Building Surveillance – Invasion of Privacy?
There is a lot of concern and controversy over security cameras in residential buildings. On the one side residents are saying it is an invasion of their privacy. On the other side there are people who welcome the surveillance for safety reasons. One residential building in particular has been in the news lately and that is the building at 740 Park Avenue. A few of the richest people in NYC live at 740 Park Avenue and last year there was a series of robberies that totaled over $250,000! For a high end residential building that is one of the hardest places to visit, let alone break into, the theory is that those robberies were an “inside job”. Someone had to have known when the doorman and security personnel were either changing shifts or on a particular round. If there were security cameras in every hallway, the vandals would have been caught in the security camera surveillance recording.
I feel building security should be more of a priority than the privacy issue. It is very important for any building, regardless of the wealth of its residents, to have security cameras. A doorman cannot monitor every nuance of a building without security cameras, and if he is busy opening a door or carrying packages, he cannot even monitor the cameras. That is why it is important for a recording device such as an NVR or DVR with enough hard drive storage to hold the recordings. A residential building of great magnitude could have hundreds of security cameras. Security cameras are necessary to have in every hallway on every floor as well as covering the entrance and exit to every outside door. There have been reports of residential building outdoor security cameras capturing crime on the street which local authorities have used to apprehend those criminals. The higher the resolution of the security cameras the more detail it can capture of the criminal. From facial features and tattoos to logo’d apparel, a high definition security system can capture it all.
Residential Building Security Camera System
To achieve High Definition detail in security camera footage I would definitely recommend an IP Network Megapixel System from SecurityCameraKing.com. To start, every high end security system needs a state-of-the art Network Video Recorder (NVR).
32 Channel NVR
The 32 Channel Network Video recorder can record up to 32 IP Megapixel Security Cameras at 1080p True HD Resolution. The 32ch NVR can hold up to 8 hard drives. Currently SecurityCameraKing.com sells DVR/NVR Hard Drives from 1TB to 4TB and so with a 4TB Hard Drive, you can literally hold 32 Terabytes of security camera footage with this 32 Camera NVR! This NVR is a stand-alone unit meaning it does not have to be connected to a computer to work. This NVR just plugs right into your network and you can view it remotely on any computer using special viewing software. This also brings up the point that if your building requires a lot more security cameras, you can get a few of these NVRs and loop them all together with our top-of-the line TechProSS Surveillance Software which is available for free from SecurityCameraKing.com’s Remote Viewing Software Download Section. Using the TechProSS to view all of your NVRs remotely from any computer is simple to configure and you can check out this article explaining “How to Use TechProSS” for reference.
3 Megapixel IP Vandal Dome Security Camera
For residential buildings, a great security camera of choice would be the 3MP IP Vandal Dome Camera. 3 Megapixel recording will give you an image of 2048H x 1536V pixels which is far greater of an image than most security cameras on the market. Imagine being able to zoom into a recording to see detail without distortion or pixelization. That is what 3 Megapixel Security recordings can do for you. The difference between the authorities being able to make a positive ID on a criminal and making an arrest to not being able to identify a criminal due to a distorted image is the reason why you need to go with an IP Camera. Another great feature about this camera is that it is Vandal Proof. It’s dome is resistant to items such as a baseball bat and therefore will not break on impact. Another feature about this camera is it’s aesthetic look. It is small (about 4 inches) so the security camera does not get in the way of the decor in a hallway for example.
The major concern about privacy in building surveillance is the fact of who is watching the security camera footage. In many cases it could be the doorman or security personnel and perhaps the building owner or manager. Some concerned residents did not want someone looking at them while working out in the building’s gym for example. I know that if I was a woman I might have that concern. On the other hand I would want to know my well-being is secure and by having a security camera in the gym might ward off your neighbor or a visitor from trying to do anything to you. I would definitely want cameras in the hallways so that the doorman would know if anyone was lurking around and could alert the authorities. Security cameras can also keep an eye on your doorman at all times to make sure he is doing his job. There have been reports of a doorman falling asleep on night-watch and anyone can walk right in. Having a security system in place would not only get him fired but would also record if anything did happen so that the authorities would have it all on tape.
The better the security camera system, the better the recordings will be. The number one issue that the authorities have with surveillance recordings is the quality. With an Network Video and 3MP Security Cameras you will be rest-assured that your residential building is protected against criminals. No smart criminal will enter when they know they are being recorded.
Is privacy a concern for residents of residential buildings? I would think that safety would be more of a concern.