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The United States Government is considering placing limitations on the Chinese surveillance giant Hikvision’s ability to buy American technology.

The U.S. Commerce Department would place Hikvision on an “entity list,” which requires American companies to get government approval before they conduct businesses with any foreign company listed. These limits would effectively place the company on a United States blacklist for potentially posing a threat to national security and privacy.

Hikvision products enable their clients to track anyone around the country by using technology that can analyze their facial features, body characteristics or gait. The emergence of new technology like artificial intelligence, speech monitoring and genetic testing is making monitoring networks, like the ones used by Hikvision, increasingly effective. The latest technology can also be used to monitor activity considered unusual by officials, such as people running or crowds gathering. Though useful for government officials to monitor its citizens, such technology can easily provide opportunities for these products to be intrusive on their customers’ privacy. Because of the economic, technological and geopolitical threat this could pose, the U.S. government is cracking down on technology companies like Hikvision and Huawei.

The fear of backdoors

After an investigation by Amazon on expensive servers that were installed for a company called Elemental by Super Micro Computer Inc. (commonly known as Supermicro), tiny microchips that weren’t a part of the boards’ original design were found nested on the servers’ motherboards. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shock-wave through the intelligence community. After the ensuing probe, investigators determined that the chips, which were disguised as signal conditioning couplers, allowed the attackers to create a stealth doorway into any network that included the altered motherboards. These chips incorporated memory, networking capability and sufficient power for an attack. Essentially, anyone with access to the hidden backdoor could gain access to your private network — which includes your surveillance system.

These servers were discovered inside the data centers operated by dozens of other companies. As soon as these servers were installed and switched on, the microchip could alter the operating system’s core so it could accept modifications. This secret microchip also had the ability to contact computers controlled by hackers in search of further instructions and code.

Surveillance in China

In China, the surveillance industry is being used extensively to keep tabs on its own citizens. Their government is using surveillance technology, including facial recognition via CCTV cameras, to target certain ethnic groups who have accused the government of discriminating against their culture and religion. China has built what amounts to a police state in the country’s northwestern region — Xinjiang — which includes extensive surveillance powered by companies like Hikvision.

Chinese surveillance firms have also began exporting this technology to other nations like Ecuador, Zimbabwe, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates, who also wish to monitor their citizens in a similar manner.

What this means for Hikvision customers

Hikvision is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of video surveillance products and is central to China’s ambitions to be the top global exporter in the surveillance industry. Due to the recent limitations and developments, American companies who currently supply products to Hikvision may have to receive government approval first. In the immediate future, businesses and individuals will still be permitted to buy Hikvision products. However, it is likely that over time these regulations will become stricter due to the threat that their products could pose to national security. Which means if you’re using a Hikvision system, you may lose support and the ability to buy replacement products from them in the near future.

Avoid Chinese knockoffs

We specialize in Geovision surveillance equipment, which is one of the most highly revered brands in the industry. With the growing interest in workplace security from companies throughout the nation, it’s important to consider where you’re getting your equipment. When you buy your equipment from untested or unreliable distributors, you’re taking more than just a security risk. Less reputable brands are infamous for advertising higher resolution than their cameras can output. Not to mention the features they advertise — like motion detection, facial recognition, infrared sensors and remote access — often don’t perform as well as they make it seem.

When you order your equipment from Camera Security Now, you’re not only getting the best brands in the industry — you’re also getting lifetime support, equipment and placement advice, installation and product-testing from a company with over 20 years of experience in the surveillance and security camera industry.

Our camera service and installation professionals deliver the camera solutions that your company needs, helping you ensure the security of your business, employees, and customers. To find out how easy it is to keep your company secure, request a quote today.

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As companies across the country continue to invest in workplace security, it’s no surprise that the number of companies offering security cameras is also growing in proportion. With the security of your employees, customers, vendors, equipment, and worksite on the line, it’s important to know that you’re in good company when selecting a company to install and service your security camera system. When it comes to providing our clients with the best experience, we know that high-quality customer service and professionalism are just as important as the products we offer. Here are just a few of the qualities that you should keep in mind when selecting a security camera system provider for your company.

The company you keep

As with most other things in life, businesses are often judged by the company they keep, so it’s important to make smart decisions about who you choose to associate your business with. Your security camera system vendor should always exceed your expectations, meet all deadlines, and provide the best service to you and your team.

Security Camera Now started as a regional provider of security camera solutions for businesses, local government, educational institutions, and individuals in the Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky areas. While we’ve grown over the last 30 years to offer nationwide service, we’ve never lost our commitment to our local area. From Dayton, Ohio to Covington, Kentucky, we offer state of the art surveillance solutions to help our clients meet their security needs.

Thanks to the Tech Amy, our trusted network of installers and servicers, we are able to provide nationwide installation and service with the same dedication and commitment to service and quality that we offer to our hometown companies. Since we started in 1998, we have been everywhere and have seen everything. There is no security job too big, no problem too hard to solve, and no destination too remote for our team.

It’s all about integrity

Integrity is the backbone of good business. When looking for a security camera system provider, your potential partner should have a reputation for meeting commitments, staying on budget, and open and honest business practices. When the security of your team is on the line, don’t trust their safety to an untrustworthy provider.

You need to know that your security camera partner is looking out for the best interests of your company. That’s why our process starts with a free security consultation to better understand your needs and to answer any questions you might have. We work with you to understand your biggest security concerns, the scope of the project, your budget guidelines, and other information that will help us guide you to the right security camera system solution for your project.

While our team can work off schematics and floor plans to create a plan for the project before installation can occur we need to see and inspect the area where cameras will be needed. While on-site visits can be costly and delay the start of your project, our free one-hour security consultation and comprehensive site review allow us to expedite the process for your project. We work with you to set up and conduct the visit via Skype, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or other video chat program and your representative walks us through the worksite, allowing us to see any obstructions that the install team might encounter or to address any additional concerns. Instead of spending a few hours with a technician on-site, we work with your representative to complete a digital site visit in a fraction of the time.

We know that every company is striving to keep costs as low as possible on every project while still meeting goals. That’s why we work with you to keep your security camera system project costs in check. Our up-front itemized pricing lets you know exactly what to expect, with no hidden fees or required monthly fee plans. While other vendors may low-ball their initial quote to get a foot in the door, our security consultation and site review allow us to provide you with an accurate quote for your project well in advance, which will come in handy when you need to get a capital expenditure request approved before the project starts.

A partner you can trust

Our commitment and promise to you are to always exceed your expectations for customer service and professionalism. From our 15-minute guaranteed response on quote requests to our quick response time on phone calls and emails, our commitment to service has always been a top priority. When you need a partner you can trust who is also a trusted partner in the community, look no further than Camera Security Now.

If you’re looking a one-stop shop for your security camera needs, look no further than the experienced professionals at Camera Security Now. Our camera service and installation professionals deliver the camera solutions that your company needs, helping you ensure the security of your business, employees, and customers. To find out how easy it is to keep your company secure, request a quote today.

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A home invasion occurs every 18 seconds in the United States, so it’s little wonder that home security is an increasing concern for most homeowners. With the interest in home security camera systems growing, our own Andy Wendt recently sat down with Courtney Wheaton from ABC22/Fox45 to discuss the best options for home security camera systems and tips to help homeowners make the most of their systems. We’d like to thank Courtney for stopping by and for her interest in home security. Be sure to check out Courtney’s segment on ABC22/Fox45 and join us as we express our gratitude to her and the stations for the great service they are providing to the greater Dayton area by offering security camera advice to homeowners. Here are just a few of the advice, tips, and options we discussed with Courtney that can help you make your home or business more secure.

Focus on home security

According to a report by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, 60% of convicted burglars stated that they avoided homes with security systems, including visible cameras, yard signs, or stickers on doors and windows. With only 14% of homes in the US protected by a security system, there’s always a less-risky target nearby. Even a basic, DIY home security system can make your home less tempting to potential thieves.

For most homeowners, a doorbell camera system is sufficient for providing basic security. Homeowners can easily install most of these systems themselves, without much hassle. Since doorbell cameras are often small and undetectable from a distance, be sure to display any lawn signage or window stickers provided with your kit to help deter burglars from targeting your home.

Keeping an eye on your home

Most home invasions occur during daylight hours, usually between 10am and 4pm, when intruders are less likely to get caught in the act by a homeowner or their family. It’s not uncommon for burglars to make several passes by a home, often even ringing the doorbell, prior to forcing entry into your home.

A simple doorbell camera system can be a budget-friendly deterrent for criminals and provide peace of mind for homeowners. No matter what time of the day or night your doorbell is rung, an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer notifies you when someone rings the doorbell and allows you to remotely view the person on your porch. Most versions even offer proximity motion-triggered recording, often as much as 30 feet from the camera itself.

In addition to helping ward off potential intruders, doorbell cameras can also help catch “porch pirates”, a particular concern during the holiday season, and can keep an eye on your mailbox when you’re traveling. And then there’s the priceless peace of mind of knowing who’s standing on outside your door when your doorbell goes off unexpectedly in the middle of the night.

At a price point of about $100 to $150, the price point of doorbell security camera systems makes them very pleasing to the wallets of homeowners. Doorbell security cameras are typically wireless and easy to install. Be sure to check your system to determine if its battery operated or needs to be connected to power. If your system is wired, the power comes from the same wiring that powers a standard doorbell. Within just a couple of hours, most homeowners can set up and begin viewing footage from their cameras.

Know your system’s limits

While doorbell camera systems provide a level of security for homeowners, it is important to know the limits of any system that you choose for your home. With proper research and planning, most homeowners can find the right home security camera system to help protect their residence.

While most doorbell cameras are wireless, hardwired power and data connections are more reliable. While your system should notify you when the batteries are low, batteries can die at any time, possibly leaving you without coverage. Another issue can be spotty internet, especially with Wi-Fi connections. If you frequently have issues with your Wi-Fi connection, you may want to seek out a system with a hardwired data connection.

Nearly all retail home security systems require that your cameras are connected to the internet. If you have a high-speed internet connection, this is usually not an issue. However, if you live in an area without access to high-speed internet, this is an issue that should be addressed prior to installing your system. Another important thing to remember is that anything on the internet is vulnerable to hackers and your camera’s feed could be viewed by others. With our commercial camera systems, your cameras do not require being connected to the internet.

With many home security systems, it may be surprising to learn that your recordings don’t always belong to you. While you can usually view the live images from your cameras at no additional charge, most doorbell and other home security camera systems actually charge a monthly fee in order to see playback of recorded footage. Some systems require a monthly fee for them to work at all. With one of our systems for businesses, the recording device, remote connection to that device, and all of the recordings belong to you with no additional monthly charge.

Home security systems, like doorbell cameras, are best when you need only one or two cameras, with most systems maxing out at four or eight cameras. For those who need a larger number of cameras or for several people to have access to the cameras, business security camera systems are usually recommended. We know how to manage systems of any size – whether you need 10 cameras or more than 128, our experts have the experience and skills needed to ensure that your system is set up properly and can scale up your system as needed. Our systems also offer access control and other features like PTZ, license plate reading, and RAID storage.

Our recommendations

To help homeowners make the right selection, we have tested several brands of residential camera systems, including Nest, Arlo, and Ring. All of these doorbell security camera systems are excellent options for homeowners with similar features and quality.

Our best in show recommendation goes to the Ring doorbell camera system. Ring is extremely easy to install, offers high-quality 1080p video day and night, features a slender design with changeable faceplates, and some versions even use pre-buffering technology to allow you to view even prior to motion triggering.

For our testers, the best wireless recommendation has to go to Arlo, which can support up 4 cameras. The battery life for Arlo cameras is surprisingly long, lasting at least two weeks, and is the solution we have used for our elevator cameras.

Trust the professionals

Andy Wendt, VP of Marketing, has been with our family of companies for more than 30 years and his experience and expertise in the security camera system industry is unparalleled. Andy and the team at Camera Security Now work closely with clients to find the best solution to meet their security needs, offering free site visits and security consultations for businesses, schools, and municipalities.

If you’re looking a one-stop shop for your security camera needs, look no further than the experienced professionals at Camera Security Now. Our camera service and installation professionals deliver the camera solutions that your company needs, helping you ensure the security of your business, employees, and customers. To find out how easy it is to keep your company secure, request a quote today.

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In the world of security camera systems, few cameras offer as many options and features as the Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) camera. With the ability to monitor large areas with ease, zoom in on events in real time, and fully remote control options, PTZ cameras are a popular and viable option for businesses across a variety of industries. Read on to explore more about PTZ cameras, their most popular features, and why you may want to choose a PTZ camera for your business.

What is a PTZ camera?

PTZ refers to a camera’s ability to move its lens and refocus in real time. Featuring a lens that can rotate on three axes, PTZ cameras offer users complete control over the field of view. Utilizing the software on the system’s Network Video Recorder or on the remote viewing app, you can rotate your camera in any direction while zooming in or out in real time. PTZ cameras offer the unique ability to view a large area, while also keeping an eye on even the smallest details.

Monitor large areas

Imagine being able to reduce the cost of covering large areas of your business or worksite without sacrificing resolution or image quality. The multiple features of PTZ cameras allow them to be used for both wide-area monitoring and zooming in to provide more details.

While fixed cameras are able to cover only a narrow area, PTZ cameras enable business owners to cover large areas with fewer cameras. For outdoor-based businesses, like construction sites or gravel pits, PTZ cameras offer an efficient option for monitoring large worksites, while also allowing users to zoom in on site visitors, potential thieves, and others. PTZ cameras can also zoom in to help identify license plate numbers of vehicles that visit your site after hours.

Narrow your focus

PTZ cameras combine the ability to cover large areas with the option to zoom in and focus on details in real time. Instead of having to cover an area with multiple cameras with different features, your PTZ camera enables you to get both a high-level and detailed view of your worksite or business.

One of the most popular applications for PTZ cameras is in parking lots. When you’re dealing with claims of vehicle damage from carts, slip and fall injuries, or hit-and-run incidents in your parking lot, the ability get a view of the entire lot and zoom in on specific incidents to get more detail is invaluable.

Remote control

Thanks to the software on your NVR or remote viewing app, you and your security team can have full access to your PTZ cameras anytime from anywhere. Instead of relying on a network of cameras to catch parts of an incident, remote control access of your PTZ camera allows you to catch all the action from one camera unit.

With the ability to pan, tilt, or zoom in on action in real time, PTZ cameras are a popular choice for monitoring large car dealerships. By allowing you to keep an eye on both all of your inventory at once and keep an eye on any suspicious individuals who might enter the lot after hours, your PTZ camera can provide you with the security of an entire system at a fraction of the cost.

Another popular use for PTZ cameras is in schools and on university campuses. In traditional school settings, security and office personnel can keep an eye on large open areas like the playground or entryway, while also monitoring and tracking potential bullying incidents and deploying staff to respond faster. On university campuses, PTZ cameras can be utilized outdoors on the quad or at sports arenas and fields to provide additional layers of security for students and visitors.

Trust a professional

While you may be tempted to install your own security camera system, PTZ camera installation requires professional installation to ensure that the job is done right. PTZ cameras are more complicated to install than traditional bullet cameras and, since they’re more expensive than other camera types, you want to avoid damaging your new PTZ cameras. Improper installation can also lead to lagging, unresponsive, or poor picture quality. Camera Security Now offers highly-skilled camera techs ready to install your PTZ system. Don’t let the installation process lessen the benefits of your new PTZ system, contact Camera Security now today.

Why choose a PTZ camera?

The versatility of PTZ cameras makes them ideally suited for outdoor applications or large warehouses. With the ability to have complete control over your camera’s field of view, your PTZ camera offers you greater control over ensuring the safety and security of your worksite or business. Contact Camera Security Now to learn more about how a PTZ Security Camera System can enhance the security of your business.

If you’re looking a one-stop shop for your security camera needs, look no further than the experienced professionals at Camera Security Now. Our camera service and installation professionals deliver the camera solutions that your company needs, helping you ensure the security of your business, employees, and customers. To find out how easy it is to keep your company secure, request a quote today.

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Recently, our sister company, Computer Service Now, told you about the Hidden Costs of Not Upgrading Your Computer, but your outdated security camera system could be costing you more than you realize. Just like computers and servers, your security camera system needs to be upgraded too. From camera downtime to lower quality and missing out on new options, your old security camera system is a drain on your company’s valuable resources. Read on to learn more about the hidden costs of not upgrading your aging security camera system.

More downtime

Just like with any electronic device, the older your security cameras become, the more likely they are to fail or experience more frequent outages. For companies with numerous cameras, these occasional outages can quickly add up; and for smaller companies, the loss of even one camera can mean the loss of a large amount of security camera coverage.

The older your system is, the less likely you are to be getting regular maintenance. Is the company that installed your system still in business? Did your service contract expire and no one bothered to contact you to renew or extend it? No replacing batteries or deferring maintenance can seriously impact your security camera system’s ability to function properly. When the components of your aging system aren’t regularly checked and updated, your system can experience catastrophic failures.

A newer IP security camera system offers fewer failure points and ease of service that help reduce downtime. If your IP camera is experiencing an issue, a technician can often troubleshoot and fix the problem remotely. When a service or maintenance visit is needed, your technician is sure to have the parts or equipment needed to repair your modern security camera system, unlike an old outdated analog system which might require waiting for a part to be delivered.

Lower quality

The video quality and resolution of security camera systems have come a long way in the last few years. Don’t wait until you get robbed or your store gets broken into to find out that your outdated system is only capable of producing grainy footage that makes it impossible to identify the culprit.

Older camera systems are notorious for producing terrible images in low lighting conditions or for being so low quality that zooming in on an image only made the image even more unintelligible. Old analog security cameras send a video signal to your digital video recorder (DVR) which then processes the signal and records it, resulting in a lower frame rate and limited resolution. Read Why is My Security Footage Low Quality to learn more.

Don’t wait until you find out that your analog security camera’s low quality doesn’t allow you to zoom in and identify the license plate of a vehicle involved in a hit and run in your parking lot. Take a proactive approach by upgrading to an IP security camera system that allows you to capture high-resolution images on cameras that offer features like Pan-Tilt-Zoom, license plate recognition, and remote viewing options to keep your workplace safer and more secure.

Storage issues

You may think that your old analog security cameras allow you to save on storage costs, but you’d be wrong. The DVRs that record, process, and store the footage from analog cameras aren’t capable of handling very much data. This lack of storage capability often means that business owners who intended to save money by not upgrading end up shelling out even more money for additional DVRs to store their low-quality analog video.

One of the most common methods of compressing and distributing video on a modern IP security camera system, H.264 cuts video data to about a quarter of its original size, allow you to store more video on your network video recorder (NVR). These compression capabilities allow you to reduce your overall storage needs while capturing a higher-quality image that can be digitally zoomed in on to allow for images to be examined in greater detail.

Fewer options

Does reviewing your security camera footage mean sitting down at a computer in the office? You never know when an incident is going to occur in your workplace. When your alarm company calls you at 2am to say that an intruder alert has been set off in your building, can you view your security cameras from the comfort of your bed to find out if there’s actually an intruder or if it’s just a stray cat that has wandered into your warehouse? Old analog security camera systems often lack many of the options that are standard on modern IP systems, like remote accessibility or the ability to integrate with access control systems and alarms.

It’s important for you to be able to keep track of your business from anywhere and at any time, that’s why an updated digital security camera system like ours comes with remote viewing access options standard. Now you can check in on your employees and workplace from anywhere using your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Not only that, we understand that the modern demands of business, especially those that operate 24/7, means that companies need to be able to use their security camera systems for more than just recording footage. Our Geovision security camera system offers a comprehensive software package allowing seamless access control integration to help you control access to restricted areas like the server room, even when your regular office staff have gone home for the day. Read Taking Security to the Next Level with Access Control to learn more.

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Thinking about upgrading? Our free one-hour site visit and consultation is the ideal opportunity for you to discuss your concerns with our camera security experts. We work with you to offer the best options for your security camera installation while keeping your project on budget.

If you’re looking a one-stop shop for your security camera needs, look no further than the experienced professionals at Camera Security Now. Our camera service and installation professionals deliver the camera solutions that your company needs, helping you ensure the security of your business, employees, and customers. To find out how easy it is to keep your company secure, request a quote today.

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When responding to emergencies, police and firefighters shouldn’t have to worry if their cell phones will work or if they’ll be able to view surveillance camera footage of the incident without lag. That’s why FirstNet – a nationwide wireless network on Band 14 that is dedicated for use by emergency personnel and first respondents – was created. Read on to learn how Band 14 can help your municipality become a smart city of the future, creating a network of security cameras that can help your first respondents better understand emergencies in real time and allowing your police to develop crime maps that help make your city safer.

The need for surveillance cameras

Modern cities have begun deploying surveillance cameras in high crime areas can help police capture both reported and unreported crimes, giving them a better understanding of the events of the crime. These cameras utilize wireless bandwidth to relay video to the police station. Learn more about crime mapping by reading Crime Maps Help Police Focus Their Resources.

In the event of an emergency or major disaster, police and first respondents can use security camera networks to get a better understanding of the situation. Police have used security cameras to gain knowledge about the location of active shooters so that they can direct the public to safety; and firefighters have used these cameras to identify the best insertion point for fighting widespread fires. By setting your wireless security camera system on Band 14, your first respondents never have to worry about whether or not they’ll be able to get a signal.

Dedicated bandwidth

Cities and first respondents have long had to struggle with sharing the broadband of the commercial core network with the public at large, making it difficult to communicate or monitor situations in times of a national disaster. Band 14 is a spectrum of the wireless network that has been specifically set aside for first respondents and government use.

In the wake of national disasters and other emergencies during the early part of the 21st century, FirstNet is designed to solve the issue of clogged networks in the wake of such events. By utilizing Band 14, government officials and emergency management teams are able to continue using live surveillance camera feeds to direct first respondents in the field, without the delays and interference that can be experienced on public bandwidths.

How FirstNet works

The mission of FirstNet is a simple one – utilize Band 14 to create a network that only public safety officials are able to access. The task of creating this network was given to the wireless experts at AT&T. By restricting the use of Band 14 for official government use, FirstNet ensures that public safety officials will be able to transmit data, make calls, and maintain consistent access to surveillance cameras without interruption both on a daily basis and during emergency events. AT&T even offers preferential pricing for public safety personnel using Band 14.

Band 14 and security cameras

Traditionally, one of the biggest challenges for wireless networks is that each device connected to the network is competing for the same limited bandwidth. For public safety officials using security cameras to monitor high crime areas on a daily basis or in an emergency, any delay in getting the information you need can be life-threatening. If a crime is in process, your team needs to know that they won’t experience skips or freezing of images as the data travels across a crowded network. By setting up your security cameras on Band 14, you ensure that your public safety officials have consistent access to live feeds from your camera network without having to worry about lags or buffering.

CameraSecurityNow.com has helped numerous cities bolster their public safety programs by installing networks of security cameras across their cities. Using Band 14 makes connecting your city’s security camera network easier – without the worry of a crowded network. CameraSecurityNow.com offers surveillance cameras with a variety of features, including license plate recognition, infrared imaging for night time and low light recording, and remote access. With more than 30 years of experience, our expert security camera installers and technicians can answer any questions you may have about surveillance camera needs for your community. Get a quote for all of your citywide security camera needs.

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When you own or manage an apartment complex, security should always at the top of your list of concerns. There’s no better way to ensure the security of your residents and your apartment complex than to install a high-quality security camera system. A well-planned and professionally installed security camera system can not only help reduce crime and vandalism around your apartment complex property, but it can also help ensure the safety of your residents in common areas and help protect you from frivolous lawsuits. Here are just a few of the essential areas of your apartment complex that can benefit from a professional security camera system.

Crime prevention

If you’re a property manager or apartment complex owner, you know that criminal activity can have a significant impact on your community. A good video surveillance system not only helps deter criminal activity, but it can also make your community more sought after.

When it comes to crime, convenience and ease are key. When a potential burglar or vandal knows that an apartment community is being monitored by a security camera system, they are less likely to target your tenants. Additionally, when a crime does occur, you can turn your security camera footage over to police as evidence to help catch and prosecute the culprit.

Unfortunately, burglars and thieves from outside your community aren’t the only people you have to be concerned about. If you constantly receive complaints about a particular resident or have recurring issues in a specific apartment block, a security camera system can help you determine who is at fault.

For residents, knowing that the common areas of the apartment complex are being monitored may keep them from doing anything that could violate their lease – like bringing in an unauthorized pet or moving in an additional person who isn’t on the lease. Security camera systems can help bring peace of mind to all of your residents and prevent the bad behavior a few bad apples from ruining the community experience for everyone else. Read our article Security Cameras for Apartment Buildings to explore more ways that a security camera system can help improve the safety of your apartment community.

Mind parking lots

Parking lots are a common source of pain for many apartment managers and owners. From vehicle accidents and break-ins to slips and falls, training an eye on your parking areas can help save you some serious headache down the road.

When someone falls in your parking lot or takes a spill on a sidewalk, it’s human nature to want to assume that the story you’re hearing is the truth. However, personal injury lawsuits are one of the most common types of frivolous lawsuits that small businesses have to deal with each year, including apartment complex communities. If a tenant or visitor falls on your property, it’s often a matter of he said-she said, but security camera footage can provide a clearer picture of the facts.

With over 50% of lawsuits targeting small businesses, a security camera system can go a long way to protect your complex and your residents who suffer legitimate injuries. For outdoor areas like parking lots, be sure to select weatherproof IP cameras that can withstand even the coldest temperatures and strongest storms.

Keep common areas safe

Common areas like pools, fitness centers, laundry areas, and secure mailbox areas are a luxury that many apartment complex residents have come to expect. Without on-site security or security cameras, some residents may be hesitant to visit these areas alone or after dark. Keeping your residents safe in these areas, especially at night, is essential to providing the best living experience in your apartment complex.

Pools and fitness centers can often be magnets for injury and nefarious incidents. Ensuring that residents and their guests know that the area is being monitored by a security camera and that the footage is reviewed can help reduce the number of complaints and issues you have in these areas significantly. For example, residents will be less likely to use the pool outside of posted hours or to engage in non-sanctioned activities in the pool area. Check out Security Cameras for Swimming Pools for some of our tried-and-true tips for keeping your pool safe and secure.

For mail areas, security cameras provide an added sense of protection during the holiday season for package deliveries. In laundry areas, security cameras can pull double duty making residents feel safe from nefarious actors and protecting their clothing and other property they may leave behind as they enter and exit the facility. Offering more amenities to residents allows you to charge a premium on rents and attract higher quality tenants and installing a high-quality security camera system helps you protect that investment.

Work smarter

Being an apartment community manager or complex owner is demanding and stressful enough without having to spend extra hours sitting in the leasing office reviewing security camera footage. Remote viewing options allow apartment owners and managers to keep an eye on their property at all times from anywhere in the world.

Remote viewing also allows you to respond to incidents in real time when you receive a complaint from a tenant about a neighbor or loiterers. You can even allow police access to your security camera feed to allow them to have a better handle on a developing situation or emergency at your apartment complex.

Ready to talk security?

Current and potential residents typically rate safety as a top priority when looking at apartment complexes. Your residents are more likely to stay longer and you’ll attract higher quality applicants when you let your tenants know that you’re putting their safety first by installing a security camera system. In return, you’ll see less turnover and a willingness to pay slightly higher rents in exchange for increased safety and security.

Ready to talk about your new security system? Visit CameraSecurityNow.com for some of the best rates in the business on surveillance cameras for apartment buildings. Get a quote for all of your security camera needs and schedule your free consultation today.

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As the bodies that insure money in banks and credit unions against theft or loss, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) both require that financial institutions be monitored by security camera systems. Protecting the money that customers have entrusted to them is a major concern for banks and credit unions. Without specific guidelines from their insurers about requirements for their surveillance systems, many financial institutions have found themselves with subpar systems that make identifying a bank robber or ATM thief nearly impossible. That’s where the experts at CameraSecurityNow.com come in. Here are a few of the must-have features for bank and credit union security camera systems.

High-resolution cameras

A while back, we helped a customer retrieve footage of a bank robbery from their security camera system. But our customer wasn’t the bank – it was the business next door. Without a high-resolution security camera system, the bank found themselves asking Why Is My Security Footage so Low Quality?

We always encourage businesses to have cameras in public areas to help neighboring businesses and the community stay safe and to aid police investigations. However, as the manager or security officer of a financial institution, you should never have to rely on another business’ security cameras to catch better quality footage of your bank robber than your own security system. If it’s been a while since your system was installed and you’ve found yourself struggling with poor quality footage, it may be time to upgrade your camera equipment.

Old analog cameras produce low frame rates and have a limited platform of resolutions available – leaving you with grainy images. Our standard 5MP IP security cameras provide a cost-effective solution to your image quality problems and often requires less work to install. You can even opt to add IP cameras to your existing analog network to increase your field of coverage.

Motion detection and tracking

Most banks don’t have 24/7 physical security. That’s where a security camera system with motion detection and motion tracking features can really boost your after-hours security game. By autonomously tracking moving objects in real time, your Pan Tilt Zoom and Fisheye cameras can even send smart alerts when someone enters a monitored zone while the bank is closed.

If a robbery occurs after-hours, motion tracking allows you to keep an eye on the intruder the entire time they’re in your building. Stationary cameras may capture only a few glimpses of the intruder during the course of the robbery, but motion tracking cameras allow the police to capture more details about the person responsible. These images can help police pick out more identifying features, which could result in faster identification and apprehension of the culprit.

Night vision

If you have exterior ATMs or the front of your credit union isn’t well lit at night, infrared (or night vision) cameras should be on your list of must-have features. Our infrared cameras are able to capture high-resolution black and white footage, even without visible light.

Standard security cameras are unable to produce a usable image in dark or low light situations, leaving your outdoor ATM particularly vulnerable at night. Infrared cameras can help police identify your ATM suspect even if your machine isn’t well-lit at night. Read Misconceptions Surrounding Low Light Surveillance to learn more about infrared security cameras.

Large storage capacity

Since the average required storage for financial institutions’ security footage is about 6 months, it’s not surprising that video storage is always a concern for financial institutions. While other business owners may lower the resolution of stored video to get around investing in additional storage, banks and credit unions simply cannot afford to go that route if the goal is to prevent or identify bank robbers.

Using the most current video compression standards, CameraSecurityNow.com can provide long-term storage of all of your financial institution’s high-resolution security video for compliance, reference, and training purposes. Our security experts work with you to determine the most cost-effective storage solution to fit your needs. Read RAID and Long Term Video Storage to learn more about the wide array of storage options we offer.

Get ahead of the problem…before they get away

Would you believe me if I told you that about 24 percent of bank robbers get away with the crime? If you’re the manager of a financial institution, you know the risks and vulnerabilities that your business faces every day. While you can’t stop all robberies, you can help ease the burden by ensuring that your security camera system is kept up to date and is capable of producing high-quality images to aid police and other investigators. Updating your system isn’t just about image quality, though. Keep in mind that as your system ages, outages and video loss become more and more common, potentially leaving you with no footage at all after an incident occurs. No bank or credit union manager wants to be in the position of explaining that one to police, regulators, investors, and customers.

If you’re looking a one-stop shop for your security camera needs, look no further than the experienced professionals at Camera Security Now. Our camera service and installation professionals deliver the camera solutions that your company needs, helping you ensure the security of your business, employees, and customers. To find out how easy it is to keep your company secure, request a quote today.

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Pharmacies are a source of relief from pain and suffering for many people, but they’re also a tempting target for criminals. With the double draw of cash on hand and large quantities of controlled substances, pharmacies are often the target of robberies and thefts by both criminals and employees. A quality security camera system can be a valuable loss prevention tool, management aid, and help you meet regulatory requirements. While we recently discussed the Security Requirements for Marijuana Dispensaries, here are a few best practices you should follow when thinking about installing or upgrading a security camera system in your traditional pharmacy.

Check your state and local requirements

As with marijuana dispensaries, the recommendations or requirements for security cameras in pharmacies varies from state to state. Each state’s licensing board sets forth its own guidelines for pharmacy security, which may or may not include a requirement for security cameras.

However, security cameras are a highly visible and effective deterrent against robbery and theft. In addition to other measures required or recommended by your state licensing agency, high-resolution cameras can help combat drug diversion. Perhaps this is why National Community Pharmacists Association and Purdue Pharma’s RxPATROL highly recommend that all pharmacies employ the use of security cameras as part of a comprehensive security plan, even including detailed recommendations about security cameras on their Pharmacy Security Checklist.

Best practices: Show yourself

To get the most out of your security camera system, you should ensure that your cameras are visible and that signage is posted throughout your pharmacy about the recordings. While some store owners may subscribe to the “hidden camera” theory, security cameras are actually more effective at deterring or preventing thefts and robberies when potential culprits know they’re being monitored.

In addition to typical entrances and exits, cameras should monitor all locations where drugs are stored, dispensed, counted, held, or returned to stock, as well as having a clear view of checkout locations.

Best practices: Put your best features forward

When thinking about the features your security camera system needs, it’s important to think about the way the potential footage may be used. Based on security camera footage that we often see on the evening news or YouTube, it seems like many business owners settle for the “just enough” approach. However, grainy imagery and low-quality cameras won’t help you protect your business in the event of a theft.

Our lowest resolution cameras are 2MP, with our standard being 5MP and the default frame rate on our cameras is 25 frames per second, well above the recommended 10 frames per second. Our technicians work with you to map your location to ensure that your cameras get an adequate field of view and cover all of the areas most critical to your security needs. With a wide range of cameras with special features like Pan-Tilt-Zoom, fisheye lenses, and infrared sensors, we can design a camera array that provides the best solution to your security needs.

Best practices: Storage

As a standard rule of thumb for high-risk industries, we have to agree with the three-month video retention recommendation made by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Board of Pharmacy. Since the time frame between audits and manual inventory counts can be up to 90 days, this retention period allows pharmacy managers and licensing board officials to review footage to identify potential loss occurrences when discrepancies are found during counting. Keeping that many tapes or DVDs got you worried about physical storage space? You can reduce concerns about storage requirements by upgrading to a DVR or NVR.

Let’s be honest – criminals aren’t usually the brightest in the bunch. Even if you do store your security footage on a DVR or NVR, consider placing a dummy VHS recorder with tape in the office area, in case your thief decides to “take the evidence” with him. Worried about employee theft in your pharmacy? No one should have access to your NVR or DVR for editing, deleting, or overwriting files except the business owner and your IT manager.  Keep your DVR or NVR in a secure location to prevent theft of the recording device itself.

Keep an eye on staff

It’s a truly shocking statistic, but almost half of drug thefts are committed by pharmacy employees. In the summer of 2018, a Florida pharmacy technician was arrested twice in a three-week period for stealing hundreds of Oxycodone and amphetamine pills from the community pharmacy where she’d worked for less than a month. Her brazen thefts were captured on the pharmacy’s state-of-the-art security camera system and she was charged with drug trafficking, drug poswatchsession, and grand theft.

Strategically placed security cameras can cover all of the areas where employees interact with controlled substances in your pharmacy, limiting their opportunity to steal drugs undetected and deterring the likelihood of an employee attempting a theft at all. Your cameras can also keep an eye on the cash drawer, in case of sticky-fingered employees who are looking to take more than drugs from your business.

Time for an upgrade?

If your existing security camera system produces grainy images with unrecognizable features, it may be time to think about an upgrade. Outdated equipment is the biggest inhibitor of capturing quality footage that can actually be used to identify thieves in your pharmacy. Analog cameras operate at lower frame rates and have a limited platform of resolutions, lowering your image quality.

Our 5MP IP security cameras often require less time and work to install than your existing analog system. Want to expand your current coverage and replace your existing cameras later? Our analog-compatible DVR works with both analog and IP cameras, letting you decide when it’s the right time to upgrade your existing cameras. Learn more about how you can improve the quality of your security camera footage.

Keeping your pharmacy secure

Protecting employees and customers and keeping the drugs in your pharmacy secure while also limiting the likelihood of thefts and robberies are the main goals of any pharmacy security camera system. We work with you to understand the specific surveillance system requirements for your state to develop the right security camera solution for your pharmacy. More than just a sales call, our experts review your entire site and provide a 100 percent accurate quote for your security camera needs. Get a quote for all of your pharmacy security camera needs.

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Security camera systems can provide an extra set of eyes to monitor your quarry or aggregate site. By offering additional support to stop trespassers and make your work site safer for employees, a quality surveillance camera system should be an integral part of your quarry or aggregate mining site. Security cameras offer an efficient way to improve the overall security of your quarry or above ground mining site. Let’s explore the benefits of security cameras and how they can make your work site safer and more secure.

Protect equipment

At a mine or quarry site, your equipment is the driving force behind your business and that equipment doesn’t come cheap. From huge dump trucks carrying tons of materials to earth moving bulldozers and crushing equipment to earth boring machinery, protecting your equipment is a vital task for your security camera system.

While you may think that the biggest threat to your equipment comes from thieves or vandals, you may actually want to look a little closer to home. Employees who become lax in following proper operating procedures or observing safety protocols while operating huge machinery are often the cause of damage or destruction of work equipment. A high-quality security camera system can help you observe employees in action throughout different times of the day and identify any equipment protocol breaches that could spell disaster.

Trespassing issues

The lakes created by quarrying activities are often a draw for young adults and teenagers seeking less crowded swimming areas. ATV and other off-road vehicle riders also seem drawn to the seclusion of quarries for night and weekend riding. Not only do trespassers put themselves in danger, but they can also cause injuries to your employees and equipment.

Since they’re unfamiliar with the terrain and dangers inherent on a quarry or other aggregate site, trespassers often find that their activities can lead to injury or even death. Due to the remoteness of many quarry sites, the odds of catching a trespasser in the act without added security are slim and the results can be horrific – a lesson learned too late by a drowned swimmer at one Pennsylvania quarry.

Even with signs, locked gates, and fences, trying to keep out trespassers can feel like you’re fighting a losing battle. A high-quality security camera system with remote viewing access and object detection alerts can notify you whenever an unauthorized person is on your property and allow you to direct the police or a security guard to catch trespassers in the act.

Worker safety concerns

Employee safety is always a major concern at quarries and mines. Heavy machinery, dangerous and loud work environments, and working with explosives and other hazardous materials combine to make surface mining and other jobs in aggregate industries more dangerous than jobs in most other sectors. A security camera system can help you recognize areas that need additional safety precautions put in place as well as identify opportunities for additional training to reduce future accidents.

When employees are regularly working around explosives and pumps, serious injuries can easily occur if everyone isn’t always following safety best practices. Federal regulators have noted an alarming increase in fatal accidents in quarries and other aggregate mines. In 2014, 28 above ground aggregate workers died in work-related accidents, the highest numbers since 2007.

Not only can a security camera system help create a safer work environment that protects your workers, it can also protect your company from paying huge fees for OSHA violations. Unless your company can afford to pay $310,000 in fines resulting from a single incident, it may be time to look at boosting your safety game with a high-quality security camera system.

Keep your work site secure and safe

All of the security camera systems we sell feature the latest remote connectivity options. Remote access allows you to view a live stream from your security cameras and recorded footage from any mobile device or computer. With remote viewing, your security team can keep an eye on your aggregate or quarry site from anywhere, anytime.

We offer a wide array of security camera types with many different features. Our standard cameras are 5 megapixel and we also offer weatherproof and Pan-Tilt-Zoom cameras so you may be surprised how well you can see your quarry site from just a few cameras mounted throughout the property.

If you’re looking a one-stop shop for your security camera needs, look no further than the experienced professionals at Camera Security Now. Our camera service and installation professionals deliver the camera solutions that your company needs, helping you ensure the security of your business, employees, and customers. To find out how easy it is to keep your company secure, request a quote today.

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