What goes on in your home when you’re out?

Ever wondered what’s going on in your home when you’re not in? From mischievous pets to uninvited guests, indoor CCTV can capture the lot. 

When it comes to protecting your home and possessions, putting in place effective security measures can not only help bring you peace of mind when you’re out and about, but can also let you keep an eye on unruly pets as you go about your day.

Improving home security

Homes with no security measures are five times more likely to get burgled than those with simple security measures.* When used in collaboration with things like burglar alarms, sensor lights and secure locks on windows and doors, indoor CCTV can be an effective way to catch intruders and alert you to their presence.

What type of indoor CCTV cameras should I be using?

There are three types of indoor CCTV cameras: wired, wireless and powerline networked. Wireless CCTV cameras are usually preferred, as they’re simple to set up and look discrete. Able to transmit the footage to your laptop, tablet or mobile phone, they can also send you notifications when movement is detected. Just make sure your internet connection is secure and reliable, because filming may be interrupted if it drops out. 

Here are a few things to consider when choosing the right type of CCTV for your home:

  • Do you want your camera to be discrete or visible?
  • Where in your house do you think it’ll be most effective?
  • What are the lighting conditions like in your chosen area and will they affect the image quality?

Are indoor CCTV cameras actually worth installing?

Well, although CCTV won’t prevent a burglar from entering your home, you may be able to quickly alert the authorities if you notice an intruder while you’re away. Camera footage could also help police track down burglars, provide crucial evidence for any criminal convictions and help any home insurance claims run more smoothly.

Solving household mysteries

Whether it’s snacks vanishing from the biscuit tin, excessive phone bills, or discovering who really keeps walking muddy trainers through the house, capturing these moments on camera can be quite entertaining.

However, solving some household mysteries can also prove very useful. If you suspect that one of your family members may be a sleepwalker, recording the evidence can not only confirm your suspicions, but will also allow you to take measures to ensure the individual is safe if they get up in the night. Precautions such as locking doors and windows and removing any harmful objects can help prevent accidents, and having the experience caught on camera may also resolve a few other mysteries as well.

Keeping an eye on pets

Ever wondered what your pets get up to when you’re not in? From scratching furniture to chewing slippers, our furry friends aren’t always quite as well behaved as we’d like when we’re out. However, using CCTV isn’t just handy for catching them take a quick cat nap on the sofa. You might also be able to see if your pet is distressed or suffering from anxiety while you’re away.

If you do spot your pets misbehaving, you can start taking effective measures to make sure they’re happier when you’re not in. Recently, we filmed one of our very own pet pooches, Bertie, home alone. With our vet, Matt on hand to answer any questions and keep an eye on Bertie’s progress, we gained quite a few insights into Bertie’s state of mind while his owners were out. And yes, we also caught him being a little mischievous too. 

Want to see Bertie in action? Check out the footage of Bertie home alone here.

Whether you’re looking for added security or want to keep a watchful eye over your pets, having a better idea of what’s going on in your home when you’re out can be pretty handy. You might even solve a few household mysteries as well.

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*[Home Office, Police.UK, Crime Prevention, Burglary]