Home and business security can be viewed from many angles, and approached in several different ways. The way a home or business owner chooses to secure or protect his or her property and assets will necessarily depend upon that person’s goals. Those goals will likely either be preventative in nature, involve surveillance and maintenance, or a will be a combination of the two. Similarly, installation of security cameras and other surveillance equipment must reflect one or both of the above-mentioned approaches. The article to follow will discuss the numerous types of security cameras available on today’s market, and provide a guide for where and how to place said cameras in order to achieve the desired results.
When considering a surveillance or security system, it is important to clearly define one’s goals, and to establish the parameters of the given project. For instance, a small homeowner may simply wish to deter potential thieves or intruders by clearly indicating that there is a security system in place within the home. Conversely, a shopkeeper might wish to have the front counter, where they do all business transactions, under constant and reliable surveillance, in the event of a robbery or altercation. While the former instance may be achieved with a less expensive outdoor security camera, or even a dummy CCTV camera, the latter would require a somewhat more reliable and modern surveillance method, such as might be provided by an established provider such as Security Cameras Direct or the Lorex security camera line of products. These and other options will be discussed in more detail below.
Some of the most common types of cameras and/or systems to consider include the following (in no special order): the motion activated security camera, wireless surveillance options, dummy CCTV cameras, and infrared security cameras. As illustrated with the examples above, different types of surveillance are appropriate for different circumstances. These types of cameras and systems will thus be discussed giving special consideration to the contexts in which they are most appropriately used.
Motion Activated Cameras
Motion activated cameras are defined by one or both of the following functions: they initiate recording only when motion is detected within their surveillance range; they execute motion tracking during the recording process. There are several advantages to both of these functions. By initiating recording only when irregular motions are detected within the frame, considerable data space is saved, meaning that instead of having surveillance data that consists of hours upon hours of inactivity, only instances in which something is moving within the frame will be captured and saved.
Motion tracking implies that the moving subject on whom the camera focuses can be followed beyond just the initial frame of reference. For instance, the camera and mount will feature pivoting and auto-focus capabilities, and will cover a far broader area. Unless the environment is controlled, the motion-activated camera does not make an ideal outdoor security camera, since random movements initiated by passing cars and people would likely take up valuable data storage space.
Wireless surveillance systems allow users to effectively monitor one or more areas without having to run cables to and from specific locations. Essentially, one or more cameras send wireless transmissions to a central receiver, which then translates the information into viewable data, most likely to be watched on either a computer or television monitor. Such a system may work over a small or broad area, depending upon the system being used, and how said system is incorporated into the area to be surveyed. Larger businesses and residences will necessarily require systems that are able to transmit over broader ranges, and may require customized solutions, while a single home or small place of business will be adequately covered by a package deal designed for those and similar circumstances. The advantages of wireless systems are numerous, and include the possibility of viewing surveillance footage from various locations outside of the establishment, and the possibility of third party monitoring. There are many suppliers of reputable and reliable wireless surveillance systems, but one excellent place to begin a search and obtain excellent advice is with the Lorex security camera brand, which is a well-known and trusted name in several varied types of security camera technology.
Dummy CCTV Cameras
As the name suggests, dummy cameras are essentially decoys put in place to deter potential intruders or thieves. The acronym CCTV stands for closed-circuit television, meaning that one of the features of such a camera is generally a wire that appears to connect to a specific closed-circuit network. The other notable feature of this simple and inexpensive device is generally a battery powered LED light that flashes at intervals to suggest constant recording and surveillance of the area. There is a suggestion though that the flashing light suggests that the camera is a dummy so it may be wise to select a product without this feature. Popular locations for dummy cameras include main entranceways to private dwellings, and even in strategic and conspicuous places around retail establishments. The other widely popular decoy props, often used to deter theft and trespassing, are signs or stickers that clearly state the presence of a security system.
Infrared and Other Special Features
Depending upon your individual surveillance needs, and the specific locations you wish to monitor, you may benefit from various accessories or special features. One useful and popular security camera feature is the incorporation of infrared technology, which allows for clearer focus during night or low-light surveillance situations. Additional considerations may include the incorporation of weatherproof features, if the camera or cameras are to be positioned out of doors, and various types of camouflaging, if the camera is to be hidden as opposed to being used as a deterrent.
Clearly, there are multiple and varying circumstances and situations that can benefit from security camera surveillance. Although navigating through all of the options may be daunting at first, identifying your needs and specific requirements will help you to find the perfect set up. Consulting with a reputable supplier such as Security Cameras Direct, or exploring the inventory of a recognized leader in the field, such as Lorex, will help you to better clarify the system that will be most appropriate for your individual situation.