Throughout time, home invasion has always been a serious and dangerous problem for home-owners and businesses alike, even in antiquity. It is a persistent problem that isn’t going to go away anytime soon. So we`ll look at the value of the home security camera system for your peace of mind.
For those in earlier centuries, on up to the beginning of the 19th century, security measures included strong doors, lock and key, barring and bolting doors, bars on doors and windows and of course guards.
Whilst these things were the mainstay of security in those days, they are today as well. However, for the vast majority today, this kind of quality has gone down and methods of entry in cases of invasion has increased.
It has become far easier over the last two centuries to overcome the lower-quality traditional security devices through forceful entry.
As in the days gone by, invasion has, and still poses dangers ranging from theft to loss of life in the various invasion related crimes.
In the modern age, none of this has changed and in fact, in most countries, poses serious threat for homes and businesses alike.
Some of the earliest contraptions included mechanical devices that sounded bells and whistles and even more silent but equally effective trigger devices in wealthier homes and businesses.
Though the afore-mentioned techniques (strong doors, walls, locks, bolts and barred windows, etc) still serve their purposes in discouraging break-ins, it still occurs, especially in buildings that lack modern electronic security systems.
These stand highly vulnerable to invasions and almost always involve forced entry, especially sliding glass doors that can be shattered, as well as regular doors that can be jimmied, kicked in or lock-picked, and unprotected windows that can be broken and opened from the outside.
Fortunately, in our modern-day, we have highly effective systems that, not only alert occupants of homes and businesses but come with many other features that outshine any previously-invented systems.
This Article will discuss the dangers of making do without the best-designed security systems for modern times.
It will give a very short history of security systems that worked well in their time but are now obsolete, some compelling statistics on burglary in the worst countries for this type of crime, a quick review of the type of systems that are still available in stores – and why you should avoid them, finally the best type of system you can get today…
The Value of the Home Security Camera System
Camera-based systems offer some of the best protection money can buy, especially since the cost of electronic surveillance technology has dropped significantly.
They offered (and still do) an added measure of security. Some are more effective than others but most work on the same principles.
They provide alarm systems, sometimes silent alarms that are meant to go off alerting local law enforcement, alerting occupants, and video the invasion in progress, providing valuable evidence.
This is the beauty in modern systems that we have available in all shapes and sizes and for any application needed by users.
A Short History of Modern Security Systems
The earliest security systems that were invented were intended for homes. Businesses began using and installing them because of the success rate in provided an added layer of security.
Our modern security systems began with the inventor, Marie Van Brittan Brown, who came up with the earliest patented model (1969) in the United States. (You can read more about Mrs. Brown here)
She and her husband saw the need for a device, living in Queens, a borough in New York City where a the time, police response was slow in conditions of very high crime rates. Their work began in 1966. The invention became the fore-runner of today’s systems, and it is reported that many of these systems (or ones like this, are still in use today! The system came equipped with peep holes, a camera and microphone that allowed video and audio of the visitor. This featured the ability to connect the device to a television set in a different room as well as a push-button that would alert law enforcement should the occupants find the visitor to be an intruder.
The system also featured the ability to latch/unlatch the point of entry at the push of a button. This feature allowed unlatching the door from a remote location in the house for expected guests. These features were radio-controlled and quite effective. By the end of the 1970s, these devices and similar ones were very common. This also resulted in the similar remote answering systems found in doorbell grids in apartment buildings as well where communication, at least at the audio level, was possible without physically needing to go out of the home, to the entrance, often that which opened into the building’s hallways, stairways and elevators, to answer the door. These simple answering systems offered protection to keep unwanted guests out of the apartment building altogether. Usually these earlier devices were electrically-wired rather than radio-controlled and are still in use in buildings since they were installed in the 1970s.