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  • Writer's pictureMike Roberts

Be Responsible With Your Home Security Systems

Home security systems help protect your property and give you peace of mind; however, they can also raise privacy concerns. Make sure you're being a responsible technology user by thinking about your guests and neighbors.

Since you own the equipment, you may not be bothered by being recorded 24/7, but your guests may feel differently. When hosting family or friends, it's considerate to make them aware of any security cameras so they don't feel blindsided if the topic comes up later. Be sure to also inform your babysitters or pet sitters who may feel awkward if they realize after the fact that you were monitoring the home while you were away.

Before installing a security system, it's wise to familiarize yourself with local, state and federal regulations so that you don't unknowingly violate someone else's privacy. As a general rule, security cameras should never record areas where privacy is expected. To avoid potential legal issues, make sure your security cameras don't capture views of your neighbors' bedrooms, bathrooms or backyards – especially if they have a privacy fence.

When touring homes for sale, keep in mind that curious homeowners could be watching through security cameras, baby monitors or video doorbells. Be cautious about what you say, and don't linger on the front porch when discussing your negotiating strategy.

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