3 Features to Look For in Home Surveillance Systems

3 Features to Look For in Home Surveillance Systems

Gain More Flexibility and Security with Pro-Level Solutions You don’t have to look hard these days for home security devices. A myriad of cameras, video doorbells, sensors, and other consumer electronic devices are available for do-it-yourself home security and surveillance. So are these products effective home surveillance systems for your Chicago, IL home? The answer depends on your needs. The devil, as they say, is often in the details. We won’t tell you these consumer solutions are not effective; they are. On the other hand, we’d like to point out some of the advantages you get with a professional-level solution. And, when consumer solutions start offering the level of features that professional solutions have, their pricing starts looking much more expensive as well. Let’s take a closer look and give you a better awareness of three critical features of home surveillance systems, which will help you make informed choices. SEE ALSO: Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System   Higher Grade Cameras When it comes to TVs and smartphone cameras, you likely know that 4K is rapidly becoming the new standard for video. In surveillance cameras – especially consumer systems – that has come more slowly. If you want to capture footage in the best quality and detail, you might consider future-proofing your system with 4K capability. Luma, one of our preferred surveillance camera brands, has recently released its 410 Series outdoor cameras with 8MP 4K resolutions. The higher resolution sensor captures more light and detail and also improves contrast and low-light performance. Why is higher resolution important? The more data, the more you can analyze. Just...
Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Our Summer Safety Checklist for your Home Surveillance System

Barrett’s Technology Solutions shares which safety gear makes the biggest impact during this vulnerable season! As the heat rises, so does the prevalence of crime. In fact, studies have shown that most varieties of criminal activity peak during the summer — seeing an increase of more than 10 percent. Research cites many reasons that this could occur. Homeowners are away longer for vacations, or they’re opening windows to invite the fresh lake breezes. Some psychologists have mentioned that warmer weather and increased alcohol consumption result in increased crime compared to temperate climates. No matter the root cause, it’s our job at Barrett’s Technology Solutions to prepare your home in Lincoln Park and throughout Chicago for anything. That’s why today, we’re giving you a comprehensive home safety and surveillance system checklist that not only compensates for summer mishaps but also pays off all year. SEE ALSO: 3 Ways a Stronger Network Improves Home Technology Smart Locks Smart locks help protect your property at multiple entry points, such as doorways and gates. Smart locks let familiar people in by using a door code, unique PIN or even biometric (thumbprint) access.. Many residents choose to connect this feature to video doorbells so that they can video chat with the person at the door before unlocking it. This feature protects you by eliminating the real possibility that someone could find that key you’ve hidden under your mat and break in. Do you often find yourself forgetting to lock the door behind you as you leave? Integrated locks help with that: Just one click from a smartphone app secures the door behind you. Sensors...