Preventing burglaries and theft at your business is an important thing you need to do. Many businesses turn to video surveillance systems to prevent crime. If you are looking to have a security system installation done, here are some tips to help you get the right system for your situation.
- Look at your objectives with your video surveillance systems. There are a few ways to look at crime prevention at a business. The first is crime deterrence. For this, stores and other retain businesses will have cameras that are in full display. Would be thieves see the cameras and choose to not commit a crime. The second goal is to catch people who are committing theft. These cameras are placed in more discreet areas so that people do not notice them. Often companies put in dome cameras. These are small but can monitor large areas easily.
- Look at the area that needs to be monitored. There are different video surveillance systems that work well inside vs. those that work well outside. Some of the issue is the climate conditions that it will have to content with. In cold areas of the country, cameras that are mounted outside will need their own heaters so that they are able to function even as the mercury drops. You also need to take into consideration wind, rain and heat when you are looking at commercial security systems that are outside. If your security system will be in a kitchen or on a work floor, you need to know that you can keep it clean.
- Look at the size of the area that needs to be watched. The size of the area that needs to be under the video surveillance systems will be a factor in what system you end up using. Often security companies will ask for the blue prints for an area that will need to be covered by the security system. For most business security systems, a LAN network is the best solution but some do need a WAN network if they are too large to be covered by a LAN. It is important to have the security company look at your specific needs and then let you know what you will need based on the size of your space.
- Look at the level of clarity that will be needed. The resolution that is needed to be provided by the video surveillance system is a big factor in what system will be the best for you. Retail stores need to have cameras that give a decent resolution to capture the information they need. If you have a smaller area, you may be able to get away with a lower resolution system.
- Look at your lighting situation. This is an important factor in determining what video surveillance system will be the best for your business. When you are talking to security companies, they have to be able to get a sense of what your lighting situation is and how much their cameras may have to compensate for it. There are a lot of factors that go into the quality of your lighting so it is best to have them come into your business to see the situation in person.
- Decide if you need to capture audio. There are video surveillance systems out there that allow you to capture the audio as well as video of what is happening in an area. There can be a separate mechanism for the recording of audio that is triggered when a set threshold has been met.
- Decide if you are going to need to expand your video surveillance system. Do you think your business can put in the system and then be good for a while or do you expect to need to add to it? That will have an impact on the system you use. The classic closed caption TV system is typically a closed system that can be hard to alter once it has been installed. On the other hand IP systems that are set up over a wireless network are more flexible.
You want to keep your business secure and safe. Getting the right video surveillance system can make a difference.
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