One of the best things you can do for your your safety, and to document any stalker issues, is get a surveillance system for your home.

Home Security vs. Home Surveillance Systems

Sometimes the best systems are the simplest ones. We have tried a number of different types of both security and surveillance systems throughout our stalker issues. We recommend these three.

A few key things to know about different systems available for home security;

  1. Not all home security systems include cameras. Some include only motion detection (internal and external around the residence) and detection at entry points.
  2. Some home security systems include cameras as well as motion detection tools.
  3. Different home security and home surveillance systems will record the data collected on site (usually through a DVR, or they record the data and upload to cloud based storage.
  4. The reliability of your internet connection is a point of consideration for your home security and surveillance needs. If you have a reliable internet connection and a secure network a cloud based solution will function just fine. If you have a more unreliable internet connection then and on-site recording solution or a solution which supports both (on site and off site recording).
  5. If you are dealing with a stalker or any kind of unwanted harassment at your residence, getting pictures is key to making a case or taking any legal action against them.

We have put together some of the best examples of the different types of security systems and why they address specific security needs.

Best Video Surveillance Systems

There is more to just the very catchy one syllable names with each of these systems listed here.

Nest

Overview: Makers of programmable Thermostats, Fire Detectors, Doorbells, security cameras and more.
Ownership: Google
Technology: Uses Wifi
Hosting: Cloud Based
Equipment: Able to be purchased directly, through select retail outlets and through Amazon.com.
Nifty Features: Nest also comes with additional features, Nest Aware which will watch your property (inside and out depending on where you have cameras). Nest Aware comes with the ability to create detailed alerts such as;

  • when a person is detected
  • the ability to detect a familiar face
  • scanning footage
  • setting specific alerts

An app is available for remote access via Smartphone.

Ring

Ownership: Recently bought by Amazon
Technology: Uses Wifi
Hosting: Cloud Based
Equipment: Only one device required to get started and you can add devices as needed.
Nifty Features: Instant social sharing of any videos! (So, even if prosecution for your stalker is tough some public shaming is always and option with Ring).

You are also able to add people to the account to receive alerts for motion. Ring also uses heat signature detection and can detect creatures as small as a bird with heat detection. The ability to control the frequency of alerts with detailed preferences.

An app is available for remote access via Smartphone.

Arlo

Overview: Makers of programmable Thermostats, Fire Detectors, Doorbells, security cameras and more.
Ownership: Owned by Netgear
Technology: Uses Wifi
Hosting: Cloud Based
Equipment: Able to be purchased directly, through select retail outlets and through Amazon.com.
Nifty Features: Arlo allows recording onsite or to the cloud depending on your equipment options you choose. Arlo has flexible data plans for cloud storage including a Free plan which offers limited technical support for 3 months. There is also a pay-as-you-go plan. Dedicated Business plans are also available.

An app is available for remote access via Smartphone.

While there are a zillion security and surveillance options out there. These 3 have packaged everything for folks who have the technical savvy to download and app and check network security but don’t need to climb around in the attic, re-wire a house and connect any hard wired security cameras.

For most people in most home environments these systems will do very well to meet security needs with images satisfactory enough to support any case you have with a stalker.