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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!

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

Different Uses for Security Cameras in Your Business

Surveillance cameras are placed in offices for many different reasons but the main reason is quite simple; offices are busy places and it is really hard to stop an unwanted strangers from going inside the building. In order to check the entrance and departure of visitors in the building, many companies set up security cameras on the main entrance of the building. The video recorded by these is handled in a separate room on a stand alone DVR and often times is available for later viewing but not necessarily monitored full time. It is to make sure that any stranger entering the premises is documented and can be useful in times when there is an incident that you need a witness to. The footage can be utilized to catch criminals in case of an incident like theft or break in when the company is not operational.

However, many businesses fail to take advantage of security surveillance systems and don’t realize their value until it is too late. They don’t think that security cameras can be beneficial for them.

How can one utilize these security cameras other than monitoring the entrances?

Check out different useful proposes:

Monitoring your employees: Installing security cameras at your work place will assist you in monitoring, the productivity of your workers. You can also rest assure that all workers are coming in on time and departing on time.  You can check whether the employees are working or simply chatting with their friends. If you own a retail location you can monitor your register to keep track of all of your transactions with our POS system that can be linked directly into an offsite computer through remote access. Apart from this, you can monitor each and every activity going on among the employees, so it is really a helping hand for you.

Record your conferences – For most businesses, clients are quite important to a company’s revenue.  If you have the type of business that clients come to your office to discuss important details and contracts, it is often times helpful to keep a record of meetings and details that could easily be misinterpreted if the information was not clear. You can easily go through the details and information with them and record any meetings with our overhead microphone application and then there is no doubt as to what was discussed on a very important account or contract. Through surveillance cameras, one can easily record any footage and conversation without any difficulty. You can easily use the information if for some reason the client decides to change something that was previously agreed upon. They can assist you in covering significant details about the business being conducted and can be compelling arguments if a breach of contract does take place in the future.

Utilize them near time clocks: Many businesses utilize a time clock to mark the time worked by their employees. However, sometimes, employees leave the office during their scheduled shift and come back at clock-out time. In order to keep on the safe side, one can put cameras near time clocks to monitor the time employees clock in and out as well as the cameras around the building to ensure that the times they logged on the time clock truly are the times they work. This way, no employee can take advantage of you as you go about your day running the business and it would be easy for you to take action against fraudulent workers.

 

If you would like to learn more about the different reasons as to why Security Surveillance Cameras would be a great fit for you then feel free to give us a call, send us a request on our quick form on our website or feel free to email us and we would love to get you protected to ensure maximum success for your company.

 

 

Summer time = higher rate of crime

It’s almost summer time and as the weather gets nicer the rate of crime raises because more and more people are stepping out of their homes and getting out in the fresh air and sun.  This means more and more homes are being left unattended and susceptible to burglary and theft.  This is also the time of year that many people go on vacation.  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to look in on your home or business while you are away and know that no matter what your investment is secure.

With the advances in technology the new HD Surveillance Cameras can not only catch thieves in the action but the picture is so much clearer and, unlike the still photos that are somewhat blurry and hard to make out detail that we are so used to seeing on the news, the newest line of IP cameras are much better. The picture is clear and details can actually be seen as well as zoomed in.  On the older surveillance systems things like license plates, name tags, tattoos and scars could not be seen clearly because the resolution of the older analog cameras were so choppy.

Analog cameras are more of a frame by frame type of camera versus IP cameras that stream live digital images to a storage device like a DVR, NVR or even a bank of televisions in a security room so that more of these criminals can be caught.  Just as televisions have improved their images so have the cameras that film the images that we watch on these new HD Televisions.

Much like the videos we take of our family on vacation, the video that is captured by Security cameras can be a valuable addition to our lives.  They can be accessed remotely to check in on your home or business and be assured that while you are away that your valuables and assets are secure.  This will allow rest, relaxation and security that you need while taking a break from your usual routine.  Business owners can take comfort with our POS solutions that link to your cash register and will record every transaction so you can be sure that while the cat is away the mice will not be allowed to play.

Give us a call and get a custom quote just for your peace of mind.  Here at Security Surveillance System, “We secure what matters and make your world a safer place!”

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.

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.

Benefits to having Surveillance Cameras

On a daily basis we are faced with all kinds of decisions.  As home owners, as business owners and just in our daily lives as responsible adults we have to make choices about all kinds of different things.  One thing that should be a priority is “How do I ensure that the people and property around me are safe and secure?”  The most common reasons people have for not wanting surveillance cameras are “We are located in a safe neighborhood” or “I trust the people in my business.”  The fact is that there is no such thing as a safe neighborhood because crime happens where ever you go.  Even in the most wonderful of neighborhoods people have the risk of being vandalized, theft from outside the neighborhood, (because thieves like to look for the nicer neighborhoods to find the most expensive things), and even people who you hire to work on your home or business are capable of being criminals.  Why not protect your property by installing Surveillance Cameras and catching them in the act.  The people who expect it the least are usually the ones who are at higher risk of being violated by one or all of the above mentioned people.  If you have children in your neighborhood you have the risk of them getting reckless and damaging your property.  No one is immune from criminals because criminals don’t care. If you protect yourself, then the criminals have less reason to target the house or business with security cameras than the neighbor next door who has no security at all.  With a business, if you feel you can trust your employees, then that is an absolute luxury that not everyone has but what if someone decided that they were going to come into your business and violate either you or your employees with false claims of injuries, theft, or even if one of your employees gets hurt on the job and tries to come back and say that your business was not a safe environment?  Cameras not only will protect your business against false claims or theft but it is statistically proven that production in a company that uses cameras is even higher than one that doesn’t because the employees know they are on camera and they can’t get away with not working.  For what ever reason people decide to get surveillance cameras we have you covered.  Not only will it protect your assets but it can also decrease your insurance because of the extra protection from false claims. Many insurance companies will offer a discount on your insurance for having a camera system. In any case we can help you figure out the best use of your cameras and the maximum benefit for you and for your home or business.  Call or message us today to schedule your free evaluation and let us help you decide the best way to be safe and secure.

Security = “Peace of Mind”

Many of us get comfortable in our lives with our day to day routines and commonality of every day being just like the one before.  Then someone comes along and violates our comfort and “Peace of mind” by breaking into our home, business or even our vehicle as it sits in front of our home.  Your home is supposed to be the one place you feel the safest and in today’s society crime is on the rise and it happens more than ever before.  You wake up in the morning and go about your everyday routine and as you leave your home to go to your job, take the kids to school or even just to take care of daily tasks like running errands and buying groceries and in your very own driveway is the car you work so hard to pay for in shambles.  Glass everywhere, the door open and your personal items scattered because items of monetary value is what they seek and they have taken what they want and left the rest behind.  Your heart sinks and you feel violated.  Even though most of are smart enough to bring in the items that thieves look for so they aren’t stolen while we sleep, it still feels like an invasion of privacy and most of all it cost us money to repair or replace the damaged parts of the car.  Car break ins are common and no matter how or where it happens it is a very uncomfortable feeling.  Even more uncomfortable is if someone invades your home or business.  Coming home from work to find your home wide open and your most valuable items taken right from under your nose.

Being in the security industry we hear all the time that “Surveillance cameras are for businesses not for homes.”  “Security cameras are to expensive for the everyday application of a home.” This is just simply not true.  The story above happens on a daily basis all around the world.  It happened to you at one time or to someone you know and love.  You call the police and they come out and fill out a report and you have a choice… file a claim with insurance or replace the items yourself and save yourself the insurance cost increase because of course insurance is available but if you use it they penalize you by increasing your rates.  Why are these the only options?  Well because without proof there is nothing the police can do.

Here is another scenario, after finding your car or home disheveled and broken, you go into your house and go to the security footage.  You now have something to go on!  You have video proof of what happened and when.  This is the proof the police need to track down the thieves that have broken into your car or home.  They can take finger prints and unless you have something to identify the person who has violated your privacy or unless they are a repeat offender and in the police database, there is not much the police can or will do about it.  It is a very sad fact.

Time and time again we hear stories of vandals, thieves and criminals being caught on camera and when that happens it brings us back our “Peace of mind.”  Justice is served and one less criminal will get away with violating the laws that are in place to protect those of us who actually work for the things we have.  We install surveillance systems in homes and in businesses and often time we get calls from our customers that because of our system, they were able to catch the intruder that took away their comfort in a split second when they invaded their space.  If you have had this happen to you or someone you love has or even if it hasn’t happened but you want to ensure it doesn’t, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to come out and give you a free security evaluation and bring you the “Peace of mind” you so rightly deserve whether it is in your home at night, while you are away at work, on vacation or even just out for a couple hours running errands. Outdoor cameras are equipped with automatic infrared so that as the sun goes down your camera will automatically switch and give you the optimal view of your investment.  All of this is just as valuable around your home as it is at your business.

We specialize in security cameras and we pride ourselves in what we do.  We will be happy to evaluate either one for you.  Call 720-535-5803 or you can fill out our information request on the side of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.  Going into the holiday season, take the steps necessary to protect what you have worked so hard to buy and have as your own.

Surveillance Systems in Schools

After all of the school violence in the past 10-15 years, parents and communities have requested more and more security for their schools.  Recently we are hearing of schools installing not only access control but also surveillance systems to be sure that no one goes in or out of the building undetected.  They are installing cameras and duress buttons so that in the case of another violent act they will be able to communicate with the outside world without risking the lives of any of the students or personnel in the building.  As parents, the most important job we have is to keep our kids healthy and safe and when they are out of our sight this becomes the job of those we trust our kids to.  Children as young as 2nd and 3rd grade have been reported bringing weapons to school and then you hear about outside threats like what happened in Sandy Hook where a family member of one of the teachers came in and killed 20 children and 6 adults.  As a result of this, the schools need to be protected better.  With surveillance systems in place the evidence to put these criminals away will be right in front of their eyes and could very easily deter the criminals from acting on their intentions in the first place.  Crime is going to happen no matter what because we have a society that has in so many ways devolved and the best way to respond is to protect the people and things we love the best we know how.  At least with a surveillance camera the perfect crime is becoming a thing of the past.

Cameras, however, do not only need to be in our schools to protect our kids.  With our economy the way it is and the cost of living going up more and more parents are both working and even more of them are single parents.  We have no choice but to work full time to support our family and maintain a comfortable lifestyle.  So more children are home alone after school and in that case a bigger target for thieves and criminals.  What better way to ensure that your kids are safe and secure then to be able to watch over them from your phone, tablet or computer at work?  With a remote access surveillance system you can log in from anywhere and check on your home and your children anytime and be sure that they are free from harm and even make sure they are behaving the way you expect hem to when you are not home.

If you would like to get a free in home evaluation to see how a surveillance system could help you and your kids and give you the peace of mind you deserve, please contact us and we will be happy to come take a look and get you set up to protect your family.

Who Can Use Surveillance Cameras?

In today’s society people are getting more and more used to seeing cameras everywhere you turn. They are used for many different reasons primarily by businesses, financial institutions and convenience stores but that does not mean that they can’t be used by homeowners and other types of businesses. Crimes are caught on camera every day and with the help of police and viral social media posting, more criminals are getting caught. The crime can be employee theft, robbery, vandalism or as small as just catching someone doing something they shouldn’t be doing. Some of the most common place applications for surveillance cameras are to deter crime and monitor productivity in and around businesses but more and more today there are people using cameras in and around their home for security reasons. Homeowners install dome cameras inside their home to monitor, via remote access, their home while at work, monitor kids that are home alone after school, monitor pets, and also to monitor household employees (maids, handymen, and nannies). Bullet Cameras are commonly installed on the outside of homes to monitor activity around the perimeter of the home. Some people use them to stop vandalism, some to prevent burglary and even to monitor backyard pools so that when they are not home they can be sure that their pool is not being used and risking a very expensive insurance liability. There are so many applications for cameras today the possibilities are endless. If you are interested in finding out if a Security Surveillance System might be a good fit for your home feel free to contact us for your free site survey today. (We also service existing systems)