The number of private homes with security cameras is rising exponentially. Some are suggesting that this is taking things one step too far. They believe that security cameras really don’t make us any safer at all. Do they have a point? Just as with everything else in our lives, it seems there is no simple answer to that question. Essentially, whether or not you actually need a security camera simply depends on your own needs. The pros and cons of having cameras are pretty clear, but only you can decide which one weighs the heaviest. Let’s take a look at a few of these advantages and disadvantages.
Firstly, cameras are supposed to stop burglaries from happening. If a burglar has a choice, they will always go for the home without the camera, but sometimes that choice isn’t there. Disabling a security camera really is child play. The only thing a burglar really needs to do is find a way to either cover the lens, or cut through the wires. As such, we could say that cameras give us a false sense of security. The next advantage of having cameras is that it could help to identify people who committed crimes in your home. However, for your video images to be admissible in court, you have to have followed some very clear rules.
Some people say that home security cameras are really just a way for security companies to get rich, by implanting us with the idea that we are totally unsafe without them. The truth is that our society is indeed becoming more Orwellian, with Big Brother always watching us. At the same time, we live in a society where crime happens, and we must be able to protect ourselves from that. As such, a number of people are now suggesting that the need for security cameras depends on the type of home. For instance, if you live in an apartment, you may want to make sure that you are able to see who is at the door downstairs before you let them in. Then, there are those who are celebrities and who want to make sure they cannot get stalked by crazy outside people. Then, there are those who live in truly poor neighborhoods. Putting up cameras here may just allow you to help the community as a whole. Thanks to cameras, you may be able to identify those who are engaged in street crime and get them off your street. Clearly, there is no simple answer as to whether or not a security camera at home is actually overkill.