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Fake Security Cameras

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Monday, March 5th, 2012

Deception, as far as security is concerned, plays an important role. Militaries have been deceiving opposing armies for centuries. Pioneers making their way west would routinely place gun barrels out the sides of the Conestoga wagons. This gave the appearance of multiple armed pioneers, when in fact no one was behind the rifle barrels. Bands of marauders, not knowing for sure, would not attack for fear of losing the battle and their lives. Wooden cannons made to appear as if real would be placed on battlefields. The opposing army many times would hesitate, and make a graceful exit from the field of battle. Using fake security cameras employs the same principles of deception that has been used for years.

Creating Doubt

Simply giving a criminal a moment of hesitation can be enough to cause them to move on. The deception must be well staged however. Spotting a camera invokes a visceral reaction in criminals and others up to no good. People that have committed crimes, and ones thinking about it, many times suspect others may be aware of their transgressions. Many call it a guilty conscience. However, it is not guilt from doing wrong. It is fear of being caught. Criminals when they see a camera lens staring at them as they make their way to a window or back door will stop. They immediately wonder if they have been spotted. They also wonder if the camera is high quality enough to identify them in the dark. Most will make a quick exit from the property.

The Ideal Fake Security Camera Is Real Except For

High quality fake cameras are real cameras without the electronic components. The housing is real and the cables are in their proper places. Ideally, you want one that has a red recording light and motion activation. The camera will come equipped with a battery pack that operates the motion sensor and recording light. However, placing a motion activated fake camera in a high traffic area will quickly deplete the battery. For the most part, homes would not have this type of activity. Businesses employing decoys would need to consider this when placing the cameras.

Make It Look Real and People Will Assume It Is Real

Placement and having the correct camera in the right spot is important. The cameras located outside need to be obviously designated for outdoor use. Criminals paying attention might begin to wonder. Use dome cameras at the front door. Real dome cameras conceal where the lens is pointed. People expect to see this type of camera at entrances. They also provide 360 degrees of coverage, and are tamper proof. Cameras placed with no obvious target area will raise questions about their effectiveness. Also, ensure the camera lens is not pointed at the ground, the sides of the structure or pointed straight up.

Play Your Part Well and Others Will Play Theirs

You can call placing fake security cameras a process of elimination. Would be burglars that are serious about maintaining their freedom will make on the spot assessments. Simply by driving by a potential target, a burglar will eliminate that house as a target, if security measures are obvious. The potential payoff is calculated by assessing risk. Like any professional contractor, the cost of the job is estimated by the amount of effort that must be put forward. A plumber, for example, will lose profit if they misjudge the effort and materials needed. A criminal that does this loses their freedom. Your part as a homeowner is to ensure the cameras always have fully charged batteries to operate the motion sensors and lights. Use widow decals and yard signs to warn of video surveillance.

Many Crimes are Crimes of Opportunity

Fake cameras are not just for the exterior of the home or business. You may have simply assumed that an intruder will never see the inside of the home if they leave after spotting cameras around the exterior. As a homeowner, stop and calculate how many people beside family members have been inside your home over the course of days, weeks or even months.

The cable installer is all over the home, they are in the basement, attic and every room inside. They are not professional criminals however. The large screen television or the new laptop may be more appealing than their sense of right or wrong. They overhear a conversation and realize the home will be vacant at a certain time. They plan and they decide to supplement their wages. Then they spot the camera mounted high in the corner with blinking red lights. It is a motion activated one. You as a homeowner have just thwarted a crime.

This is a prime example of why the cameras must be installed as if real. The cable installer, an electrician or any contractor has more mechanical knowledge than the average person does. You may think well they can spot a fake. They can if the fake camera is not installed properly. Quality fake cameras have real cables attached and many even come with AC adapters for use with household current. Mount the cameras in logical places and plug them in if applicable. Make sure the cables are run into the wall if they need to be. Criminals are aware of wireless cameras so the fact that cables are not protruding everywhere does not raise any questions.

However, they may look for a receiver. Make a point to keep the office locked when workers are present, if they need access be there to keep them from looking to closely at things. Have a file cabinet and keep it locked even if it is empty. Locked doors and secured cabinets all maintain the illusion. Individuals see the cameras and then find doors and file drawers locked they soon put the pieces together. This is doing your part as a security conscience homeowner. They have no idea if the receiver is in there. Unless they have access to your computer, they cannot tell if it is the receiver either. This is not to say that professional contractors are dishonest. The truth is many break-ins are done by individuals that have been in the home before, in some cases, more than once.

By no means, is any statement meant to indicate, or give the impression cable installers or any professional contractor is dishonest. The statement is simply to illustrate how many people may have been in a home over a certain period.

You may be thinking that if all of this has to be done why not just go ahead and install real ones. The cost is the reason why. Budgetary constraints are a major factor. The steps you take to maintain the illusion cost you little in dollars. The payoff however, is well worth the effort. The material costs are just a small percentage when compared to having real cameras professionally installed and monitored.

To maintain the deception, it is wise to install the fake security cameras yourself. The local contractor unwittingly may tell their colleagues or partner. Security is about keeping secrets. For example, armored car drivers never use the same route twice in succession. Their manifest will never have an inventory of contents. It is all about maintaining a security profile. The unknown will make intruders move on to the next house.

Criminals Do Not Want To Work Hard So They Spend Time Looking For Easy Targets

Your home says a lot about you, how it is maintained, what the lawn looks like and so forth. Cameras tell intruders you are paying attention. Fake Security CamerasThieves look for people who appear unaware of their surroundings. Toys or tools strewn about the driveway and yard tell people you may not be paying attention. Lack of obvious security is an open invitation. You have heard the term keeping up appearances. It applies to your security profile, as well.

An expensive looking surveillance system loses some of its impact when someone sees a cheaply constructed hollow core front door. The lock is not effective and easily defeated. The home profile as a whole must indicate you are aware of things, and are pro-active when it comes to security.

You have worked hard for your possessions and your family’s safety is the number one priority. It requires some effort to install fake security cameras and you must apply all the window dressing to go along with it. However, by not doing so you have set yourself up for an intrusion. Do not install cameras in trees with no obvious means of power where leaves and branches block the lens. This tells everyone you have thought about security but have only put a half-hearted effort into it. Tinkering around the edges when it comes to security is obvious to criminals. The efforts send a signal you are not serious, and frankly may not have a clue.

Like a Good Lie Good Deception Mixes In the Truth

Professional bodyguards put tremendous effort into deception. They mix the real in with the fake. When driving their client to and from places they use several cars all the same make and model. No one knows which vehicle to target. Anyone with ill intent is confused, overwhelmed and the majority of the time will give up any attempt.

Unlike money, you can have too many cameras, in some instances. Large estates are expected to have cameras in specific locations. Cameras would be mounted at the gatehouse or covering an entrance gate. The cameras would be mounted to screen visitors or capture vehicle license plates. Anyone would expect a large number of cameras to be present. There would be several covering the perimeter, the backyard, pool area and driveway. The cameras even if fake will still give the correct impression. However, having a large number of expensive looking cameras located around a modest dwelling can send the wrong signal.

It is perfectly acceptable to mix fake security cameras in with real ones that capture and record images. Many homeowners want a real camera to be able to see who may be at the front door. However, they realize most burglars gain access from back doors, upstairs windows and so forth. Decoy cameras can be placed in among real ones to increase your home’s security. Once again, place them in logical locations. One must cover the backyard and any doors or windows where anyone could gain entry. Homes having security gates at the end of their driveway would want one there, as well. These are logical locations and no one would question their position.

Parents regardless of economics want a camera to be able to monitor their child’s care while with a babysitter. They have prioritized, and placed the camera where they foresee the highest risk. In this case, fake cameras can be used in other areas of the home for the babysitter’s benefit. The babysitter has in all likelihood, determined the nanny cam is real. Therefore, others mounted high in the corners of certain rooms will be real to them, as well. This goes back to keeping honest people honest. Let them know you are paying attention and aware.

Prevention is the motivation behind fake security cameras. Let people know up front you are watching. No one wants to take the chance of being recorded committing a criminal act or even a very dumb act. Workers in your home when you are away may decide to help themselves to leftovers in the refrigerator. Seeing cameras mounted will stop this type of activity. Nosy neighbors will not snoop while your back is turned. This brings up another point. Do not tell your friends and neighbors. Once you tell a secret, it of course, is no longer a secret.

Part of good deception is being mysterious about certain things. You must be closed mouthed about your security measures. When people are not sure they hesitate, and many times will not follow through with what they intended. You must maintain appearances to have the proper security profile that will protect your family and possessions.

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Hidden Camera In TV

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Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

Ever need to watch those who are watching? That’s exactly what a hidden camera in TV can do. In fact the possibilities for different types of hidden cameras are nearly endless these days, thanks to 21st century electronic technology.

The current technology that abounds is so compact and efficient, that a hidden camera in TV is rather simple, especially considering the fact that we currently have hidden color cameras that are made to look like the head of a typical Phillips screw. (See Security Camera Kings product# HC-SCREW-WC or go to http://www.securitycameraking.com/wired-color-screw-camera-58967-prd1.html).

Putting a hidden camera in TV is easy because there is usually lots of spare room inside the television set case to allow for the camera and accompanying electronics. Who would suspect that the television is actually watching them?

Perhaps the real question here is not how they put a hidden camera in TV, a screw, a stuffed animal, a clock, or just about any other object but what is it about the technology that makes such a thing possible? In the following article we’ll describe how a miniature hidden camera works and mention some the technological improvements that have occurred over the past few years to make this possible.

There are two types of digital video security and monitoring, overt and covert. Overt monitoring occurs when no attempts to conceal, disguise, or hide the activity to monitor or record images are made. Covert monitoring is just the opposite; the camera and other equipment is hidden, concealed, or disguised so as not to readily reveal its presence. In the world of security and surveillance, both overt and covert monitoring is needed. Thus, the demand has created the need for a device like a hidden camera in TV.

Covert monitoring devices may include just the camera or it may include an entire miniature digital video security camera system. A typical full-size digital video security system not only has cameras, but a Digital Video Recorder or DVR and an optional monitor as well. Hidden miniature digital video security camera systems also include the camera, but in addition, contain a miniature DVR as well. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s talk about the technology that allows this to happen.

First a full-size standalone digital video system uses digital video cameras that send their digital video signals to the DVR unit. The DVR unit also contains a highly specialized computer processor called a Digital Signal Processor or DSP. The processor is like the processor in a personal computer but is designed to operate specifically to deal with digital video data. The DSP gathers the digital video data sent to it by the digital video camera and creates a digital video file that can be viewed live on a monitor and/or stored in a digital file format on a hard disk drive on the DVR.

Miniature systems, like a hidden camera in TV system, also have a camera and a DVR. However, the DVR circuitry is contained on a small Integrated Circuit (IC) chip and is either stored in on-board (another type of IC chip) memory or on an SD card or similar device. As technology improves, memory chips become smaller and smaller while their capacity for storage becomes greater. This is just one of the features that provides for making miniature digital video security systems possible.

As for the cameras, there are several technologies applied here to make the devices incredibly small while still yielding fluid, relatively high-quality video. First, many hidden, miniature digital cameras use a highly refined wide angle lens. This lens provides the camera with a significantly wide field of view even though the lens itself is often only 3.7 mm in diameter.

Next the electronic sensor chips used to convert the focused light reflected from the image through the lens can be incredibly small. Typical sizes for these sensors called Charged Coupled Devices or CCDs or Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductors or CMOSs is 1/4, 1/3, and 1/2 inch square – and that is for full sized cameras.

Finally, as already mentioned IC chip technology continues to get smaller and more sophisticated over time. This allows for an analog-to-digital converter circuit and transmitting circuits to exist in miniature IC chips. So when all of these technological improvements are packaged neatly and tightly together, many covert recording devices are possible, including a hidden camera in TV.

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Security Flood Light DVR Camera

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Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Nothing says “”Gotchya!” to a potential intruder, vandal, or burglar better than a security flood light DVR camera. Thanks to modern technological improvements these devices are an entire compact digital video security system. They can be used in both residential and commercial applications and can be extremely effective when placed in the proper location.

Not only does a security flood light DVR camera help to protect and prevent perpetrators from causing damage or breaking and entering, but it also offers positive deterrence. It’s already been proven by the law enforcement agencies in London, England and New York City that the mere presence of digital video cameras deters criminal activity.

However, the security flood light DVR camera takes it one step further. Not only does it record still digital photographs or digital video images of the intruder, but once the unit senses motion, it snaps on a powerful high wattage flood light illuminating the surrounding area and “spotlighting” the intruder as well.

In addition to protecting homes and businesses, these units are great for protecting other property as well. Boat docks with electricity, barns, storage areas, specific portions of land, back entrances of retail stores, and no-trespassing industrial areas as well can benefit from the protection of a security flood light DVR camera.

The units are relatively easy to install and use as well. Basically, all that is required for installation is to mount the unit, connect it to a standard residential type power line, and select the settings you desire. Then walk away and be confident that your security flood light DVR camera will protect you and/or your family, business, or property.

Before we provide some detail about the design and function of a standard security flood light DVR camera, let’s briefly describe a typical digital video security camera system and how it works.

Most standard digital video security camera systems contain one to several cameras, a Digital Video Recorder or DVR, and perhaps a monitor. The cameras are mounted in various strategic locations and send their digital video data to the DVR unit by means of a digital video cable run from each camera to the unit, or wirelessly using radio signal transmitters and receivers.

The DVR unit, much like a highly specialized personal computer, contains a hard disk drive like those found in computers. The DVR unit processes the digital data and creates a digital video file that can be viewed live on a monitor and/or saved on the DVR for later use.

A security flood light DVR camera is basically a miniature version of the basic system without the monitor. The unit contains all the devices (sans the monitor) within one relatively small, compact fixture. The floodlight is usually a powerful 500 watt halogen flood lamp. These lights can project a powerful beam of light in a relatively wide field of vision.

Connected to the light, DVR, and the camera is an infrared motion detector. The motion detector, known as a PIR or Passive InfraRed sensor, can detect the infrared radiation emitted by the objects in its field of vision. When this “heat signature” changes greatly or rapidly, the sensor interprets this as motion. The sensor activates a relay that switches the security flood light, DVR, and camera on. Depending on the model, the entire unit switches off either after motion is no longer detected or specified time period after the initial “On” state.

When the camera is switched “on” it immediately begins capturing digital video images (or stills), with the flood light helping to provide a crisp, clear, bright picture. An on board processing chip saves the data either as digital photographs or digital video files to the DVR.

The DVR in this case is not a large hard disk drive, but usually consists of an SD card (Secured Digital card), a compact flash card, thumb drive or similar mini-portable memory device. All the user needs to do is remove the SD card, transfer the files to their personal computer and view, print, or make movies disks of the saved data.

Although a security flood light DVR camera cannot provide the extensive precise coverage of a full size standard digital video security system, it does offer an economical alternative and can be quite useful for specific situations. Contact our security experts via Live Chat or telephone if you have any addition questions or would like to make a purchase.

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Web Ready Security Camera System

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Monday, January 10th, 2011

If you need to be able to monitor your security and surveillance system cameras from just about anywhere in the world at any time, consider using a web ready security camera system. These systems use the internet as the vehicle for transmitting their data so anywhere there is broadband internet access, there is potential for monitoring your home or business security camera system.

A web ready security camera system is reasonably priced, easy to install, and easy to operate thanks to technological advancements in the electronics and computer fields over the past few years. It differs from a standalone digital video security camera system in that it utilizes the internet to transmit the signals, and a personal computer or Mac computer to monitor and store the digital video image files.

A standalone, non-web ready security camera system consists of one or more digital video cameras, a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) with a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a monitor. The digital video camera captures the reflective light from objects and transposes these light images into electronic images. The camera normally has an on-board analog-to-digital processing chip that changes the electronic information into pure digital or binary form.

A video transmission cable, usually an RG-59 coaxial cable, must be run from each camera to the DVR unit. The signals from the cameras travel through this cable to the DVR unit where the DSP compiles them into a digital video file. Digital video files can be extremely large in size so the DSP uses a COmpression/DECompression (CODEC) utility to shrink the size of the file without sacrificing a large amount of quality. After the digital video file is created it can be viewed live on a monitor or stored on the DVR’s Hard Disk Drive (HDD) for later use.

A web ready security camera system produces the same sort of final results but goes about doing it in a different way. First a web ready security camera system has either IP (Internet Protocol ready) cameras or an IP DVR or an IP server. If the system uses IP ready cameras, each camera has its own built in web server technology that is used for the Internet. The camera connects to the internet either via a Cat 5 Ethernet wire or wirelessly using a corresponding wireless modem or router.

If the web ready security camera system uses an IP DVR, then normal cameras are connected to the DVR and the system works like a typical standalone system. Except that the DVR (and therefore the digital video files and camera controls) can be controlled remotely via the internet and some other end-user device.

If the web ready security camera system uses an IP server, it may be able to digitize older analog based cameras and send them over the Internet or it may simply combine the signals of several newer digital cameras and send them over the Internet. In either case, the digital video file must be sent over the internet to a connected computer that can act as a storage and monitor device or to some other web-compatible monitoring device such as an iPhone, iPad, 3G and 4G smartphones and other similar devices. (Note that if the signal is received by another DVR or personal computer, the system does not have a device to save digital video files to and therefore can only be used to monitor the cameras in real-time).

Probably the most profound advantage of web ready security camera systems is the incredibly almost infinite geographic locations in the world where the system can be monitored and operated. Theoretically, anywhere there is broadband Internet accessibility; the system can be monitored and controlled.

Perhaps the biggest disadvantage to these types of systems is that since they are connected to the internet, a very public domain, they may be susceptible to hacker intervention and even computer viruses.

All in all, there is nothing that can provide you with such extensive capability to monitor and control your system remotely than a web ready security camera system. If you need more information or would like to purchase a web ready security camera system, please contact one of Security Camera King’s security experts today either via live chat or telephone.

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Night Time Outdoor Security Camera Kits

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Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

If you have property that you need to protect or monitor during low or no light conditions consider purchasing night time outdoor security camera kits. These kits can provide you with all the equipment you need to effectively monitor and protect your property, without the need for expensive outdoor lighting. Thanks to modern technological improvements, these kits are reasonably priced as well.

So what do night time outdoor security kits contain? Kits may vary based on manufacturers or vendors, but most kits contain at least two major components of a digital video security camera system: 1) Very low light or no light outdoor security cameras; and, 2) A Digital Video Recorder (DVR) with a Digital Signal Processor (DSP). Since monitor applications differ, and many systems may be able to use an existing computer monitor for your security camera system, monitors are usually sold separately from the kit.

Security Camera King offers a variety of digital video security camera kits including night time outdoor security camera kits. However, in addition to the digital video cameras and a DVR, Security Camera King’s security kits come complete with either plug and play camera cables or bulk cable, and either a multiple channel space saving power supply or a multiple channel power distribution box.

A night time outdoor security camera kit is a highly specialized type of digital video security camera system. These systems contain cameras that are designed for outdoor use and can record video in very low-light or no-light conditions. Let’s take a look at these cameras.

First, there are two basic types of digital video security cameras, indoor and outdoor. Indoor models are designed to operate under the protection of a building or cover of some type. They are not designed to operate when exposed to weather or the elements, such as rain, snow, hail, ice, etc.

Outdoor cameras are designed to operate in outdoor settings, exposed to and offering protection to the camera from, weather and the elements. The cameras are normally enclosed by a protective covering. Outdoor cameras are often rated with an International Electrotechnical Commission (EIC) code or rating that indicates the degree of protection that is provided to the camera. The rating is called an IP code or IP rating.

An IP code consists of the letters “IP” followed by two digits. The first digit indicates the size of the object that the camera is protected from ranging from 0 (meaning no protection) to 6 (meaning dust tight). Numbers from 1 – 5 indicate different sizes ranging from >50 mm to particles the size of dust. The second digit indicates the degree of protection against liquids ranging from 0 (meaning no protection) to 8 (meaning protection from immersion beyond 1 m in depth). For example, a very good IP rating is IP66 which means the camera housing is dust tight and offers protection against powerful water jets from any direction.

Night time outdoor security camera kits normally include digital video cameras that are specifically made for low-light (also called low “lux”) or no-light (infrared) use. “Lux” is a measurement term used to measure the intensity of light. For example, the light available in full daylight, but not directly in the sun ranges from 10,000 to 25,000 lux. In contrast, the visible available light of a moonless clear night sky is approximately 0.002 lux. Low-light or low-lux cameras can record video in lighting conditions as low as 0.002 lux, depending on the quality of the camera.

No-light cameras are usually called night vision infrared cameras. These cameras are designed to record high-quality video using near infrared illumination. The cameras sensor chip can detect near infrared spectrum radiation just like visible light; however, this illumination is invisible to the human eye.

Infrared cameras usually have an array of infrared Light Emitting Diodes or LEDs that surround the camera lens or are placed next to it so that their infrared illumination is focused on the same field of view as the camera. There are also LED “Illuminators,” separate arrays of just LEDs that can provide illumination for the camera also. Generally, the more LEDs the longer the range of the camera, so when purchasing these cameras be sure they have the night time range that you require.

Night time outdoor security camera kits have come a long way with the technological advances in computer and electronic components. Security Camera King offers several different night time outdoor security camera kits. Check out our products under “Security Camera Systems.”

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