August 6, 2018

What kind of security cameras should you have?

by Sara

It is integral to keep your property safe, whether it is your home or business. According to the BJS (Bureau of Justice Statistics), in 2016 U.S. households experienced 15.9 million property crimes—a rate of 119.4 per 1,000 households. On the other hand speaking for businesses, theft within the workplace goes often unnoticed. Employee theft can cost your organization a fortune, it’s a crime that is costing U.S. businesses $50 billion annually. These statistics could scare any property or business owner, so it is extremely important to take the necessary precautions to ensure your own peace and prosperity. Implementing security cameras can prevent crime such as vandalism or theft while increasing overall perimeter safety. In the event that theft in fact occurs, security camera’s will do a great job at providing material evidence. 

Information and additional details are provided below and should be taken into consideration when investing in a security system! 

Wired vs Wireless:

Wired Pros:

  • Wired systems require ethernet cables, thus providing a more clear and concise data transmission 
  • Interference will not be an issue with wired security cameras (closed circuit) 
  • Great for large homes or businesses that require a large are to be surveilled

Wired Cons:

  • More difficult to install rather than wireless security cameras 
  • Less portable 
  • Requires excessive drilling throughout property in order to install

Wireless Pros:

  • Portable 
  • Flexible (areas desired for installation) 
  • Easy to set up

Wireless Cons:

  • Possible network interference from other devices 
  • Hackers could potentially gain access 
  • More expensive

IP vs Analog Camera:

IP Camera

Also known as “network camera”, IP camera’s are the best option of security camera on the market while keeping in mind cost. With the IP Camera, the cables are simplified because the ethernet cable acts as a data transmission as well as a power supply. IP cameras encode, process, and transmit the recorded footage, therefore increasing the quality of the video drastically. 

Analog Camera

Currently looked upon as the “has been” of the surveillance industry. Even though they are bulky and outdated, most businesses and individuals wont change. Back in the day, these business owners and individuals invested decades of both time and money in their analog system and are reluctant to change because it will be an additional fortune to switch. Nowadays it is best to avoid Analog cameras at all costs.

Are PTZ cameras worth the investment?

PTZ cameras are one of the most expensive security cameras on the market. It comes at a high price for a reason, that reason being because they are so powerful. These cameras are insanely sharp, producing video at top 1080p quality. PTZ’s are great for large businesses, not so for your home. PTZ’s are better suited for commercial businesses, as they would have a negative curb appeal if installed at your residence. There are better options for your in home surveillance needs. 

Why use license plate recognition cameras?

The gist is clear, these cameras are perfect for detecting license plates. Many companies use LPRC’s to keep an accurate track of whom is coming and going. Sure all camera’s are capable of capturing a license plate at the standstill, but most do not have a shutter speed and special zoom just for license plates. Having shutter speed and allows the camera to capture a moving vehicle’s license plate. Many organizations such as toll roads, large corporations or communities with gated entrances, and government buildings utilize LPR’s. These license plate recognition camera’s are not regularly recommend for home use. 

AM/PM Door Inc. is more than capable of installing or repairing any type of security camera system. In addition to ANY door, gate, or access control  system. We take pride in our work and love to give the most quality customer service in the industry! Give us a call at (800) 286-DOOR!

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