Showing posts with label CCTV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CCTV. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

What Does Video Surveillance and Crime Prevention Have in Common?

The presence of cameras in a commercial facility is often enough to stop a would-be criminal from acting. And yet, there will always be those cases where a determined criminal will still commit a criminal act.

The fact is, most crimes that take place are based on 1) opportunity, and 2) the likelihood that the criminal won’t get caught. Cameras increase the chance of the latter.

Put yourself in the shoes of a criminal approaching a convenient store. Your intent is to shoplift liquor from one of the coolers. When you arrive and enter the store, the first thing you notice is the video monitor hanging behind the counter with your picture on it. In most cases, this is where the plan ends. What do you do then? You leave the store after buying a stick of gum in search for another store where there is no visible sign of a video surveillance system.

Okay, you find another one down the street where there is no monitor behind the counter. Approaching the liquor shelves you look around for any visible sign of cameras, but suddenly you spot this little round funny looking thing with a very dark glass dome on it (see photo #1, right, click on the image to enlarge).

Could it be a fire heat detector or is it a camera? If you’re determined to steal a bottle of your favorite Vodka, you’ll

probably throw caution to the wind and place it in the inner pocket of the coat you’re wearing. However, if you’re really smart, you’ll have taken time on the Internet to explore what the various cameras in use look like. In this case you would have known that the domed device you saw was a camera, in which case you would NOT have taken the bottle in the first place.

There are many kinds of cameras on the market to choose from. ESC handles a wide variety of surveillance cameras for all kinds of applications. No matter what the facility may be, there’s a camera that will accommodate it. The cameras pictured on the left are commonly found in commercial and residential settings (click on the image to enlarge it).

The following video also offers ideas and thoughts on crime prevention in residential applications. It offers some great ideas on how to prevent crime.

Part I:

Part II:

In closing, if you have a need for one or more cameras, ESC can design the video surveillance system you want. We offer the finest cameras for the money as well as a quality installation to go with it. In addition, our after-sale service is next to none, so give us a chance to prove it! Call us today! Dial 614-754-1393 or use our Quick Response form on the right top side of your monitor (scroll up).

Remember, we offer tomorrow's technology today!

John Larkin, ESC Senior Partner


Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Importance of Video Surveillance

Business and homeowners, Federal and State government institutions, educational facilities, huge campuses, and others can benefit in a huge way by implementing video surveillance. There are three reasons for doing so:
  1. Crime Prevention. The visible presence of cameras outside and inside is often enough to stop a crime before it happens.
  2. Documentation. When a crime does occur, a quality video surveillance system will be able to provide pictures of the criminal, possibly in the act.
  3. Remote Access. Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) can connect your video surveillance system to your smart phone or laptop so when you’re out and about you can look in on things.
Crime prevention is perhaps one of the most important aspects associated with CCTV implementation because it seeks to stop crimes from happening in the first place. For example, the very sight of a camera  staring you in the face when you walk into a retail store tells the would-be criminal that chances are that he'll be caught doing his ill deed. The idea is that he'll then go elsewhere, where he knows there are no cameras.

Documentation is also an important part of security because it assures us that when something bad does happen. law enforcement will have a full accounting of it on film, so to speak. Of course, today's video surveillance systems do not use photo-sensitive film to record images on. Instead, analog images are converted into digital data and then they are stored either within a solid-state memory device or on a hard drive in a digital video recorder, for example.

Remote access to your video surveillance system allows you to see cameras in action in real time as well as review recorded video clips. Best of all, this capability allows you to see them from anywhere in the world. In years past this feat was performed over a standard telephone connection using a modem of some kind. Today's DVRs do this through the Internet.

ESC offers the finest in IP (Internet Protocol) as well as traditional CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) systems. We offer the following brands:
  • Vicon
  • Openeye
  • Pelco
  • Samsung
  • Eastern CCTV
  • Bosch
  • Sony

For more information on ESC video surveillance services, visit our services page at