Many people purchase a security camera to help protect their home from burglary and vandalism, but they may not know the importance of camera placement. Security cameras are an effective deterrent against burglars and possible break-ins, but without proper camera placement, your security monitoring and threat prevention may not be as effective as you need it to be. Follow these tips to ensure your cameras are in the most effective position:
Determine Your Home’s Weak Spots
When placing your cameras or having them installed, you want to make sure they are placed at near common entry points like the front door. In addition to common entry points, you want to be sure to have cameras placed in the weak spots of your home such as the back windows, back door and other areas of the house that are not directly visible from the road.
Install Cameras Inside and Outside of Your Home
More cameras mean a more robust and effective security system. Having cameras inside can help you gather valuable evidence if a burglar does break in. If they don’t break in, having cameras outside can catch any suspicious activity that may occur. With this type of information, you may be able to report the activity to authorities to prevent a crime from occurring.
Keep Camera Placement Spots Well-Lit
Unless your cameras are equipped with night vision, you will need to make sure the areas where your cameras are located are well-lit and provide your camera with enough lighting to capture clear footage that can be provided to the authorities in the event of a break in. You also want to avoid placing the camera where they are in direct sunlight, which can result in an unclear image.
Consider Pairing Cameras with a Home Security System
Your security cameras allow you to access live footage of your home and record any suspicious activity that may occur. With home security systems, you can help to increase the level of security your home has, in addition to your security cameras. SSA offers a variety of options when it comes to home security such as home automation, which allows you to check on your family, unlock the doors, and even adjust the thermostat all by using your mobile phone. We also offer the SKYBELL doorbell, which allows you to see, hear, and speak to visitors before you open the door.
For professional security camera installation and home security systems, look no further than SSA. Contact us today to learn more about our residential security options and how we can provide you with effective home security.
With spring cleaning underway, you may have noticed that your security camera is covered in spider webs, covering your camera lens and obstructing the camera’s view. Spider webs not only block the view of the camera, but they can also cause false alerts for motion-activated cameras.
Because insects are attracted to the light your camera emits, spiders build their webs there for an easy meal, obstructing your security systems. Pittsburgh residents can keep their camera clean and working efficiently by following these tips.
Ways to Keep Your Cameras Free from Bug and Spider Webs
With a variety of ways to keep insects off of your security cameras, we’ve gathered a list of the most effective ways to keep your cameras insect and spider web-free.
Use Dryer Sheets
Dryer sheets aren’t just for laundry. You can attach them to the outside of your cameras using a rubber band. The strong scent of the dryer sheet will help repel the bugs.
Make Your Cameras Slippery
Another great way to keep bugs away from your camera is to make it difficult for them to land and stay on the camera. Make your camera slippery using lubricants such as silicon, Vaseline or Teflon spray. Cover your camera lens before spraying and apply a thin layer.
Blow the Bugs Away
Use a fan to keep the bugs and spiders away from your camera. The wind from the fan will prevent spiders from forming webs while also keeping insects away.
Shut off the LED Lights
Bugs are attracted to light, making your camera’s LED lights an invitation for bugs. If you can, disable the LED lights on your camera to avoid attracting bugs.
Use Bug Repellant
You can use a bug spray or insecticide around your camera to help prevent bugs and spider webs on your outdoor camera.
Try Looping a Flea Collar Around the Camera
Much like they do with fleas, flea collars have also been shown to repel spiders and other bugs. Consider looping a flea collar around your camera.
Regularly Clean Your Cameras
In addition to protecting your cameras from spiders and bugs, you should also regularly clean your cameras with a soft brush, removing existing bugs and webs from the housing, camera exterior, shield or cover.
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At SSA, we offer a wide range of home security options to help keep you, your family, and your property safe. From video surveillance to home automation, our experts can help you put a security system in place that best suits your needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your home safer and more secure.
Video surveillance is a great way to help keep your home and your family safe. With advancements in video camera and video recorder technology as well as networking capabilities, video surveillance systems are now more affordable and more effective for residential security.
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With a video surveillance system, you can view the inside or the outside of your home from any location and at any time. Adding video surveillance to your existing home security system allows you to view your security camera feed from any television or computer in your home. Some systems on the market also allow you to access your home’s video feed remotely for added convenience.
Having a video surveillance system installed in and around your home can provide several benefits, including:
Deterring criminal activity
With outdoor security cameras, you can deter criminals from committing theft, vandalism, violent crime and trespassing on your property. For example, a burglar will typically case your home before they rob it, but if they spot a security camera, it may stop them following through with the burglary for fear of being caught on tape.
Providing evidence to the police
A security camera can provide police with critical evidence, such as a description of the subject if a theft occurs on your property. This evidence can help to convict the burglar and could also be useful in helping find your stolen valuables. It is essential to be sure you have a camera with good quality to ensure faces can be captured accurately.
Lowering your homeowner’s insurance costs
Most homeowners are always looking for ways to cut costs and feel safe in their homes. With a monitored security system installed by a professional, you can do both! If you make an effort to invest in ways to protect your home and property from fire, vandalism, and theft with a security system, many insurance companies will offer you lower insurance premiums.
Keeping watch over your children or elderly family members
Having another set of eyes on your children or elderly family members when they’re home alone can help give you peace of mind that they are safe. Incorporating remote video, you’re your home security systems will allow you to log in and check up on your children and their babysitter or your aging parents from anywhere, including your smartphone or office computer.
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At SSA, we are committed to the safety of you and your family. Our staff of security professionals will work closely with you to evaluate your security needs and recommend a residential video surveillance system that meets your needs and your budget.
Contact SSA today to learn more about our residential security options and how we can help you keep your home secure and your family safe.
Security Systems of America in Pittsburgh, PA is pleased to announce that Robert Lomb, CPP, PSP, RCDD, BSCP, has been named Director of Operations. Rob will be a core member of the executive team responsible for driving revenue, growing the design and consulting division of the company, as well as general management responsibilities.
Rob brings 18 years of experience as a recognized industry leader in the technology and security disciplines. He has extensive experience in a wide scope of client-driven solutions for projects encompassing single site and shared use facilities to corporate campuses and global enterprise clients. He has a wide breadth of knowledge with experience in design and installation projects spanning five continents, 38 countries, and 49 U.S. states.
Rob is a sought-after speaker on security topics as well as an accomplished author with a currently published book, “Building Security Rating System: Checklists to Assess Risks, Consequences, and Security Countermeasures” with credit as a contributing author, along with two new books on the way. We are excited to have Rob on the SSA team and believe his diversified experience will be a great asset to SSA as we grow and move into the future.
Rob holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from West Liberty State College and has earned the CPP and PSP credentials from ASIS International, the RCDD from BICSI, and the BSCP from the Building Security Council.
When asked about his move to SSA, Rob said “I am thrilled to be part of the SSA team. I have spent my career in the security industry and look forward to continuing that tradition by providing flexible and holistic solutions to SSA’s current and future customers.”
Risk of Commercial and Residential Burglary Can Increase in the Spring
More people are out and about in the warmer spring weather, including criminals who will be looking for an opportunity to burglarize your business or your home while you are out enjoying the outdoors or away on vacation.
In FBI’s most recent Uniform Crime Report, it is estimated that 7,919,035 property crime offenses occurred in the nation in 2016. It was also reported that in Pittsburgh alone there were 4,487 property crimes committed in 2016, including burglaries, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. To avoid becoming part of these statistics, it is important to have a security plan in place to protect your property.
What Puts Your Business at Risk?
There are many factors that can put your business at a greater risk of being burglarized. Some of these factors include:
Damaged or burnt out exterior lighting
Unlocked windows or doors
It is important to secure all windows and doors, keep shrubbery and trees trimmed to eliminate hiding spots, and repair or replace exterior lighting to keep your building well-lit to deter burglars. In addition to these basic measures, having a security system installed is a very effective option for protection.
Protecting Your Business from Burglary
Burglary can cause monetary loss and property damage that some business owners may not be able to recover from. Good exterior lighting and durable doors are helpful in deterring crime but it is highly recommended that business owners also consider using video surveillance, access control or alarm systems to secure their business.
Video surveillance– No matter where you are or what time of day it is, a digital video surveillance system offers you instant information and clear imaging, allowing you to keep a sharp eye on the inside and outside of your business.
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Access control systems– This system will help you control who can enter and when they can enter your place of business with a series of codes or programmable cards. These cards can be programmed for employee, visitor, and vendor level access.
Burglar Alarm– Having an alarm system installed will help you prevent the break-in, theft and vandalism of your business by deterring criminals and can also help catch them when a break-in occurs by alerting the monitoring company of a break-in.
These effective security systems can help protect your investment in your business while keeping you and your employees safe. It is important to consult with security experts like SSA to determine the specific security measures best suited for your business.
Securing your home is important to prevent break-ins that could put you or your family at risk. Video/CCTV surveillance is available for your home and can be controlled and monitored while you are working or enjoying your vacation. The presence of a security camera can act as a deterrent against burglary but can also provide crucial evidence if a burglary does occur. Residential alarm systems are also recommended to keep you and your family safe from a break-in.
Contact the experts at SSA today to learn more about our commercial and residential security options to help safeguard your home or business this spring.
Workplace violence or crimes against an employee can happen to anyone, anywhere and at any time. The hard facts about workplace violence is that an average of 2 million workers in the United States will fall victim to some form of incident this year. While some crimes may occur at the hands of an unknown assailant or even a random act of violence, other crimes may occur between coworkers.
Individuals at the highest risk include:
Persons whom exchange money
Individuals who work late nights or early morning hours
Individuals who work alone
Employees located in a high-crime area
Healthcare or social workers
Today, employers are going to great lengths to deter crime on the job and ensure the safety of their employees. At SSA, we have several safety tips and services that will provide you with the tools you need to safeguard your workplace.
Lighting. To deter people from lurking around dark entrances or exits like those at the back of building, add lighting to places that are dim or totally dark. In the event of a crime, bright lights can also provide the victim, their coworkers or bystanders with a clearer glimpse at the offender, giving law enforcement a better chance to identify the criminal.
Burglar Alarms. Possibly the simplest device in commercial security is a burglar alarm. Believe it or not, a blaring alarm can do wonders to deter a criminal from breaking-in and entering or trying to do harm to your employees. If that doesn’t do it, the alarm system will notify the police. SSA can provide a state-of-the-art burglar intrusion system suited just for your workplace.
Video Surveillance. Not only can a video camera provide a glimpse into criminal mischief, it may actually deter misconduct or workplace violence. SSA’s video surveillance system can be monitored 24 hours a day, digitally from the internet or right from your smartphone. If someone is trying to break-in or do harm to a coworker they may be less inclined to do so with a surveillance system in place. For high-quality indoor or outdoor CCTV surveillance equipment, count on SSA for your security needs.
Access Control. Controlling who comes and goes from your workplace is becoming more popular with state-of-the-art technology like card keys and readers, key-fobs, and electronic locks. With an SSA access control system, you’ll have the ability to lock & unlock doors, disable access and create activity reports so you can keep track of everyone entering and exiting your building – at all times.
Virtual Guards. If hiring a security guard for onsite surveillance isn’t in your company’s budget, SSA’s Central Station Monitoring virtual guards offer an innovative and remote way to monitor your workplace, parking garage or outside surroundings with audio and video.
SSA is Pittsburgh’s leading source for Commercial Security Systems. Located For all of your business or residential security needs, call 1-800-544-5003 or visit SSA today!
If you own a business or any type of commercial property, it’s a good idea to take proper security measures to protect your employees and your assets. Whether your corporate business is comprised of multiples locations or you own a small boutique, SSA can provide standalone or fully integrated security solutions for businesses of any size.
6 Reasons to Invest in SSA’s Commercial Security System
Employee safety. Your employees are the heart and soul of your company and their safety should be your #1 priority. Most employees walk into their workplace without thinking twice about their security. Why? Because they assume they’re safe in their surroundings. It’s up to you to provide a safe work environment for your employees.
Fire safety. You may have an evacuation plan in place, but do you have fire alarm system to alert you of an evacuation? Fires spread quickly and sensitive data along with physical property is costly and hard to recoup. The loss of human life, is irreplaceable. Consider investing in SSA’s Fire Alarm and Safety System and take the right steps to protecting your employees and your assets.
Burglary, shoplifting and vandalism. Robbery, theft or any type of destruction to property is not only costly, but unnerving. Our state-of-the-art Burglar Alarm & Intrusion System will help prevent intruders from breaking in to your place of business. If a burglar doesn’t heed the warning, monitor your business with SSA’s Video Surveillance & CCTV System.
Employee theft. It’s an unfortunate event when your employee is caught stealing from you or their coworker, but it does happen on occasion. Installing a Video Surveillance & CCTV System can help deter employees from doing ill will to you or their coworkers.
Employee Access. Many schools, hospitals and financial centers require employees use electronic access to enter their workplace. With Access Control, employers can use card-keys and automatic door locking mechanisms for point of entry, monitor employee access and generate activity reports. With SSA you can have the confidence your business is safeguarded at all times.
Proprietor protection from lawsuits. Did you know that many workman’s compensation claims are as a result of slippery floors, icy walkways and accidents in parking lots? Video Surveillance & CCTV System can help protect your employees and your business when sorting out these types of workplace incidents.
Since 1972, Pittsburgh businesses have trusted SSA with their safety. Isn’t it time you gave us call? Call 1-800-544-5003 or visit our Customer Service Page today!