Video Surveillance Security Systems

Video surveillance security systems offer the assurance of safety as well as the ease of use desired by most homeowners and businesses. There are many things to consider when looking at the wide range of products available, however focusing on the use, maintenance, reliability, and cost of each option. Depending on whether the unit will be used in a home or business will drastically change the view of maintenance and special features offered. A home video surveillance system creates the assurance that a home is safe from burglars, fire, carbon monoxide, and maintenance problems.

This type of technology can aid in reducing shrinkage by catching shoplifters, deter potential thieves, monitor cash registers, record evidence to prevent bogus accident claims, identify visitors and employees, monitor hazardous work area, increase security in and around business premises and parking lots, and meet insurance requirements. If consumers know that video surveillance security systems are in use they will think twice before trying to shoplift. This creates a more positive environment for the merchant, which motivates better business. When a setup is used to watch cash registers the merchant can gain a better idea of employee theft and innocent errors, which leads to better management and overall business. If filing an insurance claim is necessary these videos can provide adequate evidence for accurate reporting. Even a home video surveillance system can aid homeowners when filing insurance claims.

Deciding the motive for purchasing such technology will persuade the ultimate purchase. If the motive is to catch shoplifters then hidden cameras are better. If the point is to deter shoplifters then large visible cameras work better. In most cases the large visible cameras are less expensive, but only if it pacifies the need for video surveillance security systems. Another big decision in choosing the right technology includes the quality of pictures taken. Choices range in pixels and color quality. Pixelated pictures can alert a business owner or homeowner of suspicious activity, however knowing who or what is seen can be difficult. This low quality technology is cheaper than TV quality products, but obviously has its setbacks. One feature to look for is the Charged Coupled Device (CCD). This is the best way a person can get the most for as little money as possible. Likewise the size of camera makes a difference in the quality/cost ratio. The best systems have cameras between 1/4 and 1/3. Larger cameras may allow more light exposure, however they cost more and may not be worth it depending on the specific situation. If a store has bad lighting then the owner may consider a camera up to 1. Another difference in cameras is whether it is color or black and white. Over the years the cost of color monitors has dropped considerably and may be worth the slight extra cost for the dramatic added detail. Likewise consider the type of additional security within and outside the building before making a purchase. If someone will be watching the tapes as they are recorded, the meaningless tapes can be discarded or other measure of security can be used.

Other components are required for optimal performance. Video surveillance security systems can only be as effective as the equipment it is used with. The lenses determine the amount of light the camera captures thus creating a maximum of detail the camera can see. If the equipment purchased is of moderate quality then purchasing a high quality lens may not be a good idea due to the overall compatibility of the components. Likewise, the format also determines the detail of the images captured. There are a variety of different types of lenses including fixed focal length lenses, variable focal length lenses, zoom lenses, and motorized zoom lenses. Depending on the budget, motive, and manpower a person can determine the best route for purchase. While a fixed focal length lens can only view a specific area, the cost is significantly lower than any other option. Variable focal length lenses and zoom lenses offer more options, however are more costly then fixed focal length lenses. In addition, an automatic iris offers immediate adjustment from light to dark and back. A home video surveillance system may only want to monitor the entryway in order to avoid the movement of any neighbors or wildlife causing unneeded alarm. "Ye shall not steal, neither deal falsely, neither lie one to another." (Leviticus 19:11)

Depending on the environment in which the equipment will be used, certain protective measure against the natural elements may be necessary. These factors may include constant exposure to the sun, extreme heat, extreme cold, and the type of exposure to customers. If a camera will revolve around a specific area, then a hidden camera is recommended in order to decrease the chance of a shoplifter timing the camera. Video surveillance security systems can save a company thousands of dollars in potential revenue each year. This overall number depends on the size of the store and the price of the items sold. Proper recording will ensure the most effective system whether it be manned by a physical person or simply stored by special programming for later viewing. The type of recording may have a dramatic influence on whether or not to hire someone to watch the videos as they are being recorded. The old fashioned type of home video surveillance system stores the images on VHS tapes, while DVR offers better quality, quicker event locating, multirecording, and a more convenient way to store the recordings.

Off Site Video Surveillance

Remote video surveillance allows a person to monitor others by using live video and a computer. People who travel may want to check up on things at home while away. To do this, cameras must be on and then any computer with Internet access can pull up the video by using a video channel. Using off site video surveillance a business owner may want to set up several cameras to monitor the company location when he or she is away. Security resources help to protect people, buildings, and assets from vandalism and theft. Industries that would greatly benefit from using this type of technology are government institutions, law enforcement, educational institutions, banks, financial institutions, airports, retail businesses, auto dealers, churches and restaurants.

A homeowner may want to consider using security resources to check up on children, pets, and property while away. People who travel and are gone frequently and for long periods of time can have some peace of mind when using remote video surveillance. Several cameras can be positioned in key areas and be left on so that when the homeowner is away he or she can use a computer to access the live video. This can be done by using a special video channel that pulls up the live broadcast instantaneously. People who live in an area with high crime rates may want to install cameras all around the outside of the house and grounds as well as inside.

Security resources that provide peace of mind are becoming more popular in today's world where population growth and crime are increasing especially in big cities and in the suburbs of those cities. Off site video surveillance along with motion detection and recording can help to prevent intruders and occurrences of crime. A company may prefer that their employees know that there is security monitoring to try and deter them from committing a crime. For those who are not deterred from monitoring an employer can still have peace of mind that perpetrators will be caught through security resources that inhabit the latest technology.

Banks and financial institutions can benefit from using security resources to monitor employees and transactions between employees and customers. Even people who are primarily honest may become tempted to pocket money if they find themselves in a financial bind especially when their job makes it easy to steal. To help remove the temptation and to catch anyone who commits theft remote video surveillance can provide a valuable resource to banks and financial institutions that often suffer from employee theft. Another good idea is to monitor computer usage especially when employees have access to other people's checking and savings accounts. Surveillance cameras can be positioned to see detailed transactions on a computer screen if needed.

Many companies are already using the security resources to monitor for possible theft and vandalism. Government institutions, law enforcement, and airports have resources that include remote video surveillance. Incidents reported by the media have caused this type of surveillance to increase especially around public areas. Even educational institutions are increasing security around campus because of incidents that have been reported in the media. Airports have increased security measures over the last several years in an effort to catch those who try to hurt others. Although the things happening in the world can cause people to be fearful, Christians can have faith in God that He will watch over His children. "Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea." (Psalm 46:2)

Some companies have used security monitoring for marketing research and studies. Off site video surveillance is used to monitor people's reactions to advertisements. This is done through monitoring of facial expressions with the use of software. Before using cameras to monitor others a person should do some research and be aware of privacy laws that could be broken by doing so. In many cities, surveillance of public places is not unlawful but monitoring others without their permission or on private property is considered an invasion of privacy.

Growing churches may want to consider using security resources to monitor the buildings and sanctuary where worshippers are located. Churches today have thousands of members that attend services. Off site video surveillance and onsite monitoring should be considered to keep members safe. Cameras equipped with motion detectors can provide live video or live play back that can be accessed from one computer. In addition, when a large group of people are gathered in one place clergy may want to consider posting security personnel at strategic access points as well as using security monitoring with cameras.

Security companies offer services that help their clients monitor homes and businesses in an effort to prevent crime and to catch perpetrators. These services can be tailored to a person or business owners needs. Normally the services will include the equipment and the monitoring service as well as any repairs that are needed to maintain equipment. An alarm will notify the employee at the security company's location and then he or she will call emergency services. This type of service may include remote video surveillance if the customer so chooses. Computers tied in with cameras provide life feed to keep a facility safe from intruders. Building owners can choose to purchase equipment and software and do the monitoring themselves or hire a security guard to do it. Some research on the Internet can provide options for those with concerns on making property safe.

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