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Indoor vs. Outdoor Security Cameras

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Security Cameras

Security Cameras

Ready to ramp up security with a new camera system? Smart move! Just remember: not all security cameras are created equal, or designed for the same purposes.

The features and capabilities may be different, but the benefits are universal: nothing provides peace of mind like security surveillance for your home or commercial property.

Whether you have a pesky problem you’re trying to resolve, or want to lessen operational loss and liabilities, a security camera is a solid investment. And thanks to the onward march of innovation, there’s more tech at your fingertips than ever before, serving up some pretty incredible features.

So what should you look for as you narrow your options? Camera brands, design, and unique capabilities are important to factor in, but let’s start even broader: indoor vs. outdoor. What’s the difference, and how do you know which you need for your property?



Benefits of Indoor Security Camera Systems

Having impartial eyes always watching can be extremely beneficial, especially if you’re trying to resolve a dispute, review an incident claim, or offer an extra measure of protection for employees or guests.

Here are just a few of the other broadstroke benefits:

  • Theft deterrent
  • Increased productivity
  • Sense of security
  • Asset protection
  • Assist with documenting HR incidents and interactions
  • Many modern systems offer emergency alerts around the clock



Disadvantages of Indoor Security Camera Systems

It’s important to remember that while surveillance can be an asset, it also can be seen as an invasion of privacy or sign of distrust.

Make security a shared priority with your team in particular, explaining how it benefits them and why the security cameras are in place. If you haven’t yet, check out this article for more details, The Pros and Cons of Security Cameras.

Keep this in mind too:

  • Indoor security camera systems can be costly, especially if you opt for the fancier bells and whistles. Very cool and beneficial, but also more expensive. We recommend working with an IT professional to review exactly what you need, and how your system should perform, just to help make the most informed investment possible.
  • Ironically, security cameras can create the feeling that a space is unsafe. Why all the cameras, right? There are different styles you can choose from that are less intrusive, like a dome camera for indoor use instead of the classic bullet camera.
  • Indoor cameras don’t stop theft, meaning that they can assist with an investigation but may not be of much value when it comes to recovering losses or even navigating an insurance claim.
  • Indoor security cameras can foster a false sense of security, leading to relaxed standards and security oversights.



Benefits of Outdoor Security Cameras

Depending on foot traffic, visibility, and light levels, having an outdoor security camera might not be just beneficial, but absolutely essential.

Here are a few of the key benefits:

  • Keep eyes on assets that may not be under your direct watch at all times.
  • Protect team members, clients, or guests.
  • Deter crime and vandalism.
  • Many outdoor camera systems have an optional two-way speaker, allowing you to speak through the camera when needed.

While indoor security cameras are built for gentler, climate-controlled environments, outdoor cameras are built for the elements. You should expect rugged construction, ratings for weather/moisture resistance, tamper proof design, and shields to protect the lens in particular from vandalism.



Disadvantages of Outdoor Security Cameras

Concerns about invasion of privacy aren’t as relevant or problematic when it comes to outdoor security camera installation.

The primary concerns really center on finding the right system for your needs, and the right features as well. A good system is worth the investment, taking the time to make sure it really serves your purposes and won’t need to be upgraded prematurely.



What Kind of Security Camera System Is Right for Me?

Ask yourself these baseline questions:
  • What are my goals?
  • How do I need my system to perform?
  • What kind of features are essential?
  • What kind of camera design do I need? A bullet camera, for example, can offer superior zoom and clarity, but it doesn’t have the same field of view as a dome camera.
  • How do I want to store my footage? On-site (local) storage is saved on your premises to either a hard drive or central NVR or DVR storage. Cloud-based camera systems, on the other hand, use a cloud-based surveillance storage system. Take a look here for a closer look at your options and considerations.



Need Help Choosing Your Indoor Or Outdoor Security Camera Setup?

Contact our team at Teltek! We’d love to help you better understand your options, guiding you toward the perfect fit for your unique needs.

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