Is CCTV Really A Deterrent for Intruders?

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras are a crucial component of security systems in New Jersey. In fact, CCTV cameras are the most effective deterrent for commercial burglary, and when an actual burglary occurs, cameras lead to a much higher rate of resolution that occurs in crimes where cameras were not present. In addition, insurance companies favor the use of CCTV cameras, and many policies include discounts for NJ businesses that have cameras monitoring their property.

Employee Theft

Security cameras have many uses beyond just burglaries. CCTV cameras are also the most effective form of deterrent for employee theft, and the vast majority of businesses that install CCTV cameras experience significant drops in loss attributed to employee theft. Most employee theft is casual and done without much thought, and the cameras keep honest people honest by forcing them to think about what they are doing.

Effect on Crime

Crime statistics show that just the presence of CCTV cameras has a very real effect on a wide range of crimes. Businesses with security cameras are much less likely to experience property and vehicle vandalism and theft. They are also less likely to attract loiterers and thus have drug crimes or violent crimes perpetrated on site.

Remote Access

There have also been great advances in security camera technology. Traditionally, access to the cameras was limited to the site, so if a business wanted 24-hour monitoring, it required an around-the-clock security staff. Modern security cameras, however, allow for remote access via the Internet. It is even possible to watch the camera feeds from a smartphone or dashboard computer.

Push Notification

Modern security cameras are also able to provide push notifications. A security camera does less good if a crime occurs and no one is able to see it happen in the moment. Using motion detection and other advanced features, the camera can recognize the event and push the feed to a remote computer in the business owner’s home or a central monitoring station.

Advanced Storage and Retrieval

Modern technology also makes it very easy to store and retrieve large amounts of video data. Gone are the days of having to recycle recording media. NJ businesses can easily store video captured 24 hours a day to the cloud, and they can store video for a year, five years or even an indefinite length of time. It is also easier to retrieve and search for the exact video you need should a crime or accident take place.

More Cost-Effective Than Ever

Security cameras used to be cost-prohibitive for many businesses so many businesses went without. Falling prices on electronics have made cameras and other electronic equipment more affordable than ever, and now, security cameras are a standard component in even the most basic commercial security systems.

Complete Security Systems

If you a business owner considering CCTV-based security systems in New Jersey, then contact CSS.  We are one of the most respected names in the industry, and the company has an impeccable track record of providing outstanding service to its NJ clients. CSS is also a Honeywell-authorized dealer and is proud to install and use the most sophisticated commercial and residential security equipment available.

 

3 Advantages of IP Video Surveillance

Internet Protocol (IP) devices are entangling themselves into every facet of our lives, and video surveillance is no different. Although adoption has been slow, the steady development of new technologies, from camera sensors to network infrastructure, is surely making its benefits known. From simple IP cams connected to a standard desktop for small homes and businesses, to full, expansive networks of cameras serving diverse operations. Let’s take a look at 3 advantages to IP video surveillance:

1. FLEXIBILITY

This technology is advancing quickly, but the most obvious benefit at any cost level is the flexibility afforded by basic wireless operation. Though certainly standard to any device in this category, it is still the best selling point for the tech.

From installation to operation, the ease and access to each camera really does justify the cost associated with new technology. Whether you’re a concerned homeowner out of town, or a business owner/manager maintaining an operation from the road, the power to immediately access camera feeds through the internet is simply invaluable.
This is particularly true of larger security operations overseeing broad territories. A central command hub is invaluable to these organizations, and the immediate synchronization of video feeds makes IP cameras an obvious and important investment.

2. MOBILITY

Just as our personal devices have become our passkeys to Cloud backups and cross-platform content, adding mobile surveillance options has been a key driving force across every level of the industry. For good and bad, the ability to observe your business or home from anywhere you have a cell phone signal is an incredibly powerful motivator for anyone concerned with a security camera in the first place. All around the world, small business owners are delighting and demurred by immediate and total access to their video feeds.
Add an internet-enabled storage solution, and suddenly every feed gains a rich, searchable history of content, anywhere you want it.

3. EXPANSION

Current DVR systems are already accommodating both analog and IP cameras, and those options will only grow. However, the flexibility afforded has already been making inroads to utilities unrelated to security and loss prevention.
With a networked solution already in play, for example, it’s increasingly easy to send the feeds through any modern digital service you could imagine. For example, operations like those at Amazon’s warehouses depend a great deal on AI-assisted evaluation of the site’s operations. With software keyed to track a range of variables in the space, efficiency and quality are suddenly given hard metrics upon which to be measured.

This may sound futuristic, but truly, IP cameras represent one part of a cultural shift towards ultra-connected, intelligently-operated efforts at every level. Sure, in some cases this will result in a team of contractors running security and maintenance on a business from 10,000 miles away, with nary a human involved. But on another scale, it means that a small business owner can check on their livelihood, while a concerned parent can check in on their loved ones. IP cameras are only expanding their reach, and that’s only half as scary as it sounds.

To schedule a complimentary on site consultation for your business, contact Complete Security Systems today.

3 Advantages of IP Video Surveillance

Internet Protocol (IP) devices are entangling themselves into every facet of our lives, and video surveillance is no different. Although adoption has been slow, the steady development of new technologies, from camera sensors to network infrastructure, is surely making its benefits known. From simple IP cams connected to a standard desktop for small homes and businesses, to full, expansive networks of cameras serving diverse operations. Let’s take a look at 3 advantages to IP video surveillance:

1. Flexibility

This technology is advancing quickly, but the most obvious benefit at any cost level is the flexibility afforded by basic wireless operation. Though certainly standard to any device in this category, it is still the best selling point for the tech. From installation to operation, the ease and access to each camera really does justify the cost associated with new technology. Whether you’re a concerned homeowner out of town, or a business owner/manager maintaining an operation from the road, the power to immediately access camera feeds through the internet is simply invaluable.
This is particularly true of larger security operations overseeing broad territories. A central command hub is invaluable to these organizations, and the immediate synchronization of video feeds makes IP cameras an obvious and important investment.

2. Mobility

Just as our personal devices have become our passkeys to Cloud backups and cross-platform content, adding mobile surveillance options has been a key driving force across every level of the industry. For good and bad, the ability to observe your business or home from anywhere you have a cell phone signal is an incredibly powerful motivator for anyone concerned with a security camera in the first place. All around the world, small business owners are delighting and demurred by immediate and total access to their video feeds.
Add an internet-enabled storage solution, and suddenly every feed gains a rich, searchable history of content, anywhere you want it.

3. Expansion

Current DVR systems are already accommodating both analog and IP cameras, and those options will only grow. However, the flexibility afforded has already been making inroads to utilities unrelated to security and loss prevention.
With a networked solution already in play, for example, it’s increasingly easy to send the feeds through any modern digital service you could imagine. For example, operations like those at Amazon’s warehouses depend a great deal on AI-assisted evaluation of the site’s operations. With software keyed to track a range of variables in the space, efficiency and quality are suddenly given hard metrics upon which to be measured.

This may sound futuristic, but truly, IP cameras represent one part of a cultural shift towards ultra-connected, intelligently-operated efforts at every level. Sure, in some cases this will result in a team of contractors running security and maintenance on a business from 10,000 miles away, with nary a human involved. But on another scale, it means that a small business owner can check on their livelihood, while a concerned parent can check in on their loved ones. IP cameras are only expanding their reach, and that’s only half as scary as it sounds.

To schedule a complimentary on site consultation for your business, contact Complete Security Systems today.