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How to connect to your DVR over the Internet

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

One of the first things that people want to know about their surveillance system is whether or not they have the ability to connect it to the internet for remote viewing. In the past, security systems had to be monitored by a guard who was locked away in a room all day watching the monitors to make sure nothing would happen. The other option was to come back and review footage after something has occurred but then the damage may already be done. It’s extremely important nowadays to be able to view your security system remotely so that you can view it in real-time. Technology has progressed so much that you’re able to get notifications sent directly to your cell phone or tablet to let you know that your security cameras are capturing an event. This can likely save you the trouble of having to replace damaged or stolen property. By having the ability to view your Digital Video Recorder (DVR) over the internet, you will have a much better chance at stopping a crime from happening.

Not everyone is tech savvy. I have learned over the years that many of the things that may seem simple to those who use computers on a daily basis may be like trying to learn another language for most others without the extensive experience. Either way, by the end of this article I hope to show you how to connect your DVR to the internet from top to bottom so that you have a complete understanding of how to hook it all up, configure all of the settings as needed, and also understand why you need to set it up this way. Many tutorials online which show you how to connect your security system to the internet are very short and not detailed enough for you to have an understanding of what you’re actually doing.

Viewing DVR Live Over The Internet

First, here are some of the benefits of connecting your DVR to your network.

  1. Being able to watch your security cameras while you are away from the location is one of the most important features of current DVRs. This will give you the ability to prevent crimes as well as keep an eye on what is currently happening in the locations that the cameras are watching over.
  2. Being able to review and back up footage from your DVR remotely so that you have a copy of what is happening even if the DVR ends up getting damaged or stolen.
  3. Being able to configure the DVR and specialized cameras remotely. This is handy if you notice that the DVR needs to have some of its configurations modified.
  4. Being able to change settings on cameras that are all of a sudden not able to see due to conditions changing. Some people have had issues where their cameras looked great the whole first week that they had them set up but then all of a sudden a big storm comes in and they can’t see anything anymore and one of the camera’s may have a setting which can compensate for this condition change. If you’re not able to reach the location where the DVR and cameras are installed, this will allow you to change the settings from wherever you are so that you don’t miss out on anything in the meantime. However, please note that some cameras do not have these features, but for the ones that do, being able to access them remotely is a great feature to have.

There are a few basic things you will need in order to get started.

  1. Live Internet Connection. This can come from any internet service provider in your area. The faster the speeds they are able to provide you with, the better. However, it’s still possible to view your system remotely with a slower connection such as DSL. Usually the internet service provider will provide you with the option to rent a modem from them unless you have your own available for setup.
    Internet Connection

    Internet Connection

  2. Router. A Router is a device which forwards the data between your network connections. This will allow you to connect multiple devices to your single internet connection. Many homes today currently have Wi-Fi Routers that will allow you to connect your devices to your internet wirelessly. You will not need a wireless router to access your DVR remotely, so just about any router will do. Some of the larger router brands are Linksys (Cisco), D-Link, Netgear, Belkin, and even Apple.
    Cisco Linksys Wireless-N Router wireless router
    Routers
  3. Ethernet Cables. These are usually sold as CAT5 (Category 5) cables which are used to connect you to the internet. Most DVR’s with the ability to be viewed remotely will come with a network port that you can attach your cat5 cable to. Sometimes the manufacturer will even include a cable with the system but unless you are planning on connecting your DVR near your router, most of the times the cable is too short. Be sure to measure out how many feet of cable you will need before purchasing your system. You will also need one Ethernet cable to connect the modem to the router. Routers usually come with their own short Ethernet cable as well.
    Ethernet Cable

    Ethernet Cable

  4. DVR with the ability to be remotely viewed. Not all DVRs have the ability to be viewed remotely. Some DVRs are just for recording and will not have the features that allow for you to connect to them through the internet. Make sure the DVR you have is capable of doing so by contacting the manufacturer or checking the manual that came with it.
    DVR

    DVR

  5. Monitor. For the initial setup, you will need some sort of monitor so that you can connect your DVR and view all of the settings you are configuring. Once these settings are configured, you will no longer need the monitor if you are only going to view the system remotely. Some DVRs have outputs that will also allow you to use a television as a monitor by connecting it using BNC, HDMI, VGA, or even composite RCA connections depending on the devices that you purchase.
    Monitor

    Monitor

Getting Started

  1. Make sure that your Modem is connected to the internet. Usually modems will have a series of lights on the front which are status lights to let you know that it’s currently working. All modems are different so many sure you get the information for yours from your service provider or its manual. Getting the model setup and connected is beyond the scope of this article and this step needs to be completed before moving forward.
  2. Connect your modem to the internet port on your router. Usually your router will have one port for the internet connection. This port is usually away from the other ports on the back of the router which are for the devices which will be connecting to the internet. Use a cat5 cable for this connection.
  3. Connect your DVR to one of the data ports of your router. Most routers come with at least 4 ports for hardware that will be connecting to the internet. You will also be using a cat5 cable for this connection. For the initial setup, you will not need the long cat5 cable if you are planning on relocating the DVR to a location that’s far away from the router. You may always move the DVR after the initial setup so the cable that came with your DVR should be fine.
    Internet Port On Router
  4. Connect your DVR to your monitor. This can be done using any of the methods available depending on the type of monitor you are using and DVR outputs available. If you have an HDMI or VGA port on both the DVR and Monitor, one of these are the preferable ones to be used.
    Back Ports On the DVR

    Now that you have your hardware setup and connected, make sure everything is powered on and working. Next, check out the next step to configure your router and DVR and you will soon be able to view it remotely. I will be using a Techpro Security DVR which I purchased from SecurityCameraKing.com. All of their DVRs have the same interface when you log into them so configuring them will be pretty much the same. Other DVR’s may have menus that look a bit different but the settings are all generally the same. Same goes for the Router settings.

Configure your DVR

    1. Log into your DVR using the username and password provided by the manufacturer. If this DVR has already been previously configured, use the admin login information.
      DVR Web Service Login Page

      DVR Web Service Login Page

    2. Select the menu for Network Settings. In this section you will be able to assign an IP address to the DVR. This will be an internal static IP address. (This usually begins with 192.168.XXX.X). I would suggest using these settings to get started, you can always change them later.
      • IP ADDRESS: 192.168.1.110 (This will be the ip address of the DVR)
      • SUBNET MASK: 255.255.255.0 (Leave this unless your network has a modified subnet)
      • GATEWAY: 192.168.1.1 (This will normally be the IP Address of your router)
      • TCP PORT: 37777
      • UDP PORT: 37778
      • HTTP PORT: 88 (You can use port 80 but there are some Internet Service providers which block the use of port 80. I usually just change it to be on the safe side.)
DVR Network Settings Menu

DVR Network Settings Menu

  1. Configure Your Browser’s Security Settings In Order To Download the DVR Web Service. In order for you to connect to your DVR internally or externally within your network, you’re going to have to make sure that your browser is able to download the web service from the DVR. Just go to Tools > Internet Options > Security.
    IE Tools Menu

    IE Tools Menu

    In this tab, you will see a button that says Custom Level.

    IE Security Custom Level Button

    IE Security Custom Level Button

    Click it and make sure that the option for “Download Unsigned ActiveX controls” has “Prompt” (or Enable) selected instead of Disable.

    Unsigned ActiveX Prompt

    Unsigned ActiveX Prompt

    This will make sure that when you access your DVR, the prompt will allow you to install the ActiveX web service that allows you to remotely access and configure your DVR. You can do the same for the other ActiveX settings as well. Once you are done, close Internet Explorer then restart it to make sure the settings have taken change.

  2. Connect to Your DVR Internally Using Internet Explorer. You should now be able to connect to your DVR internally within your network. This is a bit different from connecting to it externally. You will use the Static Internal IP Address and Port number that you configured on your DVR in order to do this. This will be ’192.168.1.110:88′ as you have configured in the second step. The ‘:88′ at the end is the port that you’ll be using to connect to the web service of your DVR.
    DVR Web Service Login Page

    Log Back Into Your Web Service

  3. Port Forward Your Router. The next thing you’re going to want to do is port forward your router. This is going to be necessary in order to connect to your DVR from a remote location. If you were to just type your external IP address into the browser, your router is not going to know which device you are trying to reach. There could be multiple computers and devices on that network so you need to tell the router which one to specifically connect to by assigning a sort of map to all of the ports you have configured.
    • Log in to your router using the gateway IP address and username and password that has been set to it. By default, most routers have their default gateway IP address set to 192.168.1.1. This is what you will type into the URL bar of your browser. Once you put that in and hit Enter, a window should pop up asking you to log in. If you haven’t made any changes you should be able to put ‘admin’ into the username and ‘admin’ into the password field as well. Some Routers may have their password defaulted to ‘password’. You will have to check your router manual or with your network administrator to be sure. You can also search on Google to find out the defaults.
      Login to your Router

      Login to your Router

      Log In To Your router

      Use your Default Info If you Haven’t Changed It

    • Forward the Ports. Find the window or tab that is either called ‘port forwarding’ or ‘apps and gaming’. Go ahead and add a new port forwarding rule. The application name field is where you will put in anything you want that is descriptive to the device you’re port forwarding. In this case you can just put in “DVRWEB” to signify the DVR Web Service connection. External Port can be 88 (or whatever port you set it to on step 2), Internal Port is also set to 88, Protocol will be ‘both’ tcp/udp and the Device IP will be the IP of the DVR. In this case you will make sure it’s ’192.168.1.110′. Make sure the rule is enabled by checking the box if there is one and save the rule. Then do the same for your TCP And UDP ports that were set on the DVR.You should have:
      • DVRWEB – 88 – 88 – BOTH – 192.168.1.110 – Enabled
      • DVRTCP – 37777 – 37777 – BOTH – 192.168.1.110 – Enabled
      • DVRUDP – 37778 – 37778 – BOTH – 192.168.1.110 – Enabled
      Port Forwarding Menu

      Port Forwarding Menu

    • Find out your External IP Address. Find the IP address of the network you’re currently setting up the DVR at by typing in “WHAT IS MY IP” into google. You will get your public IP Address and make sure to make a note of it. This is the address that you are going to use in order to connect to your DVR when you are in another location.
      Google What is my IP

      Find out your external IP

    • Connect from the Outside. When you have the ability to connect from outside of the network you are in, type in your Public IP Address into the URL bar on Internet explorer and make sure to add the ‘:88′ at the end. You should see the ActiveX web service prompt. If you are able to connect to the DVR internally but are unable to once you are outside of that network, it will more than likely be a port forwarding issue. Check your settings and try again.
      Connect To your DVR Externally

      Connect To your DVR Externally

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How To Avoid a Physical Confrontation When Things Get Out of Hand

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

How To Avoid a Physical Confrontation When Things Get Out of HandAlthough some people seem to be always on the lookout for a fight, most people would really prefer to avoid a physical confrontation whenever possible. If you are one of the many who would rather just walk away than raise your fists but who can’t seem to avoid fights in certain situations, consider following these tips so that you can help prevent things from escalating into something physical. Although you can’t always keep yourself out of sticky situations, following these tips can help you avoid getting in a physical fight in the event that things get out of hand.

Avoid Situations Where Things Might Get Ugly

One of the best ways to prevent yourself from getting into a fight is to watch out for potentially confrontational situations in the first place. For instance, it really isn’t a good idea to go to a bar that is known for being rough and having a lot of bar fights if you can avoid it. Try to stay in well-lit areas when you can, and try to patronize bars, clubs and other businesses that are known for being safe and secure and having plenty of security guards on hand. Although it might not seem like fun to restrict yourself, where you go and what you do this much, it is always a smart idea to avoid potentially bad –and violent — situations whenever possible.

Watch Out for Potential Physical Confrontations

Keeping an eye out for potentially threatening situations is another good way to prevent yourself from getting into some sort of physical confrontation. For instance, if you see someone sitting near you at the bar who keeps staring you down and who looks like they are ready to get in a fight, it is better to walk away and sit somewhere else than to stick close and make a confrontation more likely to occur. Also, knowing about potential situations that are going on around you can make you more alert and aware of what is going on and can prevent you from being taken by surprise by someone who seems dead-set on getting into a fight. Knowing about the problems that could occur before they ever happen can give you more time to think, calm yourself down and react appropriately.

Focus on You

You really can’t control what someone else does, but you can control what you do and how you handle situations. If you are the type of person who tends to get into physical fights on a regular basis, you should consider assessing why. Are you hanging out with the wrong people or going to the wrong places? Do you have a bad temper? By changing things about yourself that cause you to get into fights, you can help avoid them in the future. Although it might seem difficult to do this, it will get easier with time. You can even consider talking to a counselor or enrolling in anger management classes to get help with calming down your temper and learning how to avoid arguments and physical confrontations.

Ignore Them

In many cases, it is really best to just ignore a person. If someone is staring you down, saying bad things about you or saying hurtful things to you, you might be tempted to retaliate and say something back to save face. However, doing so probably won’t turn out well if you are dealing with a person who wants to fight with you. Therefore, the best thing that you can do in many of these situations is to try to ignore the person, no matter how annoying or mean they are being to you or the nasty or hateful things that might be coming out of their mouth.

Hand it Over

If you are in a situation where someone might want to steal something from you, it is typically advised to simply hand the item over. Although you might not want to give your wallet to the mugger that you pass on the street, it is better to give it over and avoid a physical fight than it is to get attacked and hurt badly and to still lose your wallet anyway. Therefore, it is important to just hand it over in a situation when you think that things might turn physically ugly.

Try to Calm the Person Down

Telling the person that you don’t want to fight, that you don’t mean them any harm and that you are just trying to have a good time is one good way to calm the person down. Although it might not always work, sometimes it does, and any fight that you can avoid can help you stay safer.

Don’t Raise Your Voice

Although you might be tempted to raise your voice when you are arguing with someone or if an individual makes you really angry, but it is best to keep your voice at a low, even and almost soothing tone. Raising your voice will make it seem as if you are angry, which could egg another person on. It can also cause the other person to start screaming at you, which can possibly result in a loud arguing match and potentially a fight. Therefore, maintain your voice level in order to avoid things from getting ugly.

Watch Your Tongue

Keeping your tongue in check is one of the best things that you can do to avoid causing a potentially threatening situation to escalate. Although you might think that you can use your words to scare someone off, this is typically a bad idea.

Therefore, first of all, make sure that you don’t make threats that you don’t mean. Telling someone that you will beat them up badly might seem like the right way to intimidate them and make them take a step back, but it can potentially backfire because the other person might see it as a challenge.

Also, make sure that you don’t make any sarcastic comments. Although you might be angry and might want to say something hurtful to the person, doing so is only going to make the situation worse because it can trigger physical violence or can cause an argument to escalate.

Watch Their Hands

If you are looking too intently at the other person’s face, you might miss their elbow moving as they are preparing to punch you in the stomach. Therefore, it is important to always watch the individual’s hands if you think that there is a possibility of things getting physical. This can help you watch out for punches or slaps that might be coming your way, and you can also tell if the person is reaching for a knife or other weapon that could be seriously harmful.

Along with watching the person’s hands, make sure that you know what to look for. Someone quickly reaching in their pocket could be an indication that they are reaching for a weapon, for instance, and someone who is balling their hands into a fist might just be ready to fight.

Maintain a Stance That Isn’t Confrontational

If you don’t pay attention to how you are standing when you interact with people, you could be accidentally giving off signs that you are in the mood for a little bit of confrontation. Although looking confident can be a good thing in a lot of social situations, seeming too cocky can egg your potential attacker on and make him or her think that you are looking for a fight. Therefore, try to stand with your legs slightly separated, and maintain a level, easy stance instead of trying to look like you are taller and bigger than you really are.

Show Your Hands

Just as you will be watching the individual’s hands to look for weapons and confrontational gestures, he or she might be watching your hands as well. Putting your hands in your pocket might seem like a non-confrontational stance, but in this type of situation it is one of the worst things that you can do. If a person thinks that you might be reaching for a weapon of some sort, for instance, he or she might attack you in an effort to protect him or herself. If you have your hands balled up in a fist subconsciously because of the situation, the person might think that you are ready to fight. Having your arms crossed in front of your body can also make you look angry and confrontational, so this isn’t a good idea either. Instead, keep your hands up and near your face; this is a pretty good way to signal that you really aren’t trying to get into a fight, yet having your hands near your face will make it easier to protect yourself in the event that something does go down.

Don’t Let Your Pride Get in the Way

Pride is one of the main things that can cause people to get into fights, so make sure that you keep your own ego in check when things get out of hand. Although you might not want to say no to a fight because you don’t want to look like you are afraid, try to remember that violence is never really a good thing. Therefore, in this case it might be the right thing to do to let your pride go for a little while and to simply walk away.

Alert the Authorities

If you are afraid that you are in danger, it is a good option to let the authorities know about it so that they can help you. If you are in a bar or club or at a concert or other similar venue, for instance, scan the crowd in search of a bouncer or security guard. By signaling to that individual or walking in their direction, you can get their attention and let them know that you need help. In many situations, all it will take is bringing one of these individuals into the mix to diffuse things.

Along with looking for bouncers and security guards at clubs and other similar places, you should also consider looking for a police officer or other authority figure if you get into a confrontation. If the individual seems like they really and truly might hurt you, such as if they have a knife or other weapon on hand, don’t be afraid to dial 911 from your cell phone; in a lot of cases, if you simply dial the number on your phone, authorities will be able to track down your address and will come to your aid.

Know How to Protect Yourself

Although it isn’t always possible to avoid a physical confrontation when things get out of hand, following these tips can help you prevent yourself from getting in a fight. This can save you from physical injury and can help prevent other things as well, such as getting in trouble with the law or getting kicked out of a business.

In the event that a physical confrontation cannot be avoided, however, make sure that you know how to protect yourself. Keeping a self-defense item like pepper spray on your person is a good way to protect yourself if someone attacks you, and it’s never a bad idea to take self-defense classes or martial arts so that you will know what to do to protect yourself in the event that you get into a physical confrontation. You don’t have to use this knowledge to pick fights or anything, but it is good to know a few self-defense moves in case you ever need them.

If you don’t have any experience in protecting yourself and someone attacks you, however, do the best that you can to fight for your life. Instinct will kick in, and you should be able to protect yourself in most cases. Trying to end the fight as quickly as possible is always a better option, however, especially if you think that you can get the help that you need.

 

 

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Convert DAV Files to AVI

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Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Convert DAV Files to AVIMonitoring your security camera is possible because the DVR’s software that comes from the manufacturer converts the files so you can see images. These files are called DAV files. You will need to convert DAV files to AVI in order to view the images on a Windows device. AVI files are easy to see and fast to upload or download. The best way to convert these images is download free converting software found online. This technique is helpful when you want to share your security camera images with someone on another computer or smartphone. Once you have downloaded the software program, follow the directions. You can convert these files within minutes.

When shopping for video surveillance equipment, the first step is to determine how many cameras your home needs. Most camera systems can connect up to 32 cameras. You likely won’t need this many so choose one that’s best for your home. It is best to purchase an entire security surveillance system that includes cameras, cords and the DVR. If you need professional installation, you can ask the security center where you bought your system if they install. It is important that the camera system is installed correctly. You will also need to decide whether you want a system that is wired or wireless. A wireless system is affordable and the easiest to install. You don’t have to connect cables through walls and these systems can be monitored from any device connected to the Internet.

Security auditors are people who are trained to recognize security flaws within homes or businesses. You may want to hire a security auditor to walk through your home and make suggestions. Home security issues also include door and window sensors, securing your garage and your backyard. The goal is to make it harder for someone to break into your home. Most thieves want to enter and exit your home quickly. They will commonly only spend less than 10 minutes stealing items. Popular items they are looking for include expensive electronics, televisions and computers or laptops. All of these items can easily be sold at the local pawn shop for cash. Cash is what the intruder wants most so they are looking for other things such as jewelry, guns and other valuables.

Sporting equipment such as expensive golf clubs are also a popular item they target. Choose a security system that is easy to monitor. Decide whether you want to hire a security company to monitor your system. These security companies often charge a small fee each month. Check with your city to see if you need an alarm permit. Cities require an alarm permit so they can gather information about you such as aggressive pets that are located on your premises. If the law enforcement office gets notified of an alarm at your residence, they can quickly learn more information about you and your family. This is also a way for officers to avoid confrontation with an aggressive dog. The alarm permit also requires you to pay a fee. False alarms are a problem in many cities and communities around the nation. Most cities now charge a fee for a false alarm. That’s because false alarms take away valuable city resources and cost the city money.

Home security systems work well even if they are not monitored. Most thieves prefer not to tackle a residence with a security alarm. The thief has no idea whether the system is monitored by the police department or a home alarm company. Some cities around the nation offer alarm systems that are wired directly to the local law enforcement office. Deter crime from your home by installing home surveillance cameras that can be seen clearly. This will go a long way to reducing your risk of becoming a victim of crime. Make sure you know how to operate your alarm and teach other family members. Your home alarm system should be used at all times especially when you are at home. Sometimes intruders enter a home because they think that no one is at home. If they are not sure, they will often ring the doorbell or knock on the door. Ignoring them could put you at risk of a burglary. You don’t have to open the door, just speak through the door and ask how you can help. No matter what they say, do not open the door to strangers.

Your home is especially at-risk if no one is at home during the day. Thieves go through neighborhoods and watch people to see who leaves every day and who doesn’t. If you always park your car in the garage, then a thief may think you are not at home. Most burglaries occur when no one is at home. The danger is when you surprise or startle an intruder. In most cases, they just want in and out of your home with as much merchandise as they can carry. Keep your drapes closed at night so no one can see inside your home. If you buy a new big screen television, don’t advertise the fact by throwing the box away at your curb. Little things that you don’t normally think about will reduce your chances of a home invasion.

Neighborhood watch groups go a long way in reducing crime in the area. If an intruder sees a multitude of neighborhood watch signs, they will likely leave the neighborhood. Remember, their goal is to get inside homes as fast as possible and with little threat of detection. Neighborhood watch groups work because people pay attention to vehicles and people who enter the neighborhood. They are instructed to call the police if they see suspicious vehicles or people in the neighborhood. This is a great way to reduce crime in your neighborhood. Research crime statistics in your neighborhood by going online. This information is available to the public. Talk with your local law enforcement agency about local crime. Many police agencies offer resident training at neighborhood meetings.

When you go on vacation, you are at risk of becoming a victim of home invasion. Don’t leave obvious signs that no one is at home such as mail and newspapers that pile up on the porch. Ask one of your neighbors to pick up your mail and newspapers. If you have pets, you should consider hiring a house sitter while you are away. This will make your home look lived-in and reduce your risks. If you don’t want to hire a house sitter, consider buying times for your lights, radio and television. This will make your home look like people are at home. Hire a lawn maintenance company to trim your landscaping and mow your yard while you are gone. This is an inexpensive service that is well worth it. You should also check your home for landscaping that is too close to windows or your home’s roof. Large tree branches make it easy for someone to break into your home. Landscaping also makes it much easier for an intruder to hide and go undetected.

Install sturdy doors on your home and secure them with good high-quality locking systems. Deadbolts must be properly installed to prevent the door from being kicked in. Kicking the door in is the most common way intruders enter homes. It usually takes only two or three swift kicks and they are inside. This is especially true for doors that are not sturdy. The door that leads into your home from the garage should also be fortified. If an intruder enters your garage, then they are free to use tools in your garage to help them break in. Consider replacing garage doors that have windows installed. This can give an intruder a clear view of the inside of your garage. If you have expensive sporting goods, then they may decide the merchandise is worth the risk of getting caught.

Door and window sensors are a great way to alert you to an intruder. Even if you are not at home, these sensors are very loud. They will likely alert your neighbors and the intruder will quickly run away. Door and window sensors are inexpensive at your local home improvement store. They are easy to install and are very effective in protecting your home. Noise is the worst thing an intruder wants to make. All they want to do is enter quickly and get back out. Making noise, whether it is a dog, an alarm or a window sensor will send them scrambling out the door. Take a walk through your home and try to look at it like an intruder would. If you see security defects, consider hiring a security specialists to help you choose security equipment. Home security is all about combining many things that work together to reduce your risk of home invasion. If you are a victim of home invasion, it is very traumatizing. Many victims no longer feel safe in their home and also feel violated. Your personal home space should be protected with a good home security system.

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Battery Powered Security Cameras and Their Uses

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Friday, May 31st, 2013

Battery Powered Security CamerasWhen you think about security cameras, you probably think about the ones that plug into the wall; these are often used in both homes and businesses everywhere. However, one type of security camera that you might not have thought about is a battery powered security camera, but you might decide to purchase a few of these units for your home or business once you learn a little more about them.

What are Battery Powered Security Cameras?

Put simply, battery powered security cameras are cameras that are powered by batteries. These cameras are a little bit different because a lot of the security cameras that you see, especially the ones that were made and used several years ago and before, plug into an electrical outlet in order to be used. Newer cameras that are powered by batteries, however, can be used without an electrical outlet in the area, which can be beneficial for several different reasons.

What are the Different Types of Battery Powered Security Cameras?

If you think that there are only a few different types of battery powered security cameras, you probably haven’t been shopping for security cameras and other related equipment lately. Nowadays, there are tons of different security cameras on the market that are powered by batteries. Along with small models that work well as spy cameras, there are also larger and more visible cameras for other uses. You can find wireless, battery powered security cameras that have night vision technology, that can switch back and forth from night vision technology to daytime use and that have many other features. You can also find battery powered security cameras that can be used with both security system software on computers or with standalone digital video recorder units. Since there are a lot of options to choose from, there is truly a battery powered security camera option for almost everyone and almost every purpose.

What are the Advantages of Battery Powered Security Cameras?

Battery powered security cameras have a lot of advantages over security camera units that you have to physically plug into the wall; this is why more and more people are making the switch to these easy-to-use cameras.

First of all, you are sure to find that installing your battery powered security cameras is a breeze. This can help cut down on the cost of installation because you might find that you can easily install your battery powered security cameras yourself without having to hire a professional, and even professional installers don’t charge as much for their services when the security cameras are wireless. In fact, it is a breeze to set up these cameras, so you can do it quickly when you find that you need a security camera system, and you don’t even have to worry about it taking the entire weekend.

Another advantage of these security cameras is the fact that you don’t have to worry as much about vandals or thieves cutting your wires. When they aren’t installed correctly, security camera systems that utilize wires can be easy to tamper with; this can be tempting for vandals, and it can make it a lot easier for criminals to cut your wires and prevent themselves from being caught on tape.

One of the primary reasons why a lot of people choose to invest in battery powered security cameras is because they can be easily placed in areas where other cameras cannot. For instance, you don’t have to worry about figuring out how to run a wire to your security camera in order to install one in a place where you don’t have any electrical outlets.

Lastly, a lot of people find these cameras to be preferential because they can access their surveillance footage from their computers and other devices. This can make purchasing and installing a surveillance camera system a lot more affordable because you don’t have to worry about purchasing a standalone digital video recorder system if you don’t want to or if you are on a tight budget; instead, you can use a computer that you already have. Other people like to access their surveillance camera footage from their laptop or smartphone because they like to be able to keep an eye on their homes or businesses when they are away, such as when they are traveling or when they are at home and can’t keep a physical eye on what is going on in their businesses.

What are the Disadvantages of Security Cameras That Are Powered By Batteries?

Just as with anything, there are disadvantages to using security cameras that are powered by batteries. One of the main disadvantages that you should think about is the fact that the batteries in your cameras could die when you need your surveillance footage the most. In order to prevent this from happening, you should be extra cautious to ensure that you always have fresh batteries in your cameras, and you should also make a point to keep extra batteries on hand at all time so that you won’t have a difficult time changing them.

Another disadvantage of battery powered security cameras is the cost. Although the cameras themselves aren’t really any more costly than units that plug into an electrical outlet, it can get expensive if you have a lot of cameras and need to replace your batteries on a regular basis. Looking for security camera options that don’t drain batteries too quickly, purchasing high-quality batteries that last longer and investing in batteries that you can recharge can help you cut this cost down, however, and many people never have a problem with keeping batteries in their security cameras and don’t really mind the minor additional expense.

Should You Make the Switch if You Have Traditional Security Cameras?

If your home or business is already under surveillance with the use of wired security cameras that you bought in the past, you might be wondering if you should replace your existing cameras with security cameras that are powered by batteries. Although you might decide that these cameras will be a much better option for your security-related needs, you might want to wait. It can be very costly to replace your entire system. You won’t just need to purchase all new cameras, but you will probably also have to purchase a new digital video recorder or other device in order to use these new cameras. If you haven’t been having any problems with your existing system, you might decide that it’s a better idea to keep them until later on down the line. If you don’t feel as if you can use your existing cameras in order to properly monitor your home or business, however, or if you are in need of new security cameras anyway because yours are outdated or don’t work correctly, you might want to spring for security cameras that are powered by batteries instead of purchasing another system that uses wired security cameras.

Reasons to Use Battery Powered Security Cameras Inside Your Home

If you have decided to install a surveillance camera system in your home, you might be wondering where you can use battery powered security cameras indoors. One of the main perks of these cameras, however, is that you really aren’t restricted when it comes to where to place them. You can put them absolutely anywhere that you want to without regard to finding an electrical outlet, which makes it easy to set up home surveillance. These cameras are also perfect for use as hidden cameras, which can be used to spy on your nanny or babysitter when he or she is watching your children, your cleaning crew when you are having your house cleaned or even your kids or your spouse if you like to know what is going on in your home at all times, even when you aren’t around. Along with being used for these purposes, your indoor wireless security cameras can also be used for general home surveillance purposes and can alert you and provide you with powerful proof in the unfortunate event that someone burglarizes your home or commits another type of crime while inside your house.

Where Can You Use Battery Powered Security Cameras Outside Your Home?

Along with using wireless, battery powered security cameras inside your home, you can also use them outdoors. Before doing so, however, make sure that you either purchase a wireless camera that is designed for outdoor use or that you pick up a cover that is designed to keep it safe from the elements; otherwise, your camera probably won’t fare well against the elements, even if you have it under a shelter.

When choosing where to place your outdoor wireless security cameras, look for spots that can help you keep a closer eye on your home. For instance, you might want to hang them near your doors. Posting them up near your storage shed or garage is also a good idea, and you won’t have to worry about running any long wires from the house or finding an outdoor electrical outlet in order to install and use them, meaning that the possibilities are endless. When installing them, however, make sure that you hang them up high so that no one will be able to steal or disable them.

Places to Use Battery Powered Security Cameras Inside Your Business

Just as you can use battery powered security cameras inside your home, you can also use them inside your business. Placing them near your cash registers, in your office and in your stockroom can help you cut down on employee theft and robberies, and placing them in various areas around the interior of your business can also help you cut down on shoplifting and more. When posting these cameras, try to make them prominent so that people know that they are under surveillance; this can help prevent crimes from occurring before they even start because a lot of people are scared to commit crimes when they know that they are under surveillance. On the same token, however, try to hang them up high enough that no one can steal them or attempt to cover them up while committing a crime.

Times to Use Battery Powered Security Cameras Outside Your Business

Security cameras are essential for use in parking lots and other outdoor parts of your business, and wireless cameras that are powered by batteries can be useful because you aren’t constrained by wires and electrical outlets. Therefore, consider investing in enough security cameras that you can easily keep an eye on every square inch of your parking lot; this can help prevent crime. It is also a good idea to post them near your doors so that you can get a clear view of everyone who enters and exits your building.

Where to Buy Battery Powered Security Cameras

If you have decided that you would like to purchase wireless, battery powered security cameras for use in your home or business, you might be wondering where you can find them. The truth is, however, that these cameras can be found practically anywhere. Along with finding them at local retail stores that sell electronics or electronic-specific retail locations, you can also find them at security equipment shops and online. Shopping online is always a great option because it gives you the opportunity to comparison shop without having to drive all over town, and you can often find very good deals by shopping online because online security retail store owners don’t have to worry about paying the same cost of overhead as local stores. When shopping, however, try to shop from a store that specializes in selling cameras and other similar equipment; if you do, you will be able to talk to a professional who knows a lot about security equipment, and you will probably also end up with battery powered surveillance cameras that are of a higher quality than if you shopped at a regular retail store that sells all sorts of items.

 

 

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How To Enforce Security Measures During Concerts

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

How To Enforce Security Measures During ConcertsIf you own your own concert venue, you probably know just how much fun and profitable it can be to host concerts and welcome guests onto your property. However, it is important for you to keep safety and security as a top priority, and you should understand that there is always a possibility that things can get out of hand when you gather a lot of exciting and possibly intoxicated individuals in one area to watch a concert. Therefore, you have to know how to enforce security measures during concerts in order to keep all of your patrons, staff members and yourself safe during your concerts and to maintain a reputation as a business owner who runs a clean, orderly and safe concert venue. By following these tips, you can help maintain order and enforce security measures during even the biggest of concerts.

Post Your Rules Online Ahead of Time

Letting everyone know about the rules that you have in place before the concert even begins is one good way to let people know that you are serious about maintaining order and security at your venue. Along with posting a list of rules and guidelines on your website, it is also a good idea to post printed copies near the entrances. You can even add a tagline with the most important rules on any flyers or other promotional materials prior to hosting your concerts. Letting everyone know how you expect for things to be done at your venue is only fair, and you might be surprised by just how many people it will deter from trying to break your rules and bring bad things and ideas into your venue.

Hire Security Guards Carefully

Hiring security guards is an essential. No matter how dedicated you are to promoting and maintaining security at your venue, there is no way that you and a small group of staff members can keep things under control when your venue gets busy. Therefore, you have to make sure that you hire security guards to help with these matters so that you can worry about other aspects of running your business during a concert.

You shouldn’t just hire the first security guards that you come across, however. If you do, you might end up with inexperienced individuals who don’t know much about how to keep an orderly concert venue. Instead, look for people who have experience in these matters if at all possible. You can look to hire individual security guards if you prefer, but another great option is to contact a security guard company to find out about hiring a crew to work your venue. If you decide to go this route, you can pay one flat fee to the company, and it will worry about finding and training security guards and providing them with the necessary uniforms and equipment. Then, all you have to worry about is paying for these guards and letting them know where your venue is and when your concert will be held. Although this can be a great option for one-day concerts, hiring your own crew might be preferable if you host a lot of concerts at your venue, and you can actually save money by doing so as well.

Make Sure That You Have Enough Security Guards

Hiring security guards to handle the security at your venue isn’t going to be enough. You also have to make sure that you have a sufficient amount of security guards to handle things; otherwise, the guards who are on duty might not be able to handle everything. Estimating the number of people who will be at your event is one good way to determine how many guards that you need, and you also have to take the size of your venue into consideration. If you are hosting the concert indoors in a relatively small building, for instance, you won’t need as many security guards as you will need if you are hosting a huge outdoor music festival at a very large venue. If you talk to someone from a security guard company and give them estimations of the size of your venue, the type of venue that you are running and the approximate number of people who will be attending your concert, however, someone from the company can probably give you a better idea of how many security guards you will need to hire.

Train Your Security Guards Well

Simply dressing a few large men up in uniforms and telling everyone that they are security guards won’t be sufficient if you really want to keep your concert venue safe and secure. Although it might fool some people into behaving and acting in an orderly fashion, others will want to try these guards out if they know that they aren’t well-trained. Therefore, it is important to send your security guards to training classes; if at all possible, try to send them to a type of training that will cover the bases about handling security at a concert venue. This is another reason why you might decide it is preferential to hire professional security guards from a security guard company. You can also screen any potential security guards to find out if they have experience in handling the security at these types of venues.

Monitor the Doors

One of the best ways to keep bad things out of your concert venue is to do a thorough check of the people who are entering it before they ever make it through the door. Although some people don’t particularly like to go through metal detectors, enforcing this type of security is one of the top ways that you can keep bad things and bad people from getting into your concert venue.

First of all, consider utilizing metal detectors. You can have everyone walk through a large metal detector that goes over everyone’s heads, or you can have your security guards use a wand to check for weapons. If your security guards find weapons, they can choose to either ask the individual to put them in their vehicles before entering the venue or ask them to leave. For small things, like pocket knives, you are probably safe to simply ask them to leave the item in their car. For larger and more serious weapons, however, you might decide that you don’t want their owners to enter your concert venue at all. When security guards are checking for weapons, make sure that they check carefully. Some people try to be clever by hiding weapons in their boots or elsewhere on their person, and it is important to catch these weapons before they ever make it in the door.

Along with using metal detectors to check for weapons, you should consider having your security guards look for other potential problems as well. For instance, you might decide that you don’t want to let overly intoxicated individuals into your venue because of the problems that they can cause and the trouble that you can potentially get into with alcohol enforcement agents. Those who seem to be violent can also pose a problem, and you might want to look for things like gang-related clothing when determining who can or can’t get into your venue.

Keep Watch on the Parking Lot

Along with being cautious about keeping an eye on your venue’s entrances and what is actually going on inside your venue during the concert, you should also consider keeping a close eye on the parking lot. People tend to get in fights and cause other problems in parking areas at concerts, and there is also a chance that people will be drinking or using drugs in their cars. You don’t want this type of behavior to be going on in the parking area of your venue, so consider posting surveillance cameras in the parking lot as well as inside the venue and hiring security guards who are specifically assigned to watch the parking lot. Doing so will not only help cut down on problems, but it can even help prevent car thefts and other similar crimes that sometimes occur outside of these concert venues.

Keep an Eye On Things Yourself With Surveillance Cameras

Hiring security guards is a great way to keep an eye on your venue, but one thing that you shouldn’t pass up is to utilize surveillance cameras in order to keep an eye on what is going on in and around your concert venue. There are lots of surveillance cameras on the market that are perfect for both indoor and outdoor use, so you shouldn’t have a difficult time finding the equipment that you need.

Installing surveillance cameras at the entrances to your venue will help you help your security guards while they are monitoring the people who enter your venue. It will also allow you to keep tabs on who has gone in and out before, during and after the concert.

Posting surveillance cameras in various areas around your venue can also help you prevent problems. Make sure that you have cameras in both prominent areas and in hidden corners and other places where issues could arise, and make sure that your cameras are high-quality and that they capture good footage of everything that is going on during the concert. Along with helping deter people from committing crimes, breaking rules and causing other security-related issues simply by being there, these cameras can also make it easier for you and your security guards to see what is going on everywhere in the venue and can provide you with valuable physical proof in the event that something happens and you need to contact local law enforcement agents, press charges against someone or simply kick them out of your venue for the rules that they have broken.

Enforce Rules Properly

One of the main things that you can do in order to enforce security measures during concerts is to handle security-related issues right away. If you get a reputation for letting things slide, people will try to get away with a lot more. If you make it known that you have rules in place and that you don’t put up with people breaking them, however, a lot of people will be less likely to break the rules because they won’t want to get kicked out of your venue and because they won’t want to get in trouble with the law. This means that you might sometimes have to be the “bad guy,” but it will be worth it in the long run because you will have a much safer venue; overall, this will help you bring in more concert guests because people will feel safer at your venue and won’t think that things will get out of control, and it will help prevent you from breaking any laws, getting in trouble or getting involved in confrontations.

Don’t Be Afraid to Call the Police

If you have security measures well taken care of and have both high-quality surveillance cameras and well-trained security guards posted around your venue, you probably won’t have to worry about calling the police too often. However, you shouldn’t be afraid to call the police if you need to. If someone is breaking the law in your concert venue or if things seem out of control and you feel as if you will have a difficult time restoring order on your own or with the assistance of your security guards, you should certainly call your local law enforcement officers to see if you can get some assistance. it might even be a good idea to call and let you local police department know about big concerts that will be held at your venue so that they can keep an eye on things and even keep someone around who can help you if things escalate and get out of hand while the concert is going on. By following all of these tips, you can help maintain safety and security at your concert venue, no matter how big your concert might be.

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