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Indoor Surveillance Camera Tips

Posted by ProVisual on 9/22/2014 to News

If you own or manage a business, protecting your products and other valuable assets isn't just a good idea, it's an absolute necessity. Whether your company is a retail location or a manufacturing operation, there are people out there who would be more than happy to take what's yours. That's the business of a thief, to steal from your business until they get caught, or until they have stolen everything that isn't nailed down. Unfortunately, most thieves aren't stupid, and if there is a way to take what you have, chances are good that they'll find it. This is why you need to cover your bases with a well-executed network of surveillance cameras.

Choosing The Right Cameras

There are a wide range of different camera styles to choose from, bullet cameras, dome cameras, PTZ cameras and more, so how do you determine which security cameras are the best fit for your business? The answer lies in figuring out exactly what those cameras will be required to do, and then matching up the camera type and the performance features that provide the strongest protection and most complete coverage. Consulting with a trained security professional is the best way to go, as their experience can be extremely valuable, but if you don't have access to a surveillance expert, creating a checklist of requirements like the following example can help.

* Do you want your cameras to be plainly visible to your customers, or would hidden cameras serve your needs better? While you may think that hidden cameras will catch more thieves, security cameras that are out in the open can serve as a deterrent, as many thieves would rather just avoid cameras and find an easier mark.

* Should you use a hardwired camera network, or wireless? Depending on how much space you have to cover, and how far removed the individual areas of coverage are from where you'll be keeping your digital or network DVR, either variety can be extremely effective.

* Will the camera coverage area be well lit at all times? If not, using cameras with infrared functionality is probably the best way to go.

* How much area will each camera be required to cover? Like any photographic equipment, there are maximum ranges involved, so be sure to purchase cameras that can clearly view and record at the distance you need.

Strategic Camera Placement

Once you have determined which camera style and features you need, it's time to place the cameras in such a manner as to provide coverage as completely as possible. Placing cameras to line up with aisles or other areas where your merchandise is stored is the way to go, but make sure that you also take into consideration doorways, windows and other points of entry to provide security after your employees have gone home for the night. If you decided against infrared capabilities, coordinating your cameras with existing light sources is a solid surveillance strategy.

Room To Grow

If you are setting up your surveillance camera system within a limited budget, it is perfectly acceptable to start with a limited number of cameras covering the most critical areas of your business and then expanding your security network as you go. Simply make sure that the video recorder you use has enough channels available to accommodate adding additional cameras at a later date.