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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.

Surveillance System Maintenance

  • Check Connections – Tighten connections where each security camera attaches to the cable as well as where the cable feeds into the DVR to make sure that they have not come loose or become brittle. Loose connections are one of the most common causes of image loss.
  • Check the Power Supply – If your system is an older one, inspect the power supply on each camera as well as the DVR power supply and surge protector (if you are using one) for defects overheating and or exposed wires. On older camera power supply boxes, you may find individual fuses that can occasionally burn out. Newer systems are fuse free and have a re-settable power supply. (Similar to a hair dryer) Also newer cameras often times have the power run through the same cable that feeds into the DVR.  In this case again just look for exposed wires, or any defects in the rubber housing that covers the cables. If your cameras are the older type, this is a good time to inquire about upgrading your system.
  • Clean out dust & Debris – Often times dust accumulates in the most inconvenient places including on the lens of your surveillance cameras. Dust on the camera lens can distort the image, or simply make it hazy and difficult to see. The solution? Take out a duster and gently wipe the lens clean periodically to keep dust from causing problems.  Dust can also build up in the housing of your DVR and lock box if you use one. From time to time just like your computer or laptop you want to get in there and blow out the dust to make sure that all the fans and motors that keep your DVR running are moving properly and the fans continue cooling like they are supposed to.  One of the most common Service calls we get is the DVR/NVR overheating and that most often is because the fan is not working properly and needs to be cleaned or replaced.
  • Inspect Outdoor Cameras – If you have outdoor cameras, check the weatherproof housing for dirt and debris build up. Check the seals and the bushings that make it weather-tight to ensure they aren’t dry or cracked, if they are or if it seems don’t fit correctly, look into replacing the housing. Damaged seals will allow moisture and humidity into the camera, causing damage. Wipe the seal down with a dry cloth if it looks dirty.  Again inspect the cables just like your indoor cameras only with outside cables you also have to look for damage done by pests like squirrels, birds, rodents and bugs.
  • Reboot Your System – Like any computer-based system, most surveillance systems benefit from a regular reboot to allow the system to cool down. Reboots also provide the opportunity for your system to install firmware updates and restart in order for those changes to take effect.

CCTV systems don’t require a lot of routine maintenance although these few simple steps can help prolong the life of your surveillance system with very little effort on your part and can save you money in the long run when you don’t have to pay someone to come out and repair or replace your equipment.  We recommend taking these steps at least every few months if not more regularly to ensure continuous coverage and a long lasting system

What does security mean to you?

To define security you could go the old fashion route and look up the dictionary definition and it will tell you that Security means safety and freedom from harm, anxiety and doubt or precautions taken to protect yourself from the same.   To take this definition to the next level you need to really evaluate what the word means to you individually.

As a homeowner, security most likely means that your property, family and pets are safe and free from harm.  Security means that you have the peace of mind knowing that when you are not home you don’t have to worry that an outside force is not damaging or destroying what you value the most.  We all work hard for the things that we value most.  As a parent, you want to know that if your children are at home they are not at risk or that they are not doing something that you would not approve of if you were home.  Some people even have the same concerns when it comes to their pets.  Not everyone has children and as pet owners pets are just as important as children and even more they are helpless to defend themselves against someone who would enter your home to take what does not belong to them.  Criminals do not care who they hurt and that is why security cameras have become so prevalent in homes as well as businesses.

That brings me to the next subject.  As a business owner, security means a great deal considering that when you own a business, that is your livelihood and a means to support, protect and secure the family and property that you value outside of the business.  When a business is secure, the employees feel safer, the business owner can feel confident that when his or her back is turned, their livelihood is not in jeopardy.  With security cameras in your business you can keep an eye on your investment at all times by monitoring the video footage onsite or remotely and know that if something or someone does not have your company’s best interest in mind you can take the proper steps to ensure the safety and security of the biggest investment you have.  Cameras are used inside and outside of a business to ensure that all angles are monitored and if anything happens, that could cause the company undue stress or cost money to repair, is not unnoticed.  The most common risk for a company is unproductive employees who are getting paid and are not performing to their full potential.  With cameras inside your business the employees are aware that they are being monitored and studies have showed that the productivity of a business can be greatly increased by just adding a couple cameras.  Outside cameras can monitor people coming and going from your business and for companies that utilize company vehicles, the equipment that cannot be stored indoors is also being monitored.

Theft and vandalism is a very universal crime and can happen both in and around a home or a business.  The effect it has on the person who invests their time and money to have the things they have can be devastating.  Why not be sure that if a criminal has the mind to destroy, steal or damage someone else’s property they are caught in the act.  If you would like us to come evaluate your home or business for security cameras we offer a free no obligation site survey that gives you a good idea of what could potentially save you, your property and your money in the long run.  Feel free to contact us by phone, email or our short contact form on our website and we would be more than happy to schedule a free security evaluation at your convenience.

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!

SSS Camera, Audio and Alarm Integration

One of the biggest misconceptions about Security Surveillance System (SSS) is that we just install security camera’s and that’s it. The truth is, we provide an extensive line of products.  Not only security camera’s, but alarm systems, accessories, support, and seamless integration of systems for your home or business. Seamless integration means that we can provide you with an alarm system that monitors for hazards like fire as well as burglary, along with our camera’s which are equipped with night vision, infrared capabilities, and mega pixel magnification for the best possible clarity. With SSS you’ve got it all. We offer audio and intercom capabilities in many of our integration’s as well as HD or Internet Protocol (IP) camera’s and systems. Once you are all set and your security is covered we can then set up remote access via the internet.  This allows you to sign into an app from your phone, computer, or tablet and view any room in your home or business from anywhere you have internet access.  That’s seamless integration and SSS offers you that with our dedication to service and taking care of the customers. It’s a complete package dedicated to your security, convenience and peace of mind. You’ll find that you aren’t just purchasing a security system; you’re purchasing peace of mind and the quality assurance of SSS with it.

The integrated Audio and Intercom system is perfect for any business or home and our dedicated staff of professionals can help you determine which service package is right for you. Whatever your needs are professional or personal we guarantee that you’ll find the safety, security, and satisfaction you’re looking for with SSS. Too often today many competitors are interested only in offering you a product, but SSS is interested in offering you quality personal service. That’s because we understand that what you’re really after isn’t just a product, but peace of mind. So take a look at the services we offer, search our online product list and feel free to call us or email and receive a free onsite security evaluation. You work hard for what you have and you deserve to keep it safe and secure. At SSS we can do that. So take a look and see what we can do for you today. We have a dedicated staff of technicians with over ten years experience in the security installation field and we know that we can provide a solution for virtually any need. We stand by our guarantee and we stand by our service. Most importantly, we stand by our customers. You can rest easy with SSS because we understand the value of good service, we understand the value of your business, and we understand the value of you. Stay safe, and secure, with SSS.

Surveillance System with POS Software

Do you own a retail location that uses a cash register or point of sale (POS) system? Many business owners who have a business that requires the use of a cash register would love to have a record of every item that was rung up, the time, the tender and the person who sold it.  We have a POS system that can integrate into a surveillance camera system that when pointed at a register will not only keep track of your register, and if any cash finds its way into an employee’s pocket, but also is tied into the register itself and will show on screen as the items are scanned, the item name, the quantity and at the end of a transaction will show the total and tender.  If there are any discounts they will show on screen.  If the cash register is off after a cashier ends their shift, you could go into the video and see just where the mistake happened and if it was indeed a mistake.  Everyone knows that mistakes happen but why not cover your own interest and the interest of your employees by providing an indisputable video proof of what happened and when.  This prevents false accusations of theft and hurt feelings all around.  If in fact the employee is stealing from the company then again you will have the proof you need to not only terminate the employee but also to prosecute as theft is a crime no matter how big or small.  If you would like to learn more about POS systems please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

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.

What Surveillance Camera options are available out there?

  • Dome – The most common cameras that people use.  They come with a variety of different options and functions for both indoor and outdoor use. Mounting is easier with these because they can be mounted directly to the wall or ceiling in whatever area you want them in. These diverse cameras come in both color and black and white.  They can be fixed to focus on one specific area or Pan/Tilt/Zoom (PTZ) so that you can zoom in or out and move the camera from side to side.  The applications for these cameras are endless.  They come in vandal proof so they can be used outside. They can come with clear cover or a smoked cover to hide the lens so that people don’t really know which direction the camera is pointing.  This feature is commonly used in retail locations and casinos for security reasons.  The dome camera comes in 2 sizes and colors so that you can choose the most esthetically pleasing design that fits your home or business decor.  Dome cameras tend to have a clearer picture and are designed to be noticeable to let criminals know they are being watched.  With the cover being clear on all sides it becomes the most popular PTZ camera with a much more affordable price.
  • Bullet – Getting its name from the sleek cylindrical shape, the bullet cameras are used when a specific area needs to be captured.  Mostly you will find these cameras mounted to the wall or ceiling to give it the best angle and stability when recoding.  They are typically used inside but with the right casing can be used outside.
  • Box – Box cameras come with interchangeable lenses so that you can manually choose the distance and area that you want to focus on.  Due to the versatility of this type of camera they have many uses. Very common in business applications and outdoor application for the variety of options with various lenses.
  • Spy – Spy cameras are any cameras that can be hidden or covertly placed to catch someone with out their knowledge.  These cameras come in various types of objects as well as sizes.  Things like pens, clocks, radios, stuffed animals and so on.  You can also buy a pinhole camera and install it inside any type of object you choose.  These cameras tend to be a bit more pricey due to the advanced technology involved.  All recordings are stored on a removable drive like a mini SD card that you have to remove and download footage from.  (Make sure to research your states laws when it comes to video taping people without their knowledge)
  • Internet Protocol (IP) – IP cameras are very popular because they have very clear and crisp quality and they stream their video footage over the internet whether wired or wireless they have less pixelation and the image received is  usually much clearer and it is easier to depict features of faces or identifying marks such as logos, signs, stickers or even license plates on cars.  The biggest struggle with wireless IP cameras is the interference from other devices.  Things like cordless phones, baby monitors, even cell phone signals can interrupt the signal.
  • Infrared (IR) – Most people know that IR is an element that detects heat and can give you better vision at night.  This is very useful if your main concern is what is gong on when you are not awake or at your business when you are at home sleeping.  Without IR the room will appear very dark and the camera will not pick up many images.  Only kicks in in low or no light situations.  These cameras are most often color during the day and black and white at night.

Now that you know what some of the options are please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have and schedule a free security evaluation to see if we might be able to provide you with the best coverage for your needs.

Surveillance cameras help law enforcement solve crimes

Every day you see on the news and all over social media how surveillance cameras have caught someone in the act of doing something.  From petty theft to felonies like assault and murder; in today’s world where cameras are becoming a more common site there really is no such thing as a perfect crime.  They are used in banks to keep track of the money that comes in and goes out, they are used in convenience stores to keep an eye on the registers and inventory inside the store as well as to keep an eye on gas pumps to track vehicles in and around the station.  This prevents drive off gas theft, or at least if it does happen it will ensure that the car that did it can be caught.  These cameras have also been useful in tracking criminals and tracking the direction they travel by tracking the license plates.  Cameras are on ATM’s, street lights, in grocery stores and more.  The most common places are places that have high traffic and not enough people to monitor every person that comes and goes.  In the event that you’re a victim of a crime in one way or another, theft, assault, or even an accident that you are not at fault and would like to find a way to prove it, cameras are highly used by law enforcement agencies to prove or disprove evidence.  We see camera’s that have helped to capture images of faces at a crime scene, captured a crime in progress, and even capture crimes happening in the distance if the right cameras are used.  We live in a society where there are a lot of not so honest people and the best way to protect yourself and to help law enforcement to catch these not so honest people and bring them to justice is to be sure that the evidence will be there to catch and prove that the guilty party pays the price.  Pictures and video are the best evidence and are indisputable in most cases.  It gives business owners great peace of mind knowing that if they are a victim of a crime there will be enough to recoup their losses.  No in many cases cameras will not deter a criminal from committing a crime but it could give those of us, who are not here to hurt, steal or vandalize honest business owners, the comfort of knowing that if something does happen someone or something will capture the evidence to gain the justice that is deserved and hopefully get these criminals off the streets once and for all.

To find out how you too can protect your business, your customers and even your home from criminals please give us a call and we will gladly come to provide a free a security evaluation and suggest the best way to ensure you will have the evidence IF you are ever a victim.  Contact us by phone, email or our convenient quick form on our website.