In the world of high tech crime, security is no laughing matter, and it requires high tech equipment to make sure everything is safe and secure. Whether it is intended for home use, or commercial, there are some things to consider before getting a security monitoring video system. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Home units are often setup to oversee the exterior of the property, but there are an increasing number of parents who also supervise the interior when a baby sitter is employed. Commercial uses involve keeping track of activity that is going on in store rooms, and production lines to help control theft, and for educational training purposes.
When getting started, determine how many cameras are going to be needed by walking around the property and taking notes as to what areas create a blind spot to activity. Even if there is going to be a central monitoring panel inside the home or business, you still need to decide where to place the cameras for best coverage, and no direct light on the lens.
Some people prefer having a wired system, but keep in mind that if these wires are exposed at ground level, it can be very easy for a burglar to cut them and disable the cameras. A wireless configuration might be better. For those cameras which are stationed on the outside, you might want to consider having them solar powered, and indoor cams can be powered by a single solar panel and battery.
Examine all of the rooms that are being considered for monitoring, and make a list of the ones that are most important. Not every space needs a camera focused on it, but it is important to choose a place to put the cameras so that they are not easily seen by others. If cams are properly set up outside, thieves may still be looking for them inside, and baby sitters might toss their coat over the lens.
Security companies also do the monitoring, and most people like knowing they can access a user area to monitor their property at their own leisure. Make sure the company you choose offers this type of access. Many of them allow entry over the Internet, which means you can travel across country and still log in to see what is going on at home or office.
When it comes to the actual system, there are many different types from which to choose, and price is usually a factor with most people. There might be a monthly fee for the monitoring service, and you will want to know about their tech support, and how to get a repairman to fix the units. Ask about the warranty for exactly what is covered, and if there are any user charges that might apply.
A security monitoring video system not only helps to protect property, but it can also save lives. Baby sitters are not the only human risks involved and these units can be installed to help in monitoring elderly, or shut in individuals, who might fall and injury themselves. Corporations can also improve their worker safety, as well as have tapes to assist in future training sessions.
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