Security Systems Category

Ways to Make Your Home More Secure

Your home is your safe haven. It is a place where fond memories are made and relaxing evenings are spent after a busy day.  If your home is under-protected or you’ve had a recent burglary, this may compromise the security you feel in your own home. Using a few simple home security tips and tricks, you can protect your belongings, thwart would-be thieves and increase your feeling of security while home and away.

Prevention begins outside your home from the minute it comes into view. Take a walk around your property with a critical eye to see what changes it needs. Here are a few you may have missed:

Don’t provide places for thieves to hide

Trim trees and bushes that may give someone a place to hide or unnoticeable access to your windows. You should trim back any shrubs that are high enough to block a window.

You will also want to consider the lighting of your property. Look for places around your home that are very dark and may allow a thief access to your home under the cover of darkness. Consider installing lights in various places that can light up entrances. Motion detection spotlights are the best option to conserve energy and not annoy your neighbors or yourself with the bright lights.

Don’t let thieves know you are not home

If you are planning to go on vacation, never announce it beforehand. We are a society that likes to share, and thieves love that about us. Sending a tweet that you’ve arrived at the airport or posting a status update on Facebook indicating that you can’t wait to leave for your cruise is a great way to alert thieves that your home is empty. Save all updates about your vacation and picture sharing for when you return.

In addition, if you are planning to vacation, have a trusted friend or neighbor stop by every day to pick up the mail, newspapers and any fliers that may be left at the door. If a flier has been sitting on your front door for days, a thief could take notice and know you are on an extended leave.

When you leave for work or appointments or go on vacation, you can create a “someone’s at home” look using timers on lights and TVs. No surprise, there are lots of gadgets available. Fake TV, for instance, simulates the flickering lights of a television, and from outside, it appears that someone is watching TV.

Keep your yard clean to prevent giving thieves an advantage

Many times, thieves will gain access to your home through a window they have broken. It is best that we don’t give them a tool to do that. Clean up your yard of broken tree limbs after a storm. Ensure your kids put away their toys after playing outside. Never leave a ladder outside in the yard; a thief could use your ladder to gain access to a higher window that is more likely to be unlocked. Use the same precautions for tools, whether they are gardening or for the barbecue; lock them up when they aren’t in use.

Install a home alarm system

While an alarm may not keep burglars from getting inside your home, it will deter some and bring the police to your home quickly, limiting what a thief is able to take. Home security systems will only work if you always remember to engage the alarm. You should have your alarm engaged while you are away or while you are at home as many thieves will attempt to break into one part of your home while you are busy in another. Also, some insurance companies may lower your home insurance premiums for having a home alarm system installed.

Take precautions to protect windows

If you are purchasing new windows for your home, it might be worth the upgrade to buy shatterproof glass. This would prevent anyone from breaking a window to gain access to your home. If new windows aren’t in the budget, consider adding a security film to windows. This will prevent the glass from shattering upon breaking and may deter thieves from continuing their attempt to break in.

Are the window locks operable? If not, get them fixed or replace them. Also consider installing aftermarket window locks, which let you open the window a few inches while still keeping it secure. Another alternative is to use inexpensive window-break alarms.

Secure sliding glass doors

Sliding glass doors have incredibly flimsy locks. A thief can easily pop them in an instant, giving quick access to your home. Installing a security bar for sliding doors would make gaining access to your home more difficult. This measure of protection is a must-have for all sliding doors and windows.

 Always lock doors and windows

 Keep windows locked when you are not home, when you go to bed at night and when they are not in use. If you like to sleep with a window open at night, install window locks that only allow the window to open a few inches.

You should also keep your garage door down, even during the day. Having the garage door open invites thieves inside to look around. It gives them quick, easy access inside your home. Even if they can’t take something at the time, they can get enough of a look to see if your home is worth a visit later.

 Change the locks as necessary

If you’ve just purchased a home from someone, your first order of business should be to meet the locksmith at your new home. You have no idea who is out there with a key just waiting for the moment to use it. In addition, if you’ve had a breakup recently, it is time to change the locks. The person may give you the key back, but you have no idea how many copies are out there. Having the locks changed is good for the peace of mind.

Keeping your family, your belongings and your home safe and secure does not involve a lot of money. A few simple changes such as the home security tips mentioned above can protect everyone and everything for years to come.

Effective Home Security Tips for On-the-Go Moms

As a mom, you probably worry about a lot of things in your home, especially if you are working or away from your home part of the day.  Setting up CCTV cameras at home to provide you with a set of virtual eyes that will keep an eye on your home and your family when you’re away is one of the sure-fire ways to have that precious peace of mind.   Not only does it help you with intruders, but it also alerts you of fires and can help in a medical emergency. A home security system does a great job deterring burglars when they see the equipment or hear the siren going off. To deter the burglar, even more, place motion sensor lights around your home so when one is triggered it brings the burglar unwanted attention. The burglar will most likely leave the area.

In addition to having a good, reliable home security system installed, there are other practical things you can do to make your home a safer place for your children when you need to leave them alone or with a caretaker, or just when you are leaving your home empty when you need to go someplace.

Below are some of our security tips for busy moms on the go:

Invest in outdoor lighting.

Sufficient outdoor lighting is an effective intruder deterrent.  Your home’s doors, windows, and dark corners should be illuminated with outdoor lighting to make it impossible for would be burglars to hide.

Be social media safe.

Use social media responsibly.  It’s quite a common pitfall among active social media users, but posting your work schedule or the times when you’re not a home on Facebook is something that is so tempting for intruders.  Someone could already be keeping an eye on your social media status updates for any information that could give your whereabouts away.  Similarly, never live post photos of yourself at your kids’ events. Social media is a powerful and useful tool, however, it can open your home up to vulnerability if a potential intruder is receiving confirmation that you’re not around. You can always post photos and thoughts once the event is over.

Remember to lock your windows.

Some suggest that you should keep ground floor windows locked, but what about the windows upstairs?  Skilled intruders can easily climb up and sneak in through the windows upstairs.  It’s fairly easy to slide a window open even for a small child.

Trim the bushes and trees around your home.

Bushes and trees and lovely. Burglars think so too.  They are perfect hiding places for intruders.  Trim the bushes around your house or replace them with bushes that do not grow very thick.

Keep the doors locked.

This is a no-brainer, but something some moms tend to take for granted or forget, especially when they are in a hurry.  Invest in double locks for all your doors if possible.  This makes your home more “un-inviting” for would-be intruders.

Hide your keys in places only you should know

Hiding keys under the flower pot, beneath the door mat or on top of the door frame is very obvious.  Everyone does that and it’s the first place burglars will look.

Home Security and Safety Tips for Senior Citizens

As more and more seniors choose to live in their own houses instead of living with children, safety in the home for seniors has become an important issue.   We are sensitive to the home security and safety issues that are unique to senior citizens. In addition to the increased risk of age-related injuries and illnesses, seniors are increasingly susceptible to burglary and other cold-hearted crimes. Here are some of our top home safety tips for older adults, to help make sure senior citizens are safe in their home.

Basic Home Protection Tips

There are several important precautions you can take that will help keep you safe and secure in your home:

  1. Even when you are at home, make sure all doors are locked. Whether you live in an apartment or a house, have a peephole installed in your front door. If you hear a knock at the door, first identify the person and then decide whether you want to be home for them or not.  Remember, be suspicious of anyone who asks to enter your home for any type of “maintenance” reason. There are numerous cases of impersonating electricians or gas line inspectors who turn out to be dangerous. Always demand to see an official company ID.
  2. Always choose solid wood or metal for any door that has access to the outside. The frame of the door needs to be strong, so either have the current frame reinforced or have a metal one installed. Reinforcing your front door with a security door brace is an effective and inexpensive way to protect your home against a forced entry.
  3. Install proper exterior lighting. The outside of the residence should be properly lit so as to ensure minimum cases of fall. Falls are one of the major reasons for accidents. Proper lighting also deters would be intruders.The purpose of your home’s exterior lighting should be to detract criminals, not attract them. So while too little light allows intruders to hide, too much light gives would-be intruders easy viewing of the various entry points into your home. To avoid both mistakes, equip your home with outdoor motion detection lights that shine nice and bright only when the sensors detect movement around the perimeter of your home. Such lights can serve as an early warning as well as startle and give a would-be intruder a reason to flee the scene.
  4. Windows need protection too. Place Plexiglas or security film on the inside to increase safety and make it more difficult for the glass to be broken. The best option is to have an alarm system installed with window and doors sensors.
  5. When you hear a knock at the door, bring your phone with you in case you quickly need to call for help.
  6. If you live in a house with a gate, always keep your gate locked.  If you live in an apartment complex or condo, don’t buzz in anyone you don’t know.
  7. Never leave the door key under the mat. Instead, give copies of the key to family members and a trustworthy neighbor.

Extended Home Protection Tips

  • Have a security system installed.  They will not only help thwart thieves but are invaluable tools in medical and fire emergencies. If you plan on spending a period of your retirement traveling, then a security system is a must have.
  • Install motion sensor lighting. These lights are a great way to know when somebody is outside your door and they will help prevent vandalism, too. The lights can be installed on both a house and in a hallway of an apartment or condominium building.
  • If possible, restrain from having any regular monthly checks (such as social security) mailed to you. Thieves can figure out dates and time of their arrival. The best way to receive money is through direct transfer to your bank account.
  • Protect yourself from Internet scams and identity theft by following these tips:
    1. Personal and bank information should never be included in emails
    2. Password changes should be done frequently- monthly or quarterly
    3. Shop online only at reputable websites with secure checkout shopping carts
    4. Don’t click on any links from random companies. They usually steal your information through phony emails that appear to come from reputable businesses.
    5. Never give anyone your personal information over email.

Home security is a priority for senior citizens. To help prevent being targeted, take the advice of an experienced home security expert, and take responsibility for your safety and security today. For a free on-site security estimate, contact our office at 954-925-2127 or email us to schedule an appointment.

10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Condominium Safety

Living in a condo in South Florida is very different than living in a single family house, and although some safety tips are the same there are some differences that should be addressed to keep yourself, and the entire building, safe. Here are our 10 simple safety tips specifically geared to condominium owners.

  1. Perhaps the most obvious and easiest action you can take towards safe condo living is to be aware of your surroundings. Acquainting yourself with your neighbors will give you a better idea of their regular arrival and departure times so you will be better prepared to notice anything suspicious in the building. Take note of all the fire exits and stairwells in your building as well as the parking structures and storage areas.
  2. Have a clear understanding of the “access control” devices. Access control systems are not the same as security surveillance systems.  Access control systems selectively restrict entrance into a building. Look for doors propped open or left open longer than the allotted time.If you notice an exterior door being propped open notify the property manager or security about a potential breach.
  3. When entering, or exiting the garage always make sure that the garage door is completely closed before driving away, or parking, to thwart unwanted visitors from gaining access to the building.
  4. Keep your unit locked at all times, not only when you are gone, but also when you are home. Always make use of your peephole; if you do not have a peephole talk to management about getting one installed. If you do not know the person on the other side of the door take precautions before opening the door to a stranger. Accessible windows and openings should be secured against forced entry.
  5.  Personal safety is extremely important in condominium and apartment living. Prior to moving into a condo make sure the locks have been changed since the previous tenant or owner. If you make copies of your keys keep track of how many there are and who is in possession of them. You should never hide or leave a key outside of your unit.  Secure all windows in your condominium. Test each lock monthly to make sure they are functioning well.
  6. As a new tenant or owner, you should take the precaution of not putting your full name on your mailbox. Instead, you should only use your initials or your last name. This will prevent unwanted people from trying to trick your neighbors into believing they know you and thus letting strangers into the building.
  7. Be extra cautious if you live on the lower floors of your condo building. Make sure you do not leave your valuables on display, particularly when you are not home. Also, make sure to keep the balcony doors locked when not in use, even if you are home.
  8. Install a home security system in your condo.  You can prevent crime from happening because the mere sight of cameras and the thought of getting caught are intimidating enough for potential robbers.   We do not recommend that you buy dummy cameras. Real cameras offer protection and they provide a lot of help in monitoring the activities of people in your condo.  In addition, criminals can usually tell dummy cameras as they can give themselves away so there really is no point in having them.
  9. Report to your property manager any burnt out lights in entry ways, hallways, stairwells and parking garages. Lighting is one of the cheapest and easiest deterrents to crime. By notifying the building manager about dimmed or burnt out lights you are increasing the safety of the overall condo.
  10. Regularly check if the smoke alarms are properly installed and in working order. There should be smoke alarms installed in every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every level of the common areas of the condo.

By following these low or no-cost simple condo security tips you will significantly deter a would be thief from targeting your personal condo residence and your building.  The goal in condo security is to make it so that the casual burglar will be deterred, it’s impossible to make your condo perfectly secure, but there are low-tech measures that will do 90 percent of the job.

For a free on-site security estimate, contact our office at 954-925-2127 or email us to schedule an appointment.

 

How to Move Your Home Alarm System

12 Tips for Moving Your Home Alarm System

As long as your home security provider services your new neighborhood, your security system can move with you! Moving policies vary by provider.  Contact your security provider at least eight weeks before your move. This will give you both ample time to coordinate logistics. Know you are protected from day one by squaring everything away before you move.

What to Do Before You Move

  1. Keep the original packaging for easy re-repacking
  2. Evaluate your home security needs in your new home
  3. Call your monitoring company to request a moving packet & discuss your schedule
  4. Remove adhesive/hardware from your former home’s walls
  5.  Make sure you have a local to secure your moving truck
  6. Turn off your systems back up battery during the move

What to Do After You Move

  1. Do not delay in setting up your new home security system
  2. Find a safe location for the control pad
  3. Install the new sensors in high-risk areas
  4. Introduce yourself to your new neighbors
  5. Know where the nearest fire station is located
  6. Contract your renters or home insurance company for a discount

Do You Need a Security System if You Live in a Condo?

Do you live in a South Florida condominium and are you considering getting a home alarm and security system? Are you thinking to yourself, “My building has a security guard, do I really need a home alarm system?” Whether it’s a condominium or an apartment, owned or leased, the truth is you should always be protected with a home security and alarm system, whether you’re in your home or away.

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Here’s why:

1. Protection from the Unknown.

Yes, your condo may have a security guard, but the truth is they can’t monitor your condo or apartment at all times. Living in a condo or apartment does not exempt you from burglars or break-ins. A condo security and alarm system will bring you peace of mind when you are not home.

2. Know Who is Entering Your Condo.

Every condominium has maintenance workers as well as outside contractors and vendors they work with. Although advance notice is commonplace in most associations, sometimes when work is being done on the property, they don’t always schedule work around a unit owner’s schedule. Installing a home security and alarm system can let you rest easy knowing that you’ll be notified if someone ever enters your condo without your permission.

3. Wireless Home Security Options.

Whether you are a renter or a condo owner who rents their condo to tenants, you don’t have to worry about wiring and drilling through the walls. There are many professional-grade wireless security systems on the market that do not require hardwiring or drilling into your walls, making alarm systems accessible for all renters. Wireless systems are a snap to install, and they work just as well. In fact, many proponents consider them safer than wired systems, since an intruder cannot cut vital communication lines.

4. Volume Control.

Many condo boards are very concerned about the loudness of an alarm siren, fearing it will disrupt other residents and cause complaints. Many alarm systems give you the ability to adjust the volume of the alarm, so as not to disturb other residents of your building.

5. You Do Not Need an Expensive System

Most condominiums have fewer entrances than single-family houses, so you probably need only a few sensors to monitor the unauthorized opening of doors and windows or motion sensors. A reputable home security firm can work with you to set up a reasonably priced plan with minimal equipment, but enough devices to note if anyone tries to break in.

DIY Condo Security

There also are a few simple steps to help you protect your condo that does not cost much but go a long way toward keeping you and your loved ones safe.

Install fire, smoke, and carbon monoxide detectors.

These are readily available through many retail stores and all operate on batteries. These devices save lives and are well worth their purchase price and the annual cost of batteries.

Request permission for a front door with a viewing hole.

Ask your condo association to let you install a door with a small peephole so you can see who is at the door. This is a simple and reasonable safety precaution, and you should not be met with resistance if you cover the cost.

Get automatic timers for lights.

If you are away from your condo, automatic timers can trick would-be burglars from breaking in, since they would suspect someone is at home. The key is to reprogram them often so that they turn lights on and off at different times.
As you can see, if you are a condo owner or renter you have some relatively simple and inexpensive choices for securing your unit and giving your peace of mind.

 

Smart Security Camera listens to the unique needs and expectations of each customer, then tailors the security solution which will best align with our customer requirements in today’s environment and achieves security solutions that are industry best practice. Our aim is to deliver our projects professionally, within contractual timeframes and budgets, and to adopt the best security solution for each of our customers.  Smartsecuritycamera has developed strong long-term customer relationships with some of South Florida’s premier corporations by understanding their security and operational needs and objectives. We carry security products from top rated manufacturers to suit all types of surveillance purposes. Security systems that we carry include trusted brands such as Samsung, Bosch, Digital Watchdog, GE, and Geovision to name a few. Contact us for a free security analysis. 

Church & Daycare Video Security

How safe is your school?

Running and managing a Day Care Facility is no easy task. You have visitors, parents, children and staff to monitor and look after. As a church administrator or private daycare operator, perhaps your biggest fear is that something might happen to one of the children entrusted to your care. Our children deserve to be safe and a well installed CCTV system is a perfect tool to help you safeguard your location and children.  A security camera system installed at your child care center or day care will provide parents a piece of mind while helping to keep children safe.

Smart Security Camera is a locally-owned video security systems consultant and provider to churches, daycare operators and private schools in South Florida. We offer FREE on-site security assessments to churches, summer camps, daycare providers and private schools.  Some of our local clients include Building Blocks Learning Center, Levy Learning Center, Presbyterian Church School, Hochberg Preparatory School, and Apple Tree Montessori School.

 

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How IP Video Works

Security cameras are your second pair of eyes and ears. A well designed video surveillance system will help you keep track of your staff and children at all times while helping to keep unwanted visitors and intruders out of your daycare.  Burglar alarms, access control and CCTV cameras can work in tandem to help secure your building and keep it safe from intruders, thieves and vandals.

Cameras are set up to record footage from multiple angles at all points of entrance and exit at your facility.  In the event a child goes missing, video footage can be accessed and reviewed to see if a child simply wandered away or was taken by a parent or an unauthorized individual.  The ability to quickly answer this question helps law enforcement and/or search-and-rescue teams develop a strategy to locate the child.

Our HD video cameras offer high-definition video quality to make it easier to identify who a child left with and the time the child was taken from the premises.

Surveillance video footage is archived, as necessary on your terms, to provide valuable evidence in the event of an adverse incident or a claim is made against your organization. You define the archival parameters in accordance with your records retention policies.

Depending on where you choose to place the surveillance cameras, the footage may also be useful in evaluating claims of injury, abuse or bullying by staff or other children.

The outside of your day care or nursery is just as important as the inside. Protecting your property from vandals, trespassers and would be criminals is important to child safety. These cameras are ideal for outdoor use and will monitor your parking lot with HD quality video.

The outside of your day care or nursery is just as important as the inside. Protecting your property from vandals, d would be criminals is important to child safety. These cameras are ideal for outdoor use and will monitor your parking lot with HD quality video.

Remote Viewing Capabilities

New digital security camera systems allow you to remotely monitor and view your cameras from anywhere you have an internet connection. Daycare owners with multiple properties and multiple day care centers will be able to check in on any of them at any time. You have the option of providing parents with the web address to view the security video feeds in your playground, classroom or playroom so they may check on their children.  Its imperative that you protect the privacy of your staff, employees and all the children you care for,  so we suggest keeping video security cameras in key public places such as playgrounds, playrooms, and nap areas.

How it Works:

  • Under normal operating circumstances, the cameras simply record the footage and store it according to the time-frame you define. You are able to go back and review the footage or allow it to be deleted according to your retention policy.
  • Sometimes the system may trigger an alarm indicating an unauthorized access (based on the parameters you define). In other situations, your staff may suddenly realize a child is not where he or she should be. Regardless of the cause, the IP video footage is always accessible for immediate monitoring and/or review.
  • If you have a need to monitor an area in real-time the IP-capabilities makes it easy to do so. You simply log into the system from the dashboard using a mobile device (including smartphones) or a stationary computer and take a look at the area under surveillance.
  • You define the time period that footage is archived and you set the policy and the system automatically stores or deletes the footage based on your risk management policy.

We are Your Local Security System Provider

Smart Security Camera is locally-owned and operated. We live in South Florida, and as parents, we understand the peace-of-mind that comes from knowing that the professionals who take care of our children are committed to their safety.

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We Provide Proactive Customer Service

When Smart Security Camera is your provider we do more than simply set up the camera system and leave you to manage on your own.  Once installed, we work with your administrative staff to make sure everyone is properly trained to use the system. With our maintenance agreement, we conduct regularly site inspections to make sure the cameras are working properly and offer proactive guidance on any necessary system upgrades.

Call us today 954-925-2127 to discuss how Smart Security Camera can help you protect the children in your care.

 

The Best Security Camera Systems For Businesses

The Best Security Camera Systems For Businesses

Keeping a small business safe and secure should be a priority for all businesses large or small.   Whether you have a stock room full of expensive products, maintain confidential information, or to simply make your employees feel safe, your business needs a certain level of security.  Technology is changing every day, and companies are now able to protect themselves internally and externally with cost-effective systems such as access control systems.  Another example of rapidly changing technology is video surveillance, which has drastically improved since it’s launch in the 60’s and 70’s, when the only businesses using video surveillance systems were prisons and government facilities.  But now the technology has evolved in leaps and bounds making it a very low-cost investment for business owners.  Today we are going to look the basics of a business security system.commercial-monitoring

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Educate Yourself

The first and most important step when determining what type of business security system you may need is to find out as much information as possible on how security systems work and what options are pertinent to your business.

Monitored Burglar Alarm Systems

A monitored burglar alarm system consists of a series of devices that detect an unauthorized person entering your company and sends a signal to a central monitoring station. This monitoring station provides continuous service 24/7  365 days a year. If necessary, they will alert the authorities.  There are basically six components of a monitored burglar alarm system.

  1. Control panel: The control panel is the power source for your system. They are typically installed in a closet type area and are connected to your phone system.
  2. Security key pad: Typically set up outside your main entrance, the security key pad is a two-way system that allows the central monitoring station to talk directly to a person who has set off the alarm and can then determine if the person is an authorized person. Additional panels can be added to other areas of your building.
  3. Motion detectors: The motion detectors use infrared energy levels to recognize if there is an intruder in the building.
  4. Door and window contact: These mechanisms also use infrared energy to sense when an intruder is breaking in. They are installed around door jams and window frames and are set off when a door or window is opened.
  5. Glass break sensors: These sensors are triggered when any acoustic shock waves are detected from breaking glass.
  6. Sirens: When the alarm is triggered, this is the noise that alerts everyone in your immediate surroundings. Sirens can be located inside or outside of your building.CCTV footage

In addition to the basic features, there are additional options you might consider to “beef up” your business security system.  One great option is a backup system. Most alarm systems offer a 24-hour backup that takes over in case your phone line goes down or if there is a loss of electricity.   If your company relies on VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) it is important to have a backup system as not all alarm systems are compatible with regular phone systems.

Two-way monitoring is another feature to look into. This is helpful for false alarms. Once the alarm is triggered, the central monitoring station can instantly communicate with your company. The security keypad also acts as an intercom system and the central monitoring service can help assess the situation.

A tracking feature is another additional option that shows who has opened/closed the main entrance to your business. One way to do this is to have a supervised system that will alert you of who armed or disarmed the system, as well as what time this all happened. You can also have the central monitoring station notify a point of contact if the system is not activated.  If a supervised system isn’t for you, you can choose to have the alarm system keep track of when the alarm is armed and disarmed.

Access Control Systems

Access control systems and card access systems are additional components of your business security system. These systems allow employees to enter in and out of the building while keeping unauthorized personnel out. They use keypads or cards to allow entry.  Card access points are usually located at the main entrance of your building, but can also be located in other areas of your property such as at a parking lot gate. Access control systems can range from simple to very complex attendance systems with different levels of security access.

A proximity card is a choice to consider when looking into access control systems. These cards gain you access by placing the card anywhere from one inch to three feet from the sensor. You can add photo IDs to your cards and go as far as creating a car tag, which will allow an employee entrance to a parking lot without the driver needing to get out of their car. If your company already has employee ID cards that have magnetic strips or bar codes, you can implement those cards and save your business some extra cash.  Smartcards carry larger amounts of information which can include employee records and even spending account balances. Though the costs are still a little high ($2-$10 a card and terminals can cost over $500) they are a great option for a large company with many employees.

Video Surveillance

Video Surveillance and security camera systems are a very common business security systems. These systems range from a single camera and monitor to hundreds of cameras with multiple operators.  If preventing theft is a top priority for your business then a video surveillance system is a must.  There are two major benefits to implementing a video camera system. The first benefit is that a video surveillance system often discourages potential thieves since the cameras are more noticeable to burglars. The second benefit is that video taken can be used as evidence in the case of a theft or if an accident occurs. Video surveillance systems often meet insurance requirements, and many insurance companies provide a discount for having a security system.   These systems have a multiple of uses including monitoring a cash register, as well as visitor and employee areas.

Choosing the right video equipment for your business can be daunting. There are many different options to choose from when looking into a business video surveillance. One choice to consider is what type of camera signal you would like. A charged coupled device (CCD) camera has an analog signal while a digital signal processing (DSP) camera converts the signal to digital. The biggest difference between these two options is picture quality. If you don’t need to monitor your video closely, you can opt for a CCD and save yourself some extra money.

Next is the size of the camera. Most are usually between 1/4” and 1” in size. Keep in mind a bigger camera doesn’t automatically mean a better picture. Things to think about that your security installation company can assist you with:

  • What type of lenses do you need?
  • What quality of resolution do you need?
  • The location of the camera or cameras
  • Will you need the camera to pan, tilt or zoom?
  • Do you need color or will black and white work?small business video surveillance

Ensure the safety in your workplace while protecting your assets. New and improved IP camera systems allow for remote monitoring of any size business. And, with weatherproof outdoor security camera options, you’ll cut down on vandalism and property damage.  Smart Security Camera offers the best brands in the market including Samsung,  AXIS,  Mobotix, and more.

 

How to Keep Your Small Business Safe and Secure

Just like every small business is unique, the security system you choose to keep your business safe should be tailored to meet your specific security needs. While a small business security system should not be a DIY project, it’s important to understand the language of security in order to communicate your needs to a security professional, understand any proposals you may receive, and make the most of your security system after it is installed.

Let’s start with the basic components of a business security system:

    • Security Cameras: Security cameras are used for two basic purposes: investigation and deterrence. There are numerous types of security cameras to choose from and what you are placing under surveillance will dictate your security camera needs.  In order to realize maximum investigative and deterrent value from your cameras, you need to carefully choose where you place them. Cameras overlooking your business should be placed in plain sight – as they act more effectively as a deterrent. Some things to take into consideration are whether you need indoor cameras, outdoor cameras, or both; the lighting where the cameras will be placed; the distance and clarity of the images being recorded; the number of cameras you need; and the mobility of the viewing angles required. Camera choices include night vision, dome, outdoor, and networked cameras.
    • DVRs or NVRs: The next thing to consider is how you want to receive your video feed. Your security cameras can feed the images into a DVR or an NVR depending on your resolution preferences. If you want high-resolution cameras to give you picture perfect security images, you’ll need to feed into an NVR. Otherwise, a DVR feeding into a computer or other monitoring system should suit your needs just fine.
    • Surveillance Monitoring Equipment: So, how do you want to survey your security footage? The answer to this question also depends on your surveillance needs. If you have a large facility with tons of cameras filming various locations, you’ll probably want to have several monitors to view your various security feeds at the same time. Smaller businesses are best suited to feed into one monitor or a computer with the option of switching camera views.
    • Lighting: We always stress the importance of using proper lighting as a security measure. Providing plenty of light inside and outside of your business, even after hours, keeps intruders at bay. It also keeps your footage viewable if you don’t have night vision security cameras. Lighting your space also keeps your employees safe after dark – one thing some business owners might not think about. You want your employees to have a safe and secure walk to their cars after work!

To book a complimentary, no-obligation security analysis and receive a free security estimate for your business – contact a Smart Security Camera representative today at info@smartsecuritycamera.com or call us at 954-925-2127.

 

 

 

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