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Locally stored video is a good choice for do it yourselfers on a budget, but you have to be careful not to overwrite video you may need later. Cloud storage makes it easy to store and access recorded video, but it can cost hundreds of dollars per year depending on your subscription. Some systems offer both cloud storage and local storage, and some provide a dedicated storage drive that gives you DVR capabilities with time lapse recording, which makes it easy to find a video event that took place at a specific point in time. All of the systems we've tested feature an app that lets you use your smartphone as your command center to arm and disarm the system, create rules, add and delete components, and receive push notifications when alarms are triggered. Most apps also allow you to do things like view live and recorded video, lock and unlock doors, change thermostat settings, and silence alarms. Some apps will even use your phone's location services to automatically arm and disarm the system according to your physical location. The more expensive systems usually come with a wall mounted panel that acts as a communications hub, with a touch screen display that allows you to do everything the app does. The display lets you communicate with a professional monitoring service when an alarm is triggered and view video from any of the installed security cameras. While many systems use wireless components that are installed using double sided tape, some high end systems use components that require professional installation. These soup to nuts systems typically cost considerably more than DIY systems and offer 24/7 professional monitoring, but you may have to enter into a multi year contract and pay a hefty termination fee if you break it. They usually use touch screen hubs thatcontain RF, Wi Fi, Zigbee, and Z Wave radios, allowing them to communicate with and control a multitude of components including door and window sensors, door locks, glass break detectors, indoor and outdoor cameras, light switches, motion and water detectors, smoke/CO alarms, thermostats, video doorbells, and a host of other home automation devices.

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Below is a security check list which may assist you as you take on this important task. If you plan on heading out of town and will be away from your home for even a few days, be sure to let a trusted neighbor or friend know so they can tend to your home. Their duties may include picking up newspapers, mail or even turning on different lights inside of your home. Consider the opportunity of establishing a neighborhood watch through the Blue Springs Police Department Crime Prevention Unit. You may find that it gives you the opportunity to better know your neighbors while making everyone safer. Do you have questions or concerns about the security of your home?Please don’t hesitate to contact the Blue Springs Police Department Crime Prevention unit at or by phone at 816 228 0178, and ask for Sgt. Allen Kintz or Officer Janet Jarvis. You have the opportunity to reduce the risk of break in or theft near your home. When burglary or theft reports are reviewed, it is striking how many similarities there are in the reports. Often, doors and windows were left unlocked, alarm systems were not activated, a few homes were not properly illuminated, and many doors had dead bolt locks – but, they were not used. While you are performing your spring cleaning be sure to take a look at your home like a burglar might do, and try to make your home more resistant to an intruder.

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55 by 2. 08 inches HWD and 5. 3 ounces, it's pretty standard in size as far as home surveillance cameras go. Video is captured in 720p, but looks surprisingly good. It's also quite smooth, and never suffered choppiness in my testing—despite the fact that the camera only operates on the 2. 4GHz band.

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