Game Cameras for Home Security: A Quick Guide

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Many people don’t know that trail cameras, also known as game cameras, can be used for your home security needs. They can be a great choice in some instances. In fact, the same aspects that make a trail camera great for photographing wildlife and scouting deer also make it great for home security.

What is a Trail Camera?

A trail camera is a specific type of remote digital camera that captures candid images of wildlife. Originally developed for hunting and wildlife monitoring these cameras are definitely ideal for hunting and wildlife monitoring, but they also have a variety of other applications like land or farm management, gardening, nature viewing, conservation, home security, and more.

How They Work

When used for hunting scenarios, game cameras are typically mounted to trees and other locations across your property. When a deer or other animal comes into the area you have selected, the camera’s motion sensors direct it to take photo and video. They are time stamped, so you’ll know when game comes to the area. Many of them can also be configured to send the pictures and videos to your smartphone in real time or save them for you to view whenever works for you.

Trail cameras can also be used to prevent wildlife from entering or damaging your property. A trail camera can capture what type of animal is bothering your plants, grass, or personal belongings so that you can better address the situation. For example, if you an animal is damaging your fence, it is helpful to know if it is a rabbit, racoon, or coyote is responsible so you know if it is a simple fix, or if you will need to call a professional.

Trail Cameras for Home Security

The features that make trail cameras effective for wildlife monitoring also render them as a suitable and budget-friendly option for home security purposes. They can be used for indoor security, but they are particularly well-suited for outdoor home security. If you want basic security and only want to see when something is going on, trail security cameras are certainly a valid option. Given their outdoor design, trail cameras are specifically built to withstand various tough weather conditions, making them a great and durable choice for home security.

Features to Consider

When selecting a trail camera for home security, several key features should be taken into account:

No Glow

No glow cameras use infrared flash to capture photos and videos in low light or no light conditions. The infrared flash is designed to be hidden and prevent a flashing light from shining and alerting any trespassers, animal or otherwise. This covert feature makes them an excellent choice for discreet surveillance.


It is a great idea to opt for a camera with high-definition (HD) capabilities, especially for night vision. A resolution of at least 720p is recommended to ensure clear and detailed images so you can properly identify what you are looking at.

Motion Sensor Range

Different cameras will detect motion at different ranges. The range you need here will depend on your needs based on the area and how many cameras you have. The angle is another consideration: A camera with a 90-degree angle, for example, will be able to detect and record things 90 degrees from it within the given range. Depending on what you want to use a trail camera for, it is worth considering what is in front, behind, and next to the camera in addition to where you are placing it. Ask yourself where you think the highest traffic will be and consider how that will play into your placement strategy.


Not all trail cameras take videos. Most of the ones that do will take 10 to 90 seconds of video whenever motion is detected. The ones that just take pictures are generally less expensive, but video can be invaluable in the case of a security issue.

You’ll also want to consider whether you would like video and audio. Some trail cameras include video and audio, while some simply include video. For example, if you want to use your trail camera to observe wildlife, you may not feel the need to include sound. If you are considering it for security purposes, you may want to opt for sound so that you can hear identifiable sounds like voices, barks, stomping, bushes rustling, and more.

Cellular Capability

Some trail cameras also have the ability to send photos and videos to your phone. If you’d like to be able to monitor your property, you’ll want to choose a camera that can be configured to send photos and videos to your phone.

Integrating Home Security

While a trail camera can be useful for giving you line-of-sight into what’s going on outside your home, for true peace of mind consider a professionally monitored system. When your home is protected by professional monitoring, you know someone is there 24/7 to help dispatch emergency personnel in the event of an alarm event. To learn more about professionally monitored and see if our security system will fit your needs, contact Brinks Home™ today.

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