Posts Tagged ‘security’
In short, no. It is funny how there are so many terms used for the same thing. There are a lot of people who think that each of the terms represent a different type of camera system. Though there are many different types, brands and configurations, they all fall into categories of video surveillance, security cameras and CCTV.
“Video surveillance” is the term that is used more by the professional installers in the field. Is is the term that (to us) best describes what it is.
“Security camera” is the term used primarily by the end user. Why? Because security is usually the reason they are purchasing. Sometimes people mistake a “security system” for “security cameras” or vice versa. A security system may consist a burglar alarm, access control, video surveillance, various other software and hardware or all of these components. Whereas security cameras are just that, a camera system (with some type of recording device such as a DVR or NVR).
“CCTV” is the term used by many manufacturers of CCTV components (it is also used by professionals in the field since it is much shorter to say and write than “video surveillance”!) CCTV stands for “closed circuit television”. Wikipedia defines CCTV as “..the use of video cameras to transmit a signal to a specific place, on a limited set of monitors. It differs from broadcast television in that the signal is not openly transmitted..”
On a related note, many people who desire to access their video surveillance system via their iPhone or internet oftentimes refer to it as an “IP system”. They will call and ask us “can you tell me how much and IP system for my home would cost?” Most of the time, what they are really after is the price of a system they can access via the internet, not necessarily an actual IP system. An IP (internet protocol) system will offer much higher image quality (mega pixels) than a standard system, but the cost can be significantly more. Here is a video that goes into more detail about this subject.
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Every once in a while, I hear a story on the news about a crime that was committed and wonder “how in the world did that happen?” With all of the technology and security available to us, how does someone get away with a bank robbery? How can a no good thief get away with kicking in the front door of a home, stealing everything of value inside, the drive away and NOT GET CAUGHT? I really want to know the answers to these questions!
The ones that really get to me though, are the ones where someone is injured or killed by an intruder. I just think “I wish they would have had a gun”….. or some other time of means to defend themselves. The simple fact is, that it could happen to any of us, at any time. It could be the soccer mom who is home alone after dropping kids off at school, or her husband “Mr. Fix It” working on his 67 Mustang with the garage door wide open. But, he should be able to work on his car with the garage door open and not have to worry about some whacked out crack addict looking to steal something for his next fix, right?
To some degree, we are all potential targets. We are not helpless, but we do have a right and responsibility to protect our self, our home and loved ones should something like this happen. Better yet, we should do everything we can to prevent it from ever happening!
Look on line and you will find a plethora of information on home safety. Here are some of the best tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
1) LOCK your doors whether you are home or not. Yes, even you people in Mayberry.
2) Have some sort of sign posted indicating that you have security; an alarm company sign, NRA sign, beware of dog sign… SOMETHING.
3) Have a weapon on or near you at ALL times. Weapon= gun, baseball bat, golf club, stun gun, crow bar.. you get the picture.
4) Make sure EVERYONE in your house has a weapon and knows how to use it.
5) Keep some lights on, ALL of the time. Wicked people HATE light. They do not want to go near it because it exposes them. (and it makes it tough to sneak in a side door if there is a big spot light pointed at it!)
6) Have a plan. Everyone in your house should know what to do if; they hear gun fire, a burglar enters the house, if anyone unexpected comes to the door etc…. (there are literally millions of scenarios)
7) Don’t leave your garage door remote in your car unless your car door is locked AND you hide the remote AND you set your alarm on your house!
8 ) Don’t leave spare keys in an obvious place (like under the door mat, or flower pot…)
For more information on home safety, click here to learn about our next Home Safety and Survival workshop! Lunch is provided!
As a homeowner, parent, neighbor and citizen, I have become ardently concerned about the safety and security of our community. Not only has my personal home been targeted by thieves, but almost everyone I know has been affected by in some way by illegal activity or the willful abuse of their property by another. I hear stories almost daily about someone having a vehicle broken in to, a business being ripped off by dishonest employees or customers, parents who are at their wits-end due to unruly teenagers and the inability to monitor their behavior because they are holding down two jobs and just can’t be everywhere!
Which begs the question, “Has the world gone mad?” Being involved in the community and doing the type of work that we do, maybe I am just hyper-sensitive to the goings on in the world. Maybe not. The fact is, the world is a different place today than it was when I was a kid. Yes, there were crooks, misfits and sickos 30 years ago, but is seems there are more of them today as a percentage of the population. To make matters worse, these people have access to technology that simply did not exist back then! Internet, cell phones, sophisticated computer programs, violent and suggestive images and videos, all seem to make us sitting ducks for any thieving sociopath out there. Depressing? Yes, and no. You see, even though times are a far cry from the Brady Bunch Days, “we the people” have access to all of the same technology as the bad guys; with one clear advantage, we don’t have to hide in the shadows!
We can choose to have access to our children’s online accounts, cell phones and restrict access to inappropriate material. We can set our alarm to our house and vehicles, we can perform background checks on employees, we can check to see if the new neighbor is a registered sex offender, we can use tools like security cameras to keep an eye on unruly teens, the UPS guy, and anyone entering our home or business for any reason at all! We do not have to be victims of this ever changing society! We can make the decision to educate ourselves and those around us! We can bind ourselves together as a community, get to know our neighbors and do everything in our power to create an environment that makes the reprehensible sector of our society uncomfortable at the very thought of entering our neighborhoods!
Maybe the world has gone mad. We not only have the right to remain silent, but also the responsibility to speak (and act) out.
Some people need no introduction, or explanation,
“As a police officer, I know the importance of protecting my home. Unfortunately, often times when there is a burglary, the thief is long gone before the police arrive. This is why having security cameras is so important. Chief DataCom installed my security camera system and I know what is going on at my house 24 hours a day 7 days a week. I can view it all right from my iPhone or computer. I can even see what happened a month ago! The best part is, Chief DataCom is a local company with local people, great prices and great service. These days, anyone who can have this type of system, should get it.”
Have you noticed that there seems to be a spike in criminal activity? Here’s is ANOTHER one of our customers who was recently burglarized. Thank goodness they have EXCELLENT video footage! What would you do if your home or business were burglarized? Rick Opitz, owner of 5 Star Storage, turned the video over to the police! So far 2 of the trailers have been recovered AND the crooks were positively ID’d.
Here are three of our 30 second radio spots. Listen, and you will understand how we can help the baby boomer, parents and business owners!
Baby boomers, listen to this! Click here ====> Security cameras for elderly parents So many times we are faced with caring for elderly parents. How do you check in on them without driving across town? What if they live hours away and do not answer when you call? Too many baby boomers are spending valuable time and money traveling to elderly parents houses just to see if they are ok. What if you could just peek in, from ANYWHERE in the world? What if you did not need to wonder “What is mom doing today?”
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Do you have kids at home? Maybe they ride the bus and are too old for a sitter, or maybe they are teens still in need of supervision? Wouldn’t it be nice to KNOW what they are doing? What if you could check in and make sure things are ok and everyone is getting along and doing homework? You can! Right from your smart phone or PC!
Business owners, listen to this! ===> Security cameras for business owners
As a business owner, how many times have you wondered “are my customers getting great service?” or “I wonder what happens when I am not at the office?” Hopefully, you have never wondered “Did an employee steal from the company?” With security cameras, you will know.
Security cameras are a very cost effective way to be in the know!
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.
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?
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Several weeks ago I went to a certain retail superstore and was appalled to find the cashier standing at her register and texting on her cell phone! What? I thought that those places had some sort of policy to ensure employees did not use their cell phones while working. She was kind enough to finish up her conversation via text in order to have both hands free to complete the transaction (without any eye contact or greeting!). As I left the store I remember thinking “This place needs to use their security cameras to monitor employee productivity!”
In this business we hear all sorts of stories about employees. Sometimes we hear how employee productivity is in the toilet and the owner does not know whether to fire everyone, or pay them more to try to motivate them. (He could have security cameras installed AND have fewer employees to pay!)
Other times we hear stories about employees stealing from the safe, the inventory or giving away free product to friends and family. There is one instance in particular that stands out. A customer of an office supply store had left her credit card at the register when she checked out. The cashier decided to use the customers credit card while on a shopping spree at several stores in the nearby mall. The office supply store did not have security cameras (which I am convinced would have averted the entire situation). One of the mall stores, however, did have video surveillance! This was great for the customer whose card was stolen, the thief…not so much. Not only did he lose his job, but was also arrested and prosecuted. Side note: Did you notice that the customer was a “she” and the thief was a “he”? Sounds like someone didn’t even think to ask for an ID.
What does all of this have to do with you? Well, if you happen to be a business owner or manager the simple fact is that security cameras prevent most theft, but also improve employee productivity AND protects your customers. This can equate to thousands of dollars a year for your business!
Security cameras work!
I have always tried to think of something to say to the conspiracy theorists who feel like having video surveillance in one’s home or business is like having “big brother” watching. Today, it dawned on me! Partially, anyway. I have a great answer for those who do not see the purpose of having it in your home if you have kids (or teens) of ANY age.
When I was growing up, I was fortunate for at least part of my childhood to have my mom stay at home. At the time I did not fully understand just how important it was for her to know EXACTLY where we (the kids) were and PRECISELY what we were doing. If we fought, she knew. If we stole something, she knew. If we did not do our homework, she knew. If we did not get off of the bus, she knew. If we had friends in the house, she knew.
Today, so many homes either consist of 2 working parents or 1 single parent; this means there is significantly less supervision than the good ole days. Kids are sitting on the couch playing video games from the time they get off the bus until mom or dad get home in the evening. They are getting in to things they shouldn’t and in far too many cases the parents never find out because no one is watching. Did Suzie have a friend over? I don’t know. Did Johnny really cause the fight with the neighbor boy? Who knows for sure. Did Sam get home by curfew? Not sure, I was working late. What really happens when your kids are at home all alone? What happens when your teen has friends over?
I am not suggesting that video surveillance can take the place of a parent OR a baby sitter. I am simply suggesting that kids who are old enough to be left at home alone STILL need supervision. Video surveillance is a GREAT help to parents. It does not lie. It is 100% accurate.
We have used video surveillance to solve all sort of mysteries including “who started it”. Most importantly, we understand that ALL KIDS WILL BE TEMPTED TO DO THINGS THEY SHOULDN’T. Yes, even your kid, the “perfect” one. With video surveillance present in the house, it gives them incentive to stay on the straight and narrow because mom and dad can find out. It is that simple.
Mom and dad can log in and make sure the kids are OK, doing homework, getting along and not opening the door to strangers.
Video surveillance costs a whole lot less than the consequences suffered due to inadequate supervision. Be honest, would you have done half of the naughty things you did as a kid if you knew someone were watching?
Just a thought.