Why Install Security Systems? Peace of Mind

Last week we started a new series on the “why” of installing business security cameras here on the  Business Security Cameras of Orange County blog with a post about deterrence. We’re back this week with another reason that business security camera systems are a good idea. Today we’re talking about peace of mind, an intangible that’s worth quite a lot.

Peace of Mind Is Priceless

Can you put a price tag on peace of mind? In most businesses, you can’t. Have you ever driven to a business or restaurant for the first time, only to keep on driving because the area didn’t seem safe or the location looked run down? Most people have.

Now of course hopefully your business isn’t in a run-down part of town. But no matter where you’re located, you want your business to impart peace of mind to all who enter— both customers and employees.

Peace of Mind for Customers and Clients

Installing business security cameras increases peace of mind for customers and clients. It’s important for all who visit your business to feel physically safe while they are there. Seeing security cameras reassures customers and clients alike that you’re taking steps to minimize risk. Plus, they know that if something does happen, there will be evidence.

Peace of Mind for Employees

Your customers’ and clients’ peace of mind is essential. But don’t forget about your employees! Your team members are responsible for many facets of your business. Some of them are entrusted with valuable assets. All of them have valuables stored somewhere in the building.

Give your employees added peace of mind by installing business security cameras. They can breathe easier that their valuables and equipment will be kept safe, and that if not, there will be video evidence.

 


Reasons to Invest in Security Cameras: Deterrence

This week on the Business Security Cameras of Orange County blog, we’re launching a new series. We’re going back to a foundational question that’s important for anyone considering purchasing security cameras for their business. We’re going to examine the numerous reasons people have for investing in business security cameras.

Some of these reasons are foundational and perhaps a little obvious, but others may really surprise you.

We’re starting this week with one of the most prominent and significant reasons to invest in security cameras: deterrence.

Security Cameras Are a Visual Deterrent for Theft

It’d be great to live in a world where everyone cared so much about you and your business that they wouldn’t steal from you. But we don’t. There are people out there who don’t care one bit about you and the damage they could cause to your business by stealing from you.

But they do care about at least one thing: not getting caught. When you install security cameras in your place of business, they provide a visual deterrent. Some people who come in with the intent of stealing from you will see your security cameras and decide that the risk of getting caught is too high.

Security Cameras Are a Visual Deterrent for Other Behaviors

Theft is the most obvious scenario where security cameras act as a deterrent, but there are many others as well. Individuals considering vandalism, assault, harassment, stealing money and a host of other illegal or indecent behaviors will often reconsider if they see a security camera pointed their way. You can reduce unwanted behavior of all sorts by installing business security cameras in your facility.

Prevention Is Best

Preventing unwanted behavior or criminal activity from occurring in the first place is the best outcome you could hope for. Visible, strategically placed security cameras help to accomplish this.

Contact us today for a free quote on outfitting your business with security cameras.

 


2 Unexpected Places Small Businesses Should Cover with Security Cameras

If you’re a small business, you’re in the habit of making strategic decisions. You need every bit of capital you can save to keep growing and investing in your business. You may not have the budget or the resources of larger businesses.

You certainly can’t match every aspect of what corporate chain stores are doing. (Of course, there’s a lot that you’re doing better than them when it comes to personalized service, passion and customer care!)

This reality extends to your business security setup. You can’t afford the kind of blanket coverage that the big box stores have. You have to be more strategic.

At Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we want to help you make sure you’ve got all your bases covered. Here are a couple unexpected places that you may want to make sure you’ve got covered with security cameras.

Employee Break Rooms

When you’re considering where to place business security cameras, the employee break area may not be your first thought. After all, not just anyone should be back there, and it’s a relatively low-traffic area.

But if you look at both those facts a different way, the security need should become clear. First, not just anyone should be back there. What happens when someone who shouldn’t be there goes in anyways? Having the person on video acts as a deterrent, and it gives you something to work with should something happen.

Second, it’s a relatively low-traffic area . . . but in many businesses this area is full of high-value items, like purses, bags and equipment.

Aesthetic Spaces

Does your business have a lobby or other gathering place with some aesthetic draw? You might think since there’s no merchandise or exchange of money that going camera-free in this space is OK. But consider the possibility of vandalism or even an escalated dispute between guests. A well-placed security camera serves as a strong deterrent in aesthetic places.

 


Internet Connected Security Cameras? Pros and Cons

In the past few decades, security camera technology has seen some major progress. Video quality has improved, as has hardware quality and durability. Storage has improved, too. The days of recording to VHS or other tape formats are mostly gone now, replaced by hard drives, solid state storage and even cloud storage.

Connectivity is another area where we’ve seen innovation. In addition to single standalone camera systems and older legacy camera networks, businesses today also have the option of choosing camera systems that are connected to the internet.

But are internet-connected security cameras always the best idea? At Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we stock both types, and we’re happy to give you an unbiased comparison.

Pros of Internet-Connected Security Cameras

The pros of internet-connected security cameras are all about access and control. Do you need to pull up your feeds from off property? With an internet-connected system, you can. If the cameras in your system are motorized, you may even be able to control where they’re pointing from a distance.

The same goes for accessing archived footage. With the proper credentials you can do this from anywhere.

Potential Cons of Internet-Connected Security Cameras

First off, connecting your security camera system to the internet does increase the possibility of your system being compromised. No, you’re not statistically very likely to come under a Hollywood-style hack attack, but the possibility of compromise is present. What’s more, the attackers wouldn’t need physical access to your premises.

Another con (or potential con) is how the camera handles internet outages. What happens to footage when local storage is full and cloud backup isn’t working? The best systems have redundancies built in, so be sure to discuss this with your installer.

The truth is, most of the potential downsides are either minimal risks or have been solved in higher-end systems. For most businesses, there’s no reason not to choose an internet-connected security system.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


How Zoom Functions Work in Business Security Cameras

If you’re looking into available business security camera options to keep your business safe, Business Security Cameras of Orange County is here for you. In today’s blog post, we’re going to tackle a question that trips up our clients from time to time. What are the different zoom functions that are available in business security cameras, and how do they work?

There are two basic types of zoom: digital and optical.

Option 1: Digital Zoom

The first option, digital zoom, is a software-powered zoom that doesn’t require any mechanical (moving) parts on your security cameras. It works similar to the way your smartphone camera does. When you tell the camera to zoom, it magnifies the image in question.

This is helpful in many situations, but it has its limits. With digital zoom, the footage doesn’t get any clearer zoomed in. Sometimes it may even appear less clear when zoomed. That’s because the frames themselves don’t change. You’re just blowing up a part of those frames and making it full screen.

Digital zoom is better than no zoom, but it’s far inferior to optical.

Option 2: Optical Zoom

The second option, optical zoom, is hardware-powered. This means that you can only use optical zoom if your cameras have the necessary mechanics and lens built in. Optical zoom could be called a “true zoom”: when you tell the camera to zoom in, the optical lenses shift so that your intended object becomes both larger and clearer.

Cameras with optical zoom generally cost a little more than those without, but if your business would benefit from the added clarity that optical zoom brings, the benefit more than outweighs the cost.

Not Sure What You Need?

If you’re not sure what your business needs (or even what you already have) in terms of zoom, contact us today for a free consultation.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


When It’s Time for Your Small Business to Upgrade to a Multi-Camera System

If you’ve started your own business, you’ve surely experienced growing pains along the way. For many entrepreneurs, the decision to hire their first employee is a momentous one. The same goes for renting your first office space or opening your first retail location.

Another of these growing pains is the decision to upgrade your business security system from a single camera to a multi-camera system, as well as the decision to add cameras to your existing system.

At Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we’re happy to help you through these growing pains. Here are a few ways you can know it’s time to upgrade to a multi-camera system.

If You Have Multiple Entrances and Exits

If you’re a small operation with just one entrance and exit, then a single camera may be acceptable. But as your company grows, you’ll eventually move into a space that’s sufficiently complex to need multiple entrances and exits. At this point a single security camera just isn’t going to cut it. If you want to cover most or all the entrances and exits to your facility, you’ll need a multi-camera system. Whether that system is a traditional CCTV or a modern, internet-enabled system is up to you.

If You Have Multiple Spaces Containing Valuable Items

Another way to know it’s time to upgrade to a more robust system is if you have multiple spaces containing valuable items. A gas station may be able to get by with one camera, carefully positioned to cover both the door and the cash register area. But a more complex retail environment may need cameras at the front end to cover the cashiers as well as cameras in the back to cover the safe and the receiving area (where large amounts of product sometimes sit unattended).

If you’ve reached the point where you need to upgrade to a multi-camera system, let us help you through the process.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


360-Degree Cameras: Not Just for Social Media

There’s been a recent trend on social media to post 360-degree videos. These unique videos let the watcher explore the recorder’s point of view by rotating their mobile device (or clicking and dragging on a desktop). It’s an intriguing form of producing and consuming content. These 360-degree videos can be created using specialized cameras or even stitched together using front and rear phone cameras.

But social media isn’t the only use case for 360-degree video. 360-degree cameras are also shaking up the business security camera space. Are 360-degree cameras right for your business? Here at Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we can help you decide.

360-Degree Cameras: Great Solutions for Large, Open Spaces

If you have large, open spaces as a part of your business (like a warehouse, distribution center, or even a large retail footprint like a Walmart), then a 360-degree camera may be a good choice. Because it can capture footage in every direction at once, a 360-degree security camera can do the work of multiple conventional cameras.

Software-Powered Visual Insights

Most 360-degree cameras use special fisheye lenses to capture images from seemingly every direction. These images would be hard (if not impossible) to read in their natural format, so 360-degree cameras also come with software that decodes the footage, turning it into something human eyes can handle.

Pan, Tilt, Zoom Options Available

Depending on the model of 360-degree camera, you may be able to pan, tilt, and zoom your camera remotely for a closer look at something specific. If this functionality is important to you, be sure to mention it during your free consultation.

Of course, this high-tech solution comes at a cost that may be higher than lower-quality, traditional systems. The right choice for you depends on plenty of factors, and we’re happy to help you determine what works best for you.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


What to Look For in Business Security Cameras: Weather Resistance

This week we finish up our four-part series on what to look for in business security cameras. Our final major area to consider is weather resistance. We’ll explain some of the terminology that’s used in this industry as well as some of the potential pitfalls to watch out for.

Understand Camera IP Ratings

When choosing outdoor business security cameras, you’ll usually see an IP rating number as a part of the sales materials. It’s important to understand what this rating means.

The IP in IP rating stands for “ingress protection.” It’s a measurement of how resistant a device will be to ingress (that is, intrusion) from water and dust. You’ll see ratings such as IP65 or IP67. These terms have recently hit the mainstream, as smartphone manufacturers have ditched the headphone jack and started to produce devices that can be highly water- and dust-resistant.

In general, the higher the number, the better. The first digit rates a device’s resistance to dust and solids, while the second digit rates water resistance. Generally 5 or 6 is sufficient for security cameras (able to withstand low pressure and high pressure jets of water, respectively).

If your camera is at high risk of serious water exposure, look for IP66 ratings. If your risk of water exposure is lower (say, a camera that’s under a roof overhang), IP65 will be sufficient.

Ask the Installation Team about Other Components

Of course, the camera itself is only one part of the system. Quality installers like those at Business Security Cameras of Orange County will sufficiently weatherproof the entire install. Watch out, because other installers like to take shortcuts. If you see your installer “weatherproofing” with electrical tape, that’s a huge red flag. Be sure to ask your installer what steps are taken to protect connection points and cable runs.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.

 


What to Look For in Business Security Cameras: Storage Method

Business security cameras are the main part of our business at Business Security Cameras of Orange County, and so we get plenty of questions about them. We figure it’s time to answer them on our blog, so all this month we’re going to dive into what to look for in business security cameras.

Our topic this week is storage method. What’s the best way to store video from your security cameras?

Available Storage Methods

You can get business security cameras with several different forms of storage. The days of recording to actual tapes are thankfully behind us. Many systems today instead record to hard drives. Other systems record to flash storage of some form (whether removable, USB, or SSD). And some systems also back up video to the cloud or to network storage, offering both redundancy and convenience.

The Right Storage Method Depends on Usage and Budget

The choice that’s right for your business depends on both usage and budget. If your business has a need to store lots of video for a very long time, you’ll want a system that backs up to network storage. Swapping empty hard drives in for full ones (and finding a way to catalog and store loose drives) is not something you want to be dealing with, that’s for sure.

If you plan to overwrite video after a certain period of time goes by, you’ll want to select a system that writes to hard drive or flash storage. Be certain that the actual drives or flash storage that you choose are high quality and long lasting.

If you’re looking to access footage on the go, you’ll need a system that uploads to the cloud. (We’ll discuss this in greater detail in a future post.)

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.


What to Look For in Business Security Cameras: Accessibility

At Business Security Cameras of Orange County, we want to help businesses large and small understand this industry better. We believe in empowering our customers with the information they need to make the best possible decision for their businesses.

With that in mind, here is the third post in our series on what to look for in business security cameras. This week we’re focusing on accessibility. What happens to your security footage once it’s recorded, and how easy or hard is it for you to access that footage?

Traditional Methods

Traditional business security camera systems record footage onto physical media. Tapes were once the standard storage method, but they have largely been supplanted by hard drives. While the tape technology has long been on its way out, we do still come across it in older systems.

Sophisticated systems in larger installations usually opted for networked storage, sending footage to a central server on the premises. The most secure facilities would also have a live feed control room, similar to what you see on TV.

These methods were the best available a decade ago, and they still serve their purpose well. But, since everything is localized, you pretty much need to be on site to view or copy the footage.

The Cloud Changes the Game

Many of today’s systems are cloud-enabled, meaning that security footage can be both stored and accessed online. This can be done alongside traditional options or in place of them, depending on the needs of your business.

When you store your security footage online, you gain access to that footage from anywhere, provided you have the proper credentials. To give just one example, this is huge for small business owners, who can now check security feeds from the comfort of home.

This powerful technology can be game-changing for many businesses. Intrigued? Contact us today to learn more.

 

About the Author

Experience Audio Video has been serving Orange County and Area since 1999 for residential and commercial audio and video installation services. 5 Star Yelp Ratings, Thousands of Referrals, there is not a better choice than Brian Chappell and the Experience Audio Video Team. One phone call and you will know right away the difference in working with Experience Audio Video vs. others in the area. Contact us now at 714-744-4455 or info@eav-inc.com for a Free Consultation.