think to position their security cameras to monitor what is happening in and around their home, without giving thought to other buildings, structures or places of interest on their property.  Therefore, if you have a pool, outhouse or shed and want to protect and look after, you could use security cameras for this purpose.  Perhaps there has been a spate of garden shed burglaries, you can monitor yours to ensure your garden equipment and other tools are safe.  And then in the event of thieves successfully breaking in, you will have footage that could help the police track down the criminals.  


As you can see, there are many more uses for security cameras than just protecting your property.  They can be used to monitor your children, babies, elderly relatives, employees and even your mischievous pets.  Although it sounds very big brother-ish, having this level of monitoring can provide you with the peace of mind and assurance to enjoy life with less stress.  

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