Being in the security industry, we hear many tragic stories about loss. People ask our advice on how they can make their home, business and community a safer place. The obvious answer is to be aware of your surroundings, know your neighbors, carry a weapon, have an alarm system installed, use security cameras… now we have another piece of advice. Everyone, whether a business or individual should go to www.crimeseen.com and register your home and business. It is free and you will be notified of crimes in your area. You can also report crimes. So many times we do not hear about crimes on the news, or we learn of them days and weeks later. If there is a crime in my neighborhood, I want to know TODAY. Please do yourself and your community a favor and sign up. Criminals are becoming more and more violent, and the only way to stop them is to come together, not hide.
Chief DataCom has installed complete surveillance systems in two locations of ours. Not only do they provide a quality product, their service is what sold me. They have made multiple trips to our facilities to walk us through our systems, adjust settings for us and more. Their competent, capable staff was careful to clean up after all installations and were mindful of our customers and clients. We would recommend Chief DataCom to anyone in the market for a security solution.
FaithWorks of the Inner City
A few years ago when we started Chief DataCom, we had no idea that in the near future another company would be born of it. We have worked closely with our commercial and residential CCTV customers and quickly realized, that they had other security needs. We had a customer who was the victim of an unstable ex-spouse who was stalking her, we had numerous customers who were the victims of burglaries, businesses and individuals who had property vandalized, a real estate professional who was threatened with violent bodily harm and so many others. This is when we decided there was a real need for a security store that offered a solution to most security threats.
At Chief Security, a person can purchase a self-defense weapon such as a stun gun, knife or pepper spray as well as protect their home with cameras and a burglar alarm! From hidden cameras to tracking devices, it seemed that we had solved most security needs. But, there were other needs; like the need to obtain a license to carry a handgun for protection or the need for an armed security officer. We offer both. In fact, we took our mission to protect people so seriously that we even offer a line of custom steel storm shelters which are made locally by our family owned, and retired (disabled) veteran operated steel fabrication company!
I never tire of hearing how one of our customers either prevented or solved a crime because of our products! I love to hear the stories of parents who used to stay up all night wondering where their troubled teen was, and now they can track their vehicle 24/7. It may sound a little crazy to some, but, too many others know the reality.
Stop by our store sometime, we would love to show you around!
It is amazing what people will steal. One of our customers, Basey’s Roofing, had one of their cameras stolen right off of their building! The thief looked right into the camera.
Security cameras are so affordable now and there are so many options. There really is no reason to steal them! With burglaries on the rise, it is a wise investment for any business owner, just ask this guy.
The other day, my son was talking about super powers. He asked “If you could have any power, what would it be?”. Today, I think I can answer that question. The ability to turn back time.
I don’t know that I can articulate how frustrating it is to meet with a potential customer, someone who has experienced substantial loss due to theft, and hear them say “I want to get cameras, but I just don’t have time right now.”
About 2 weeks ago, I met with a man who is in the construction business. He had over $50,000 in equipment stolen in the past couple of years. He was very frustrated. They say that change happens “when the pain of remaining the same is greater then that of changing.” I guess he had not reached that point just yet, because, though he had experienced such a loss, he opted to hold off on having cameras installed.
It gets worse.
I received a text message from him “Well….I just got hit again. Trailer and Skid Steer were stolen from my driveway.”
For those of you who do not know what a Skid Steer is, or what it costs, let me just say that this one theft cost him over $35,000.
If he would have had the cameras installed as originally planned, he would more than likely know who stole from him, and would more than likely have excellent footage of the trailer heist and the vehicle to which it was attached!
But, we cannot go back in time. We cannot “rewind” the video and give it to the police. We cannot give proof to the insurance company that his equipment was stolen. We only have hindsight….again.
All Things Baby, Inc. is a small, local non-profit ministry. It came to our attention that we were having an issue with theft from our donation drop off house. Due to our limited hours of operation it wasn’t always possible to empty the donation house daily and our donors make special effort to ensure we receive their donations. We felt like video surveillance would be the best way to monitor the situation and to keep an extra eye on our clients coming and going. I was referred to Leslie at Chief DataCom. I called her that morning and she met me at our offices that afternoon. She was very professional and kind. She gave me various options for our specific situation. Within 3 weeks, we had a state of the art video surveillance system in place and fully operational. The installation crew was totally professional and fast. They worked around any problem they incurred with our specific install with ease. I am very impressed with the quality of installation and thoroughness. The technician explained how to view the cameras remotely or on a viewing monitor in office. In addition to their high level of professionalism on every front, they are one of only a few fully licensed security companies in the metro area. I highly recommend Chief DataCom for any and all video surveillance needs, residential or business.
All Things Baby, Inc.
Every once in a while, security cameras will catch something outstanding! I say BRAVO to the store owner in this video. Not only is he smart for having security cameras, but also smart to be a believer in the 2nd amendment! I just love this sort of thing. If you have any interesting videos, I would LOVE to see them and share them! Click here to see the video—-> 2nd Amendment
So many times I am asked what the difference is between HD cameras and “high resolution” (analog) cameras, other than price, that is. The other question I get is “who would buy the ‘regular’ cameras if they do not offer positive ID of an intruder.
In this blog, I will talk about the differences between HD and high res and I will explain “who” the typical customer is for each.
I will avoid using a bunch of technical jargon since most of the people reading this would appreciate simple terminology.
In the case of video surveillance, HD cameras are measured in mega pixels. 1 mega pixel is equal to one-million pixels. When you compare a high resolution 540 TVL camera to a high definition camera, keep this in mind; 540 TVL = .4 mega pixels. This means, that the resolution of a 1 MP camera is 2.5 times greater than a 540 TVL camera! When you consider that most high definition cameras are at least 2 MP, there is a HUGE difference in clarity. The bottom line is, the images from an HD system are significantly better than those from an analog system. This means that you are more likely to be able to recognize/identify a person or vehicle via an HD system than a high resolution system.
Here’s a video from a customer of ours in Edmond. It is about 5:00 in the morning and there is VERY little light. Her cameras caught activity at a neighbors house ACROSS THE STREET!
Actual HD Footage from Edmond Customer
So, who buys HD security camera systems? The price comparison is about as drastic as the quality comparison. An HD system will run you 2 to 3 times the price of a standard high resolution (analog) system. Needless to say, they are pretty pricey. Though historically, banks and detention facilities were the main user of HD systems, residential and small commercial use is becoming more prevalent. We install HD systems in homes, city government facilities and recently a multilevel parking garage in Bricktown!
This is a picture from a 2 MP HD camera. I pulled the camera up on my iPhone, and then took a screenshot of the image. (This may be confusing! If it is, feel free to come by the office an I will demonstrate.)
High Resolution (Analog)
Analog security camera systems are very common. As I stated above, they are much less expensive than an HD system. So, why (other than budget) would someone opt to purchase an analog system over an HD system? Standard high resolution systems are a cost effective way to “monitor” a location. When using security cameras only to monitor, the user does not need to positively ID a person. They may be monitoring their office,employees, pets or domestic help and they do not have a need to have facial recognition. Why? Because they KNOW who it is in the video. They are simply monitoring the activities. The problem is, when someone they do not know enters the picture, the images may be useless to the authorities. That being said, a good high resolution system is better than no system at all. Many a crook has been caught with this type of security camera!
Something to consider; The DVR that is used for HD is different from that of an analog system. But, sometimes both types of cameras are needed in order to have quality images as well as meet a budget. In this case, we install a hybrid DVR. This allows the user to have HD cameras in critical areas and have analog cameras in areas the wish only to monitor.
Who buys the analog security camera systems? Home owners and businesses who have a limited budget or who have little or no need to have very high quality footage.
Here is an example of an analog image. Again, this is a screen shot from my iPhone while viewing the camera on line.
When deciding which type of system is right for you, consider not only WHAT you may need to see but also WHO. If there is an incident, how important is it for the police to be able to get a positive ID of the person?
I am happy to answer any questions you may have!
Lately, we have had a surge of new customers interested in HD (high definition) security cameras. There have been so many stories in the news about theft, assault, abuse and other horrific things; and some of it has been caught on video. Most of the time, people say “I want security cameras, but not the kind that I see on the news! They are always grainy!” We hear this a lot. There are some things to consider when purchasing a security camera system (also referred to as CCTV or video surveillance).
Keep in mind that there are some FANTASTIC standard definition security camera systems out there. We sell them. But, they ARE standard definition. You may get an image that looks so good you could frame it, but you may get an image that is useless. For the most part, this type of CCTV is a great solution for most applications. Businesses can easily monitor employees and customers, home owners can know who has been in their home and what they have been doing.
The challenge comes when there is a need for a positive ID. Standard definition camera systems can offer this, but not consistently. On the other hand, HD systems (or IP camera systems) offer consistent high quality images. It is rare that we see this type of video on the news because so few people invest in HD security cameras. They do cost more, but, when a positive ID is needed, HD is the way to go. Systems are so much more affordable than they used to be! (we even offer financing). Check out this video. This is actual footage of an incident that happened in Edmond. One of our customers was able to capture this video from across the street! By the way, the police officers were so impressed with this video, they asked for our contact information for their personal home! (be sure to make it full screen) Edmond neighborhood video