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Security cameras for business: A look at the best options available today

Security cameras have quickly become a normal fixture in terms of business safety, and are widely regarded as the most efficient manner of protecting your premises, but choosing which camera is best for you can become a serious headache.

The best option for many businesses is to consult with a security camera expert, and have them take a look at your location. However, before letting an expert run you through a confusing catalogue of equipment, you might want to first read this list of some of the best cameras available on the market today.

PTZ Cameras

Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras are usually the best choice for spaces such as parking lots, retail business premises, educational environments, airports, casinos etc. Modern PTZ cameras feature powerful motorized zoom lenses, high resolution video capture and high speed motors that make it possible for the camera to be repositioned 360° in just a few seconds.

This flexibility makes PTZ cameras ideal for cramped spaces, whilst also saving money on having to install multiple stationary cameras to capture different angles.

Varifocal security cameras

Varifocal security cameras are popular with business owners due to the ease of installation and the improved flexibility in comparison to fixed lens cameras. These cameras feature built-in diverse focal lengths that are flexible enough to alter the camera’s field of view with zero fuss.

Changing the field of view on a fixed lens camera usually means un-installing the camera and re-installing it to achieve the desired focal length – which is not only a huge, impractical hassle, but can damage the equipment when repeated over time.

Hidden cameras

We all behave differently when we know we’re being filmed; in fact, there is ample evidence to show that criminals are often deterred by simply seeing a camera, regardless of whether it has seen them.  A hidden camera provides business owners with a layer of security that means they’ll always see the true nature of those approaching their premises.

Hidden cameras are generally disguised as or found in everyday objects such as smoke detectors, flood lights or thermostats, rendering them completely undetectable.

Infrared Cameras

Infrared cameras offer a great deal of flexibility, round the clock, owing to the fact that they capture video in low light and at night. They are available in a wide range of different models, meaning you can really specify and narrow down the one that’s right for your premises.  More advanced cameras come with newer technology like Smart IR and Full Frame Illumination which are vital for very low light capture.

Bullet Cameras

Similar in principle to hidden cameras, these are used in situations where disguise is desired, such as financial institutions. Bullet cameras are sometimes known colloquially as lipstick cameras in some quarters due to their slim and tubular form factor.

A decent bullet camera is much less conspicuous than standard box cameras and, usually, more affordable than hidden cameras.

Dome cameras

Dome cameras are best for monitoring lobbies and reception areas like hallways, open office spaces, warehouses and driveways and can be wall or ceiling mounted, depending on your requirements. The design factor for these cameras is unobtrusive.

The true beauty of these machines is that it’s difficult to know which direction the actual lens is facing, making it difficult for a savvy criminal to work around it.  Most dome cameras are also adequately fortified against vandalism and physical impact.

CCTV is a vital security measure for those serious about protecting their business, customers, staff and wares; now all you have to do is choose the right one!

 

 

Commercial Security: 3 Reasons why it is a Must for Your Business

Caught up in the excitement, stress and rapidity of starting up a new business, the focus can often fall on the larger issues at hand: location, local customer awareness, a good network of suppliers. Yet, arguably one of the most important factors isn’t considered until the last minute… security.

A hurried, slap-dash attitude toward your business’ security isn’t going to deter a determined criminal, nor offer you any substantial security or peace of mind in the event of a break-in. It’s all a matter of adequate planning and research well in advance.

Often, the best course of action is opt for commercial security (CCTV, high-tech alarm systems etc.), and here are our top three reasons why that’s the case.

It can stop the crime from ever happening

Commercial security systems are usually thought of as a means to catch someone who has already wronged us, for identifying criminals and supplying evidence to the police. Absolutely, this is a huge part of their protective powers, but often we overlook the fact that serious looking security systems can actually scare off anyone thinking of intruding or robbing your premises.

There have been many cases of CCTV cameras and daunting alarms systems chasing off a would-be criminal on sight. Indeed, many businesses install decoy or dummy cameras for this very effect (although, we would not recommend this tactic, as it gambles with your business’ safety).

It can speed up justice being served

That said, of course in the event of a crime taking place it is vital that your business has the capability to identify the criminal(s).  Since most crimes happen outside of working hours, it is near impossible to identify or catch a crime-in-action if you do not have high definition CCTV cameras tailored specifically for your premises.

Criminal court cases require conclusive evidence, usually in the form of video that can clearly identify the accused culprits. This means that not only will you need some form of CCTV, but that you’ll need the correct form of CCTV, with the best quality of footage in order adequately identify suspects.

It gives customers confidence in your business

Your customers and staff will feel a lot more at ease when they see the visible efforts you have made to ensure their safety. CCTV cameras and alarms will not only make them feel safe but it will also reduce the chances of criminals trying anything with your staff or customers, during working hours. This added layer of confidence will promote good business relationships with your customers, and help to ensure return business.

It’s vital for a successful business to guarantee customer and staff safety, as well as security of the premises itself; don’t leave this hugely important aspect until it’s too late – consider your commercial security options early on, and you’ll set a strong foundation for the future of your company.

 

 

 

Cold Weather Maintenance Tips for Your Video Security System

Installing a video security system is the most efficient way of ensuring safety for your home or business; in our technology enlightened age, it has essentially become the go-to security measure – and for good reason. However, many people don’t realise that these systems require regular maintenance in order to keep them running throughout the year, especially in the colder winter months.

With that in mind, we’re going to highlight some of the best cold weather maintenance tips, as highlighted by security experts.

Ensure zero obstructions

It’s the simplest, most obvious issue, and yet we often overlook it.

Physical obstructions will render even the most advanced video security system completely useless. The biggest culprit is the natural landscape around the cameras: trees, shrubs and general detritus from bad weather conditions (think branches blowing off of trees). Seeing as we’re focusing on the winter months, however, it’s also worth thinking twice about where you hang holiday decorations and always make sure that winter weather, such as snow or ice, won’t impede the security camera’s line of sight.

Keep an eye on power supplies

As we’ve already highlighted, winter means bad weather: snow storms, ice, gale-force winds. These issues often result in power outages which could easily cut the feed from video security systems (and may even go unnoticed for a time).

Keeping a constant eye on power levels will ensure that you get the most from your system. Video security system experts add that you should use a voltmeter to ensure that your systems aren’t getting too much power or too little power. Excessive or inadequate power means your system will not be able to capture videos in the first place, and could even damage your equipment!

Ensure the video recorder is dust free

If your video recorder has accumulated dust, wipe it with a clean microfiber cloth. Alternatively, get a can of compressed air and blow air into the recorder’s enclosure. Dust is not only a visual issue, but it can damage the inner workings of your video system.

Ensure damage free connectors

Signs of damage or corrosion are evidence that your camera connectors are not in great shape. To get the most efficiency from your system, you need to be regularly checking the condition of connectors, wires and exposed inner workings.

Check for frayed cables

Cable fraying is very common wear and tear for video systems and the winter period is a time when moisture can easily seep through the wires and damage the entire setup. Experts suggest that you create a U-shape with your cables, to ensure no water or melting snow can collect inside the camera itself. Additionally, any exposed wires need to be replaced as soon as possible!

Make use of camera enclosures

A camera enclosure offers a first layer of protection for your security cameras. A good enclosure will provide a water tight shield from the elements – especially useful during the harsh winter weather – and will give you less maintenance to worry about in the long run.

Opt for extreme weather cameras

If you have security cameras that often fail in the face of cold temperatures, it may be time to install cameras built to handle the harsh weather conditions. Most of these types of cameras feature built-in heater and temperature regulation mechanisms that allow them to work efficiently in even the harshest conditions.

Much like camera enclosures; this is really a case of having the right equipment for the right job.

A serious video security system requires a serious attitude towards maintenance and repair – with the right tips, equipment and know-how you’ll be able to carry on through cold or dismal weather without any hiccups in your cameras’ efficiency.

 

 

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