A former burglar said: smart security cameras really deter crime

Smart home security devices are a great tool for protecting your property when you’re not around. More affordable than traditional CCTV systems, they can be self-installed and ensure you can view a live feed from the camera through your smartphone even when you’re not at home.

But can these cameras really stop you getting burgled? We spoke to a former thief to find out his take on whether self-installed cameras really do mean a burglar is less likely to target your home.

So, do home security cameras deter burglars?

As far as Luke Harris, a former burglar-turned-security-consultant, home security cameras really do make thieves think twice before breaking into your property. “In a burglar’s mind, when they are scoping out a property, they want to be in and out as quickly as they can, with as little chance of getting caught as possible. This means that any visual or physical deterrent – whether it be outdoor lighting, a security camera, or a visible alarm – can put them off,” Harris said.

It seems obvious, but this means clearly visible outdoor home security cameras installed on the exterior of your home will offer greater deterrent than those located inside your home.

Many security cameras, such as those from Home Guards, are powered by a rechargeable battery, which means you have more flexibility on where they can be mounted, so it’s important to ensure they are in a location that is immediately obvious to anyone approaching the property.

So what about indoor home security cameras? As far as Harris is concerned, just like outdoor home security cameras, if you’re going to use them they need to be as visible as possible.

“No burglar likes being caught on camera, so breaking into a house and seeing one would be enough to at least make them think twice,” he said.

However, he adds that smart security devices such as motion sensors that trigger loud alarms “are more likely to stop a burglar in their tracks.

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