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Video Surveillance: Set Up Easily

Jun 11, 2008
You have assets and people to protect. You want to ensure you have another set of eyes watching when you can't be watching them yourself. Whether it's for business, school, daycare or home use, a video surveillance system can give you peace of mind.

Today's video surveillance systems are not complicated to set up. With a little research, you can find a quality supplier, get it delivered and have it going in no time. You only have to decide what kind of system best suits your needs. You can choose a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) system or a VCR system that uses VHS tapes.

A DVR system eliminates the need for handling a slew of VHS tapes, as all data records onto a hard drive, CD or DVD. It really is quite simple to set up a quality functioning video surveillance system. Position your cameras strategically around the premises you want to monitor. Then hook up those cameras to a recording device. Set that recording device to download data onto a storage medium. That's it. That's why you can have a system ready to go, quickly, to protect yourself.

Today's systems are also less cumbersome in size due to advances in technology. Compact and self-contained systems do not take up a lot of room in your home or workplace. In addition, with so many models available on the marketplace, you will not find it too difficult to find one that fits your security budget.

What are the benefits of a video surveillance system? First, it offers protection from lawsuits when accused of improprieties or negligence you are not guilty of in any way. When accusations come and you have recorded visual evidence to prove your innocence, you have just eliminated a lot of headache in your life. If you have a business and someone falsely claims he or she slipped and fell on your premises, you can refute their claim with visual evidence.

If you are experiencing inventory loss due to theft, a hidden camera surveillance system can help you find the culprit or culprits. The right cameras in the right places can aid your detection efforts greatly. These business-security surveillance systems are useful when you need to find out if employees are stealing. They are easily set up in stock rooms and receiving areas. A hidden camera surveillance system is great for the nooks and crannies of your business where covert actions may take place.

When choosing a video surveillance system, consider what areas you want to monitor and the field of coverage you need in each area. This will help you determine type and number of cameras you require. Consider whether you want black and white or color images. Consider the space you have to house any type of unit you purchase.

Consider whether you want a visible or hidden system. Also, consider whether you want a permanent system embedded into your building infrastructure, such as ceilings and walls. You may want a portable system instead. A portable DVR system uses a wireless or professional camera. You can use the portable camera anywhere. You then send a wireless signal to your DVR recording equipment. It's a simple and easy way to do surveillance.

Of increasing popularity today are systems whereby you monitor activity over the Internet. You can install one of these systems on your PC and record up to four wired or wireless cameras. These systems are great for day cares, animal boarding facilities, schools and homes. They are also excellent for businesses that want to monitor branch locations from a head office central location.

Remember that quality merchants of video surveillance systems offer the latest in wired or wireless versions. If your budget allows, state-of-the-art is the way to go to protect your assets. Also, look for a supplier who offers systems complete with cameras, cables and all necessary components and accessories. Make sure they also supply detailed instructions for installation. While today's systems are not difficult to install, you still want a reference document to refer to as a back up.

Consider a video surveillance system for protection from lawsuits and theft. Let a home, school or business system provide that extra level of security you need. Enjoy the freedom from worry and costly expenses a video surveillance system can afford you.
About the Author
Sharon Macdonald is a retired teacher and high-tech security specialist. She is an expert in visual and audio surveillance systems and techniques. See what she recommends to protect your family in her blog
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