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Thefts Occur At Night - Have Your Security Camera Prepared - April 07, 2011

Thefts Occur At Night - Have Your Security Camera Prepared - April 07, 2011

Thefts Occur At Night - Have Your Security Camera Prepared
By Christian M Gillman

To get straight to the point, if you are looking to secure your home or business against break-ins and thefts you need to get an IR (Infrared) equipped security camera. This may seem like a no brainer to most, but just to be sure let's go over some of the reasons this is a good idea.

Thefts Occur At Night

First of all most thefts and break-ins occur at night; and this is due to the simple fact that there are fewer people around, and the chances of being caught are slimmer than they would be during the day. So if you have a simplistic security camera that loses its ability to capture a usable picture at night, you might as well turn it off and save on the power bill.

Infrared Deterrent

A very basic function the IR capability can serve as; is a deterrent. When someone decides to vandalize or break in to a location they are more likely to think twice if they see the glowing red lights of a security camera.


In the past purchasing a security camera with IR capability could make buying products more cost prohibitive. This may have been true for a time, but as things go nowadays it is fairly simple to find a decent quality IR capable security camera for a very affordable price. In fact there are some more basic models such as the Gold G-IR which go for around $50.

Non IR Camera Solution

Some consumers may have a favorite security camera that was installed some time ago and it doesn't have IR capability like they need. There are potential solutions to this as well, and they are known as IR illuminators and emitters. People with non infrared security cameras can use this type of equipment to make their non IR equipped cameras see in the dark as an infrared camera would. Instead of having to purchase a brand new camera this offers a more efficient solution

Low Light Possibilities

There are a number of low light capable security cameras with a low lux rating. These cameras can be quite useful; but the thing to remember is that low light still means there has to be some form of lighting for the camera to be able see. So if you have a situation where there is always going to be a decent source of lighting; then this may be a good option. On the other hand if you are unsure about the lighting situation it is most likely in your best interest to stick with an IR based solution.

In the end if you are looking to use a security camera to protect your home or business from theft, break-ins, vandalism, etc., it really is a good idea to look into the IR equipped side of things.

Examples of some IR (Infrared) Security Cameras can be found here.

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