security cameras (video surveillance) and your business - security camera protection box
Compared with Europe, especially the UK, the United States is far behind in terms of technology and video surveillance or the number of "security cameras" installed.
In the UK, about every 14 people have a public surveillance camera, which is almost 100 times that number in the US.
When you consider the crime rate comparison between the two countries, our crime rate is much higher, which seems strange.
I often wonder if there is a direct correlation between the crime rate and the number and complexity of the monitoring system ,-
In other words, do they have more, more obvious surveillance cameras, and does this fact keep their crime rate at a lower level?
I suspect that is true, although there are many other contributing factors such as the success rate of criminal arrest and the prompt and certainty of punishment.
In addition, of course, there are factors of geography and population density --
England will be in North Carolina twice and Florida four times, so they have a lot less cable than we do.
What does this have to do with you and your business?
Probably not much, but if the number and visibility of cameras does reduce crime, don't you want to do everything you can to stop crime in your business?
There is a lot of controversy about the "privacy" issue of the use of surveillance cameras, although the court has repeatedly ruled that if it is possible to observe public activities with eyes (in person)
, Then as long as the camera is easy to see, if the observation is carried out by the camera, then the privacy will not be violated.
Oddly enough, in the US, even in business, we seem to feel the need to hide our surveillance cameras.
If the camera is visible, are we worried about making the customer unhappy?
Do we think surveillance cameras will reduce the "environment" or "appearance" of our stores or businesses "?
Or do we think that if the bad guys don't see that we have cameras, they might be bolder and less likely to disguise their appearance?
This is much like the philosophical difference between law enforcement officers hiding behind trees or riding an unmarked car to catch speeders and sitting in highly visible places (often garish)
The marked patrol car is in the middle or on the elevated mound next to the highway, as in Europe.
Both have the intention of reducing speed and making the highway safer (I think)
But one is to focus on catching and punishing the perpetrators, and the other is to focus on preventing them from speeding.
Personally, I firmly believe in the method of deterrence.
If crime is an inevitable fact in life, I hope it is not my bad guys who choose someone else's shop to rob or steal.
So in a business environment I want my camera to be highly visible and if possible I want to have a large color display and all my customers can see that I am monitoring the entire facility, the photos are clear, colored and close enough to deny identity.
I might also want some "hidden" cameras that don't even know about my staff that don't show up in front of the public or even behind --Office monitor
"Shrinking" inventory tends to be more expensive than obvious criminal behavior, and unfortunately your employees are often the reason.
The type of camera is more, and the type and size of the lens is more, than you "Shake "(
As my grandmother used to say).
Each has its unique and unique applicability and application to get the best possible picture in each case.
So, why do I see many of my competitors, even those that should know better, with almost every item with the same camera installed?
What is the current charm of "bullet? style" LED-
Day and night cameras-everywhere?
To "see "(
Contrary to opinion)and symmetry (
It must be, because when we investigate our business in the eyes of the Shepherds, we have not yet seen an installation site with cameras of exactly the same type and style everywhere
As a consumer/customer, if a video surveillance system vendor tries to tell you that your business or store needs 4, 8 or 16 cameras, each of which is exactly the same, because he obviously didn't know his business, he sent him away and called others.
The annoying little secret may be that he may have bought some "monitoring packs" from the discount store and now needs to throw them away.
"Dome" cameras are becoming more and more common (
Relative to other styles)today.
Even some of my bank clients insist that we install them.
Frankly, I don't understand why.
They are "cleaner" in appearance than the industry's so-called "box" cameras, and with the smoking polycarbonate dome, it's hard to see where the lens points, so, I suspect that the purpose of this is not to make it obvious that negligent or lazy layout designers do not protect an area.
The lens is easier to keep clean, and it's not easy to get them out of tune or out of focus by some overly enthusiastic and careless doormen, so I guess this is (mistakenly)
Means you can install them and forget them? -
But in my foreverto-be-
Modestly, the "shortcomings" that oppose the use of them tend to far outweigh the "shortcomings ".
I suspect that in many cases it is only a matter of laziness or lack of expertise;
If the system specs or salesman spec Dome cameras are all the same, he or she does not need to have expertise or take the time to make a detailed and thoughtful layout of the building and its uses.
They don't need (
If they were designed from a floor plan)
In order to be able to imagine the traffic flow, imagine which side the customer or customer will stand on,
Most people use the door exit, where
Robbers may be robbed or somewhere to rest at night
At the beginning and end.
They also don't need to worry about creating a detailed sketch of the facility, showing the exact camera type, location and view for the installer, and then making sure that the camera specs are placed in the desired position ,-
Heck, if the salesman designs different types of cameras in different places, he may even have to visit the site during the installation.
The same logic (Or missing)
Suitable for any installation that sells exactly the same camera for each location in the facility.
The fact is, they are short.
Change their customers and often leave a lack or lack of place, not even found.
That's why on the evening news, you often see blurry, distant, non-focused or partial images of a robbed, wrong camera or lens or insufficient camera installed in the wrong place.
There is no excuse for this.
All in all, if you allow the public access to your property, you may get the best protection to install a professional video surveillance system.
It's not just to prevent robbery, theft or theft, it's not just to provide photos of the perpetrators (s)
For law enforcement, if a claim for liability is made against you, it is also to provide evidence. (
More about this topic in future articles. )
Make sure that whoever you install the system knows exactly what they're doing and why (
Yes, if you make the wrong decision to "save money" yourself, it also means you.
If your system does not provide clear, identifiable (meaning close-up face views)and setting-
Proper images, you can not even bother.
In the early days of regulation by financial institutions, the FBI and the FDIC required customers standing in typical customer service settings to display images from cameras on 10 "displays 1" "customer head size "-
This is equivalent to 1/10 of the vertical and horizontal frames taken on the face.
This is still a good rule of thumb. [
Please do not install the "virtual" camera-
They could have spent more in court.
There are more ongoing claims of responsibility than you think. (
More about this topic in future articles. )]
If someone suggests using the exact same camera in each place and every area covered in your house or your property, ask them why, how, before you write a deposit check, show you the points they get.
Think about why you're installing a system and what you need it to do for you.
The video surveillance system alone cannot meet all your needs ,-
It should be part of a complete method of pre-protection. (
More about this topic in future articles. )
Consider the applicability and suitability of (big)
Public View monitor.
They are not cheap, but they may be the most important element of your system depending on your business type and your premises.
Consider your working hours and lighting conditions.
There is absolutely no point in installing IR night and night cameras (
IRLEDs tend to run out in 2 years or less and need to replace the camera)
Although they are all angry now, if your DVR is set to open-
Timing or motion sensitivity, you will not be open 24 hours a day. (
More about this topic in future articles. )
Last but not least. . .
Give serious and long-term consideration to your DVR.
It is not only the core of your system, but also the most expensive element.
Dvr is not mentioned in this article-
This is the theme of our next article, which will appear soon.
Howard A, always remember your best interests