According to the FBI, the rate of burglaries and other property crimes has decreased nearly every year since the 1990s. Since surveillance systems help to reduce crimes I decided to write about the best security camera for seniors.
In almost ten years, the number of property crimes in American dropped by over 20% from 2008 to 2017. However, there were still over 7.5 million property crimes that occurred in America in 2017.
Security cameras are important
A security camera almost seems like a necessary purchase as a homeowner. Without a security camera, you’re running the risk of having packages stolen, destruction of property, car theft, and more.
Of course, these things can still happen if you have security cameras set up, but with a camera, you’ll be able to identify the criminal. Also, if they can see the cameras, it may deter them from attempting a crime on your property.
Seniors are considered a popular target among scammers and thieves.
How to protect the seniors
While most victimized seniors experience identity theft and other scams, they are still considered prey among burglars. To combat these thieves, you should install security cameras around your home.
When comparing security cameras before purchasing one, there are a few key elements you should evaluate. Among other features that you find important, you should compare each camera’s ease of use, artificial intelligence capabilities, storage options, and price.
Easy to use security cameras
Seniors appreciate technology more when it’s easy to use. If you’re looking for a camera that has a simple installation process and low maintenance, there are a few top security cameras that might interest you.
Ring video doorbells and security cameras are surprisingly easy to set up considering how high-tech the cameras are. This brand of camera usually only requires a few minutes to set up. Like many security camera brands, Ring cameras have an app so you can set everything up from your phone yourself.
The brand Blink is also known for its simple, DIY installation.
With most Blink cameras, all you have to do is plug it in for initial set up, add batteries, then connect to WiFi. Once you’ve connected your camera to WiFi, you can unplug it and have it run solely on batteries. Those cameras are very low maintenance since they have two-year battery life.
Security cameras with artificial intelligence
If you don’t own an Alexa, Google Home, Apple Smartwatch, or other AI products, this may not be a huge factor. However, having a security camera that is compatible with your AI product can be very useful. For example, if you could tell your camera to pan to the left via AI, you wouldn’t have to climb a latter to adjust it yourself.
While many security cameras nowadays are AI compatible, there are a few that stand out from the rest. Google’s Nest cameras, Amazon’s Cloud Cams, and Arlo cameras sync well and to the most AI products.
Security cameras with the most storage space
If you want to be able to save your camera footage and never lose it, you’ll want a camera with either just cloud or both local and cloud storage abilities.
Some cameras come with free storage, but almost all brands have options to purchase more storage. The security camera brands that stand out the most in the storage category are Lorex and Amazon’s Cloud Cam.
With a Lorex camera, you will have nearly 500 hours of free local storage. Plus, you can upload your footage to your cloud to free up more space on your local storage.
Amazon’s Cloud Cam only offers 24 hours of free cloud storage, but there are plans you can purchase for more storage space. Amazon even includes a 30-day trial period where you can try out any storage plan you want for free.
Budget-friendly security cameras
High-tech security cameras can be pricey. While the price ranges can vary by type of camera (i.e., indoor vs. outdoor), you may have a strict budget for what you are willing to spend on a security camera.
If you’re wanting to spend the bare minimum but still have a decent camera, consider a Wyze camera. This brand tends to have the most cost-effective prices.
If you’re okay with spending a little more, but still below average, consider a Ring camera. This brand has outstanding cameras with numerous features for usually a smaller price tag than other brands such as Amazon and Google.
Best security cameras overall
Chose the best security camera for seniors is not that simple. While every security camera has pros and cons, there are two that tend to stand out above all others.
Ring security cameras are an excellent option for seniors wanting to stay within a smaller budget. You’ll purchase a top-notch camera at a low price.
If you’re okay with spending a bit more for even better video quality and other features, the Arlo will be your best bet. Both of these cameras, as well as the others mentioned, are excellent security camera options for seniors.
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Claudemir Martins is a former Samsung Engineer with 16+ experience in the surveillance industry. He has been traveling around 17 different countries to teach people how to design, and install CCTV systems.