We have seen a number of news reports and have heard from many of our clients, that there has been an increase in burglaries and home invasions with members of the Indian community as the victims. This is clearly a disturbing trend and the goal of this posting is to provide some ideas to help everyone be a little safer, especially as the holidays approach. As is always the case, be mindful of your surroundings and anything or anyone that seems out of place. Safety usually starts with what we refer to as the three-D’s, Deterrence, Denial, and Detection.
Deterrence means to make yourself a less desirable target:
Denial means making it harder to break in:
For more ideas, you can request a free copy of our home security checklist or contact us for a free in home security assessment.
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Video surveillance has made tremendous advances in the last five years. One of the significant advances is in IP video surveillance. IP or internet prootcol has revolutionized video surveillance in several different respects.
In conclusion, IP cameras are a remarkable tool for many applicaitons, but traditional analog cameras are rugged, reliable, and cost effective, so they’ll likely be around for years to come.
Kansas City homeowners are becoming evermore proactive about protecting their homes and families. One step in this evolution is the use of video surveillance. There are 4 main reasons that people choose video surveillance:
Part of the reason for the surge in popularity is the dramatic drop in prices as well as the introduction of smart-phone and internet access to these systems. A traditional system will be composed of a digital video recorder (DVR), a power supply, and cameras. The DVR will normally have 4, 8, or 16 inputs on it where the camera cables are to be connected. It then has a hard drive, just like a computer, on which the video is stored. There is usually an ethernet port so that the video can be viewed over the internet as well.
Selection and installation of the security cameras is what determines the value of the surveillance system. There are many different factors that influence the selection of security cameras. Some of the factors that effect camera selection include the lighting, resolution, distance, mounting conditions, temperature, and vandalism risk.
Security camera selection and installation are where the complexity lies and often relying on a video surveillance consultant and a professional installer can help produce the desired results.
A new security camera solution that is gaining popularity is called hosted video. With hosted video surveillance, there is no need for the DVR. Instead, the video clips are stored on the internet (Cloud) each time a selected event, such as motion is triggered. The recording can also be triggered by security system events such as opening a door or disarming the system. Such a feature would be valuable for making sure that latch key kids arrived home safely. You could have a video clip emailed to you each time the door was opened while you were away to know who was coming and going. This video/security integration is also available on the traditional DVR based systems described above, but require outputs from the security panel to be wired to the DVR to trigger.
The video clips are stored on the internet and can even be automatically emailed. For small systems, this is very economical because the home owner avoids the expense of the DVR. Many of these cameras also can be connected via ethernet or Wi-Fi, to make installation even easier.