Home security systems evolving with technology

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Tuesday night, KXAN showed you video of a burglar caught on camera inside an Austin home. The suspect is still on the loose, but the homeowners believe their video surveillance cameras are the reason why the burglar ran away.

Chris Tamez with Allied Security Links says homeowners and businesses are still using alarms systems as a first line of defense, but as technology continues to improve, camera systems are becoming more and more popular.

“We’ve seen a major shift,” said Tamez. “Eighty percent of our business used to be alarm systems, now 80 percent of our business is going to be camera systems.”

He says the cameras themselves are evolving, too.

“Everything that we do is going to be megapixel technology. It allows you to get that crystal clear image that you can’t get on some of the older technology systems,” said Tamez. “These cameras are actually intelligent cameras. So, you can go into each one of these cameras and program whether or not the infrared comes on, which allows you to see at night time.”

He says when securing homes, exterior doors are armed with alarms first. Next, is windows. Alarms can activate if the glass breaks. Also, systems can include motion sensors. Any security system can be a good deterrent, but people are changing their minds on cameras, for a greater peace of mind.

“Before, they didn’t seem to want it, and now it’s becoming a big deal and helping out and answering a lot of unanswered questions,” said Tamez.

The camera systems can really range in price, from a couple thousand dollars, to upwards of $20,000.

The Austin Police Department will actually do a security evaluation on your home. Round Rock and Georgetown police also perform home and business inspections. Pflugerville does security surveys at homes and businesses, as well. Travis County Sheriff’s Deputies will also check your home.

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