Home security is important — only 17% of homeowners have a home security system, and the other 83% are three times more likely to be victims of a burglary. However, professional installation of a home security system can be expensive. DIY-installing video cameras in your home can be an effective way to deter and detect intruders, and the added security can help parents keep an eye on their children from another location.
If you live in a large home, you’ll want security cameras to cover all potential access points. If you live in a smaller home or apartment, you likely need only a portable all-in-one device. The great thing about a do-it-yourself security system is that you can customize it to best meet your needs.
Below, we show you how simple it is to set up your own DIY security camera.
Step One: Choose Your Camera’s Location
In order for your security camera to function properly, it’s important to choose the right location. Make sure your camera is placed up high and positioned with a wide angle view, especially if it has pan and tilt capabilities. This way, it can watch over as much of your home as possible.
Prioritize the most important areas of your home — like exterior doors and windows, bedrooms, playrooms, and entryways.
Step Two: Secure Your Camera in Place
Depending on the model of your security camera, you may be able to simply stand it on a high shelf or use its magnet to connect it to a metal surface. If not, you will need to mount it to a wall or ceiling to ensure it stays in position.
Some cameras have adhesive strips for mounting, while others need to be screwed into place. Hold your camera in place while you use a pencil to mark where each screw should go, then mount your camera to your wall or ceiling by drilling a hole for each screw.
Step Three: Connect Your Camera to a Power Source
Your camera will be battery powered or will require an outlet. After your camera is securely in place, either insert the appropriate batteries or locate the nearest outlet. Because security cameras are often positioned up high, you may need to use an extension cord.
If your security camera does not have a long-lasting battery, you may want to plug it into an outlet for backup.
Step Four: Set Up Your Camera’s Recording
There are two primary types of security cameras: wired cameras record footage over a wired connection, while wireless cameras do so wirelessly. In most cases, you can use an app on your smart device or set up a DVR to record your camera’s footage. If your security camera records to a DVR, connect your DVR and camera. Also, connect your DVR to a screen so you can view the live or recorded footage.
However, Wi-Fi enabled security cameras often use your home network to record footage to the Cloud or record on an internal SD card. In this case, you do not need to physically connect your security camera with another device.
Step Five: Ensure Your Camera Is Connected
Your security cameras may come with software to install on your computer that will allow you to complete the setup process and view live recording on your DVR, computer, or smart device. If you are using a DVR, your DIY security system should be functioning once you turn it on.
You can now download your security system’s app on your smart device and set up notifications so you can be alerted if there is an intruder or door left open at night.
Every do-it-yourself security camera will have different instructions, so check the user manual of your specific product before installation. It’s important not to procrastinate setting up your home security system — installing and maintaining video cameras will help protect your home and family.