Keeping Your Home Safe with the Right Security Camera System

One of the most common types of crime is burglary. The FBI estimates that once every 15-20 minutes, someone’s house is broken into. We have seen homeowners take a number of measures to protect their property, including reinforcing their windows and installing fences, and have helped many Denver homeowners by installing computerized security systems and security cameras. Cameras provide a security service that is essential for the fully protected home. If you want to keep your family as safe as possible, read on to find out the benefits of home security cameras.

Providing an Extra Set of Eyes

Security cameras can provide you with essential vision in multiple areas of your yard and the exterior of your home. If you have a large piece of property, you will want to be able to see trespassers before they’re right on top of you. Having a security camera system in place that you can check will ensure that you have the advantage of precious minutes to call the police if someone breeches your fence. If you’re worried that your yard provides hiding places for criminals, installing cameras in low-visibility areas can increase your well-being and diminish worrying.

Many modern camera systems have special features that allow you to watch your yard and home exterior even when you’re not at home. The feed can be checked from a smartphone or remote computer so that when you’re at work or away on a vacation, you can make sure that nothing’s going on that could compromise your home’s safety. This feature increases your vision over great distances.

Giving Evidence

If your home is ever broken into, security cameras are one of the simplest ways to see who did it and give irrefutable evidence to convict the culprit. Even though TV shows make gathering DNA and fingerprints seem easy, these are actually difficult to find at a crime scene. Fingerprints are only helpful if the perpetrator already has their prints in a law enforcement database. Fingerprints can also be difficult to match. Incomplete or damaged finger prints will not provide enough evidence to convict someone of a crime without eye-witness testimony or some other form of evidence.

A security camera feed can give indisputable proof that you were robbed or your property was damaged. The evidence from cameras has been used in countless trials and proceedings to make sure that justice was served and that the homeowners were compensated for damage caused by the crime that took place on their property. This is why camera systems are great additions to your safety measures.

How to Hide Your Nanny Cam

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Worried about your children’s care and want a way to “check in” on them without your nanny knowing? Many parents opt to use nanny cams, hidden recording devices in their homes to monitor their children and the people who look after them. If you are concerned about how to have a nanny cam in the house without it being found, here are 6 tips:

  1. Houseplants. Hide the camera in a potted plants or trees where most people wouldn’t think to look.
  2. Smoke Detectors. There are smoke detector clones that actually have hidden cameras in them. Genius!.
  3. Get a pinhole camera. They have very good quality, are extremely small, and can pretty much fit anywhere.
  4. Ceiling Fans. Works best in the winter or when you won’t be using the fan.
  5. Ballpoint Pen Cameras. The pen works, but contains a tiny camera that can capture anything that is going on.
  6. Air Fresheners. This is a place people would never look, and Air freshener cameras are genius.

Wireless cameras – Pros & Cons

We have gotten quite a few people asking about wireless cameras lately and we would like to go over a few things to know about wireless cameras.  We will give you some pros and cons surrounding wireless security cameras and then you can decide if you think wireless is the way to go for you.

Pros:  The biggest advantage of wireless cameras is that there is no cable to run to the DVR.  This makes it very convenient when you need to put a camera in an area that it would be a little harder to run cable into the wall.  For example, on a cement or brick wall. These cameras only need a power outlet close to them to operate.  If there is no outlet the camera will not be able to operate as it will have no power.

Cons: Wireless cameras are not completely wireless.  As explained before they still must have power with in a small distance so that the power chord will reach.  This can be a problem for some people when it comes to their idea of wireless.  Another issue with wireless cameras is the fact that just like baby monitors and cordless phones they communicate through frequency waves.  If there is anything in the area of the cameras that is putting of the same or even higher frequency waves it can interfere with your cameras causing a disturbance and possibly loss of video feed.  This also means that they are able to be hacked by people who know about hijacking radio frequencies and can be viewed by outside of the area that they are meant to be viewed.  You are also limited on the number of cameras you can have for the same reason. If you have to many cameras all communicating at the same time it can cause interference with the other cameras as well.  For this reason we recommend wired cameras.

In any case you can make the decision yourself.  For some people wireless is the perfect solution and for others they are not.  If you want more information about cameras and installation please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.  Let us protect what matters to you!

Surveillance cameras for the Holiday Season

During the Holiday season, burglary is on the rise.  We are doing our shopping and buying gifts for friends and family.  Along with that comes the greedy thief who wants to get things without paying for them.  They steal them from your car, from your home and even from your place of business if they have the opportunity.  Protect yourself with Surveillance cameras.  These handy tools are great because they are low maintenance and record every person that comes in or around your home or business.  If you would like to find out how Surveillance cameras can help you then we would be happy to sit down with you and show you exactly how it works.  Give us a call today and we can set up a free onsite security review and figure out how to fully protect the things you work very hard to purchase and to keep your holiday season a safe one.

New Homeowner? 6 Ways You Can Help Secure Your Home and Protect Your Family and Assets

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Are you the proud owner of a new home? Congratulations! Hopefully, you are taking the steps necessary to protect your new investment from crime. According to the F.B.I., In 2013, there were an estimated 1,928,465 burglaries in the United States, and 74% of those burglaries were residences. There once was a time when simply locking your windows and doors was all that was needed to secure your home—but this is no longer the case. We have to approach the idea of home security while covering all bases to truly be protected. Here are some tips to help:

1.     Close the curtains and blinds at night.

Leaving the curtains or blinds open at night (whether the lights are on or off), is simply welcoming criminals to take a look at what you have inside.

2.   Install motion-activated lights outside.

Motion-activated lights are fairly inexpensive, will deter burglars, and will also help add some extra light to assist your infrared night vision security cameras.

3.     Install a Security Camera System.

Install security cameras in your home and outside to protect yourself. If your house is burglarized without cameras, good luck in finding the culprits—however, with security cameras, you may be able to identify the criminals, pinpoint the time of the burglary, and assist the police officers with their investigation.

4.     Install a security Alarm system.

The combination of security alarms and security cameras is nearly foolproof in deterring thieves and bringing them to justice.

5.     Invest in shatter-safe unbreakable security windows.

This will prevent burglars from entering through what is usually one of the most vulnerable areas in houses- the windows.

6.     Get a Best Friend.

Dogs are one of the best alarm systems around. They can detect an intruder long before you can, and the barking will usually scare away an intruder before they even try to break in.

Read more at: Denver Security Blog.

Do surveillance cameras really have an effect on crime? Researchers in recent published studies say “Yes”

 

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In a study by Mikael Priks of the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, newly installed surveillance cameras in subway stations in Stockholm, Sweden were shown to decrease crime in that area. Cameras were installed in over 80 subway stations in Stockholm and stayed in operation for two years. The overall crime rate in these usually high-crime stations was reduced by 20 percent, and incidences of robbery, drug-related crime and pickpocketing were reduced by 20-40%. What was also found was that crime outside of the stations where there weren’t any cameras was also reduced.

In Baltimore, Maryland, the city placed hundreds of security cameras in the high-crime and downtown areas. These cameras are “actively monitored” by retired police officers. A study done on this surveillance system showed that there has been a reduction of at least 30 incidents of criminal activity per month since installment. According to the Urban Institute, while the city spent a whopping $8 million on the system (installation and maintenance), they have saved over $12 million in criminal justice costs!

Although the success rate of crime reduction in security camera use depends on users actively monitoring the system , the majority of studies about this subject come to the conclusion that camera surveillance is indeed a great tool to prevent crime in public spaces, homes, and businesses.

Protect your investment with Surveillance Cameras

What is your biggest investment?  Is it your home?  Is it your Business?  Is it the expensive car you have in the garage that only comes out when the weather is nice?  Maybe it is the inventory that you keep in your home for a home based business that you maintain.  No matter what it is, it is a very important asset and should be protected at all cost.  We install and service surveillance cameras and we want to show you how you can protect the things that you invest the most in.  With our day & night cameras you can watch over your investment 24/7 and our state of the art DVR will record any and all activity that occurs.  We would be happy to come sit down with you and put together a system that will do just that and will provide you with the peace of mind that everyone wants when you spend a lot of money and time to get the things you have.  We offer remote viewing that can be accessed by phone, tablet and or remote computer to allow viewing anytime from anywhere.  Call Now and get your absolutely free estimate!

How to Secure Your Surveillance System From Hackers

IP cameras arhackere great! They are high-tech, internet-based cameras that provide a great picture and high performance.  However, having an internet-based security camera system puts you at risk for attacks by hackers. Here are some tips on how to set up road blocks for hackers before they can even try to crack your system.

  • Get rid of that default user name and password. Did you know that you can look up default passwords and other default information for most products on the internet? Just make sure it is a password unique to your system–don’t use your email password!
  • Use video encryption. This can be a bit tricky, but with a little help from a tech-saavy friend or a professional, it is a very viable option for securing your system.
  • Turn on your firewall. Make sure your firewall is enabled for your router and modem, this is another layer of protection.
  • Avoid wireless systems. Wired systems are much more secure than wireless.                                               …Until next time… Stay safe!

Happy Holidays & Best of Luck in the new year!

We want to wish all of our customers, business partners and the vendors, that have made us the success that we are, a very happy holiday season and the Best of Luck in the coming year!

We know that we couldn’t do what we do without you and it means a great deal to us to have the returning customers that bring us so much joy to work with again and again. As technology advances we like to give our customers the best possible quality and we always carry the top quality products at an affordable price.

Thank you!  From all of us here at Security Surveillance System!

Here is to another successful year for our customers and partners!

If you would like to find out more about the newest technology, feel free to contact us via phone or email and we would be happy to get you the information.

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Things to consider when choosing surveillance cameras

Below is a list of a the most important questions that we ask when we come to your location for a security evaluation.  We need as much information as possible to ensure the proper installation and equipment to cover the type of application required.

  • Where is the system going? Is it a home or office? – This is helpful to know as the types of cameras used for different applications can be very similar but coverage can be more limited on lower end cameras that on higher end cameras.
  • Are the cameras going to be inside or outside? – Many camera types are suitable for inside and outside but not all of them.
  • What is the lighting like where the cameras are to be mounted? – This is important to determine if you need infrared cameras or just basic cameras.
  • What is the size of the area that you are trying to cover? (Distance from camera to the end of the property and width of area to be covered) – Many of the lower end or Analog cameras are only able to focus on shorter distances.  These cameras are great for indoor applications but not very useful outdoors.  Then there are the higher resolution HD or IP cameras that will reach quite a bit further or even better, PTZ cameras that you are able to control manually and point, tilt and zoom to the area you want to view.
  • What types of coverage are you looking for? – Are you watching over a cash register? Are you watching over an office? Are you trying to catch someone who is stealing your mail at home? Are you tracking license plates in a public parking lot? These are all different things that we have seen people use cameras for.  This will help to determine the clarity that you need and range of view that you need.
  • What is your budget? – This too can help determine the type of equipment to offer.  If you are a homeowner then chances are you are not going to have the same budget that a large corporation will have.  This can also determine the type and number of cameras to offer.
  • How much time do you need to be able to review? – Some types of companies are required a certain amount of time be available on their camera recordings.  For example: we had a client that due to the type of clients that they catered to they were required by law to be able to access footage as far back as 90 days.  This helped us to determine the proper hard drive size and settings for the cameras to make sure that the footage was guaranteed to save that far back.

All of these are very important things to consider before sitting down with one of our representatives for your free custom security review.  We take pride in everything we do and we want to be sure that you get the right system to fit your needs.  Please feel free to call us if you have any questions or to set up your free evaluation today.