Do outdoor cameras really deter burglars?

Posted January 3rd, 2023 by SimpliSafe

With the home security technology market expanding all the time, how can you ensure that you’re investing in products of the highest quality? Some methods may be more suitable for your set-up than others, so we’ll be shining a light on whether an Outdoor Camera could be right for you. More importantly, do they really deter burglars? Find out everything you need to know about the best ways to secure your property right here. 

A visible burglar deterrent

First things first, yes, an outdoor security camera can be an efficient burglar deterrent - but why? It’s common knowledge that a burglar will want to be in and out of a property as quickly as possible, without the risk of running into any obstacles. Of course, the obstacle they’ll be running into on this occasion will be a visible security camera, which isn’t an ideal scenario. To ensure that any potential crooks know they’re on camera, be sure to put up a sign that lets them know they’re being watched. Doing this may make your property a less favourable target. 

Keep watch 24/7

Another key factor that makes an outdoor camera a successful burglar deterrent is that it enables you to keep watch of your property 24/7 via a mobile phone or tablet. As the day transitions into night, a motion-activated spotlight will turn on to ensure that no crime goes unseen. Equipped with an impressive zoom feature, you’ll be able to get a high-definition picture of any suspicious activity that takes place, even if that’s from 15 feet away. 

A wide field of view 

With a 140° ultra-wide field of view, your outdoor security camera covers a big area to capture crucial footage. Even with this in mind, it’s still important to consider the best places to put your security camera, based on which areas of your property you’d like to keep an eye on. As highlighted in one of our previous blog posts, this could be your driveway or your garden - simply make sure that there are no obstructions preventing a burglar from being seen. 

Warn off intruders

The SimpliSafe Outdoor Security Camera comes equipped with two-way audio, which can be used to communicate with visitors and trespassers alike. If your camera’s motion sensors are triggered, not only will you get an alert sent to your phone, the built-in siren will begin to sound. This will alert those nearby that suspicious activity is taking place, likely causing a crook to flee from the scene. Don’t worry though, as everything will have been caught on camera if signed up to SimpliSafe’s Pro Premium professional monitoring plan or the unlimited camera recording plan.

Professional monitoring 

When you can’t be there to verify whether someone has broken into your home, signing up to our Pro Premium professional monitoring plan will cover you. If your alarm is triggered, our professional monitoring centre will be alerted immediately, contacting the local authorities if they can visually verify that there is an emergency by checking your Indoor Camera, as well as having any supporting footage on your Outdoor Camera which will be useful evidence for the police. Acting with urgency in these scenarios is essential, and with SimpliSafe, it’s never been easier to protect your property. 

Additional burglar deterrents 

An outdoor camera is definitely one to get on your list if you’re looking for ways to optimise your home’s security, but your chances of becoming a break-in victim may be reduced further still by pairing this with other methods. The Bell Box, an outdoor siren with an ear-blasting 105dB, is another great deterrent to install on the outside of your home. 

Don’t forget to keep the inside of your home as protected as the outside with our Indoor Camera, and check out our collection of additional alarm sensors to custom-build a security system that works best for you. 

Keen to know more? Contact a member of our team today to start building your very own home security system.