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CCTV Testimonials and Success Stories

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Thursday, April 9th, 2015

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We all like to hear about it when our systems do what we want them to do. Captures, employee thieves caught, bad guys being arrested, cool chases, etc. Here are a few good CCTV testimonials and success stories.

A Bar in California
Thirteen years ago, Tom Bromley became owner of Two Bits and a Bite Tavern and inherited a CCTV video surveillance system. Tom understood immediately the benefit of video surveillance as a tool to boost profits and minimize loss. He used the system to monitor and uncover dishonest employees and to improve operation inefficiencies. (How long are the cooler doors open each evening?)

But Tom quickly realized that upgrading his video surveillance system was just as important as using it every day.

The new high-definition cameras and monitors increase the accuracy and range of the viewing angle. With stunning 1080p resolution, images are sharper than ever before…even at night, and even when you zoom in. Crisp detail and clear facial recognition kept the Tavern business safer and employees more productive.

“The new high-definition system is excellent. You get more of a view and the detail…it’s just amazing.”

In fact, just recently, a customer accidentally backed into his building causing significant damage to his front entry posts. With high-definition images the car and driver were easily identified, captured on a thumb drive, and an expensive repair bill saved. “If I did not have high definition, I wouldn’t have even known who it was. That saved me $4000 right there in one incident.”

A Grocery Store
“We’ve had our Camera system since 2002. Over the years we have upgraded and now have 24 cameras watching the entire floor….cashiers, stock room, delivery area and parking lot. My previous expertise in loss prevention in the grocery industry taught me that a good surveillance is mandatory to reduce and control shrinkage, employee theft, and shoplifting.

But while controlling inventory shrink is vital, it is not the only benefit of installing a good CCTV system. We use it for vendor theft issues, to help increase employee productivity, and liability issues…it’s just like having a lawyer on your side!

There’s no question that there is more effort and support on the floor as we can monitor from our office and our home. It definitely makes a big difference. The remote viewing is key for us. The peace of mind you get from knowing you can view from home or anywhere in the world is so positive for us and the store, it’s huge! We love the new I-phone app, now we’re really connected.

Our camera system is an essential part of our business and mandatory for a meaningful loss prevention program. If you add in labor, productivity, deterring theft, and peace of mind, it can literally pay for itself IN MONTHS!”

A Major Hardware Home Improvement Store
“Most theft is not external, it is internal…employee theft. I think that this is one of the obstacles in many owners minds about moving ahead with cameras. It’s hard to imagine somebody you know is actually stealing from you.

It’s up to ownership as to how they want to control theft, internal and external. But good controls like our video system have a very high return on investment…and that adds more to the bottom line profit.

A big plus is being able to watch your entire store from our office. Right now I’m watching activity on aisle 4. I’m watching my sales staff work. I’m watching patterns…these areas we have had issues with….our shrink is noticeably down.

Our core shrink is probably 45k annually (cost basis) which is quite a bit. I’m talking 70k retail. We’ve made profit but I know if I can cut my shrinkage by a third, I can pay for the system. And that’s just for the first year. Years 2,3,4,and 5 would be gravy. That gives us more profit and more money to re-invest into our business.

Everybody likes to save money, but what you really get with our Video System is peace of mind knowing we are protected 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We should have done this 2 years ago.”

A Word from the Sales Department
One of my favorite clients is Night Hawk Security here in Boca Raton. He offers a service that is very interesting and valuable. They provide security camera monitoring of your system. Their operators are on duty 24 / 7 , watching protected areas. When something happens, they dispatch responders and tell them exactly what is happening. Cops know where the bad guys are, how many, and if they are armed. A LOT safer and more effective. If it’s just one kid, looking to steal something, send a guard. Three guys with guns trying to steal a big boat, send more. This takes a camera system from being reactive, showing what happened, to a proactive system, showing what is happening right now. Huge advantage. Watch these videos. First, detecting a fire at a marina before it spreads.

Night Hawk scores again! Thieves apprehended before they even got inside!

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Scott, the owner of Night Hawk, offers his service to all installing dealers. If you are interested, we will send contact information. As the video is transmitted via internet, distance and location is unimportant.

This one is actually a TV show, but is very informative dealing with shoplifting.

Another from the same TV show, a lumber yard I have been to many times-

Shell Lumber & Hardware-Miami Undercover specialists converge in Miami to rescue a massive home improvement store that’s under siege by shoplifters. The team will work night and day exposing outrageous scams and ridiculous alibis. Watch as they tackle a ring of thieves stealing a forklift, and a weekend warrior trying to pinch a new power tool. But their biggest challenge comes during a sting to expose the clever thief who’s making off with thousands of dollars worth of pricey lumber

Those were some very brazen guys! Without the cameras, they would have no idea what was happening.

If you have any success stories, please share with all of us. We will be happy to give you full credit for your accomplishments.

If you would to see some of our cameras in action, check out some of our security camera day/night video examples.

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Why Do I Need A Security Camera System?

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

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When speaking to customers, I often get the question of “why do I need a security camera system in my location”.  My simple answer is that video evidence is the most powerful tool a prosecution attorney can get, as long as the video is of high quality.  Now there are so many different types and qualities of systems on the market.  Remember that you often do get what you pay for.

Now I am not saying that every homeowner needs a “department of defense” quality camera system.  They should have some sort of protection to give them piece of mind when not at their property.  With all of the Techpro Security Products DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) and NVRs ( Network Video Recorders) on the market, you get the ability to remotely monitor your property from anywhere in the world you have internet connection, as long as your property has an Internet connection itself.

Another thing that is awesome about Techpro Security Products security recorders is that with a purchase of a new recorder, Techpro Security will give you a free DDNS account.  A DDNS is a dynamic domain name system, which means that no matter what your IP address is, you will be able to reach your property.  Generally most homes and properties get a Dynamic IP address from their ISP (Internet Service Provider), and now you do not need to spend extra money to have a static IP address.

Now if you are a business owner, you really should look into a higher quality system as it can help to protect your business in more ways than just outside threats.  With any camera system in a business you will naturally help to keep your employees honest.  You will also notice less loss of product as when normal customers know they are being watched, they are more likely to not do the wrong thing.  With a camera system you can generally talk to your insurance company and they should help lower your rates.  This also can help you to settle workman’s comp claims, as you have video evidence of what took place.  Camera systems can also help to stifle frivolous law suits by customers and their “slip and falls”.  Not only can a camera system help to protect you if your location is targeted by thieves, it can help you to keep your costs lower by minimizing your cost of doing business.

I am not saying that cameras are needed on every single corner of every street, but I am saying the more camera systems that are being utilized the less likely people are to do something than if they thought no one was watching.  I understand that the more cameras the government has, the more likely they are to be utilized to police people without really being present.  I know there are shows like People of Interest, where a computer utilizes every camera to locate and track people.  Currently, the government has not let us know this is possible, but I wouldn’t doubt it if they have been working on this technology.  Now the more private systems that are properly locked down, the less need for government systems there are.

When I put my camera system into my house, my neighbors freaked out!  This was a tough sell to most of the neighbors, that is until there were a rash of break-ins in my neighborhood.  No houses in my direct vicinity got touched.  Can I directly take credit for their properties not being touch, No.  But when a fellow neighbor captured the perpetrators vehicle on camera and informed me of what to be on the lookout for, that gave me something to go on.  When I spotted the vehicle coming into the neighborhood, I was able to alert the authorities to what was happening.  While I was informing the police of what I saw, I heard of an alarm call coming in from my neighborhood and I was able to describe what the authorities were looking for.  Ever since then there has been no real crime in my neighborhood, especially by my house.  These events helped to change the minds of my neighbors.

If you want to learn more about our Techpro Security Products security camera systems click here.

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Things you should know about Amendment 64 and Amendment 20

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

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In Nov. of 2012, fifty-five percent of Colorado’s locals voted in Amendment 64 which turned out to be pretty historic. This document ended prohibition of marijuana under Colorado Law. In Dec of 2012, Amendment 64 went into effect making private use and limited possession of marijuana legal for adults 21 years of age or older. In turn, state legislature also permits cultivation, processing, and sale of all marijuana products. This ends up establishing a system that regulates Marijuana to be distributed and taxed just like alcohol as of Oct 2013.

If you currently own a recreational or medical shop, or if you’re planning on opening one, there are some things you should definitely be aware of. Some people think that they can just walk in and open up a store to sell weed, but there are many hoops you must first go through before you can legally run a shop or grow business.


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Here are some facts you must know about Amendment 64:

  1. Adults aged 21 and older may grow up to 6 marijuana plants. No more than half may be mature flowering plants. This means that 3 may be adults, and the other 3 must be newly planted. This allows for you to have up to 3 plants cycling out at a time. The plants must be in a locked space and you may legally keep all the bud it produces as long as it stays in the same place it was grown.
  2. You may possess up to 1oz. of marijuana on you while traveling as long as it’s within Colorado’s borders.
  3. You may give marijuana as a gift to anyone you know as long as they’re 21 or older. The limit is 1 oz.
  4. Marijuana is regulated similar to alcohol, so you will receive similar offenses for driving under the influence.
  5. Consuming Marijuana in public is still considered illegal in Colorado. Do not get caught smoking out in public or on federal land because you will receive a ticket for doing so. It may have been decriminalized, but you still want to avoid doing it since it’s illegal and will be on your record.
  6. This amendment has allowed for licensing to be issues for businesses who want to cultivate, manufacture, test, or sell marijuana as a retail product.
  7. Marijuana is prohibited anywhere on the property of Denver Airport and it’s also highly illegal to take any marijuana with you outside of the state of Colorado.


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Amendment 20 was also passed. This amendment refers to the legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado.

Here are some facts about the medical side of marijuana legalization that you should know about:

  1. Amendment 20 was approved in Nov. of the year 2000. It allowed for the use of cannabis in the state for any patient which was approved and has written medical consent from a doctor.
  2. Under this law, any medical marijuana patient is allowed to carry up to two ounces of marijuana on them at a time.
  3. Patients are also allowed to grow up to 6 plants, but 3 must be maturing while the other 3 are not.
  4. Doctors have the ability to recommend to the state for patients to carry more than the amounts listed above. This is in the case that a patient may need more than the law allows for. It all depends on the patients specific needs.
  5. Medical patients were still under fire because of the federal law. There were a lot of places that were still at risk of being shut down since federal law still doesn’t allow for marijuana use or sale. However, a law did pass recently that will help put a stop to the federal government shutting down dispensaries and medical marijuana retail locations.
  6. Patients may not use marijuana in public places, or any place that may be of plain view.
  7. Patients may not use cannabis in any area that may put others at risk, like any business where the employees are operating heavy machinery after medicating.
  8. Patients are still unable to fill a prescription at a pharmacy. Unfortunately, because it’s still against federal law, pharmacy’s are not allowed to sell it to patients and you must go to a licensed medical dispensary to purchase your cannabis.
  9. Because federal law still does not recognize this, businesses may still use that as an argument to ban use of marijuana by their employees.

There have been a lot of positive and a few negative effects from the legalization of marijuana in Colorado. Many people moved to Colorado in hopes that they could work in the cannabis industry and ended up becoming homeless because they were unable to meed the requirements necessary to land a job in the industry. You may not work in the industry if you have felony convictions, and you must also have a 2-year CO residency. Because of this, there is definitely a new strain that has grown on organizations that help the needy, such as the Salvation Army and Urban Peak to name a couple.

There are a few other states that have also decided to legalize marijuana. In states like Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, Marijuana has been legalized. Some of the states that have Decriminalized weed are: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, and Vermont.

Here is a list of states where marijuana has been approved for Medical Use: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, Washington, D.C.

If you’re planning on opening your own retail shop, be sure to know that there are other laws you must abide by. We write these articles here at SecurityCameraKing.com so that you are aware of different things you need to know in order to legally get into the marijuana business. One of the important things you may want to look up is the legalities on the type of surveillance system that you’ll need in your place of business. Whether it’s a grow warehouse or a retail store, you can call us today and we will help you get all set up with everything you need in order to get your permit approved during your inspection. We even send you a certificate to help pass the inspection. Contact us today so we can answer any other questions you may have!

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Invention of the Security Camera and Recording System

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Monday, September 22nd, 2014

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Everyone dreams about some kind of invention that they know will make a difference in the world. Back in 1933 a chicken keeper accomplished that. At first his invention was not taken serious but now we see him as the first amateur photographer that invented the security camera. His name was Mr. Norbury, from London England, and he had set up a security camera system using a small box camera wired through iron pipes and booby-trapped a door where he kept his chickens. When someone tried stealing his eggs he would trip a lever balanced by sand bags to pull the trigger, taking a snap shot picture of the thief. Mr. Norbury was successful in catching his plumber and using the picture as evidence. When the judge asked Mr. Norbury who took the picture, he said, “well your honor, the thief did.”

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Security cameras have come a VERY long way since then and now we use them in our everyday lives from the government to the regular mother and father wanting to keep an eye on their house keeper or nanny. You can find cameras practically on every corner from traffic lights to schools and I personal love the aspect that my children can have some piece of mind when attending school. The operation, design, shape and color vary for these image capturing boxes. You can install dome, bullet, vandal proof and pan-tilt-zoom camera that have great features like auto tracking.

One of my favorite new security cameras is the Panoramic security camera it gives you a full human perspective when viewing the live video stream, the experience is like actually being there in person. This new type of technology uses multiple cameras, usually 4 high-resolution cameras side by side in one housing apparatus using all the cameras video inputs and converting them into one panoramic stream. Then the camera encodes and delivers to any viewing device providing a 200 degree view. This is great when wanting to capture a large area using only 1 camera install installation. These cameras have the capability to be viewed from anywhere in the world and on most mobile devices using the manufacture’s app.

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Another one of my new favorites is the IPPTZ auto tracker. This security camera can pan left, right, up, down, zoom and focus at the control of the user. The feature that I love is the auto tracker, as it has the ability to track and follow a target when detected. When connected to the web service utility you can configure settings like zones, tripwire and alarms so when an object crosses the configured zone, alarms can go off and it will auto track that object until it’s out of view. Officials all around the world use this technology along with face recognition to track and capture known fugitives.

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Click on picture above for more info

What about the recorder?

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VHS (Video Home System) format for the VCR (Video Cassette Recorder) that a Japanese company invented in the 1970’s. JVC was in financial ruin but Takano and Shiraishi continued to work on the project in secrecy within the video division. By 1973, the two engineers successfully produced a functional prototype

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In the past there was no way to record live CCTV footage, but then came the VCR  allowing multiple events to be recorded to an analog VHS tape. Time and space was very limited to these recording devices.

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Now we have DVRs and NVRs (Digital Video and Network Video Recorders) capturing and writing video data to hard drives, increasing the time and space you can save. Now companies are inventing new integrated units like the hybrid and tribrid combining analog, IP, and CVI Technology.

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Imagine, when you’re building your own custom computer or gaming system you start with the case, well it would be awesome if there was a company that sold custom-built DVR/NVR cases, motherboards, memory, hard drives, power supplies, BIG fans and all the cool accessories that can be added to give style and personality to these units. One of my pet peeves when building a custom computer is to always have proper cooling and ventilation, fast hard drives, powerful power supplies, video card, cables and so on… You never know what the future holds!!!

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Cabling, cables and connectors have also come a long way. Transmission of data/signals over cable started with AT&T using copper wire strung along telephone poles. Telephone signals traveled down these lines as analog electrical waves to form voices and each call required 2 wires to form a complete circuit.

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Broadband began when the demand for more television broadcast signals skyrocketed and now the coaxial is born being the first broadband medium. AT&T installed its first coaxial cable between New York and Philadelphia on 1936. One of the first security camera systems used coaxial for the transmission of video data to a monitor. Here at Security Camera King we have RG59 Siamese cable with high-grade copper shielding for high-speed transmission. Attached to the cable is a pair of power wires making installs a breeze with maximum video signal run length is about 750 feet. Microwave radio relay is coaxial and microwave radio relay working in tandem. It is a broadband system by which telephone and television travel via radio along a series of towers.

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Fiber optics systems, The New Cable on the block is a technology that uses rapid pulses of light traveling on fibers made of ultra pure glass. This digital medium is one of the best and fastest way of transmission by far, able to send data over miles of cabling with ultimately no interference.

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Cat5/6 cabling has been around for a bit, connecting networks and computers together for businesses and residences. Now security camera systems can be configured using IP camera technology.

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This type of configuration is ideal when wanting to have high-resolution megapixel quality to really catch the identity of a perpetrator. Category 5 and 6 cable max run is around 300 feet. When the network configuration is configured correctly these systems perform flawlessly. The ability to log into each camera’s interface and make detailed adjustments is priceless.

POE is another new feature I love about the Ethernet hookup. The Installer’s Dream, Power over Ethernet- one cable carrying both data and power to the IP cameras, no need to power the camera locally.

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While on the subject of new technology try checking out HD-CVI, this configuration uses RG59 coaxial cables to transmit HD quality high-resolution feed to the HD-CVI DVR, recording awesome events to your hard drive for better recognition. The great thing about HD-CVI is that the max run length of the Video cable is 1600 feet, WOW!

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For more info on HD-CVI click on the picture above

In conclusion the evolution of security camera systems has come a long way; I sleep very comfortable knowing that my Security Camera King System is keeping an eye on my family, business and home.

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Alarm System vs. Camera System

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Monday, September 15th, 2014

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I often get asked by my clients if they should get a camera system or an alarm system?  The answer to that question can be complex because of the differences.  Are you looking for a system that is monitored?  Are you looking for a system that can actually catch the criminal?  Do you want the police to respond blindly and not in a timely fashion?  Do you want to have video of the criminal to be able to prosecute them?  Either way you go your property will have protection.  I am going to go over the pros and cons of both.

Alarm System

With an alarm system you have several different ways you can go.  If you have a home that has existing wiring of all of the contacts, all you will need to do is find a company that will monitor the system for you.  If this is a new installation most companies have gone to the new wireless systems, which are nice because the technician does not have to be skilled with running wires or proper circuitry.  One major drawback with this type of a system is that the initial price you will be quoted is for a motion detector and a couple of door sensors and once you add all the sensors and detectors you are going to need for proper coverage the price skyrockets.  Then you add the cost of monthly monitoring and it can get very costly.  Now having a home that is pre-wired with the sensors on all the doors as well as the windows or at least smash sensors on the windows is the way to go.

This is because you know every entry point is covered and you are not reliant on batteries or a centralized motion detector to try and pick up when someone entered your home.

Some people are concerned with their alarm system needing a landline phone for the system to connect to for communication.  This is not as big of a deal anymore, due to GSM systems on both hard wired and wireless solutions.  This is nice because in this day and age people have shied away from the home phone, as well it offers another layer of protection by preventing someone from just cutting the phone line.   There are also systems available that use an IP style communication device.  The GSM and IP style devices offer home and business owners an alternative to the standard phone line communication, giving greater security when you need it.  Whether you shell out the big bucks for a wireless system or have a hard wired system in your location, you will have a greater sense of security knowing that your property is being monitored by someone.  One thing to be aware of with any alarm system is local requirements for alarm permits.  I say this out of experience, if your municipality has codes in place that require you to have a permit registered with them, make sure whatever company you go with files the proper paperwork.  I had a break in at a property and the alarm company did not have all the paperwork filed correctly and the police would not respond to the location.  I feel that this is a way that some cities and municipalities to have extra revenue, but nonetheless make sure you check your local requirements so you don’t waste your money on your alarm monitoring service.

Camera System

With a camera system you also have several ways that you can go.  You can choose to stay with analog cameras and a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or you can step up to HD (High Definition) IP cameras (Internet Protocol) and an NVR (Network Video Recorder).  These systems come  in both wired and wireless configurations.  I only suggest a wired system due to it’s hardiness.  If you want a further explanation of why I feel this way you can read my article Wired vs. Wireless Cameras.

If you choose to stay with the analog transmission camera system there are several levels of cameras and recorders to choose from on the market.  I personally go with TechPro Security Products’ Ultimate Mini series DVRs, because they offer a great bang for the buck.  They give you realtime D1 recording on all channels, audio inputs, and the possibility for alarm integration.  If you go with an analog transmission system, do yourself a favor and step up to 700tvl cameras to maximize the images you get out of your recorder.  Be careful, not all 700tvl cameras are created equal, with Techpro cameras you are getting true 700tvl cameras that have high end Sony chips inside.  I have found many of times that there are companies out there that claim to have the same specifications as Techpro cameras, but when I have ordered and disassembled them they are far from the same.

Now if you are looking for the absolute best resolution in your camera system, I would go with a Techpro NVR.  I really like the mini NVRs for most applications, because they give you the same recording specifications as the full size units with a significantly smaller footprint while still offering the possibility of alarm integration.  My personal setup preference with my IP cameras is to utilize 2MP (megapixel) cameras on the outside of my structure with 1.3MP cameras on the inside.  This may sound weird to some, but I have found in the outdoor application you will be able to utilize the additional resolution for digital zoom on the recorded image.  You generally have larger areas to cover in the outdoor realm than you do in the indoor realm.

With a camera system ideally you will want to have cameras that crisscross on the front and rear of the property.  You will also want at least one camera shooting down each side of the property, depending on how long of a shot it will be.  Now remember not all structures are created equally, so if there are areas that jut out on the building you will need more cameras to get the coverage that you need.  For the types of cameras that I suggest you may want to read my article Hidden Security Cameras vs Visible Security Cameras.

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The Joining of Forces

Now any properly trained security professional will tell you that a layered defense is the best defense.  While a single layer can get the job done, having more layers will ensure your safety.  I say this because as I have talked about with the camera systems having alarm integration, this helps to build a layered defense.  Now there are several ways that you can go about integrating an alarm system with a camera system.  I am going to talk about the basics, but remember you can get as complex as you want.

One of the main reasons that I like a hard wired alarm system is the fact that it makes integration into a camera system that much easier.  For example, with every contact from an alarm system there is a signal wire coming from the contact to the alarm panel.  With this you can tie into this cable and bring it into one of the alarm inputs of the camera system, allowing you to tell the camera system how to respond with the information it is given.  What I have done at my own home is correlate each contact for specific sections of my house to the cameras that watch those areas.

When one of these contacts is triggered, my DVR takes that signal, emails me the pictures from the cameras I have designated, and the application TechproSS Plus on my phone pushes me the video instantaneously.  This is extremely nice and efficient because even if the perpetrator happens to get my DVR, I still have photographic and video evidence.

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