Lately, I’ve seen a lot of home security experts and security bloggers recommending that webcams are good for home security. If you’ve been paying attention and listening to these so-called security experts, you would think the webcam is the greatest invention in home security since the Pilgrims started putting locks on their doors.
Heck, even the number 1 seller on amazon under security and surveillance is a webcam, the DropCam Pro. If you search that category a little further, you will see that most of the top sellers for home security are all webcams!
4 Reasons a Webcam is a Bad Idea for Your Home Security
1. A Webcam Takes DIY Home Security Too Far
Look, I get that people want to save money but a webcam for home security, just doesn’t cut it. A webcam is great for video chatting with your Aunt Mary in Michigan or keeping an eye on your baby in the next room, but relying on a webcam to keep your home safe from thieves, is risky at best.
There is such a thing as taking DIY home security too far and this falls into the category of home security blunders. Trying to protect your home by using equipment that is not intended for home security is like installing a deadbolt lock on a screen door. You might feel safe, but are you really?
2. Your Webcam Can Be Hacked
What people don’t realize, however, is that while using a webcam to keep an eye on your home works in theory, it is still a very feeble method of securing your home. For one thing, a webcam is easy for anyone with modest technical abilities to hack into.
If a thief or intruder wants to target your home, with just a few clicks of a mouse, he can disable your webcam or hack into your computer and see what is going on in your home. He can also use your webcam to survey your home and see what nice goodies you have laying around for him to steal.
3. A Burglar or Intruder Is Not Afraid Of Your Webcam
What Good is a Security System that Notifies you After Someone is Already in Your Home?That’s the type of security you get with a webcam. “Hey, someone is in my home, what do I do now?” Call 911 of course and pray that he sticks around to get caught by the police.
You’ll get nice video of him stealing your stuff and maybe the police will be able to identify the perpetrator and arrest him but don’t count on it. The FBI reports that 70% of home burglaries go unsolved.
The main purpose of good home security system is letting a burglar know that your home is protected and it is not wise to challenge the security system. This is why deterrents such as a surveillance system or a professional alarm system are so effective in protecting your home before someone breaks in.
4: A Webcam Gives a Burglar Options
What will a burglar do when he realizes he is being recorded by your webcam? Considering that he is not interested in taking your webcam or laptop computer with him, he has many options to disable your nifty security device.
- Option # 1: Once the intruder realizes he is being recorded, all he has to do is leave the room. Unless you are going to set up a webcam in multiple rooms of your house, he just has to steer clear of the room in which your webcam is set up.
- Option # 2: Unplug the Webcam
- Option # 3: Smash the webcam to pieces
- Option # 4: Position it so it stares at the ceiling and not the person going through your personal belongings
- Option # 5: Smile into the camera to let you know he is there and tell you he will be leaving before the police arrive
In addition to being a lousy deterrent and an even worse surveillance tool, a webcam isn’t likely to instill much fear in the mind of an intruder. He knows how easy it is to disable a webcam and it’s not very likely to stop his criminal activity. In reality, if a burglar encounters a webcam in your home, it’s far too easy for him to find a workaround.
Some of the most common reasons experts recommend using a webcam for home surveillance is cost. A lot of people are under the false impression that home surveillance systems are expensive but in reality, advances in technology have made them more affordable and easier for a DIY person to install.
So, skimping on something so important and using a method as unreliable as webcam surveillance just isn’t practical for your home security needs.