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Privacy Versus Security Camera Systems

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Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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When it comes to dealing with surveillance and security cameras, many people are concerned about their privacy. Many schools have been installing cameras to makes sure that the students are safe. They want to be able to keep tabs on all the students and anyone else who may be entering or leaving the school property. Business put up cameras to stop people from stealing from stores and even to help prevent employee theft. Some people even protect their homes with surveillance systems. Regardless of how many positives there may be about having these cameras up, there will always be some people who feel that it’s an invasion of their privacy.

Camera systems may end up costing a lot of money. Some of the higher end IP camera systems can cost well over $1000 for homes or small businesses. Larger businesses and schools sometimes need systems that can cost all the way up in the $100,000’s. It may not feel great having to spend that kind of money on a system, but having the peace of mind that it’s helping deter crime is priceless. Having cameras up can definitely make people think twice before committing a crime.

Even with these benefits, installing surveillance cameras can become highly controversial. There have been many protests as well as legal action surrounding the installation of cameras in places like schools all over the world, and there are definitely many things for schools to think about before installing their systems.

One of the important things for school s to figure out is what do they want to accomplish with their camera system installation. Are they trying to scare students into behaving well? Are they trying to capture every little student infraction?

These are important questions that many parents want answered. The ACLU has even provided some evidence to students to show that studies have proven cameras don’t prevent crime. Students were supposed to feel safe with camera installations but have admitted to feeling like they’re being watched instead. They have found that a lot of thefts and infractions may occur inside of locker rooms or in areas where students aren’t being watched such as the bathrooms. Cameras are not allowed to be installed in those areas so one of the questions asked to administrators was who would they be interrogating if a student did something wrong, but there were many students in the locker room at the time. Would they interview every student who walked out of the locker room? One of the administrators responded with, “We know who the bad kids are” but with that type of argument, why would they need cameras to prove anything then.

Personally, I feel that you can at least know which students were there during or after the incident even though you may not be able to see it take place. There are times where a student may deny being in that location at the time of the incident and at least with camera systems to show them in the area, they can prove that the student was lying. I have seen many cases where people will lie about an incident until they hear that it was caught on camera. Even though this works for certain instances, there are others that still make parents weary about having surveillance cameras installed in the schools that their children attend.

Another problem that worries some parents is whether or not the cost of these systems are going to take away from money that is supposed to go towards the educational materials that schools need to purchase. What they don’t usually understand is that a lot of schools have separate funds which are used for things like surveillance cameras than are used for educational materials needed.

Cameras can be great tools but only if used sensibly. If a school administrator decides that he wants to install cameras in the school, the best option would be to involve the parents and the students in order to avoid any issues.

In 2007 there was an administrator at Newton South High School who decided to install some cameras outside of the locker room without letting anyone else know and when people began to find out about them, it cause a huge problem with the faculty, students, and parents. Being up front and honest about where cameras are being installed and why will go a long way and can help avoid any of these controversial issues.

In 2003 there were girls who found out they were being video taped while in their underwear inside the Livinston Middle School, Tennessee, locker rooms because of cameras that had been installed in there. It turned into a huge scandal and 24 students ended up going to court against the school which ultimate ended in a ruling that cameras are no longer allowed to be installed within the locker rooms of schools.

There is definitely a huge benefit in having open communication about having cameras. There are a lot of administrators that deal with parents who are completely anti-surveillance equipment and others who feel that cameras are the solution to all the issues. I feel that neither of them are right because there is a happy medium. Also, well-trained staff and security teams are a bigger help in preventing incidents from occurring.

Having systems in public places can make people feel like they’re not being trusted. It creates that certain time of atmosphere where people feel like they’re constantly being watched because the powers that be don’t feel they should be trusted to do the right thing.

Others feel like having cameras as a temporary solution is better. There was a school where students were tying chains to the doors and running them back to their jeeps, then ripping the doors off the building. The felt the need to install cameras just until they could find out who was doing this and as a result they ended up finding that vandalism at the school went down by about 95%.

At the end of the day, students don’t lose all of their rights as soon as they enter those school doors. The best solution is to really think about the situation and come up with many different solutions to solving the problem in order to avoid unnecessary lawsuits or controversy.


Farm Surveillance – Installing a Security System on your Farm or Ranch

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Friday, March 28th, 2014


Farm Surveillance is important to every farm owner. One example is imagine it is night and you hear a persistent crying from your cow that is pregnant. You hurry and get on your feet, you pluck the soiled straw from your hair and look around anxiously. Has she decided to give birth tonight after all? You wonder if she is going into labor after all, as she has been showing signs of going into labor and it has been quite a while since she started showing these signs. It is a cold night and you have to endure the face-biting cold air. Weary from a sleepless night in your barn, you wait with grim determination for heavy labor to begin.

How many of us have spent so much time in our birthing stalls waiting for the moment?  I distinctly remember many such cold nights, sleeping near the cow that was showing signs, waking up at every sound she made and often checking her to make sure she was OK. Exhausted and shivering, I would look into the eyes of my frightened cow and wonder, “Isn’t there an easier way?”  Thankfully, there is.

It is as simple as adding a Surveillance System in your barn, so that you can keep an eye on your animals from the warm comfort of your home, instead of having to sleep on the floor next to your animals. This system can also be used to prevent any theft in your property for your equipment as well as your family. The security cameras can be set up to monitor your barn, feeding stations, birthing stalls, workshop, milking facilities, equipment, driveway, and home, to name a few.  These camera systems provide economical, cost-effective solutions and have literally hundreds of applications.  I tend to be frugal and thrifty when it comes to farming, but I judge a surveillance camera system to be a worthy investment for any rancher, worth every penny.


What you should be looking for

Predictably, there are a vast quantity of different types and models of surveillance camera systems.  Some are expensive while some are very affordable. Some have a few basic features; others are more complex. It makes you think, “What kind of features do I want for my surveillance system?” Each ranch or farm has its own unique needs and therefore it would be impossible to make such broad generalizations. Even so, I have narrowed down some variables to what I think are the most important features for any farming operation. While in other projects the cameras do not need to be waterproof, when it comes to farming you need weatherproof cameras as they are exposed to the elements it is essential to have a weatherproof system. A surveillance camera can take on several different shapes, and some are mounted on walls, while others to the ceiling or roof.

Usually, basic video surveillance systems feature one camera that you would monitor via a computer. One of my favorite features that I have come across is a DVR that would let you view the live feed as well as go back into the footage for review either by utilizing a CMS or a smartphone application. Personally, I consider camera systems that allow you to view multiple locations at once to be the most effective. The quality of the video footage is very important. Most of the cameras that are high resolution come with infrared LED’s allowing you to view at low light situations and at night. Most Surveillance Systems are Wired, utilizing Siamese cable and BNC connections while others like IP systems utilize PoE (Power over Ethernet) with a Cat5e Cable and RJ45 connectors. These cameras also have the ability to have motion sensing, letting you add the cameras to your existing Alarm System. All of these features are great when trying to keep intruders away, protecting your livestock and equipment. Additionally you can set your DVR to send you alerts via e-mail. If you have the TechproSS Plus App you can set the app to send you notifications when the camera senses movement. With a Surveillance System in your Farm or Ranch you will have the ability to view your Property without having to leave the warm cozy bed and if there is ever an intruder it will let you see their position and give you time to react efficiently.

You can also view your property from anywhere in the world as long as you have your system connected to your network and it has Internet connection via your Internet Service Provider. This is possible for the simple fact that most camera systems DVRs are stand-alone units running a Linux OS that will allow the cameras to be networked. In the IP realm the cameras themselves serve as their own self sustained unit. The only reason you would have a Network Video Recorder (NVR) is when you want to record the camera feeds. The IP cameras will encode all the data and some also allow a microphone connection to the camera. In the Digital Video Recorders (DVR) you would need to add a microphone and send the line back to the DVR from the microphone’s location.

There are new technologies that have arrived recently to the United States that make it affordable to have High Definition cameras. HDCVI is that technology and has this technology. HDCVI is cheaper than HD-SDI and IP, cables can be run longer than before at almost 5 times the distance. You can read more about this exciting new HDCVI technology here.

Of course there are numerous other features available and I couldn’t possibly list them all, but these are a few ideas to get you started.


Preventing Theft

With the widespread of unemployment, theft is spreading at a fast rate and mainly thieves are not waiting for night time. They are doing it at broad daylight when there is no one on the property, and there has recently been a dramatic increase of agricultural equipment and livestock stolen. With a fragile economic situation and with robbery festering in our country, purchasing a farm surveillance camera system becomes even more necessary. Although you may focus on outside thieves, sometimes your employees are the ones committing the crime especially if you have a large farming operation.

While each operation is unique in every way, a Surveillance System becomes an important investment that has large benefits to make a difference. Fortunately, there are numerous options and features available at affordable prices. This technology could and will make all the difference in how you farm. No more restless nights sleeping with your live stock. No more anxiety over stolen equipment or livestock.  No more wondering if your employees are doing their jobs or stealing from you.  With countless applications and positive results, these camera systems are paving the way to better security, stress-free farming, and safer lives. Next time you have some time come and visit or give us a call toll free at 866-573-8878.



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.


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.


Security Cameras For Business

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Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

Having security cameras for business today is commonplace. In fact, it is a matter of economics. Insurance premiums may very well be cost prohibited without a security system. However, businesses should not become complacent. Owners should routinely evaluate their current systems placing emphasis on new camera technology. Once it becomes apparent that a company is maintaining the status quo, criminals will begin to go to work.

security-cameras-for-businessCompanies have a profit and loss computation, and product shrinkage is always calculated in the figures. They know from experience they will lose a certain amount of product through theft. In many cases, the employees make off with the company’s inventory. Manufacturers as a rule do not have customers shopping a sales floor. Retail businesses benefit greatly from security cameras. In some cases, thefts from the sales floor can be identified immediately through real time monitoring.

Types of Security Cameras for Business

§ Motion Activated Fixed Hardwired Cameras
§ Wireless Motion Activated Using Wi-Fi Technology
§ Cameras With Night Vision Technology
§ Fixed Cameras With A Dedicated Viewing Angle
§ Cameras With Zoom Lenses That Can Be Remotely Operated
§ Closed Circuit Television or CCTV Systems For Placement In Areas Hazardous To Humans
§ Networked Video Recorders

Many systems today can be networked so any number of users can remotely view multiple cameras at once. They can also view any recorded images from computers and cellular phones. Typically there will be a need for cameras that pan, are motion activated, can view in low light and have zoom capabilities. Businesses may need a dedicated server for enhanced security. The server can be used to connect employees to the system without fear of hacking. The Wi-Fi connections should also have enhanced security measures in place as well. Learn how to protect the signal from jamming and intrusion, as well.

Sometimes you have To Reevaluate Your Thinking and Methods When it comes to Security

Security cameras for business if properly placed and maintained will reduce customer and employee theft. Additionally, operations such as impound yards and warehouses are targeted simply because of their inventory. Having a quality system in place can capture images that can be used for identification. Location of the cameras is crucial to any security system.

Criminal organizations for the most part will study an operation before striking. They count the cameras and note the field of view. They then look for weak spots and dead areas. They time how long a camera will pan in one direction and so forth. Well-designed systems have fixed cameras in place that cover the dead areas. The camera is usually placed on the opposite side facing the camera that pans. Security personnel may need to re-think camera placement, in some cases.

Having cameras covering the doors and windows is common sense. Criminals naturally assume this is the case. The roof must be covered, as well as, the parking lot. Cameras should be concealed to capture license plate numbers as vehicles drive up to the facility. The location of the cameras would be determined by the geographical layout of the installation. Specialized cameras similar to ones used at fuel pumps and tollbooths are ideal.

Have Decoy Cameras That Operate and Are Highly Visible

The security cameras for business that are concealed should be move at random intervals. This creates a situation where the criminal thinks they have figured out the system when in fact they have not. They have focused on the visible cameras, without realizing covert surveillance is taking place. This technique also works well to defeat employees that think they have the system beat.

You may be The Only One that does not realize You Have Established a Routine

Never allow the system or security personnel to establish a routine. Once a pattern emerges any system or individual can be circumvented. However, randomness cannot be predicted nor defeated. Security managers must be adept at concealing cameras and not broadcasting their intentions. Many times inexperienced people convince themselves that, they must do it the same way each time. They fear that by not doing this they will overlook something. The opposite is true, because the intruder will know with certainty where you are as they break in.

Create Uncertainty Which Will Lead to Inaction by Others

The same holds true for security cameras for business, make the system random or at least make it appear so. Have the security personnel routinely inspect the systems and relocate cameras. This takes the certainty away from anyone that may be studying the operation.

There is the ideal Situation and there is Reality

Security cameras for business can be wireless, hardwired or a combination. Several factors must be taken into account. Will there be guards there to monitor the system? The ideal situation for any business is to have control room. The closed circuit television or CCTV system will receive the images and recordings from all cameras. The room will be staffed with personnel that can respond to any intrusion. However, many times the situation is less than ideal.

The reality many times is lack of staffing and equipment. However, having the right system in place can reduce employee hours. Wireless cameras allow more flexibility. They can be moved to concentrate on a particular area for short periods. This introduces the random factor, which is essential. They use Wi-Fi technology that allows off site monitoring by security staff with a computer or cellular phone.

Personnel can be on call to monitor the system from their homes. Once an intrusion is detected, they can summon police. The cameras can capture and record images to their own memory cards or use the computer’s memory system. The wireless cameras can be located in and around the facility with greater ease.

You never need A Backup System Unless You Do Not Have One

Wireless systems can be bypassed, just like a hardwired one, with the right technology. They operate on dedicated frequencies. There is technology that will jam certain frequencies, but it is sophisticated and costly. However, any system can falter or fail at any time. Having both, systems installed gives greater assurances.

Traditional systems are mounted on the building inside and out. They cover the obvious areas and do a fine job for the most part. Motion sensitive security cameras for business can be used in supply rooms, walk in coolers and warehouse floors after hours. Motion activated cameras in high traffic areas can be predicted however. This happens because they are in constant motion and a pattern can be established. Allowing patterns to emerge is an open invitation to criminals.

Forget the Current Normal and establish a new Normal

You may have noticed businesses such as warehouses and factories have their fixed cameras facing out from the building. A good security practice is to face cameras toward the building, as well. The outward facing cameras are typically mounted high to prevent someone from disabling them. This is a good practice but it can limit the field of view. The solution is to mount concealed cameras facing the opposite direction to provide more coverage area.

What Do Security Cameras for Business Actually Accomplish

Everyone is accustomed to cameras they see them yet they do not. They know that malls and retail stores have them everywhere. Many establishments post decals stating that the premises are under video surveillance. This keeps honest people honest. The fact that everyone thinks a camera is present stops crimes of opportunity. Someone that spots a purse in an unattended shopping cart thinks twice about grabbing it. Professionals however, look beyond the obvious. To serious minded criminals cameras are just another obstacle that must be defeated. Businesses are a party to their own defeat at times. They rely on decals and on the fact that everyone assumes cameras are present.

Professional security specialists analyze the situation from the other side. They conduct training to probe the systems for weakness and failures. Many will often times attempt to enter undetected to test the efficiency of the cameras.

Security cameras for business provide evidence for law enforcement. They are a deterrent and do help prevent a crime from ever happening. Many industries deal in costly materials. The raw product is valuable, as well as, the finished product. They are a target around the clock. Placing a few cameras on the building and in work areas is simply not enough.

The entire facility must have overlapping coverage. It must be evident that security is a top priority, and any attempts to break in would be futile. This is similar to showing overwhelming force. It simply makes the opposing side back down. However, it cannot be a bluff or bluster. It would not take long before someone realizes it is all a front. Many smaller operations can get away with using decoys and misdirection, others cannot.

Know What You Want From Your Security Cameras

High profile targets cannot just use security cameras to catch intruders after the fact. The systems must be used to detect them before they make off with anything. Motion activated cameras with high resolution and night vision capabilities must be out in front. This is the first line of defense. Someone that triggers a motion camera at the outer perimeter can be tracked and evaluated. At this point, other cameras are recording and the staff can either identify the risk or disregard.

Security cameras for business must be of high quality. The facial images must be good enough to provide positive identification. Vehicle license plates must be easily read, as well as, the color and model. There cannot be any dead spots. All of the intruder’s actions must be recorded as soon as they trip the motion-activated cameras.

It Never Hurts To Look behind You Once In Awhile

People naturally assume any encounter will be from the front. Individuals are accustomed to thinking about what is beyond the next curve. Forward thinking is taught in many business schools. This works fine if everyone had the same lessons and adhered to customs and standards. The world of security is not as clearly defined.

Professional criminals draw a circle around a target. There is not a front or back. There are simply entry points because of weaknesses in the system. Security is 360 degrees. It is not just windows and doors. It is the roof, floors and walls, as well. Security cameras for business should encompass all these areas. They act as a deterrent, they gather evidence and they alert you to intrusions as they happen. Think about your system and evaluate what it actually does. Is it designed to act as a deterrent? Will it gather evidence that can be used? Does it alert the security personnel to an intrusion as it is happening?

Security cameras for business should do all of these things. The security of any business is ongoing. The job is never finished. Evaluations should be conducted at random and often. Keep up with technology and learn to think outside the box. You can assume the ones that target you are doing these things. Do not become so used to seeing a camera that it becomes invisible. Know the limits of your system, and always think about what can be done to improve upon it.