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Are Security Cameras Worth the Cost?



Many people think of security cameras as one more thing they can’t afford. To these people, the obvious question is, are they really necessary? The answer depends on your perspective. Here are some things to consider to help you make up your own mind about whether you need security cameras in your home.

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Burglary Security
One of the major reasons for purchasing a security camera is to protect your home against burglary. According to NPR, as of 2008, more than 2 million Americans are victims of burglaries every year. While this sounds like a scary number, consider that there are more than 307 million people living in the United States, according to data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2011. This means that only a small fraction of the population is burglarized each year. These people often live in crime-ridden areas, as well.

NPR also reports that burglaries have been declining steadily over the past 30 years. In agreement with NPR’s data, the FBI reports that there were only 408,217 robberies in 2009, which is more than 1.5 million fewer instances than the year before. This data seems to lead to the conclusion that you don’t need a security camera unless you live in an area that is prone to break-ins.

Furthermore, consider what a security camera actually does. A security camera records things happening around it. This footage can be helpful for capturing a person who may have already broken into your house, but it won’t prevent the crime from happening.

Additionally, the security camera will only help capture the criminal if it is pointed in the right direction at the right time so that it can record the villain in the act of breaking into your home. The only foolproof way to record a crime is to have several security cameras covering every square inch of your home, which can become a hassle and an expense that obviously isn’t worth it.

Child Security
The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 14 percent of children under the age of five are cared for by a person who is not related to them, either in their homes or at a daycare center. Only 4 percent of cases wherein children under the age of six are abused are caused by a caregiver. While this is only a small number of children, any number is too many when it comes to child abuse.

If you suspect that your child is being abused, the best way to prove your suspicions is to record your caregiver’s activities when you are not around by using a covert security camera.

Many nanny cams are undetectable and affordable. Parents can turn them on before they leave and review the footage when they get home. Even if your child isn’t being abused, the use of a nanny cam can help you feel secure in the knowledge that your child is being taken care of well.

Even though security cameras may not stop burglaries, they can protect children from further abuse by a nanny or babysitter.