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Gas Station Surveillance

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Thursday, August 28th, 2014

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Most of the time gas stations are never a fun place to go. You are spending way too much money to fill your tank and you might get aggravated because the person in front of you can’t pull up to the first pump to allow you to get gas as well. I mean the list goes on and on, there’s a million reasons why people want to avoid the gas station. Theft and robbery is probably number one on this list, well maybe number two because the price of gas is insane! Gas station surveillance is very important for the safety of customers and employees.

Jumping right into this lets be clear. You will never be able to effectively prevent gas station robberies, or any robbery for that matter. However, you could definitely catch the criminals in the act and help the authorities bring them to justice. Who knows? Maybe even some of them will see the cameras and be deterred. Most thieves are not even paying attention when it comes to looking for cameras. Generally a gas station robbery will not be a well thought out process, more times than not it will be spur of the moment, and in cases like that mistakes are made and can easily be caught on camera.

While cameras are a great idea for gas station owners, they may not be the only thing necessary for the safety of their employees. Go ahead and take it one step further and look into some access control, because door locks can only do so much. Have you ever been to a gas station after midnight? 9 times out of 10 the doors will be locked and you are forced to use a window and the clerk gets what you need from inside for you. This is done this way for their safety, but think how easy it would be to break that door down and get inside if you were determined. Why not go that extra mile to ensure the safety of your employee and get some mag locks (magnetic locks) put on that door with a “push to exit” button on the inside and an access card reader on the outside. This way nobody is getting through that door unless they have access or they cut the power. This is where the whole thing about gas station robberies not being a well thought out process plays a roll. No person robbing a gas station is going to cut the power, they most likely have not thought it through that far. Now you may say, well what if they destroy the card reader? The card reader is not what is holding those doors closed, the mag locks on the inside are doing that job. Now our mag locks here at can withstand anywhere from 600 to 1500 pounds of pressure (depending in which mag lock you purchase).

Back to cameras. A TP-LP700W would be ideal for a gas station, mounted somewhere looking towards the parking areas. The TP-LP700 is our version of a license plate camera. When people hear license plate camera the first thing that pops into their head is the red light cameras, well this camera works a little different. This camera does not take quick snapshots, it records to the DVR like any other analog camera. This camera is known for its clear view and good-quality shots on the license plates. After that, any camera would suffice for surveilling your gas station, depending on how clear you want your recordings to be. For high definition recording you could go with an IP system, more expensive but well worth the money in video quality. Also, for the budget conscience, you can get megapixel quality with an HDCVI System. HDCVI is a relatively new product that allows megapixel quality video over coaxial cable. This would be the ideal system for a gas station owner trying to prevent robbery.

At the end of the day no matter what system you decide to go with, a security system is a no-brainer in your station. Even if you just posted signs stating CCTV is in use at this location, or installed a few dummy cameras, which is never the best idea, the culprit of the yet to be committed crime may be deterred. Now, since the topic of dummy cameras is out there, let me explain why that is not the best idea. Yes, there is a good chance if they see them they will be deterred. However, there is a great chance it may not work due to they don’t see them or just plain old don’t care. When it fails to deter someone and they continue to rob your store and possibly harm your employees and customers, you have absolutely zero footage to give the authorities an upper hand. So to ensure this doesn’t happen I would persuade you away from the dummy camera idea, don’t do this halfway its not worth the risk. Don’t learn that the hard way!

All this being said, don’t waste another second, go to or give us a call at 866.573.8878. We have an expert sales team waiting for your call to assist you with any questions/concerns you may have about purchasing a system. Also, don’t forget once you have purchased the system if there are any problems or simple misunderstandings with the system you can call our technical support team free of charge. The last thing you want is for an employee to be put into harms way along with your store being robbed and have absolutely no preventative measures in place. There is no way you can go wrong with a simple mag lock, card reader, and push to exit button set up to ensure your employees safety after normal business hours. Now add a couple of security cameras to the equation and throw in a DVR or NVR and you are all set. As I said before you will never be able to 100% effectively prevent crime, but with a system from us here at you will be well on your way to managing the outcome.


Grocery Store Dome Cameras

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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Grocery Store Dome Cameras like PTZ Cameras from Security Camera King.Grocery store dome cameras can prove to be one of the most valuable and yet least costly methods for providing your grocery store, or any other business, with the security you need.  The grocery store dome cameras are so versatile that there almost is a camera to accommodate almost every situation.

Crime in southern Florida, as in many places, has always been a concern. Especially in retail grocery stores.  One of the biggest detriments to a grocery store’s profits lends itself to shoplifting.

Regardless of the location of your grocery store, a system that uses grocery store dome cameras can provide you with live monitoring 24/7 and recording as well.  In addition, dome cameras are the least obtrusive camera of the three types, box, bullet, and dome and can be purchased with a variety of extra features.

A typical business security camera system consists of cameras, a processor, a monitor, and a digital video recorder or DVR.  The cameras create the digital signal that the processor analyzes and turns into a digital file.  It can be seen in real-time on a monitor and also stored on a DVR for later use.

There are several different types of grocery store dome cameras with many options to suit your special needs if necessary.  Indoor cameras can be purchased in a variety of sizes and styles including grocery store dome cameras that can even be disguised or hidden.  Dome cameras may be indoor or outdoor or rated for both indoor/outdoor use.  Outdoor cameras are just like indoor cameras however, they are enclosed within a protective case that is sealed so well that it prevents the entry of dust, rain, and other natural elements.

Outdoor cameras are often rated as to the degree of protection they offer based on the International Electrical Code standard known as an IP code or IP rating.  The IP is an abbreviation for Ingress Protection.  Most outdoor cameras are rated IP66 or IP67.  Both ratings indicate that the camera is absolutely protected from dust particles and IP66 means it can withstand water sprayed from powerful jets while IP67 means the camera could be submerged in water up to 1 meter deep and still operate.

Both indoor and outdoor grocery store dome cameras can be wireless.  They utilize either the 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz radio bands to transmit their video image information to a receiver.  The receiver then transfers the signal to the processor.

Grocery store dome cameras are digital video cameras that can create high quality color video.  Some cameras called day/night vision cameras can produce a video image with very little available light.  There are also night vision cameras that can produce a high quality color video when there is the smallest amount of available visible light and infrared cameras that can be used on total darkness to produce high quality monochromatic or black and white video.

Monitors purchased with a business security camera system permit live viewing of the camera’s field of view.  This is very useful if the cameras are placed in one location but need to be monitored by someone in another location.  In addition, cameras can be purchased that are IP or Internet Protocol ready.  These cameras use the internet to transmit their video so anywhere the internet is available these cameras can be monitored too.

The number of grocery store dome cameras you’ll need depends on the size of your store and how or what you want monitored.  Be sure to use a high quality DVR to record the images so if you ever need to copy a segment of footage it will be of superior quality.  (There are several reasons for needing to copy video but the ones that first come to mind are:  1. To give to police to identify the shoplifter and verify your accusation; 2. To provide other employees that may need a copy of the footage; and, 3. To provide insurance companies with copies.

The versatility of a business security system will allow you to use it almost anywhere in your business setting.  Place grocery store dome cameras so they are able to cover each aisle with the DVR set up in your office.  Consider using enough cameras to cover each checkout clerk.  A camera in the parking lot is also helpful.

If you have any questions about grocery store dome cameras contact one of Security Camera King‘s security specialist on line or by telephone.  We love to help!