These days CCTV cameras are an integral part of the modern environment, and very few people can deny the important role they play in keeping people and property secure. Even so, this ubiquity has led to unease, with many concerned about a lack of transparency over just who is keeping watch over the footage. Recent advances in technology has pushed this debate forward again, with video analytics software letting authorities automatically identify individuals when their faces are captured on CCTV. Internet-enabled wearable devices such as Google glass even have the potential to bring this kind of ability to the man on the street. It’s no surprise then, that it’s no longer just nefarious individuals who are looking into ways to hide from CCTV cameras. Some enterprising individuals have been looking into it…
Scenario: I help manage a small warehouse property on a trading estate. Recently there has been some break-ins on other properties on the estate, so we are now looking at improving our security systems. We have a small security office by the entrance of the property, across the car park from the warehouse, and want to have security monitors in this office viewing 4 cameras in the warehouse. Unfortunately we can’t run a cable, as it would have to pass over the car park, and we still need vandal proof cameras, so we’ve been told wired cameras with transmitters are the way to go. The prices for 4 transmitter packs however are quite expensive, and way beyond our budget. Are there any ways we can have a similar set up for within our budget, perhaps using an IR repeater?
As usual we’ve got an a mix of CCTV News stories including new evidence in the case of a body found on the beach, one man’s worst day ever and a man who exposes himself awaits CCTV evidence.
Worst Day EVER
Perhaps counterintuitively, one of the things that often separates professional security cameras from lower quality CCTV equipment is that professional cameras almost never feature built-in microphones. Whilst the most basic wireless cameras have compact built-in microphones, even the most fully-specced commercial quality IP cameras will be notable for their lack of any ability to capture audio. But why is this? Basically, it comes down to weather-proofing. Professional cameras have to be designed to be installed on the outside of a building day in, day out for years, and boring a hole in their casing in order to stick a microphone through does not help this! So what options are there for those who need audio- is there a CCTV microphone they can add to a system?
Scenario- My home is in a beautiful but remote wooded area in Scotland. After recently installing CCTV for home security, we have discovered that Deer are visiting our property far more often than we realised, and we would love to capture some shots of them at night. They’ve made some fleeting appearances on our CCTV, but it’s really not designed for that, so we have been looking into using a trail camera. Would these be the best way of unobtrusively getting pictures of them? Is there anything I should bear in mind when setting them up to record?
CCTV of California Shooting
CCTV footage has been released showing the moment Elliot Rodger entered the deli and opened fire on the people inside.
One of the men in the store, Christopher Michael-Martinez died at the supermarket following Rodger’s vicious killing spree.
These days, all business owners are more than aware of the benefits CCTV can provide, helping keep your company’s staff and property secure. With the financial pressures facing small businesses however, it can be easy for this to fall behind other priorities when budgets are restricted. Because of this, there are countless companies across the country who still don’t have a suffcient CCTV security system to monitor their property. Unfortunately it can be easy to overlook the benefits of investing in CCTV- until something happens and you really need it, that is! Here are 7of the most important reasons why your business needs CCTV up and running today-
Whilst we have often tried to simplify the process here, buying a CCTV system remains a thorny prospect for many customers, as there are simply so many aspects to consider. Add to that the importance of getting it right, and it can be incredibly stressful for first time buyers. As part of our ongoing mission to demystify this as much as possible, we have put together this basic CCTV checklist for those looking to buy their first wired kit. It shouldn’t be considered a comprehensive list, more a selection of points that are quite easy to overlook when planning.
In our CCTV news this week we see UFOs speeding around an industrial site in Russia and a thief who took a Bernardos charity box from a gift shop in Bristol.
CCTV Captures UFO
CCTV footage from an industrial site in Prokopyevsky, Russia has been released showing flying objects near the site.