The Boom of Surveillance Cameras

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Government use surveillance for intelligence gathering, the prevention of crime, the protection of a process, person, group or object, or for the investigation of crime. It is also used by criminal organizations to plan and commit crimes such as robbery and kidnapping, by businesses to gather intelligence, and by private investigators.

Nowadays, Surveillance cameras are a great way to provide security for your home or workplace. As well as providing you with video footage of any events which may happen, they also act as a visible deterrent to criminals.

When shopping for a new or updated video surveillance system, it’s important to consider whether or not vandal-proof (also referred to as a “vandal resistant”) security cameras will benefit your installation. VideoSurveillance.com features a broad range of vandal-proof surveillance cameras outfitted with exceptionally heavy-duty enclosures to withstand physical mistreatment such as blows from objects.

Make sure to have the camera’s cable is out of sight and unreachable by someone walking near or directly in its path. All cabling should be concealed by a wall or ceiling to prevent someone from trying to disconnect the camera..

Houses can also benefit from these fake surveillance cameras.All of these decoys include a blinking red LED and operate on batteries. There are some with a housing and also power cables which add to the realism. These features make them almost exact replicas of the real deals.

Pretend Surveillance Cameras Dummy cameras are a low-cost solution if you’re not able to spend the money on a real outdoor surveillance camera. Or they can be a cheap way to add on to an existing system. Although these won’t catch a criminal, studies have shown that just the presence of a security camera has prevented crimes like robbery, theft and vandalism.

Use Webcam as an IP Camera

The advantage of using an IP camera instead of a webcam is that you won’t need to leave a computer running. The IP stands for Internet Protocol, and essentially means that they connect to your router (usually via Wifi) and, therefore, can be mounted anywhere in Wi-Fi range where there’s a power source.

As they connect to your router, you can view the real-time footage from any computer on your home network (or a smartphone or tablet if it works in their web browser or has a dedicated app). As with webcams, you can install software on a PC to record footage when motion is detected, but it’s better to opt for a camera with a microSD card slot for recording footage. You won’t need to remove the card to view the footage: it should be possible to do this via a web browser or dedicated app or Windows software.

Features to look for include infrared night vision, which will record lower quality but usable footage in almost complete darkness. You may also want one with all-weather housing that won’t be damaged by rain if mounted outdoors. Finally, pan, tilt and zoom (PTZ) cameras allow you to adjust remotely where the camera is pointing and zoom in to see more detail.

The cheapest IP cameras (around £60) may not have HD resolutions, and it’s well worth spending extra for better image quality, rather than opting for a cheap PTZ camera with poor image quality.

sources: DM Blackshear, F Hasegawa, psu.edu, Swann, securitycamerawifi

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