Security camera systems are often considered a luxury good. It’s not uncommon to be seen at home, offices or business buildings in the UK or US with an assortment of “must have” smart security cameras, some of which are clearly visible but others which are more covert and hidden. For businesses particularly it can often make sense to install a collection of surveillance equipment which is not only sophisticated but can be operated quickly and easily by one person in an area which might previously have been deemed too dangerous to enter without proper personal and business security planning.
One such example of sophisticated video surveillance installation equipment is a “dumb” CCTV camera. The name “dumb” comes from its use – rather than responding to an individual’s movements, this equipment automatically panics and records whatever is in front of it. For businesses particularly, this is vital as it provides greater peace of mind in areas where a “cameroon” of employees are working together – if there was an issue, one member of staff could simply switch on the camera and start recording. As previously stated, there is no need to physically join the two employees to see what is happening.
The downside of using CCTV security camera systems is that they are extremely visible. Not only is the equipment large and bulky, it also makes it easy to see people moving around their property. For some people this can be a good thing – after all, most criminals do not want their face or personal details seen on film. However, it is important for surveillance installation to remain invisible. If the CCTV system is not hidden, the potential burglar/ vandal will see the cameras and will know that it is not worth trying to break into a property which has surveillance equipment, just because it is visible.
Another issue with CCTV video surveillance systems and hidden cameras is that they may be of low quality. As technology develops, it is becoming easier for the cameras to be switched on and off. If the surveillance is not switched off when it is not in use, it will become obvious that it is being used – any potential burglar or criminal will be aware of the presence of the cameras. There are ways to get round this problem, however.
Many home security systems companies offer wireless surveillance cameras. They can easily be hidden in a number of different ways, including smoke alarms, clocks and radios. In fact, many of the surveillance cameras that are available today actually come with “hidden” transmitters which automatically send a signal to a receiver, even when it is inside the house. The receiver will then send the signal to a television screen or a recording device. These devices can then be viewed on a television or by using a computer.
One problem with some surveillance installation is that it may be easy to see that the cameras are there. In order to avoid this problem, some companies have developed digital video camera security systems. Digital video cameras are much more sophisticated and allow for a greater amount of control over the image. Not only are the cameras themselves more sophisticated, but the software that runs on the cameras can also be much more effective.
If you are thinking about a home security system installation, you may want to consider something along the lines of infrared cameras. These cameras use a different type of technology than regular analog video cameras – they are infrared in nature, rather than using light waves like the traditional cameras. Infrared light is a little more difficult to see with the human eye, but it is much more effective as a means of surveillance. This can be important if you install new security cameras that do not have built-in infrared capabilities.
Surveillance equipment such as cameras may be installed professionally or it may be done on your own. The only way that you can be absolutely sure that your surveillance installation is done properly is to hire an experienced and qualified professional to do the work for you. There is no need to take on this responsibility if you are not certain of your ability to install and operate this type of equipment. You will find that hiring a professional is one of the best ways to ensure that you get the video surveillance equipment that you need and that you get value for your money.