Security Systems – Use The New Technology

Whether choosing security systems for the home or for a business, a consumer faces many choices and considerations. With over two million burglaries each year, the need for security planning is obvious, and a prudent person must consider what will work best for their own circumstances. Some will choose to hire a company to install and monitor the system chosen, while others will prefer a “do it yourself” option.

A security camera, ranging from high tech to basic web designs, is included in almost all of the systems. Of course, a truly wireless security system is the best road to follow as it is the most accurate and precise. It is also the priciest option and the most likely to require professional installation. When people purchase security systems they need to keep in mind the cost, the lighting requirements that need to be kept and whether or not the camera must be hidden from view.

To provide a deterrent against theft, some businesses prefer a highly visible security system. Other businesses prefer discrete, hidden security systems. Many businesses employ a mix of visible and hidden systems, such as visible video cameras in conjunction with plain-clothed store detectives. Prominent signs alerting patrons and employees to the presence of monitoring by a security camera are common. Many video based security systems are continuously monitored by staff in real time.

Others will use recording information for review and scanning. Some homes may have signs visible to indicate that they are protected, some of them even go the route of putting up a sign but no installing a system, which isn’t always wise. Cost as well as need can both be factors in the choice that each individual will make as to what system they choose, but cost is usually the prohibitive factor.

In other situations, like the “nanny cam” to observe domestic help, it may be more logical to have a hidden system so those observed are unaware. These can be linked to an online monitoring site, viewed by the owner of the system or simply recorded. Businesses may record employee behavior as well as that of customers. Employer monitoring is quite legal, unless undisclosed cameras are used in places such as restrooms and dressing area or showers.

A wireless security system is simple to hide if stealthiness or discretion is desired. Because there are few components visible, people can be watched without becoming aware of the cameras. Another option is wireless monitoring, in which a camera can be aimed and a location scanned at a distance. This may be best for a large area. Consumers should seek expert advice using an experienced and well-known security company. However, it is possible for them to put in, monitor, and purchase these kinds of systems by themselves.

Before calling a professional company or using a consumer electronics store or website, anyone considering security systems should make a list of needs they have for monitoring, consideration of the physical layout, and a realistic budget. The budget should reflect initial cost, operating expenses, monthly fees when applicable, maintenance, staff costs, and visibility. Finally, the customer should consider what type of alarms will be used and who has access to security codes.

Whether choosing security systems for the home or business, a consumer faces many choices and considerations. Almost all systems require a security camera. In part as a theft deterrent, business systems are more likely to be highly visible. Others will use recording information for review and scanning. In some cases, it may make more sense to have a system hidden to avoid detection by those unaware, often through the use of a wireless security system. Anyone considering security monitoring systems should make a list of needs they have for monitoring, considerations of the physical layout, and a realistic budget.

- Edson Buchanan

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