There’s been a murder. One person is dead, their companion clings to life in a hospital. The homicide detectors are on the scene. What’s one of the first things they do? They look around for any chance someone might have seen something. Maybe a security camera caught the crime? Investigators will walk the entire area looking for cameras. Something to help them find the perpetrators.
Very Few Homes Have Security Cameras
When those investigators are looking for cameras, they are seldom on homes. But, there are almost always security cameras on commercial buildings? Why is that? Doesn’t that seem weird?
According to Safety.com, only 38% of all homes own any security product, and of that 38 percent, only 18% own a video camera/doorbell. In a city known for issues with crime, this is either the mother of all opportunities, or there’s something else going on. But what?
I do wonder if there’s a negative perception that security cameras bring. When I was going through real estate licensing years ago, we were taught to be on the lookout for heavy surveillance homes because it was likely a drug house.
And, I think there is something to the negative perception. For example, who wants to live in a neighborhood with visible security cameras everywhere. And, that’s where I think technology is taking the lead.
New Home Security Products
Have you had the opportunity to look at the newest camera products from Nest, Ring, or SimpliSafe? They are small and inconspicuous, wireless, and relatively inexpensive. Gone are the days of hiring a security company to come out and run unsightly wires throughout your home.
What Do You Think?
What do you think about security cameras for homes? Are you looking to buy now or are you against the premise that security cameras can come in handy both when a crime has been committed, and to discourage crime in the first place. Leave me a comment below.