Many homeowners purchasing cameras for added security
FARGO—Doorbell security cameras are becoming more common, as people ditch the alarms for video.
A security camera in the doorbell isn't as rare as you would think, security companies around the metro are seeing an increase in home camera installations.
A recent study shows there are more than 2-million burglaries in the U.S. each year; that's one burglary every 15 seconds.
To avoid being hit, technicians say people are getting rid of the old motion detectors and looking towards video for protection.
"Real benefit of the camera is that you have a picture of them now, with the motion detector there's a good chance they can get in and out before the police arrive," said Paul Nelson, Alarm Technician.
Alarm technicians say it's not just about seeing who's there, it's also about prevention.
A study has found cameras deter nearly 60 percent of burglars from entering a home, but that security can be costly.
MVM Contracting says installations can cost up to $100,000 for a 20 camera system and it can take days to finish.
If that's a bit out of your price range you can always DIY it with stores like Menards you can find them as low as $30.
A multiple camera system will set you back about $400, but the most popular and basic one camera system will be about $80 and it includes WiFi like the doorbell ringer.
"One of the most popular things out are the wireless systems - no DVR required, they're incredibly easy to use - you just stick them out, power them on. So it makes having home security a lot easier," said Mike Likes, Menards - Assistant General Manager.
Whether it's through a company or on your own, home security is looking through the lens to keep you and your home safe.
If you can't swing the cost for a camera, MVM suggests getting a "dummy camera" it doesn't record, but it looks real and costs only about $10 at the store.