Cctv Basics For First Time Buyers

4 Most Popular Types Of Cctv Cameras

CCTV has become one of the most popular security measures in residences and businesses around the world. CCTV (closed-circuit television) is a system of cameras that transmits still photos or videos to a specific monitor or set of monitors. There are many different types of CCTV available and each serves a specific purpose. Here are 4 common types:

Dome Camera- The dome camera can be used indoors and out with an average reach of 35 to 40 feet. One feature that makes it so popular is that criminals can’t tell where the camera is pointing and its rugged design is nearly vandal-resistant, which is a deterrent in itself. They are also equipped with night-vision capabilities.

Bullet Camera- Mainly used outdoors, the bullet camera is designed with an outer case to resist damage by wind, dust, dirt and other outdoor elements. It also has high-definition features that take clearer long-distance images than the dome style.
C-Mount Camera- This model comes with interchangeable lenses for different applications. One, for instance, is a long-distance lens that allows for clear images beyond the typical 35 to 40 feet.
Day/Night Camera- While the other cameras can be used in both normal and dimly lit areas, the day/night camera doesn’t use infrared lighting technology, rather, the microchips that control the imaging quality are super sensitive, making this camera optimal for outdoors.

Another feature to consider is whether you want to use a wired camera or a battery-powered model. While wired models will give you 24/7 surveillance coverage, a battery-operated style is designed to record only when motion is detected (to save on battery life). Other pluses: the battery should run 5 to 6 months on a single charge and, being wireless, the camera is very easy to set up and it’s easily moved from place to place.

5 Legal Matters To Know Before Using CCTV Cameras

Cctv is used in the majority of homes and businesses around the world. The very sight of Cctv cameras is often enough to deter a criminal from doing something illegal, which makes this type of surveillance popular in businesses large and small.
While Cctv helps prevent crime, there are legal matters you need to know so you don’t end up in a quandary yourself. Here are 5 things you should be aware of before you install your camera system:

Signage is of the utmost importance! You need well-placed signs so the public is aware that they are being video-taped. Employers are also required to notify employees that Cctv is in use and let them know exactly where the cameras are.
Familiarize yourself with the laws regarding where you can place your cameras. Most laws forbid video surveillance inside restrooms or sleeping quarters.
Be aware that sound is not allowed to be recorded, with a few exceptions, such as inside taxis or police stations.
Assign one person to view and control Cctv footage. This video is not for public viewing and should not be shared, especially when individuals on film can be recognized.
Be aware of the laws in your state regarding handing over surveillance footage to an agency such as law enforcement or protective services. Cctv footage should never be made public or posted on social media!

Many Cctv systems are easy to install, but if video surveillance is a top priority for you, it would be best to have it installed professionally. An experienced installer is trained to set up a system that will protect you as much as possible and they are aware of the legalities surrounding video surveillance.