Security Camera System Buyers Guide


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If this is your first system, think about the reasons you need a security camera system

Who/What do I need to protect? Who is taking that stuff from the back room?

Either something bad has happened or something bad will be happening. The short story is that you want to feel safe. Maybe you’ve had many break-ins in your neighborhood and you want to protect your home from being next. Perhaps you want to trust your staff, but let’s be realistic…not everyone is trustworthy. In either case, a security system can drastically reduce the incidents of theft and burglary just be having security cameras out in the open. Worst case scenario, you have digital proof if you need to press charges or go to court.

What kind of system do I need?

If you find a reputable security camera company, the sales staff will walk you through the process. From picking your cameras to your recording needs. The systems today range from 2 camera systems to 32 camera operations. You can choose a variety of styles of camera. First determine your needs, and then ask which model would suit you best. Be sure to check out some security web sites first, so the terminology seems more familiar.

Where should the system be? Outside or Inside?

That depends on your answer to what “Who/what do I need to protect" question. If you are worried about burglars entering your home, then you need outside cameras that have a wide field of view. You may not require as many cameras as you would think at home. Generally speaking, you would want one at each entrance. At work, you may be worried about the stock room losses…in which case interior cameras would a wise choice. If it’s a dim stock room, you can consider infrared technology or a camera with a low LUX rating.

When do I want do my viewing? Am I looking at daytime or nighttime surveillance?

So you’re at the office all day…. but what happens at the end of the day…. when all the staff goes home? That’s when a day/night camera system fits in perfectly. How about viewing your home while on vacation? Same thing! Figure out when you’ll need the recording capability the most…as it will greatly change your camera needs.

Why do I need a security system?

It’s because you worked hard to build a business or purchase a home. You deserve to protect your investment and feel confident that your investment will remain, no matter what the circumstance.

Shop Around

As mentioned previously in this article, you should definitely check out several web sites. Not just because price comparison’s make good sense, but also to familiarize yourself with the products and terminology out there. Sales staff has a tendency to forget that you may be a first time buyer. Check out the web to see what kind of costs you are dealing with. When it comes to calling a company for a quote, keep your budget in mind! Don’t let high pressure sales tactics steer you away from why you want the system in the first place.

Good luck with your first security camera system!

Michael Campbell works at Skyway Security in New York, selling quality security cameras & security camera systems for home and business. Tips from the sales staff continue…look for more articles!


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