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Home Video Security: More Than an Alarm Against Burglars?

Home Video Security: More Than an Alarm Against Burglars? By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984, written in the 1940s, introduced us to the concept of Big Brother. Today we have reality shows that flaunt the uses of home security cameras in a way that perhaps even Orwell would not have predicted.

Home video security devices are prevalent in our society. They are used in public and private places where we work, play, shop, and live. Sometimes giving rise to controversy, the use of visual alarm systems for more than burglar prevention is no longer a shock or surprise when encountered. While the majority of people would consider their home security cameras as an alarm against burglar activity, there are other uses you might consider.

Possible Uses for Home Security Cameras

Legal issues such as privacy aside, here are some of the less intrusive ways you could use your home video security system:
  • Watch what your pets are doing when you are not around.
  • Keep a closer eye on your children in the yard or basement with home video security while you are in another part of the house.
  • Avid bird watchers could train a home security camera on a feeder for 24-hour coverage.
  • Your monitoring system could also inform you of who is at the door before you decide to answer it.

Home Video Security Issues

As already indicated, privacy issues are important with home video security systems, even in your own home. Cost may become an issue if you are thinking of placing home security cameras in many areas of your house and yard. Many visible cameras may serve well as alarms against burglars, but you may feel like you are in a secure fortress instead of a home.


About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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