Security expert recommends alarm system over surveillance cameras

August 02, 2017 07:08 AM

You've seen the stories about burglars caught on camera. Just days ago, a Rochester teen was arrested for a string of burglaries in Greece after he was caught on camera.

Now we're asking the experts, do you need a security camera to protect your home?

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John Romero, President and Owner of Keystone Security Systems says within the last year he's taken more calls from homeowners and business owners who want to purchase surveillance camera systems to protect their investments.

Romero says the uptick concerns him because cameras alone aren't the best defense against property crimes against your home or business.

"At the end of the day are you going to rush home from 80 MPH and run every red light to hopefully catch this guy...who might have a weapon? Highly unlikely and very ineffective," Romero said. "That's where an alarm system comes into play. That is the right tool for the application."

Romero says these video camera systems could cost thousands of dollars and won't necessarily keep criminals away.

On the flip side, he explains intrusion alarm systems are a better option since they are constantly monitored when they are armed. Those systems also have safety features that can monitor water levels in your home and even dangerous chemicals.

Romero says a quality systems range could be anywhere from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars, depending on the homeowner or business owner’s needs.

If you are going to install security cameras, safety experts say 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door, making it a good idea to place a camera there.


Kaci Jones

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