How to buy a CCTV Security Camera System
Surveillance isn’t just for TV cops on a stakeout. Cameras also help keep homes, families and businesses safe and secure. Home video surveillance equipment isn’t just for the wealthy anymore. Anyone looking to protect their home, property, and family should consider buying home surveillance equipment. Once pricey, equipment has become considerably lower in price, allowing homeowners of all budgets the ability to protect their spouses and children.
CIA Security will help you figure out which type of security camera will best suit your needs.
Security and Surveillance Cameras
If your goal is to protect a home or business by keeping tabs on what's going on inside and out, there are several types of cameras CIA Security will help you consider:
Bullet cameras: These are the familiar, cylindrical cameras we see everywhere. A bullet camera may resemble a tube of lipstick, though some more robust models are the size of a soda can. These are great if you know exactly where you want camera coverage; they can be wall-mounted and left to do their work.
Dome cameras: These are the ceiling-mounted “eye in the sky” type security cameras. Some are fixed in place, others can be remotely controlled to pan, tilt and zoom in for a closer look
Outdoor Home Surveillance Meant to deter or catch home intruders, outdoor cameras can be very discrete or extremely obvious. Larger cameras can be advantageous because it might prevent criminals from trying to break in. Outdoor home surveillance cameras are built to withstand the elements. They are usually waterproof and might even have wipers to protect the lens. Buyers can monitor one specific area, like the front door, or have multiple cameras to watch the whole property.
Indoor Home Surveillance Cameras can be used to keep an eye on babysitters, house sitters, construction workers, and anyone else that might be in your home when you are away. Consumers can monitor multiple rooms, or just one area. Indoor cameras generally produce a high quality picture.
Hidden cameras: These cameras never stay hidden, once one person knows it’s there, they have to tell someone else. And the hidden camera is no longer hidden. If you’re really trying to catch someone who’s up to no good, you don’t want them to know they’re being watched. These cameras are designed to look like something else (e.g. a motion detector or a smoke detector) so troublemakers are none the wiser.
CIA Key Specs:
There is some basic information you’ll want to know about any camera you’re looking at. Wired and wireless home surveillance equipment both have advantages and disadvantages.
Wireless cameras have more flexibility and are generally more discrete. Consumers have the freedom to install them wherever they are needed. However, interruptions from the wireless Internet can affect the signal. You might lose a few minutes, hours, or even days of recording time if the wireless network isn’t properly working.
Wired cameras can be harder to install and are often less discrete. The wires can be cumbersome and unattractive. However, wired cameras often offer users a clearer picture and more reliable service. Wired cameras are also good for new construction where the wires can be built into the walls. They can be installed as part of a complete home security system or structured wiring network.
Track anything that moves
You may not want a camera running non-stop around your home. Some security cameras are able to detect movement and self-activate. You may end up with fifty short films about your restless cat, but wouldn’t you rather be absolutely sure? A camera with a memory buffer will constantly record a few seconds of video, so that nothing is missed in the moments before the motion sensor is triggered.
See in the dark
If you have just a single streetlight outside your door, a camera with low-light imaging technology may be the ticket. Some have extremely sensitive light-gathering image sensors, with sensitivity expressed in lumens. The smaller the number, the better a camera can see in the dark. For imaging in total darkness, most outdoor cameras also have infrared capability, which can detect heat signatures up to 150 feet away.
Keep a record: Video Surveillance Storage
Consumers need a device to record and store their footage. Gone are the days of VHS tapes. Now, users can digitally record hours of high quality footage on a hard drive. While choosing a NVR or DVR recorder is going to be a straightforward decision, the biggest choice home video surveillance buyers will need to make is between an IP or analog camera.
IP and analog cameras offer two different types of access to the camera’s footage. IP camera connects to the homeowners’ Internet system. You can access the camera via the camera’s URL address. While IP relies on your home’s Internet bandwidth, it also works well with wireless systems. Analog camera, are less expensive and can record endless hours of footage. They convert the analog signal into digital before processing the footage. Analog systems are sometimes more appropriate for the home because they don’t take up Internet bandwidth. However, IP cameras are generally better for connecting multiple wireless cameras.
Keep an eye on the subject
Fixed cameras can be more cost-effective, but some situations call for a camera with some range of motion. Some surveillance cameras—known as PTZ cameras--can pan from side to side, tilt the lens up and down, and zoom in to capture a subject’s face or a license plate number via remote control. These cameras are great at picking out important details in a crowded scene, but they do require a human operator to be on duty.
Image stabilization keeps the picture clear
A blurry image isn’t much use. Look for a camera with built-in image stabilization to keep little vibrations from fuzzing up the picture. Often, the vibration reduction only works when the camera is still, not when it’s in the process of panning, so make sure you read the description to find out what to expect from a specific unit’s image stabilization feature.
Network for complete coverage
If you have a lot of ground to cover, it can be worthwhile to look into a packaged security system. These systems generally come with multiple cameras, a hard drive or DVR, and some sort of control system that handles multiple inputs from multiple cameras. These systems make sense for a big company or a home with lots of nooks and crannies.
Some other network features to look for:
• Motion detection alerts via email or text
• Remote control options for cameras with PTZ (pan, tilt and zoom) capability
• Apple® and Android™ compatibility for monitoring and remote control apps
• Connecting cables
• Wireless remote
• Simultaneous playback from multiple cameras
• Privacy masking to limit camera coverage in sensitive areas such as locker rooms and restrooms
• Make sure you know the terms of your warranty coverage and what level of installation support you can expect before you make a final decision.
Know the law One person’s security can be seen as a violation of privacy by another. Interpretations of the law vary from state to state, so make sure you know any statutes that apply to recording of images or conversations in your local law enforcement jurisdiction. In addition, rules for home use may differ from laws governing commercial property.
Call CIA Security If you’re still not quite sure which system is going to be the best for you, get in touch with a CIA Security Consultant for free a consultation. Fishkill: 845-896-9500 or Catskill at 888-682-4105