A lot of people are installing security cameras in their own homes. Some are suggesting that this is taking things one step too far. They believe we are too obsessed with our personal security, and that cameras really don’t add anything to it. So are they correct about this? That is actually an important question, but not one that has a very simple answer. Simply put, whether or not security cameras at home are overkill totally depends on your own situation. The pros and cons of having cameras are pretty clear, but only you can decide which one weighs the heaviest. Let’s take a look at some of the things to consider.
First of all, we believe that having a camera will deter a burglar from coming in. Of course a burglar will always choose the house without a camera if that choice is there, there are plenty of situations where it actually isn’t. We know that you don’t have to have a Harvard degree in order to disable a security camera. All a burglar needs to do is cover the lens or cut the wire. As such, we could say that cameras give us a false sense of security. Another advantage of having a camera is that it could potentially provide you with evidence if a crime is committed. However, only those who have followed all of the rules will have evidence that is admissible in court.
Some people suggest that what is actually happening is that manufacturers of security cameras tell us that we aren’t safe in our homes, so that they can earn big bucks on selling us cameras. It is certainly true that our society is based more and more on George Orwell’s 1984, with Big Brother watching us wherever we go. However, we must also be realistic and accept that our society is quite violent, and that we should be able to protect our home and loved ones. As such, it could be said that security cameras may be more necessary in some homes than in others? As an example, if you live in an apartment, only a security camera will allow you to find out who is at the downstairs entry. Similarly, if you live in a celebrity home, you may want to make sure that you keep the riff-raff out. Finally, there are those who live in the most deprived parts of the town. Indeed, if you live here, you may actually be doing your community a favor by installing cameras. In poorer neighborhoods, gang-related activity and other street crime could go down if you have cameras installed. This really demonstrates how there is no clear-cut answer to the question of whether or not you should install home security cameras.