Common Use-Cases Around Residential Surveillance Cameras

Over the past year, 2017, the residential security industry has seen continued growth. Consumer trends evolve, along with the tech that services their homes, namely residential surveillance cameras, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at what some of our customers are doing, and how they’re making this function work for them.

Here are a few of our most common use-cases around residential surveillance cameras over the past few years:

Monitoring Caregivers

When security cameras were first used outside of military government in the late ‘70s, mostly by banks and retailers to mitigate robbery risk, few industry observers would have predicted that families would use them to monitor caregivers in the home. In fact, when the first products hit the market in the early ‘90s, the fact that deploying micro-surveillance equipment to monitor caregivers in the home was considered controversial (and possibly not legal) seems laughable today, where the default setting is to expect monitoring.

Common Use-Cases Around Residential Surveillance Cameras

In fact, in 2016, New Jersey’s Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs launched the “Safe Care Cam” program, intended to “make cameras and memory cards available on loan for free to New Jersey residents who suspect their loved ones are being mistreated or neglected by an in-home caregiver.”

Just recently, NPR reported that the Justice Department has compiled research data on sex crimes, with results showing that “people with intellectual disabilities — women and men — are the victims of sexual assaults at rates more than seven times those for people without disabilities.” The article goes on to state that in most of the cases, “the perpetrators are people they have learned to count on the most — sometimes their own family, caregivers or staffers, and friends.”

While this kind of residential security application is typically depicted in popular media as a hidden camera intended to document dramatic abuse of family members (a thankfully rare situation) in reality, most common use is to see how the caregiver interacts with the child, elderly or incapacitated household member and decide if he or she is the right person for this very important role.

Monitoring “Unsupervised” Children

Another common application for home security cameras is monitoring of older children. In the typical New Jersey suburban home, either both parents work full time, or one parent works out of the house and the other parent spends a fair amount of time shuttling children around to various sports and activities. While New Jersey has no laws governing how old a child must be in order to stay in an unsupervised home, (in Illinois, kids alone must be at least 14, Maryland the age is 8) each parent will want to determine the appropriate age for their individual children.

A camera-based surveillance system enables the parents to let children stay in the house without an adult present, part of teaching them how to function independently, while still maintaining a measure of control and supervision from afar. For example, parents can use the video feed to make sure the kids make it home when they’re supposed to, they can view the condition of the house to make sure chores are done and nothing dangerous is happening,  and note who else the child may be bringing into the house. SupremeConnect and your SkyBell® Video Doorbell let you see, hear, and speak to visitors, manage your security system, and lock your door – all from the same screen, and when you can’t view live video, view events in your SupremeConnect App events log to ensure your children made it home safe.

Monitor for and Confirm Package Deliveries

Many of Supreme’s customers travel often, so it makes sense that another common request we field with regards to residential video surveillance cameras is a setup that allows for a visual confirmation that a package has been delivered and left on the porch while they are traveling. Obviously with the explosion of e-commerce and online grocery delivery, more packages means more packages to steal, and porch package theft is growing into a big issue.

Home surveillance cameras installed in a Washington home captured an Amazon delivery driver last month dropping off a package and then stealing a package that had been delivered by UPS earlier in the day.

With freelance drivers added to the UPS/Fedex/USPS milieu and robot and drone delivery not too far off in the future, the only way to be 100% sure who or what leaves a package on your porch (and when)  is to see it with your own eyes via a camera that’s linked into your security system.


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