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What is the Difference Between Analog, HD-CVI, and IP Security Cameras Systems?

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Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

What is the difference HDCVI, DVR, and IP NVR
Security camera systems come in many different forms and its best to know the difference between them all to help decide what system works best. Here at Security Camera King we sell three different types of technologies. They all have their advantages and disadvantages and just like everything else the more advantages you get with a system can come at a price. Starting at our lower end models is our Analogue cameras which have been the pioneer of security cameras and have served us well. Going to the top is our IP camera systems which produce high definition quality picture and is becoming a standard in the security camera world. Then right in the middle is our HD-CVI camera system which utilizes Analogs existing cable technology but delivers the same picture quality as our IP systems. Given the different options of security camera systems to choose from can give a little confusion but once broken down and dissected will turn confusion into knowledge and help make the right choice for a security system.

When security cameras became popular the first technology was called Analog. These systems worked by using coaxial cable to transmit signals from the camera to a recording device such as a VCR or more relevant a DVR. This technology has worked well for years and is still around today. The benefits of Analog are that its cheaper than most other systems, it is very reliable, and has many options of cameras and DVR’s. Analog is considerably cheaper then and IP or HD-SDI system and still gets the job done. To put in perspective, the difference in cost, if placed side by side a comparable 8ch Analog system and a 8ch HD-SDI system you will spend over 50% less on a Analog system. You won’t get the same picture quality but if you’re looking for a dependable video security system that will provide you a quality picture then this is the best option. The reliability of Analog systems is considerably higher than other systems because of the technology it uses and how it has been perfected for years. They increase in dependability if they are installed correctly and if quality cable was used during the install. The last benefit of Analog camera systems is that they have a wide verity of cameras and DVR combinations to help fit your budget. Cameras can have different technologies that can help with license plate capture or allow you to see at night with a technology called Infrared light and DVR’s can allow you to record at better resolution and faster frame rates. Analog is not the top choice but can give reliability and more options than most other systems out there.

IP stands for “Internet Protocol” which is the next camera system on the list and for most would be the best system for the money. IP camera systems work by using a standard Ethernet cable to connect several cameras together to your LAN “Local Area Network” in your house. What’s nice about IP cameras is that you don’t have to use a recording device on the other end to operate them, they all consist of their own web based program that can be accessed through your computer or a phone for viewing or local camera recording. IP cameras have the most sophisticated technology that gives them ability to achieve these types of operations. If the need to record your footage we sell NVR’s “Network Video Recorders” that allow you to connect up to 128 cameras to a single recorder. It also make it a central viewing station for all of the cameras you set up instead of logging into each individual camera. The cameras themselves can have different types of lenses which gives it the ability to view far away objects without distortion or view a wide shot for more coverage. The best thing about IP camera system is that you can record at a high resolution. In some cases you can record as high as 10 Megapixels! That’s 5x the size as your standard 1080p HD TV. With that picture you can digitally zoom into a video with little to no distortion. There are also other benefits to IP camera systems like POE “Power Over Ethernet” which allows you to use one cable (Ethernet cable) to send power and data to avoid the use of and additional power cable. Doing so can save you time and money for installations and repairs. IP camera systems are becoming more affordable every day and will eventually become the standard in security cameras.

Getting the best shot is what most people are looking for in a security camera system and this can be achieve using the same technology as out predecessor the Analog camera system. HD-CVI can give you the reliability and price of a Analog system but the picture quality of an IP camera system. There are also a lot more benefits to using a HD-CVI camera system for example you can transfer video, audio, and data all through the same coaxial cable. This is something that is possible through IP but new to Analog. This is a benefit because it will save you on wiring and time with configurations on each unit. It also makes it possible to control the OSD functions of the camera at the DVR source. This makes it easier to manage your fixed cameras as well as PTZ’s (Pan Tilt Zoom) The biggest advantage is you can record at 720p resolution ,normally found on a IP camera system, for over half the cost. It is a growing technology but shows its true potential in the field.

Knowing the products and technologies in the security camera industry can give you the upper hand in selling or for personal use. Analog gives you reliability and options all at a reasonable price. IP producing quality picture and on the move to becoming an industry standard. Last but not least HD-CVI which gives you most of the benefits of IP with a similar cost to Analog. Now that its broken down you can digest the information to make the best choice.


How to prevent your DVR from being stolen

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Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

In today’s world, you can’t be too careful. This article will show you how to hide your DVR in order to prevent anyone from stealing it. If your DVR is stolen, your surveillance system is pretty much useless unless you have some sort of backup. There are many different ways to conceal your DVR so that a burglar cannot do any damage to it or steal it in the case of a break in or vandalism. Usually criminals that know they’re being videotaped will try to either destroy the security cameras or destroy the device they’re being recorded on. Make sure you’re ready for it and one step ahead of them so that you can still have your evidence if any of this should occur.

DVR Lockboxes

DVR Lockbox One of the main solutions that most people inquire about is a DVR Lockbox. A lockbox can be any type of enclosure made for a Digital Video Recorder so that someone can’t simply take it and run off with it. It’s also useful for keeping people from being able to shut it off or access the main settings and can even keep people from deleting the footage on the recording device. You must make sure that very few trusted people have access to the keys of the DVR Lockbox so that if any changes need to be done to the device, its being done by someone you know won’t delete important evidence. Many DVRs these days can be accessed remotely so that no one actually has to touch the physical device and the trusted people or person will have a login for the DVR with restrictions on what settings they can access. The Lockbox is also great because it will protect the DVR from any vandalism. My suggestion would be to bolt it down to some beams in the wall to make it much more difficult for anyone to get to it or move it.

Hiding Your DVR

Some people decide that they are not going to spend the extra money to purchase a lockbox. That is not a problem so long as you have a really good spot to hide the DVR so that no one will find it. Some homes or businesses will have a secret location or compartment created by the owner where you can hide the DVR out of sight. A lot of times a burglar won’t have much time to search for a device and will want to get out of the location they are robbing as quickly as possible. Especially if you double up your surveillance system with an alarm. We have heard of many great ideas. Here is a list of a few places that may be a great hiding spot for your security camera recording device:

1. The Ceiling – this can be a drop ceiling, or even an attic. Just be aware of the temperatures because some hot temperatures have the ability of damaging the hard drive in the device.

Hide DVR in Attic

2. In Walls – I have seen some homes which have been modified with false walls, or even a locked safe inside of a wall that can be covered by a picture frame to hide where the device it hidden.

Hide DVR in Wall Unit or Cabinet

3. Hiding your Security DVR in a Closet – Hide the DVR in an uninteresting closet. Sometimes this can mean putting it up on a high shelf in a closet with some clothing or boxes in front of it. Just make sure the wires are hidden as well that are coming into the back of the DVR.

Hide Security DVR In Closet

4. Hiding your DVR in a Basement or Cellar – If you have some sort of underground storage in your building, you can make an area in a basement or cellar that would be perfect for hiding a DVR. Especially if these areas are only used for storage, there will be a lot of stuff in front of the DVR that will hide it such as old boxes.

hide DVR In Basement

5. Cabinets – Some companies manufacture in-wall tilt-out steel cabinets.

In Wall DVR Lock Safe, cabinet, or locker

False or Decoy DVR

One of the best solutions, in my opinion, for hiding the digital video recorder from your surveillance system is to have a decoy or false DVR available to the burglar. Many people are currently upgrading from older analog systems to newer digital IP systems. In turn, you’re left with a DVR that is no longer being used and the first thought that people have is to get rid of it by selling it or giving it away. If you have an extra DVR, set it up in a place that is not hidden, with some wires fully attached. This way if someone breaks into your location, they will take that DVR thinking that they are smart and have stolen all of the evidence when in reality, you have a hidden recording device tucked away in another room or location as mentioned above that no one else has access too. They will quickly leave the location and you’ll still have your evidence to show to the police.

Another solution is to look online and see if you’re able to find a DVR that is no longer functional for one reason or another. You may even be able to go on craigslist or eBay and find a DVR that is really old and no longer being used by someone who would love nothing more than to get rid of it at a really old price. Some devices are even being sold online “for parts”. This means that the DVR is no longer functional and they are only selling it for a user who has the same type of DVR but only needs it to farm out a part of the DVR that may still be of use. This would be a great solution because then you’ll have a cheap secondary recording device that will not be a great loss if stolen.

Lastly, you can have a secondary DVR set up that is actually recording all of the footage from the first DVR. This also works if you have an external drive that you can send all of the data to on a regular basis. This way if the DVR is stolen or damaged, you still have an external hard drive that is storing all of the recordings. The DVR’s do actually have a feature that will allow you to back up the DVR footage through FTP and even externally to another USB hard drive attached to the system. The FTP feature is also a great solution because ultimately, if you had to, you could send back up of the footage to an external server that is stored in another location.


High Resolution Security Cameras

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Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Why Should You Have a Security Camera?

As a business owner there are a lot of challenges that you are going to face along the way. One of the biggest threats that you are going to encounter is that of theft, which is only going to lead to a tarnished reputation and loss of profits to name a few of the damaging effects. When you have a security solution in place you are going to be protected against any potential intruders because they will tend to deter away from your business and go elsewhere. It will also prove to be extremely beneficial for apprehending and prosecuting a criminal in the event that a crime does occur. Through the use of the advanced camera systems and accessories, there have been numerous arrests and successful prosecutions.

When you make the decision to operate a simple retail store you have to be aware of the fact that you may be under watch for a potential theft in the works. This is why a security system is so important to have in your business today. You could be at risk for a substantial amount of income to be lost thanks to the habits of your employees or customers. There is only one way to be able to put an end to this type of problem and that is through a surveillance system. It is imperative to your business to keep your losses at a minimum and this is one of the keys to success as a business owner.


One of the first things that people think about when trying to cut back on the amount of profit loss that they are dealing with is shoplifting. It has been proven time and time again that over ¾ of the profits are going out the door with shoplifting and employee theft. Having an efficient security camera in place is one of the best methods to help prevent this type of problem from happening in the first place. Often times you will find that as soon as the potential thief is aware that they are being watched they run away and don’t attempt to proceed with the shoplifting. If your cameras are hung in the proper places, you are going to find that they are worth well more than what you paid for them, even if they are not on. However, when you have the cameras activated you are going to find that they are the most important tool you can have in your business to prevent any potential losses.

The majority of business owners find that they are safe by just placing a camera on the front door and one on the counter. This will help to prevent any potential problems because the two most important areas in the business are covered. However, there are numerous other places that you will find the cameras will be able to help improve your profit margin. Regardless, you need to have the cash register and entryways covered as a bare minimum for your safety and security.

Having cameras over the cash registers is one of the best ways to prevent the potential for any employees who may get sticky fingers. This is the hub of operations and at some point in time or another this is where all of your money is going to be. This also includes credit card transactions, as well as checks. There is always the small margin of error that can occur from an honest mistake, but it is always better to be safe than it is to be sorry in the end. When you have everything going on in your store all recorded in high definition you will be able to see everything that much clearer and identification will be that much easier. It will also help give you a clearer picture of your employees and their individual performance levels.

Your main goal for having the security camera in place is to prevent employees from being tempted to reaching in and helping High Resolution Security Camerasthemselves to what is not theirs. There are numerous opportunities that are present for employees on a regular basis, so why not do your part to help deter them and save yourself a lot of hassles in the end? It helps to keep your workers honest just because it is there and they are aware that there is someone who is watching them at all times.

It is extremely important to make sure that you have a camera on the entry points at all times. Everyone is going to have to enter and exit at this point, so make sure that you have it monitored and under control to prevent any potential products from leaving without being paid for. This means that if someone is going to attempt to break the law and steal something from you they are going to be caught on camera more than once. It is hard to avoid the camera on multiple occasions, so you will be able to have the peace of mind knowing that you are protected at all times.

Some of the best types of security cameras are the domed ones that you can attach to your ceiling. They will be able to be seen by all who enter your establishment and the 360 degree range will give you the perfect viewing angles at all times. These dome cameras are not going to make your shoppers feel uneasy and only the ones who were trying to shoplift from you in the first place are going to feel uncomfortable with the presence of these cameras in your store. It is not necessary that these cameras are equipped with night vision; however, you do want to make sure that they are capable of handling lighting conditions that may be less than adequate.

If you are not going to be able to get an indoor camera at your location that will provide the optimum viewing for your entrance, you may want to look into one of the bullet cameras to do the job for you. Bullet cameras are also very productive for use in various element conditions for all of your outdoor surveillance needs. Any time you are looking for something to work outside of your business, you need to make sure that you are choosing weatherproof cameras. The weather is extremely unpredictable, so making sure that you are set for anything that may come along is the best option for protecting your establishment. Outdoor cameras are considered valuable for their night vision features, which need to be strong enough to monitor your entire outside area in one swoop. There are a lot of different outdoor cameras that can withstand the weather for you to choose from, so take the time to go through the options for what you are going to need in your home.

Another important element for your security camera is to make sure that it is vandal proof. One of the main details a potential thief is going to think about when they make the decision to rob your establishment is to take out your cameras to avoid being caught on tape. The vandal proof cameras are going to limit the amount of damage the criminal is going to be able to do to them and prevent any disabling of the system. They are able to maintain their viewing angles and deter any of the attempts to disable their system. It doesn’t matter if you have indoor or outdoor cameras because vandal proof cameras are a necessity to be able to maximize the amount of security you are going to have at your business. You may even find that a lot of people will specifically target security cameras as a way to vandalize them. There is no other purpose served other than to get their kicks by disarming the security cameras. Make sure that you are doing your part to protect your store and your financial investment with the new vandal proof cameras on the market.

Any type of camera is going to be great for deterring a criminal, but in reality the key is making sure that they are able to record the activity that is going on. It doesn’t matter how much footage you have, if you are not able to have a storage medium to have the records that you are going to need years later. There are a lot of police investigations that have gone astray because there was no record of the footage being recorded, or the cameras were recording over everything on a daily basis. After 24 hours it is as if nothing ever happened and this can be a huge problem in the event that there was an incident that happened. Make sure that you are purchasing the proper DVR system for your business.

High Resolution Security CamerasYou may not even be thinking about getting a DVR for your security system, but having one installed is just as important to your business as the camera itself. There are a few different types of recording devices and it is up to you to choose the one that is going to be the best for your company. The first option is a true DVR that will allow you to record numerous hours of video footage through multiple cameras at any point in time. The next option is a PC DVR, which is going to come pre-installed with the software that will enable your computer to be a workstation for your security system. It will function almost the same way as that of your DVR; however, you are going to need a PC to make the whole system work together. The last option is Capture Cards, which are a lot smaller and less costly than their counterparts. However, they are a great alterative for a lot of different types of installations.

Once you have all of the aforementioned security measures in place you will begin to notice how much better your inventory control and profit margins will become. Security cameras are one of the best deterrents that can help prevent the worry of theft by retailers around the world. Don’t just sit back and let your money fly out the door when you have the power to take control. Stop the criminals in their tracks with your new security system in place.


Closed Circuit Security Cameras

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

What Is Closed Circuit Television?

Closed Circuit Security CamerasClosed circuit television, or CCTV, is a broad term that describes cameras that send video to a specific monitor or set of monitors,

To give you a better understanding of the definition and name of closed circuit television, you should understand that even movie theatres use a version of closed circuit television. Closed circuit television is simply named such because it is different from broadcast television, which is what you actually watch on television at home — footage that is sent to many televisions instead of a select few. In most cases, when people discuss closed circuit television, they are referring to using a CCTV for security and surveillance purposes, although this is not always the case.

What Is A Closed Circuit Security Camera?

Closed circuit security cameras are quite simply security cameras that are designed and used for video surveillance that is watched over a closed circuit television. Homeowners and business owners can choose to have the footage from their closed circuit security cameras to one monitor or a set of monitors in their office or other location, and with the proper equipment, can even have this footage sent to a PC, laptop or even a smartphone.

There are many different kinds of closed circuit security cameras available on the market today that are used for a wide variety of security uses. From casinos, bars and clubs to convenience stores, retail stores and simple insurance agencies, most businesses realize that closed circuit security cameras and systems are the best choice for security purposes. Many households also make use of CCTV to monitor what happens in their home or yard.

What Kinds of Closed Circuit Security Cameras Are Available for Surveillance?

The first type of closed circuit security footage you may have ever seen was probably shot with an analog security camera. Analog

Closed Circuit Security Cameras

closed circuit security cameras basically take frequent pictures to give a view of what is going on; often four frames per second. Although it seems that four pictures per second would provide an accurate view, analog security cameras often produce blurry an

d grainy pictures. An individual who is walking at a normal pace will often produce a blurry picture simply because of the movement. Analog cameras are still sometimes used for closed circuit security, but they are not the best choice, as it is often difficult to make sense of the footage and distinguish who is doing what.

Digital closed circuit security cameras are much more up-to-date and produce much higher quality footage than analog cameras. Digital security cameras record as digital files that can be viewed on a PC or standalone DVR security system. The footage from digital security cameras is often much clearer than analog cameras, especially with new technology making them even more advanced than before.

Of these cameras, there are many different security cameras with many different features. There are indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, vandal proof cameras, cameras with motion detectors, night vision cameras that record in full color and even infrared cameras that can detect heat. In many situations, a simple combination of a few of these different types of security cameras can offer the clearest picture of their surroundings and be the most effective in the security of your home or business.

How Do I View My Security Camera Surveillance Footage?

The footage recorded by your closed circuit security cameras obviously has to be viewed somewhere. Older security systems record
on VHS tapes to be viewed on a VCR, but VCR tapes often run out of tape at inappropriate moments, can easily be ruined when tapes get “eaten” by the VCR, and VCR tapes are simply not as clear as the DVD-quality picture that some security cameras can take. For digital footage, there are two main options for viewing and surveillance; there are PC-based and standalone units available for viewing this important footage.

PC-based systems allow you to watch your security camera surveillance footage from your computer. They use your hard drive to store all of your data. For smaller units, such as for a home or a small business, PC-based closed circuit security systems are often sufficient. For larger residences or businesses, a standalone DVR unit is usually a better choice.

A DVR, or digital video recorder, is basically a small computer in itself. It is a standalone unit that hooks up to a monitor and allows you to watch your security camera footage. You can rewind, fast forward and pause your footage at your discretion. Different digital video recorders are required for different sized closed circuit security systems. If you install additional cameras, your home or company may outgrow your original DVR unit.

Who Should Install Closed Circuit Security Cameras In Their Home or Business?

Every home, business and parking lot should have closed circuit security camera surveillance. Security cameras and related systems are more affordable now than they have ever been, and there are security camera options that fit any situation and any budget. There is simply no excuse to avoid taking necessary safety and security precautions; there is just too much crime and violence going on in this world to take an unnecessary chance at home or at the office without proper security camera surveillance.

When you are protecting your home, you are protecting the dearest and most important thing in your life: your family. You are also protecting all of your most treasured and personal belongings, as well as your home and vehicle, which are probably some of the most expensive investments that you have. You should never put your home and your family at risk because of the lack of a proper security system, since there are so many options available for you.

Businesses and parking lots require an even more extensive security camera surveillance system. Every inch of a retail store or company parking lot should be viewable through a security surveillance camera to optimize safety and security. Businesses who have adequate closed circuit security camera systems often see a decrease in theft, vandalism and other crime. They also have video evidence in the event that a crime or tragedy does take place.

How Much Do Closed Circuit Security Camera Systems Cost?

Closed Circuit Security CamerasIt is difficult to give a rough estimate on the cost of equipment and installation for a closed circuit security camera and compatible equipment. There are many factors that play into the cost and complexity of installing a closed circuit security camera system.

Even if you are unable to get a ballpark budget for your future security camera system, don’t dispair. Although in past years closed circuit security camera systems were a luxury for most homeowners and small business owners, the purchase and installation of this lifesaving equipment has dropped drastically. For small residential situations, small stores and other small businesses, the cost is usually minimal, and the benefits of your safety and security easily outweigh any costs.

Even for large retail and corporate scenarios, people are often pleasantly surprised at just how inexpensively they can purchase this peace of mind. In some situations, installing closed circuit security camera systems can be filed as a business-related expense, which could earn you a deduction on your taxes at the end of the year. Also be sure to alert your insurance company of your new installation, as they may be able to offer you a cheaper rate or a discount because of it.

How Can I Get The Best Results From My Closed Circuit Security Camera System?

Reading articles on closed circuit security cameras and their related systems is often helpful when choosing, installing and maintaining a security system. These articles can often give you tips and tricks for effective usage of security cameras that you may have never even thought about.

Some basic tips for home and business owners who want their own closed circuit security camera system:

1. Purchase the proper equipment the first time around. Although for most residential and small business cases, you won’t need the most expensive or extensive security system. However, skimping on the important things, such as purchasing the wrong security cameras for your needs or not installing enough to provide adequate surveillance are common mistakes.

2. Always keep your security camera system in good condition. If a small problem arises, be sure to resolve the issue immediately. You don’t want a robbery or other crime to occur on the one night that your security cameras were down, do you? Never turn off or unplug your security system, even if you feel secure.

3. Follow manufacturer’s instructions when it comes to the care and maintenance of your closed circuit security camera system.

4. Use other safety precautions to get the maximum effect of your closed circuit security camera system. Posting signs around your property alerting potential thieves of your security cameras and system can often be enough to deter most pesky or dangerous criminals. Always have proper lighting outdoors, to allow a clearer view of your video surveillance and to give wrongdoers less places to hide on your property.


Office Security Cameras

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Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Office Security CamerasDo you need an office security camera? These cameras can greatly enhance the security of any office. Do you fear who may be entering the office complex without your permission? Do you need to restrict the access of certain rooms within the building? Do you need to know when deliveries are made to the business even when you are not there? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you may have questions about what type of security camera is the right one for your office.
Office Box Security Cameras

The most popular office security camera is the box security cameras. These box security cameras are inexpensive to purchase, inexpensive to install and relatively easy to operate. The office owner will need to determine the correct lens for each camera. For example, these cameras can be installed with infrared lenses to take photos in low light conditions. These cameras are limited in that they will only take photos in one direction. It may take several cameras to cover an entire building or even just one room. The box office security camera can be connected to a computer for monitoring. The box security camera is not waterproof, but can be installed inside waterproof housing. It is important to look for a box camera with large frames per second rate. Currently the largest frame per second rate is 30. A great additional factor is to buy a box security camera with a built-in SD card. This will provide backup should your network fail. The office owner will also need to consider the available bandwidth required by more than one box camera. Look for a box security camera with 5 megapixels to deliver the most clarity. The higher the megapixels the lower the frame per second rate will be. Box security cameras are among the largest cameras on the market today. Their size may deter some thieves.

Office Dome Security Cameras

Another popular option for office security cameras are dome cameras. These dome cameras are available for purchase in various colors to match the décor of the office. Office owners who need cameras outside can purchase waterproof models. Office dome cameras are available with interchangeable lenses so that they can be used in different circumstances. Like the box camera, when purchasing an office security dome camera consider buying a camera with a SD card. This will provide additional evidence should the authorities request it. Also look for a high frame per second rate and a camera with at least 5 megapixels. Make sure that you have the funds available for the higher amount of bandwidth required by multiple cameras. Since these cameras are circles, it is impossible for those in an area protected by a dome camera to tell exactly where the photos are being taken. The most popular of these dome cameras feature a frame per second rate near 30. Dome cameras often look better than box cameras in high end offices.

Office Bullet Cameras

Some offices prefer the bullet cameras. These cameras are available in large or small sizes. Since these cameras are waterproof, they make an outstanding option if installed to protect the outside of an office building. Like dome cameras, these cameras feature interchangeable lenses. Make sure to purchase the right lens to use in the particular circumstances. For example, if you have a room that is kept dark most of the time, the right lens would be an infrared lens since it can operate with limited light. On the other hand, if you will be installing the office bullet camera in bright sunshine, you may want to consider a lens with a special coating that helps to take great photos in these conditions. Understanding the differences in lenses will assure your maximum satisfaction.

Office Spy Cameras

Some offices prefer to use spy cameras. These spy cameras can be placed throughout the office and are disguised to look like normal office items. One popular option for many offices is clock spy cameras. Make sure that these cameras operate silently. Spy camera pens are a great option for employees that carry supplies outside the office are spy pens. It is vital to buy a spy camera that will work with the available light. Many thieves are very aware of the sound these cameras make so make sure that you buy a camera that operates silently.

Office PTZ Cameras

The last option is the most popular with most office owners. The pan, tilt and zoom spy camera provides many alternatives to the office Office Security Camerasowner looking for the most for their money. These cameras can be operated remotely to take the best photos. For example, the camera can be placed outside a door and operated remotely to pan an entire hallway. These cameras can also be tilted to see items at different heights. They can be tilted up to clearly see a person’s face. They can also be tilted down to see a package that has been left in front of a door. These cameras can also be used to zoom into a situation to see the details more clearly. However, office owners need to realize that the pan, tilt and zoom camera requires 24 hour a day, seven days a week to be the most effective. These cameras require the most elaborate wiring of any security camera. They also require the most power.

Major Factors to be Considered


When looking to purchase an office security camera, there are several factors that apply to all security cameras. Remember that each camera will require software to operate. The software needs to be integrated with other software already in use in the office. Some cameras operate on Mac systems, while others do not. Be careful and buy a camera that will operate on the current system.


Security cameras require electricity to operate. Think about how you will integrate the security system into the existing power grid. It may be necessary to hire an electrician to revamp the electrical system with new plugs. Make sure to meet city and state codes when making these changes.


Cameras are available in different colors. Buy a color that will match the décor of your office. Also the power cords and cables come in different colors. Again, purchase a system that will integrate with your existing décor. Some office owners prefer to make the cameras stand out as a deterrent to crime. This is a personal decision that must be weighed carefully.


Security cameras are only as good as the people monitoring them. Make sure that you assign specific people the responsibility to monitor the cameras. Develop a contract that spells out exactly what you expect of your monitoring people to avoid any misunderstandings. Some offices prefer to hire a professional company to monitor the cameras.


Security cameras will only catch the crime if the action is caught on the lens. Therefore, it is important to consider what type of camera and lens is right in each circumstance. Most security cameras will only cover 25 percent of a room. Those that cover a whole room often have very distorted photos with minimal detail. Different cameras require different lenses. Make sure to buy a lens that is ideal for the circumstances you intend to install the office security camera in.

Frame Rate

Security cameras come with different frame rates. Buying the largest frame rate available enables a great fluid picture that is easy to watch. Buy a camera that allows the user to install an SD card. It is a great backup should the electricity fail. Consider the available frame rate for the entire system. It may be necessary to install new computers to monitor your office security cameras successfully.


The larger the megapixels available are on the office security camera, the larger the photo can be enlarged. This will allow more details to be seen. Lower megapixels cameras often have trouble, known as noise, when the photo is enlarged. The ability to enlarge the photo will assist the authorities and you in seeing details that might otherwise be missed.

Television Line

Analog office security cameras will have a television line number. This number needs to be near 700. The larger the number the crisper the photo will be. Crisp photos enable the viewer to see the details clearly. A lower number may make it impossible to tell who is standing at the door or details about the package that has just been left.

The security of an office often depends on the use of great security cameras. They are an important part of any office security system. First, choose the right type of security camera for your office by choosing the right television line, megapixels and frame rate. The safety of all people who work in the office may depend on your security system. The property may depend on the quality of your security cameras. Make an informed decision now before it is too late. You may never have another chance.