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Our Guide to Dome Security Cameras

 

There’s a huge array of dome security cameras on the market today, making it difficult for people who are new to CCTV technology to know which one’s going to be the right one for them.

Dome security cameras vary in price and include features ranging from simple, to more complex. The type and style of dome camera you’ll need as part of your CCTV system, really depends on the kind of surveillance you wish to carry out.

The best way of finding out which type of dome camera will work best for you and how many you’re going to need, is to engage the services of a fully qualified CCTV installer – 0121 369 1510.

What all dome security cameras do, is help to protect your home or business premises, whilst acting as a strong visual deterrent.

The dome camera, as the name suggests, is dome shaped and is a very neat, compact camera that’s very easy to install and can be used for indoor and outdoor monitoring.

Due to their size, the dome camera is particularly popular with homeowners, as they can be positioned in a corner of the room, or hallway and tend to go unnoticed.

Dome cameras generally rotate to provide maximum coverage and have the ability to monitor large areas. They come in a variety of styles, with many features, such as indoor, outdoor, vandal proof, Pan, Tilt & Zoom (PTZ), Internet Protocol (IP) and Infrared.

They’re a very smart little camera, available in a variety of colours and include tinted glass, or plastic coverings, which stop people from knowing exactly which way they are pointing and focusing on.

For use outdoors, you can purchase vandal proof dome security cameras, which are tough enough to withstand any attempt by a criminal to destroy it.

 

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What kind of incidents might my CCTV cameras capture?

CCTV cameras are used as a way of monitoring the inside of your property, as well as providing outdoor surveillance and act as a strong visual deterrent for both residential and commercial premises.

All kinds of criminal activity can be captured via your CCTV system, which is what makes them an important part of your security measures – protecting you and your loved ones at home; or staff, visitors and members of the public within a business environment.

CCTV cameras positioned strategically within retail premises have the ability to capture incidents of shoplifting, vandalism, or even violence towards a member of staff or customer.

Cameras within the workplace can also aid in safety within the building and can help to uncover members of staff who can’t be trusted.

Within a pub or bar environment for example, CCTV cameras can capture images related to episodes of violence or people dealing in drugs, therefore making it easier for the police to find the perpetrators and hopefully bring them to justice.

Out on the streets, CCTV cameras can pick out so many different acts of criminality, such as car theft, vandalism, robbery and unprovoked attacks, not to mention how useful they become in the case of a missing person.

As for home CCTV security, cameras can capture images of intruders on your property, who might be trying to gain access to steal from you, or pick out an unwanted visitor at the front door who might be acting suspiciously. CCTV cameras also have the ability of capturing images of dodgy workmen, who might be doing a job on your property but not as well as they ought to be.

However, on a much lighter note, CCTV cameras are a fantastic way of capturing wildlife visiting your outdoor space, such as hedgehogs, foxes, badgers or possibly deer, not to mention the array of birds flying around in the summer time.

 

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Indoor and Outdoor CCTV Cameras – the differences

Homeowners and owners of businesses large and small, are opting for CCTV cameras as a way of protecting their loved ones, members of staff, the building itself and the contents within.

With such a wide range of CCTV cameras available and the prices coming down quite dramatically over the past few years for CCTV systems, now seems to be the best time to start looking at improving the security around your property.

However, it can be a daunting experience deciding which type of camera will best suit your requirements, so you might need a little help understanding the differences between indoor and outdoor CCTV cameras.

CCTV cameras for use indoors are normally smaller in size and lighter in weight than outdoor cameras, this is down to the fact that they’re inside, so they don’t need to be made weather-proof or tough enough to withstand possible tampering by intruders.

Outdoor CCTV cameras on the other hand, need to be tough to withstand the British weather and to prevent being tampered with, so are generally heavier and more robust and many are housed in a casing for protection.

Some cameras on the market today are suitable for both indoor and outdoor surveillance, such as the dome camera. The camera is housed inside the dome shape design, which protects it from the great British weather and prevents passers by from knowing exactly which way the camera is pointing.

If you’re still unsure as to which CCTV camera is going to be the right one for your needs, our advice would be to call in the experts – 0121 369 1510. Our local CCTV installers in Birmingham will make sure the right cameras for your specific needs are installed.

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Do Dummy Cameras actually work or not?

One of the most effective ways of protecting your home or business is by installing CCTV security cameras inside and outside – they act as a strong visual deterrent in the fight against crime and provide peace of mind for you, your loved ones, or members of staff.

There’s a whole host of smart, sophisticated CCTV security systems available today at much more affordable prices, which is the reason why they are becoming more and more popular in the UK as a way of securing and protecting what’s yours.

A high quality home or business CCTV system consists of either one camera, or multiple cameras depending on how much serveillance is needed.

Also on the market today are what’s known as dummy cameras, these are exactly what you think they are – fake cameras.

However, some people see them as a cheaper alternative to the real thing and hope that the mere sight of a camera will be enough to scare off any intruders but do they actually work like the real thing, or are people simply wasting their money?

A dummy camera looks just like a real CCTV camera but there’s one huge difference – their fake, they do not have the ability to record anything.

They come in a wide range of styles and sizes and some even come with real camera features such as pan, tilt and zoom but they are still fake cameras.

So basically, they look the part and might make a potential intruder think twice but they are easy to pick out amongst the professional criminals out there and if an incident was to occur at your home or business, no evidence would be gathered to help catch those responsible.

Dummy cameras could create a false sense of security, so the best solution is to go for the real thing. With prices so much cheaper these days, there’s a CCTV system to suit every budget.

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A quick guide concerning IP CCTV Surveillance

What are the benefits of IP CCTV compared to Analogue CCTV

 

An Internet Protocol Camera (IP camera for short), is a digital video camera that’s used mainly for surveillance. However, unlike the more traditional analogue CCTV cameras, IP cameras send and receive data by way of an internet connection. This enables images to be viewed from your laptop, PC, tablet or smartphone from wherever you are in the world.

There are numerous benefits when it comes to choosing an IP CCTV system over analogue, one of which is image quality. The most important requirement with any CCTV system is the quality of the images and footage being gathered and digital technology does produce high quality images.

When images or CCTV footage are used by the police as evidence, or released as part of an ongoing investigation, the better the quality of the images, the more likely a positive outcome will follow.

The more traditional analogue CCTV systems can often produce degrading on copied recordings, whereas IP CCTV recordings retain their image quality, even on playback and forwarding on.

IP cameras use megapixel technology and can be up to three times the resolution of most analogue cameras on the market today.

IP CCTV systems are much easier to install and set up compared to analogue systems and are very easy to use. Less cables (only one in fact) means a neater system for you and a quick installation for the engineer.

Your existing analogue CCTV system can be upgraded at any time to an IP system by way of video encoders, which will enable you to transmit analogue video over an IP network. This will allow you to view live images from anywhere in the world via your smartphone, laptop or tablet. However, the resolution will be restricted to that of your analogue cameras.

On the whole, an IP CCTV system does work out cheaper than the more traditional analogue system – installation is easier, quicker and less cameras are generally needed because the resolution is much greater.

Switching over from your current analogue CCTV system to an IP one is simple and can be carried out by our expert engineers whenever you decide – call 0121 369 1510.

With an IP CCTV system, you have the ability to live view your home remotely from wherever you are in the world via your laptop or handheld device, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can even record images and set up a system that will send you an alert message, via text or email, if an incident is picked up by one of your cameras.

IP CCTV systems eliminate the need for storage. Images or footage can be sent over the internet via a network with no need for recordings. The images can then be viewed, recorded and backed up onto an IT storage system.

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What to consider when installing CCTV in your business

A CCTV system can be used to benefit your business and operations in a number of ways. The initial costs of the camera equipment and installation work are quickly recouped as the peace of mind, added protection, and potential evidence are benefits which far outweigh the costs.

How is CCTV used in the workplace?

  • To act as a crime prevention method
  • To protect your assets
  • To protect your employees
  • To monitor productivity
  • To asses health and safety practices
  • To comply with legal regulations

What should an employer consider?

Privacy is a major concern where CCTV surveillance is in operation. The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is the UK body which regulates and enforces legal practice of CCTV monitoring.

An employer should be aware of the rules surrounding CCTV installation and recording in relation to the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), both of which contain a set of laws which stipulate how, why, when and where CCTV monitoring is legal and illegal.

What are the major regulations?

  • The ICO must first be informed and must provide permission before CCTV can be implemented in a public space.
  • Signs must be installed in clear locations throughout the area in which CCTV recording is in operation.
  • One individual in a management role should be made responsible for all matters concerning CCTV.
  • The CCTV equipment should be securely stored and accessible to a limited number of persons.
  • The CCTV images should be of a high enough quality that law enforcement agencies can use them in a court of law.
  • The CCTV system should be used solely for the purpose it was initially installed for and of which your notified the ICO.
  • The individual responsible for CCTV matters should be aware that anyone recorded by the CCTV system can request a copy within 40 days.

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CCTV audio recording for homes and businesses

A simple guide from cctvbirmingham.co.uk about audio recording and the law

Many surveillance cameras and DVRs do not come with audio recording built in and the main reasons for this are the laws concerning the use of audio to record and the cost of manufacturing cameras that enable audio recording.

Before you even consider adding audio monitoring to your home or business CCTV system, you need to be aware of the laws regarding the way you use it.

According to the newly revised CCTV Code of Practice released by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), audio recording is unnecessary and in most cases is classed as prying, or snooping and deemed intrusive.

If audio monitoring is used in an unsuitable way, you could be violating the Right to Privacy section of the Human Rights Act 1998 and this is a serious offence.

Audio recording in the workplace

Many businesses in the UK use audio recording as part of their CCTV system, such as for call centre training but it’s a sensitive issue and one that could cause problems between the employer and their employees if used inappropriately.

If you’re considering audio surveillance and believe it would be beneficial to your business, you need to ensure you meet with the Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) CCTV code of practice.

Audio monitoring is considered to be more privacy intrusive than video recording but can be extremely beneficial when used in the right business environment.

Audio monitoring at home

You can set up audio recording at your home but you must inform other family members and visitors to your home that audio monitoring is in operation. The laws are less restrictive for homeowners, you can install cameras with a microphone built in, or you can install separate microphones to work with your CCTV system.

Audio and video CCTV systems should be used in the appropriate and correct way in both the home and on business premises.

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Night Vision IR Camera Guide for Outdoor Security

From how they work to where you should position the cameras

Night time monitoring helps to protect your home when it’s at its most vulnerable – in the dark. In order to capture high quality, clear images during the night, you might want to consider purchasing an infrared (IR) camera – they can monitor low-lit to totally dark areas without compromising the quality of the images.

Many CCTV cameras on the market today come with a built-in IR cut-switch, which allows the technology to automatically enable or disable itself, depending on how dark or light it is outside.

To ensure your infrared cameras work at their best, make sure they are installed in the right location and at the correct angle for capturing an image. IR cameras have IR LEDs positioned on the outer edges of the lens – these are what make them night vision cameras.

Infrared technology allows you to monitor your property during the hours of darkness as well as during the day and provides you with high quality images.

How do IR Cameras work?

Nearly all night vision cameras use infrared LEDs to light up the area at the front of the camera. IR can’t be seen by us humans but it can be seen by the camera, which enables it to capture images clearly, even on the darkest of nights.

They’re the perfect choice for those wanting to monitor areas such as driveways, back doors, gateways etc.. and are a particularly good idea if security lights are out of the question.

How good is the image quality?

Night vision IR cameras produce clear and crisp images, with no blurring or juddery motion to the images and are less grainy in quality.

Even if your camera records in full colour, night vision images will be black and white, which produce high quality images every time.

Where do I position my IR cameras?

Night vision IR security cameras are available in a wide range of styles to suit your specific needs and budget.

Position the cameras to cover vulnerable areas around your property, such as driveways, entrance/exit points, garages and outbuildings.

Night vision IR cameras provide the security and protection you’re after and act as a strong deterrent against crimes such as burglary and vandelism.

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CCTV cameras for use indoors – a quick guide

The best indoor CCTV camera options and where to position them

Indoor security cameras are just as essential as outdoor ones – both of them protect your home from any unwanted individuals who might be lurking outside. Protecting the inside of your property with the use of CCTV cameras is becoming more and more popular in the UK. Indoor cameras not only protect your home from potential intruders trying to gain access, they can also play a huge role in protecting vulnerable family members who may be left alone in the home.

There are three types of indoor CCTV cameras to choose from; wired, wireless and powerline networked. However, wireless cameras are the least suited to indoor use unless you can encrypt the signal – someone within range using a good receiver might be able to see your images.

There’s a wide range of indoor security cameras on the market to choose from, varying in price and suitability. The right option is the one that best suits your particular requirements and budget – call NOW on 0121 369 1510 for more information and advice regarding our indoor CCTV systems.
Where To Position Your Indoor Security Cameras
Most burglars enter a property through the first floor, so the best place to position the cameras is where a burglar is most likely to enter. Believe it or not, most burglars try the doors first to gain entry into your home.

Place a camera pointing at your front and back door, this way you can clearly capture the face of the person who’s trying to enter your property. Place the cameras at head height so they manage to capture the burglar’s face.

Ground floor windows are the second most popular entry point for a burglar, so position a camera facing the window to ensure you get a clear view and image of the intruder. Remember to place it at an angle, pointing cameras directly at a window can create too much backlight and the intruder’s face could be unidentifiable.

Hallways and stairways leading off to bedrooms are another good place to position cameras. It’s better to catch the burglar on the way to the bedroom rather than in it!

Make sure you place the cameras in the best positions to capture the face of the intruder.

A camera in the master bedroom is also a good idea, this way you can see what the burglar stole and hopefully capture the burglar’s face whilst they’re searching your room.

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The advantages of a home CCTV system

Your home is supposed to be the place where you and your family feel most safe and secure. However, many homeowners fear the intrusion of a trespasser into their private space, especially when this intrusion could effect their children and loved-ones.

For many people across the UK, a home CCTV system is the most cost-effective solution for boosting home security. CCTV (closed-circuit television) offers a sense of security which is considered priceless by many.

The major benefits of a home CCTV system are:

  • Deterrence – a recent study by the University of Sheffield claims that CCTV is the biggest factor in deterring pre-planned crime.
  • Reassurance – one of the most important benefits of a home CCTV camera is the piece of mind it offers you and your family.
  • Evidence – in the event of a crime, your CCTV footage could provide vital information which could lead to the capture and prosecution of a criminal.
  • Surveillance – modern CCTV systems are a far-cry from what they were just 10 years ago. The technology has advanced significantly, allowing for increased clarity and live remote monitoring from an electronic device, including a smartphone or tablet.
  • Insurance – many home insurance providers will offer a discount if your property is protected by a security system, including a CCTV system.

When asked recently about home CCTV cameras, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan Howe, said more homeowners should consider installing CCTV monitoring equipment, as they provide important material for police investigations.

A basic home CCTV system is more affordable than you might imagine, and, while a high-quality system is more expensive, the benefits are numerous. If you shop around enough, a good deal is there to be had.

High-quality CCTV equipment captures the sharpest of images and is capable of the following technologies:

  • 24 hour, High Definition recording
  • Colour recording
  • Night vision/infrared
  • Motion sensing
  • Pan/tilt/zoom
  • Live remote streaming
  • Audio recording

Contact us on 0121 369 1510 for free and friendly advice. We are here to help you understand home CCTV and how it can benefit you.