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What To Consider When Purchasing A Security System

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Friday, April 26th, 2013

What To Consider When Purchasing A Security System Purchasing a new security system can be confusing. That’s because there are so many systems on the market that it is hard to decide which one you need. The first step is to determine what you want to accomplish in your security plan. Do you want to protect just the inside of your home or do you want to include the outside? This will help you determine how large of a security system you need. Choose a complete security system that includes everything you need to install the system. You have to figure out what type of security camera you want.

There are a variety of security cameras available. You can choose wired or wireless camera systems. The wireless camera systems are the easiest to install. Determine where you will place your cameras in your home. You will want to install enough cameras to cover the inside of your home. If you have decided to add cameras to the outdoor areas of your home, then you will need a different type of camera. Outdoor cameras are built to withstand extreme weather conditions whether it is rain, wind or hail. Once you have all of your cameras mounted, you will need to test your video quality.

The quality of the camera you buy will also affect the images. The higher the costs of the security system, the clearer the images. Consider buying other security equipment to work with your cameras such as window and door sensors. These sensors will trip an alarm if someone tries to enter your home through these areas. You can also buy security devices that will turn on and off your lights, television and other electronics. This is helpful to use when you are away from home for an extended amount of time. Security systems work together to keep your home safe from intruders. Security cameras are available with audible sounds that can be recorded.

Determine if you need that kind of camera. If not, then test your security equipment and make sure everything works properly. The door and window sensors are easy to install. The next decision you need to make is whether or not you want a professional company to monitor your system. You probably will not be able to watch the video feed from your home while you are at work. You can find a security company that will monitor your home for a small monthly fee. These companies will send you a text or give you a call if the alarm is tripped.

You have to give the alarm company a secret code that you set up in the beginning. If you don’t give them the proper code, then they will call the local law enforcement office. Make sure you don’t have too many false alarms. Many counties and cities across the nation charge a fee for false alarms. It is frustrating for law enforcement officers to respond to a false alarm when there may be someone else in need of their services. To find an alarm company in your area, you can search online. Enter the name of the company in your search engine to check for complaints against the company. You don’t want to sign a long contract with an alarm company who provides poor customer service.

Take advantage of seasonal sales and promotions. Most alarm companies have times of the year when they discount their services. These promotions can include free installation and free monitoring for the first month. That’s not always the case, but if you spend the time researching the alarm companies, you may be surprised at how much money you can save. Make sure you think of a password or code that is not easily guessed. An intruder could potentially guess your code and disarm your security system. The keypad and the code you provide the security company should be different. If you have any questions about operating your security system, you can call the customer service number. If you plan on monitoring your system on your own, then leave your phone number with a trusted neighbor. Most home alarms are loud and it is likely that your neighbors will hear it. You will want them to call you if they see anything suspicious or the alarm goes off.

Home intrusion is a common event that happens every day around the country. If you plan for the worst and hope for the best, then you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim of theft. Make sure you have home insurance and consider video taping your belongings. Most home insurance companies will give you a discount for having an alarm system. Technology advances has improved security cameras and their accessories. They also are not as expensive as they once were. Take advantage of their low prices and buy a security system that will put your mind at ease. If you have a smartphone, there are security companies who have apps that allow you to lock and unlock your doors. You can also arm and disarm your security system from any remote location using your smartphone. This is a convenient way to check on school children, babysitters or even pets. You must sign up with the alarm company that offers the apps. Check in your local area to see if any of the companies offer this new technology.

There are other areas of your home where you may be vulnerable to intrusion. Check your garage doors and the door that leads into your home. These areas must be secure or an intruder can easily enter your home. Even if you have the alarm set, they can be in and out very quickly. Families who run busy households often think they don’t have time to set their alarms. Teach everyone in the household the importance of home security. If everyone understands the fact that thefts do occur in your neighborhood, then they are more likely to cooperate. No family member wants to lose their prized electronics, jewelry or other items of value. Most burglars want items in your home that are easy for them to sell. These items include electronics, jewelry and sports equipment. Make it difficult for someone to break in and also make it difficult for them to sell your items. You should have your electronics engraved with a number that is unique to your home.

This can help prevent a thief from selling your items to the local pawn shop. Thieves also want items that can’t be traced. Consider putting your driver’s license number on these items. At least that way, the police may be able to return your items to you. The common thief also just wants to get inside as quick as possible. If you make it hard to break your doors down, then you may succeed in deterring a criminal from breaking into your home. Install the best locks you can afford on all your doors. The doors should be made of the highest quality materials. Hard woods and steel doors make it more difficult to kick down a door. Consider hiring a locksmith to install deadbolt locks on your entry doors. Deadbolt locks only work if they are installed correctly. A locksmith will know how to install a deadbolt to prevent theft.

Develop your home security plan around your family’s schedule. Your home alarm system should be turned on even when everyone is at home. Many people don’t arm their system when they are at home. This could be a mistake if you find yourself confronting a stranger. Check the windows in your home to be sure they are locked at all times. Locking the doors in your home should be done automatically when you unlock them. You and your family can learn more security tips from your local police department. Most city police departments have a crime prevention department. This department is responsible for developing community programs that improve safety. You can research the police website to learn more. Community involvement goes a long way in crime prevention. Find out if you have a neighborhood watch program in your area.

These programs improve neighborhood safety by making people aware of their surroundings. If you or your neighbors see suspicious people or vehicles in the neighborhood, you are encouraged to call the police department. Suspicious person calls are a great way to deter crime. Once you have lived in a neighborhood for a short period of time, you get used to seeing the same vehicles and people. Don’t hesitate to call the police when something doesn’t look right. Many burglars drive into neighborhoods just to study homes they want to break into. When everyone in the community joins together, you can make a big difference in neighborhood safety. Look at your home the way an intruder looks at your home. Do you see any areas that look like it would be easy to break into? You can also hire a security auditor to find areas where your security needs to be improved. Some city police departments offer this service. Find out about all the safety programs your city offers.

Take a look at where you store your valuables inside your home. Are they clearly visible to anyone who walks into the room? All valuables should be locked in a safe, jewelry box or stored in a safety deposit box at the bank. Don’t leave large amounts of cash in your bedroom drawers. This is the first place an intruder will look. They often go straight to the master bedroom. They know this is the place where people store the things they are looking for. Wall safes that can be hidden are a great place to store your valuables. Make sure your safe is fireproof and insure the contents. These safes are easily hidden behind picture frames, furniture or shelving. You can buy elaborate safes but all you need is a fireproof safe that is hidden. You can go online and look at security retail stores to find the latest security devices. The industry is constantly adding new devices and merchandise that deters theft.

When social media first became popular a few years ago, many people didn’t think twice about posting their vacation photos while they were gone. However, some people have learned that social media sites can make you a target while you are on vacation. Wait until you get home to post those vacation photos. The same goes for who you tell that you are going away. Tell only your close friends and relatives about your vacation plans. It is surprising how often a thief who has been caught reveals that they knew someone would be gone through a friend of a friend. Many people are a victim of theft when they leave their home for extended periods of time. Thieves often reveal that they watch a home for days before they make their move. This is also where a neighborhood crime watch program is helpful. Timers that can be purchased at your local hardware store will allow you to program when they go on and off.

They can give the illusion of someone being at home. You can also leave a key with a trusted neighbor. Ask them to check on your home while you are gone. If you have pets that need to be cared for, then this is a good way to make your home look lived in. Thieves do not want to confront a dog when they enter your residence. Even small dogs cause too much noise for thieves. They want to enter and leave your home as quietly as possible. A loud, barking dog will make a thief think twice about breaking into your home. If you don’t own a dog, you can buy devices that sound like a barking dog. Offer to watch your neighbor’s home when they go on vacation and they can watch yours. Reporting suspicious neighborhood activity will go a long way in preventing burglaries. Report anyone that makes you feel nervous.


Security Web Cameras

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Are you looking for a security system that you can keep in touch with no matter where you are in the world?  Then try security web cameras or a full IP video security camera system.

Security Web cameras use the Internet as the vehicle for networking the camera(s) and the system as a whole if need be.  In fact “IP” is an abbreviation for Internet Protocol ready.  Security web cameras are an IP ready camera; that is, they can connect directly to the Internet using a wireless broad band connection.

Before we say anymore about security web cameras, let’s back up a bit and talk about a basic digital video security camera and system.

A basic non security web camera has two “external” type connections.  The first is a pair of thin wires carrying low voltage DC (Direct Current) electricity from a power distribution box or a nearby plug-in transformer.  This low voltage is used to power all of the functions of the camera, including transmitting signals, Pan-Tilt-Zoom functions, moving lenses, powering motion detectors, and any other functions if needed.

The second connection is a bit more conspicuous.  This connection is the video transmission cable that carries the captured video image data from the digital video camera to the Digital Video Recorder or DVR.  This is usually RG-59 coaxial cable and each camera must have this cable run from the camera to the DVR unit.

The camera records video (often referred to as “capturing” video) by focusing the field of view in front of the camera on a very small electronic sensor chip.  There are two different sensor chips available but only one is required per camera.  These sensor chips are either a Charged Coupled Device (CCD) or a Complimentary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS).  Each works a little differently than the other, but both accomplish the same result; light energy is transferred to electrical energy that can be measured and used to create a video image.

The camera sends the information captured by the sensor chip to the DVR unit which also has a specialized built-in computer processor called a Digital Signal Processor or DSP.  The DSP compiles the data and uses a special utility called a COmpression/DECompression or CODEC to make the digital video file smaller in size while maintaining a high quality image.

Security Web cameras capture video using the same process as described above.  The difference lies in how the camera handles the electronic data, both in compiling it and transmitting it.

First, Security Web cameras do not use a coaxial video transmission cable.  They have their own built in web server technology as well as a transmitter and antenna.  Since security Web cameras send their video data over the Internet, the data is usually processed and packaged by the camera.  The camera processes the data into a file that is both Internet compatible and compact.  Once the file is processed it is sent to a broadband connection via Ethernet cable or wirelessly.

The wireless broadband connection is usually a wireless modem or router.  Once the wireless modem or router receives the signal from the camera it sends the data over the Internet.

Most security Web camera manufacturers make monitoring and controlling the cameras a breeze by using a standard Web browser, although many IP wireless camera makers provide a proprietary software program that can also be installed on a computer for this purpose.

The biggest advantage to this system is the ability to use the Internet as the vehicle for networking.  Once a security Web camera has sent its data to the Internet, users can monitor and store files and even control the camera functions from anywhere in the world where Internet access is available.  This includes 3G and 4G smartphones as well.

For those who are required or desire to record the video that their security Web cameras are creating can do so as well.  However, instead of using a DVR, the cameras (via the Internet) send their video footage to an NVR or Network Video Recorder.

The implications of this are enormous.  For example, a large company with offices (and cameras) in the U.S., Canada, England, Dubai, and Japan could easily network and record their security Web cameras to just one location.  An NVR could be connected at any one of these places and network and record all of these cameras.

If you have any questions about a security Web camera, please don’t hesitate to contact Security Camera King’s support department.



4 Channel DVR With Cameras

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

One of the most popular digital video security system configurations is the 4 channel DVR with cameras security system. This is especially true for the homeowner; quite often four cameras are enough to cover their situation. Four camera security systems are not limited to homeowners by any means; they also are popular for businesses and other commercial uses. In the following article, we’ll overview the general characteristics of the eight different 4 channel DVR with cameras systems that Security Camera King (SCK) has to offer. For specific details, see each system’s description and specifications on its own web page.

Before we dive right in talking about the 4 channel DVR with cameras, there are a couple of things we should mention. First, security camera systems are referred to as “X number of channel systems. “When the word “channel” is used in this manner it normally means the same thing as “camera”; therefore a 4 channel digital video security system can use up to 4 digital video cameras.

Secondly, sometimes the term “channel” is used in a different manner, such as channel A or channel B. This use of the term normally indicates a radio frequency and not a camera, just like the channel on an FM radio or television for example.

Finally, just for clarification, a 4 channel DVR with cameras system with wireless cameras and a receiver that is referred to as an 4 camera receiver with 16 channels usually means that the system can use up to 4 cameras and the receiver has 16 different radio frequencies to choose from (to prevent interference for example) for the wireless camera to use to transmit its data.

Now, let’s talk about Security Camera King’s 4 channel DVR with cameras systems. SCK has eight different complete package systems that it offers, however, for our discussion; we can narrow this down to four. Here’s why: SCK offers systems for sale (as well as individual component parts) because we can offer you a more competitive price on a system than by selling you each component separately. However we also recognize the fact that every system has different needs.

So, SCK has grouped their systems into different packages based on the most common differences it has found between its customers needs. Therefore, for each type of 4 camera security system, we offer two different cabling/power supply/connectors solutions.

In our standard cabling systems, we offer 4 channel (camera) space saving power supplies, 4 plug n play cables pre-terminated complete with connectors. The power supplies are typical outlet plug adaptors that have four leads, one to supply power to each camera. The plug n play cables are 100 feet long each and have a BNC male connector for the camera and DVR at each end as well as a 2.5 mm female power plug.

This cabling system is good for runs that are somewhat uniform and/or if you don’t want to hassle with cutting, stripping, and attaching connectors to cable. If you have any one cable run that is longer than 100 feet in length however, this will not work for you.

For individuals whose 4 channel DVR with cameras system’s design requires cable runs longer than 100 feet, or have varied lengths for most of the cameras, SCK offers the bulk cable package. In this package we offer an 4 channel power distribution box that adequately supplies the power to each camera from one central location, one boxes of 500 foot long Siamese RG59 18/2 combined cable (combines RG59 video transmission cable with 18 gauge 2 wire power supply cable), and no-tools required twist on BNC connectors for the cameras and DVR and 2.5 mm female power plug power leads for the camera power supply.

Considering that each DVR package type offers two different cabling options, that totals 8 different 4 channel DVR with cameras systems that SCK offers at great competitive prices. These systems can now be compared based primarily on the DVR types which are the Elite-Mini Economy, the Elite Mini HD, the Elite Series, and the Ultimate Series DVRs.

Of course, each system comes with a full complement of 4 digital video security cameras offering 420 TVL of resolution, our Product# OD-LX420IR50, with the exception of the Ultimate packages where we step-up the game to a higher resolution camera of 520 TVL, our Product# OD-LX520IR50. Both cameras are dome types, high definition color and high definition black and white infrared with an infrared range of about 50 feet.


DVR Linux Security

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Security Camera King offers the rock solid operating system of Digital Video Recorders or DVR Linux Security. Our systems are complete standalone digital video systems that require nothing extra to run. They are not dependent on the Internet (although they can be used on the Internet if the owner chooses) and are therefore not subjected to hackers and other potential dangers.

Basically, today’s DVR market is segregated into two different groups according to operating systems, Linux or Windows based. Both operating systems have their pros and cons. For example, most people are familiar with the Windows operating environment and have very few or no problems using this software because of its familiarity.

On the other hand, Linux has proved itself to be a more stable operating environment; its functions are stable enough that seldom does one encounter screen freezes, repeated boot-ups, etc. What’s more is that the Linux OS handles different functions through the kernel in a different way compared to Windows. This creates a faster system that is even closer to UNIX (it actual parent system).

Security Camera King considered these two systems and decided that Linux was the best operational choice. DVR Linux security offers most all of the functions of a Windows operating platform, but does so with greater speed and ease of use of its functions. When it comes to the functions of a DVR, this is extremely important because digital video processing places a heavy load on the CPU especially when recording, displaying, and storing eight different cameras at once for example.

Actually the full name for the Linux OS is called GNU/Linux. Linux is actually the kernel. The kernel is the system program that allocates the machines (in our case the DVR) resources to the other programs that are being run. The actual operating system (OS) is called GNU. Linux handled tasks so quickly that until just recently held the title of OS for the fastest supercomputer system.

Gnu/Linux is a free operating system and was specifically designed that way back in its earliest days around the mid to late 1980’s. Linux uses a type of public domain free software license, making the system free to just about anyone who chooses to use it. Of course this brings another advantage to the table for Security Camera King; using free Linux software saves the buyer money.

Security Camera King features four different DVRs and their accompanying systems including the option to build your own custom built security camera system.  The DVR’s used for these systems, the Elite Mini Economy, the Elite Mini HD, the Elite Series, and the Ultimate Series all have preloaded Linux Operating Systems for long-lasting, durable performance.

DVRs that offer special functions such as automatic operation of a Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ camera for object following and tracking often use programs pre-compiled for the this function.  The latest CODEC being used by the DVR Linux Security System is fully compatible and useable for cross platform capture.  (Cross platform capture means the CODEC, which stands for COmpression/DECompression can run easily on either operating system.  The CODEC reduces the size of the video file while maintaining its quality.)  That CODEC is the H.264 CODEC.

For an example of cross platform use, a video image could be taken using a Linux based DVR but could also play back by using a computer with a different OS (like Windows for example). This is crucial because not only does the CODEC shrink the file (which occurs on the DVR Linux Security System) but it also decompresses the file so that it may be viewed on a Windows Operating System.

In addition to the embedded Linux OS, Security Camera King’s DVR Linux security system also comes with an embedded web server. These DVRs can be set to alert you via e-mail based on a variety of triggers that you choose. Plus, you can access your system directly with another computer or by using your smartphone if you have one. This means you can have total access to your DVR Linux Security system anywhere in the world that you can receiver 3G or 4G smartphone/Internet services.

If you have any further questions concerning DVR Linux Security systems please contact one of our security experts via Live Chat or Telephone today.


CCTV Surveillance Software

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Closed Circuit TeleVision or CCTV surveillance software covers a broad topic of digital programs used to operate digital video security and surveillance systems.  While there are plenty of different types of system hardware (cameras, Digital Video Recorders or DVRs, monitors, etc.) most of these components would be useless without CCTV surveillance software.

CCTV surveillance software has many functions depending on the intended function for the software as indicated by the hardware it serves, the features that it provides, and the requirements that may need to be met based on the application.

CCTV surveillance software is responsible for the communication between the DVR and the camera, and even in this example there is really two different types of software that are needed.  The first type is used and controlled by the DVR to process, compile, and condense the digital information that makes up the video image information coming to it by the digital video camera.

There is a second type of CCTV surveillance software that can be involved between the camera and the DVR.  This type has very little to do with the video image data, it is used to control the camera and its functions.  A good example of this is object tracking or following software on a DVR used with a Pan-Tilt-Zoom or PTZ camera.  The software contains the programming that is used to determine what to follow and what commands to send to the PTZ camera to insure it does follow the object.

All of Security Camera King’s featured DVRs come with their own Web server technology so that the DVR can be accessed via the Internet.  This technology may be in the form of hard wiring (Integrated Circuit chips) but is generally another type of CCTV surveillance software.

As a result of CCTV surveillance becoming digital, it has been able to share its components and operation with the personal computer industry.  In other words, the digital video security industry has been able to benefit tremendously by the technological advancements of the modern day digital world, namely the personal computer industry.

When technology yields a faster computer processor, so too is there a newer, faster DVR.  When the computer industry develops a larger hard disk drive, so too is there a larger storage capacity DVR.  When the Integrated Circuit or IC chip becomes smaller and performs more tasks, CCTV surveillance cameras become smaller and so on.  The same premise applies to CCTV surveillance software.  This has resulted in remarkable changes in the video security and surveillance industry

Yet, still there is another application for CCTV surveillance software.  There are many security systems on the market that are designed to work with your personal computer.  There is usually a PCI card that you install in your computer.   This card becomes the interface for the DVR.  It may or may not contain a hard drive for storing video as well as digital instructions for the computer to communicate properly with the PCI card and ultimately with the cameras.  This card will normally require some sort of CCTV surveillance software in order to run properly.

Today’s technology advances in the cellular phone or smartphone industry has also had its effect on the digital video surveillance industry. Once Security Camera King’s digital video systems are installed and hooked up to the Internet, you can use a 3G or 4G smartphone to access your system. This includes controlling the cameras and watching them live as the monitor the area. However, before you can do this on a smart phone, the phone needs to have an “application” or “app” installed to make it able to communicate properly with the security system. The app is actually a smaller form of CCTV surveillance software.

If you have any additional questions about CTV surveillance software or need assistance with software and systems purchased from Security Camera King, please feel free to contact one of our security experts for assistance.  They can be reached on-line via “Live Chat” or by telephone at 866-573-8878 Monday through Friday from 9AM to 6PM EST.