So you’ve made the decision to purchase a home security system, or maybe it’s time to take it up a notch. Either way, you’ll need to answer this question: are home security cameras worth the extra spend? It’s a valid question, and one we want to answer for you.

In short, the answer is yes. Security cameras provide eyes on your home at all times. If you own a business, they are the eyes watching over your investment when you close down for the day. Cameras offer a way to achieve peace of mind about protecting your assets, so that you can focus on what’s most important, be it your family or your work.

Traditionally, security cameras have been used in a number of different ways to provide added protection to homes and businesses. In the past, the most popular option was a CCTV system, or closed circuit television system. These systems provide a live feed and can usually record what they’re viewing, in case you need to view them at a later time. They come in handy in two situations – when you employ a security guard to monitor the video’s activity, or when you need to see what happened up to, during, and after an emergency.

Wireless home security cameras are another great option. These operate similarly to the CCTV system, but can be viewed online or via your smartphone. They are extremely affordable, easy to use, and let you have eyes on your home, even if you’re not there. You can set up your cameras to trigger an alarm, alerting you to an emergency so that you can pull up your app or website and see what caused the alarm. Often, home security cameras are a service offered through a security company, giving you a direct line to help when an emergency occurs.