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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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PTZ-TOOL Programming Module

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Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The PTZ-TOOL programming module makes programming PTZ cameras a cinch.  Security Camera King offers this for sale for customers because there are many people that have more than 1 PTZ (Pan-Tilt-Zoom) camera in their system.  In fact, this tool is only required if you use more than 1 PTZ camera in your system, but it can be used to control a standalone PTZ camera as well.

PTZ cameras make for a powerful addition to a digital video security system.  Often times, these cameras can take the place of two or more stationary cameras making them very cost effective as well.  These cameras usually come with factory pre-settings and it may be useful to “tweak” them a bit; that’s where the PTZ-TOOL programming module comes in.

Before we talk about the PTZ-TOOL programming module itself, let’s take a look at what makes up a digital video system and exactly what a PTZ camera can do in that system.

A basic digital video security and surveillance system normally consists of three components; one or more digital video cameras, a Digital Video Recorder or DVR, and one or more monitors (a monitor is needed for the initial setup of the system, but once the system is up and running a monitor is actually an optional choice).

The cameras’ primary function is to “capture” video images created by light that reflects off objects in the cameras’ field of view.  The lens focuses this light onto a small sensor that ranges in size from 1/4″ up to about 1/2″ square.  When light strikes its individual units (pixels for example) the sensor produces an electrical impulse that can be measured.  These electrical impulses are used to create a video image that can be displayed on an electronic monitor and/or compiled into a file that can be stored on the DVR’s hard disk drive.

There are many different ways to increase or decrease the field of view for the camera.  One way is to use a varifocal lens.  These lenses however are often only manually operated and can only enlarge or reduce the field of view.  Another way to increase security coverage is to use more than one camera in such a manner that their fields of view overlap just a little.

The third way to increase coverage is to use a PTZ camera. A PTZ camera can normally pan 360 degrees or a full circle and have a vertical movement of at least 180 degrees.  In other words, picture an object that looks like a sphere cut in-half.  Now imagine the camera lens in that half-sphere; generally this is the area that the camera lens can move/rotate through in order to capture video images.

PTZ cameras have become very popular, due to their extreme versatility and advanced electronically controlled features.  However, there are so many different features and functions that it may seem somewhat overwhelming to the do-it-yourselfer.  The PTZ-TOOL Programming Module helps to make the task of changing PTZ settings easy.

 

The PTZ-TOOL Programming Module is designed for use with Security Camera King’s PTZ-LX550L3X Pan/Tilt/Zoom Camera and our PT-LX540 Pan/Tilt Camera.  If you use more than one PTZ-LX550L3X or PT-LX540 Pan/Tilt Camera you will need the PTZ-TOOL programming module.  One of the reasons that this tool is required when using more than one PTZ or PT camera is so the address of the camera can be changed from the setting of “1.”

The DVR has virtual “ports” that are assigned to the cameras to keep them separate for the DVR’s sake.  These virtual ports or addresses can range from 0-255.  Programming the camera to a different address allows the DVR or other device to control that camera only.  It’s the equivalent of a first name when talking about someone in a particular family.  If you used the surname only, no one would know who you were talking to; mother, father or siblings.  However, when you use a first name, then the individual knows exactly who you are talking to (addressing).

With the Programming Module for PTZ-LX550L3X and PT-LX540, you can assign different addresses (first names) to the cameras so that the DVR can keep track of them.

If you have any additional questions about the Programming Module for PTZ-LX550L3X and PT-LX540 contact one of our security experts today either by on-line “Live Chat” or by telephone at 1-866-573-8878  Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.

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Security Camera DVR

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Monday, March 7th, 2011

The central controller as well as the storage for a digital video security system is the security camera DVR or Digital Video Recorder.  The DVR coordinates and controls the actions of the system as well as provides a central location for quick access of the recorded digital video files.  In this article, we will talk about the functions of the DVR and how it works.

A typical digital video security and surveillance system consists of up to three types of components; the digital video camera, the security camera DVR, and the system or spot camera monitor.  The camera’s main function is to capture light images and convert them into electronic images that can be sent to the DVR to be compiled, stored, and viewed.  The monitor’s function is to provide the display mechanism for viewing the electronic video.

But it is the security camera DVR that is responsible for tying all this together.  The DVR is basically a specialized computer with its video processing services on steroids.   The DVR has a central processor much like a personal computer, however the DVRs processor is specifically designed to deal with the data that is used to make video images, control cameras, store files, and display the images.

Most cameras have a special Integrated Circuit or IC chip called a Digital Signal Processor or DSP that is used to convert the electronic impulses sent by the sensor chip into video data.  However, the DVR also has its own dedicated DSP and central processing unit to handle the tasks needed to produce security video images.

First, the DVR must be able to accept multiple video data streams or bits simultaneously.  For example, most digital video security systems have more than one camera.  The DVR must be able to handle the video information being sent by as many cameras as it is designed for.  Think of the complexity involved when a personal computer uses a Webcam.  Many personal computers, until recently, didn’t have the computing resources to do anything else when the Webcam was in operation.  Now imagine using 4, 8, 16 or even 32 cameras at one time!

Further, the DVR doesn’t just receive the video data, but it must do something with it as well.  In fact, it must compile it, compress it, decompress it (for viewing) and store it all in just a few milliseconds.  It’s no wonder then, why a DVR is far superior to processing digital security video than say, a typical personal computer.

A security camera DVR creates a digital video file out of the data sent to it by the digital video camera.  The data that is created for just one camera is enormous.  For example, a digital video is actually in a simpler form, a series of digital photographs all stitched together.  When these photographs are played in front of the human eye at a fast enough rate, they fool the human eye and brain into thinking it is seeing fluid, motion video.

Typically, a security camera DVR produces high quality video at a rate of 30 frames per second or 30 fps.  That is 30 digital photographs taken within the time span of 1 second.  The information that is processed by the DVR at this rate just for one camera in one hour is 30 fps x 60 seconds x 60 minutes or 108,000 times the size of one digital photograph; if the DVR is a 16 channel DVR that jumps to 1,728,000 times.

The security camera DVR uses a utility called a CODEC which stands for COmpression/DECompression to shrink the digital file to a fraction of its original size while maintaining a minimal loss of quality.  This makes the file easier for the DVR to handle and requires less storage space to hold.  All of Security Camera King’s featured DVRs use the latest, most efficient CODEC known as H.264.

Once the file is compressed it is then made available by the DVR for viewing (live) or storing on the hard drive for future use.  Not until you consider all of the activity that is involved in creating digital video files for security systems can you really appreciate the high speed, intensive work performed by the security camera DVR.

In addition, the security camera DVR also acts as a fine tuner, relay station for other inputs, audio processor, and networking server.  The more channels a DVR processes the more expensive the unit because of the hardware and technology that is required to handle the job.

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CCTV Kits

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Thursday, February 24th, 2011

Digital video security and surveillance systems are such a cinch to install that they are now available easy do-it-yourself CCTV kits. Security Camera King’s CCTV kits contain just about everything you’ll need to install your own digital video security system except the tools. In addition, we’re available to help you design your system to ensure you receive the maximum efficiency and protection possible. In addition, we also offer full support through every step of the installation process and can offer our unique virtual on-site technical assistance.

If that’s not enough to get you interested in Security Camera King’s high quality CCTV kits, we can also remotely configure your Digital Video Recorder or DVR and system through your personal computer and an Internet connection. Further, we offer free shipping on all orders over $500.00.

Just take a look at our security camera systems CCTV kits. We feature three different levels of HD DVRs including the economically priced Elite mini, the Elite Series, and the high-resolution enterprise level Ultimate Series. Each system is available in four, eight, or sixteen channels (cameras) which include 420TVL digital video cameras except the Ultimate Series that includes high-resolution 520 TVL cameras. In addition, we now feature a thirty two channel Elite Series DVR package.

Our CCTV kits offer top-of-line DVRs that come with tremendous amount of valuable features that are standard and cost nothing extra. Our DVRs all use the H.264, the latest CODEC or COmpression/DECompression utility available to prepare your digital video files for storage and viewing.

Plus, each on of our DVRs is IP or Internet Protocol ready. They can be plugged into an internet connection and offer a variety of Web related features such as remote viewing and camera control and e-mail alert notification. You can access your system anywhere in the world there is broadband Internet access and that includes using 3G and 4G smartphones.

Security Camera King offers six different configurations for each of our four, eight, and sixteen channel systems. For example our 4 Channel systems we offer two Elite mini, two Elite Series, and two Ultimate Series CCTV kits. Each kit comes with the DVR, your choice of digital video cameras, wiring, connectors, and power supplies. In addition we allow you to custom design components so that the system is tailor made for your specific applications (some modifications may require an additional charge).

The Elite Mini system CCTV kit comes in two variations for four, eight, or sixteen channels. Our first variation Elite Mini system CCTV kit (for each channel configuration) in addition to the Elite Mini HD DVR and Indoor/outdoor weatherproof high-resolution infrared vandal dome security cameras, includes four plug and play cables and a four channel space saving power supply. Our second Elite Mini system includes the same DVR and cameras, but includes one four-channel power distribution box, 1 box of RG-59-18/2 Siamese cable, and four power leads for the power box.

These two variations of CCTV kits are also offered for Elite Series and Ultimate Series DVRs. Our eight channel kits offer the same items except there are two four-channel space saving power supplies and 8 plug and play cables in the first variation and one eight-channel power distribution box, 2 boxes of RG-59-18/2 bulk Siamese cable and 8 power leads for the power box.

We have two variations for our sixteen channel systems as well. They include the same items mentioned above except there is enough equipment to support the included sixteen digital video cameras.

At this time, we also offer a thirty two channel CCTV kit. At the present, we only offer this kit using the 32-Channel Elite DVR. However, we do offer it in the two equipment variations as the ones already mentioned.

One of these systems is bound to meet your needs and price range. Our DVRs feature a three year warranty and our cameras and accessories offer a one year warranty. Speaking of accessories, we literally have hundreds of accessories available to further enhance and/or customize your CCTV kit.

If you are interested in purchasing one of Security King’s CCTV kits, you can purchase them using our on-line catalog site at “Security Camera Systems“. If you need anymore information or have any questions about our security camera systems you can also contact us on-line via our “Live Chat” service or by telephone at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.

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Web Ready DVR Security System

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Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Security Camera King features several different digital video security systems and each of them is a web ready DVR security system. We take pride in offering the highest-quality most up-to-date security merchandise, and that includes our web ready Elite Mini, Elite Series, and Ultimate Series Digital Video Recorders or DVRs.

These days everyone’s work and personal situation is different so versatility is the key to digital video camera security system that can work for all. Security Camera Kings do-it-yourself security systems are easy to install and a cinch to set-up and operate. What’s more, since each DVR is a web ready DVR security system, once installed you can access your system anywhere in the world where there is broadband internet access, and that includes using your 3G or 4G smartphone.

There are several ways of using the Internet with digital video security system components. These components are usually designated as IP or Internet Protocol ready, such as an IP Digital Video Security Camera. They are also referred to as “Web ready” such as a Web ready DVR security system. In the following article, we’ll take a look at the differences between IP ready cameras and IP or Web ready DVR security systems and look at some of the benefits or features of a Web ready system.

Web ready digital video cameras are different from ordinary digital video cameras in that they do not directly connect to the DVR. In fact, Web ready cameras don’t have to connect to a DVR at all. Web ready or IP cameras use the internet as a vehicle for networking. They can connect to a DVR remotely, thousands of miles away, via the internet. They can also be viewed and controlled via the internet.

Each IP ready camera contains its own web server technology and connects directly to the Internet via a broadband internet connection. The connection is usually via a Cat 5 Ethernet cable or wirelessly to a wireless broadband modem or router. Of course, most are WiFi compatible. The camera’s digital information is streamed over the Internet. It may be downloaded and saved on a personal computer or Internet connected DVR and it can also be viewed live using a personal computer, a Web browser, and an Internet Connection.

Another way of taking advantage of the versatility of the Internet is by using a web ready DVR security system. Like the IP digital video camera, the DVR contains the Web server technology. However, having a web ready DVR security system is far more powerful that just a Web ready camera.

In a typical Web ready DVR security system, each camera connects directly to the DVR first. It may do this using a video data transmission cable such as an RG-59 Siamese cable or it may connect wirelessly using an on-board transmitter and a corresponding receiver that is connected to the DVR. The system can be used like any non-web ready system. The cameras send their video data to the DVR unit which also includes a Digital Signal Processor that runs on an operating system. The unit compiles the camera’s data and creates a digital video file that can be stored on the DVR’s hard disk drive and/or viewed live on a monitor.

However, since the Web ready DVR security system is connected to the Internet, the cameras may also be monitored remotely, anywhere in the world there is broadband internet access (including smartphones). You can even record them remotely, as well as on the parent DVR. But there are some additional benefits as well.

For example, any Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera not only can be monitored remotely but can be controlled remotely via the Web ready DVR Internet connection. Security Camera King’s featured systems support two-way audio over the Internet as well. Further, the DVRs support up to 10 network or Internet users simultaneously.

Also, many web ready DVR security systems require a static IP address that normally will cost extra through your Internet Service Provider or ISP. Our web ready systems use Dynamic DNS support, which means a static IP address is not necessary.

Last but not least, our Web ready DVR security systems also support standard POP email accounts. This means you can program the system to email you anywhere at anytime based on several different triggers that you set.

So when it comes to versatility Security Camera King’s Web ready DVR security systems do it all.

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