Public Safety

Private Security Cameras- Why are they important? 

In the last few years exterior security cameras have become increasingly affordable, which makes them an important tool in solving residential crimes. The MPD recommends the use of exterior security cameras and we cannot overstate how important they can be in identifying and catching criminals, and it may not cost you anything. This is because the District of Columbia has launched a camera rebate program to encourage residents to purchase exterior cameras for their homes. Please read below for a comparison of 4 different affordable private security cameras, and click the links for more information. 

Click HERE to learn more about the rebate program.

Click HERE to view CAG's memo on the Nest Cam Outdoor

Do you need assistance to install your private security camera? Try Amazon's installation service HERE

All cameras are Wi-Fi enabled

Nest Cam Outdoor - $200

  • Specs:
    • Nest is one of the better quality cameras compared to similarly priced devices.
    • High-quality video (1080p, 3-megapixel) and live-feed zoom.
    • Records continuously to the cloud (no local storage). Ten day web-based video history costs $100/year.
    • Video can be viewed on iPhone, Android, and tablets as well as Windows and Mac computers.
    • 130 degrees of view
    • Can set personalized alert zones when it detects motion.
    • Night-vision equipped.
    • Very easy setup and installation process.
  • Requirements:
    • The Nest uses a power cord which plugs into a standard 120V outlet.
    • Drilling of a one inch hole in window sill or wall may be required for power cord.
    • A strong wireless connection upload speed of 2 Mbps minimum is required.

Learn more about the Nest Cam Outdoor by Clicking Here (FAQ) and (About)

 

Ring Security Ring Video Doorbell Pro - $200

  • Specs:
    • HD quality video (1080p)
    • Motion- and doorbell-activated, so it will not continuously record.
    • Records to the cloud (no local storage).
    • 60-day web-based video history costs $100/year for unlimited amount of Ring cameras, or $30/camera/year.
    • Live and stored video can be viewed on a computer (Mac and Windows 10), iPhone, Android, and tablet.
  • Requirements:
    • Wired to the low-voltage power of your doorbell.
    • Battery-operated option, but there is no live viewing if installed in this way.
    • A strong wireless connection upload speed of 2 Mbps minimum is required.

Learn more about the Ring Video Doorbell Pro by clicking HERE.

 

Ring Stick Up Camera- $180

  • Specs:
    • 720p quality, not HD
    • Motion activated, will not continuously record, some issues with motion detection noted
    • Good for backyards where continuous monitoring is not as important
    • Powered by  battery or small solar panel available on website
    • All information is stored on the Ring cloud and is accessible and sharable via any desktop or mobile device
  • Requirements:
    • A strong wireless connection upload speed of 2 Mbps minimum is required.
    • Needs a high vantage point

Learn more about the Ring Stick Up Camera by clicking HERE.

 

Ring Outdoor Camera with Motion Floodlight- $250

  • Specs:
    • Motion-activated flood lights that enhance security and recording quality at night.
    • Will not continuously record
    • High quality video (1080p)
    • Full 140-degree view
    • Live and stored video can be viewed on a computer (Mac and Windows 10), iPhone, Android, and tablet
    • 60-day web-based video history costs $100/year for unlimited number of Ring cameras, or $30/camera/year.
  • Requirements:
    • The Ring Outdoor Camera requires a hardwired electrical setup and cannot be powered by a standard 120v outlet.
    • Needs a high vantage point.
    • A strong wireless connection upload speed of 2 Mbps minimum.

Learn more about the Ring Outdoor Camera with Motion Floodlight by clicking HERE.

Learn more about all Ring products by Clicking Here (FAQ) and (About).

 

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