Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video. Show all posts

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

3 Tips on How to Buy a Successful Video Surveillance System

The value of video surveillance in commercial settings is widely known and accepted. Over the years, the general public has come to understand that a picture is truly more effective than a thousand words.

For example, when a robbery occurs, the video is immediately pulled and given to law enforcement for their use. There’s a chain of evidence that begins at your video recorder that is documented from that point throughout the process. Using that video, it’s hoped that detectives, along with the surrounding community, will be able to identify the assailant. Quite often images from this video are shared with community members through local television as well as over the Internet. Using this method, by establishing a tip line and an award offering it’s often possible to apprehend and arrest the individual(s) involved.

There’s a whole list of do’s and don’ts to be aware of when buying and installing a video surveillance system for your commercial retail business. In this article we’ll include the most important ones you need to know about.

#1. Camera Placement

Where you put cameras is extremely important and where you fail to install them is likewise important to the overall security of your investment as well as your personnel. The objective is to make it obvious to the perpetrator that he’s on video and that anything he does from this point forward will not go unnoticed or unpunished.

With this in mind, the very first camera to install is one overlooking the entrance. Because this camera is hanging on the wall or ceiling looking right at him or her, they automatically know that there’s a record of their being there at that time.

Cameras also are positioned overlooking the cashier, the counter, as well as throughout a variety of aisles. Special attention should also be paid to special areas of the store, such as the liquor and cigarette sections. Not only are these cameras good to go during business hours, they also will help to identify criminals who break in after hours.

#2. Recording Video

It’s likewise important that you record your video surveillance images on a digital device with enough storage space to hold at least a week’s worth of video per camera. Good choices are DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) as well as NVRs (Network Video Recorders). DVRs are good when using older analog cameras that use standard coaxial cable where NVRs are used when working with modern IP (Internet Protocol) cameras.

If you have analog cameras and you one day plan to update or add onto your system using modern IP cameras, then I recommend that you purchase a HDVR (Hybrid Digital Video Recorder) because they will work with both. IP cameras are better than analog models, and because the average price of an IP camera has come down over the past few years, they’re now affordable to smaller businesses.

Remote archiving of your video is also a great idea for several reasons. First, there are times when smart criminals will not only break in and take things, but they also will steal the DVR/NVR and when that happens, there will likely be no record of the perpetrator at all. Having video sent to a Cloud-based video archiving system assures that if this happens, the perpetrator(s) can be identified and brought to justice.

#3. Don’t Buy on Price Alone

You’ve heard the old adage time and again, “don’t buy the cheapest thing out there.” Here’s why: “Because it won’t give you the results you’re looking for and so you won’t be happy.”

A good example of this is an installation we did a number of years ago where we were competing against a company who had proposed the cheapest thing that they could give. The cost of the cameras to the client was in the $50 range and the company itself was actually a one-man show—what we commonly call a “trunk slammer.”

Based on what the client told us during our initial meeting, it was clear to me that they required quality cameras with a price tag in the $250 per camera area. Needless to say, the prospect ended up buying the cheapest thing he could get.

Within a year, they were back on the phone with us asking for help. Evidently there was a shoplifting incident and the camera overlooking the door was unable to give the police a good enough image for identification purposes. We replaced key cameras with the more expensive models and so the next time an incident took place, identification was now possible.

Electronic Systems Consultants LLC (ESC) offers a full line of quality analog and IP cameras along with the DVR, NVR, and HDVR you need for a quality installation. Our installers are the best at what they do, and when we’re finished, you have our satisfaction guarantee. ESC offers the best video surveillance available for the least investment. Give us a call today at 614-754-1393, or visit our website at

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

The Value of Video Surveillance in Public and Private Spaces

Good morning!

No one wants to create a police state (well, most of us don’t), but I can tell you from experience that there is a valid need for video surveillance in public and private spaces and in today’s blog post I’m going to tell you why.

Over the days, weeks, and months that we’ve been sending interesting news items across our social media channels, it’s hard not to notice the volume of times when a camera placed in the right spot, being there at the right time, has caught criminals in the act of a crime against innocent people, like yourself. And now that video cameras are being installed in and outside of residential structures, we’re seeing an even greater influx of situations where the perpetrators of crime are coming to justice—or at least we know what they look like.

Take for example the news item we featured on February 22nd entitled “Shotgun, jewelry, electronics stolen from west Columbus home.”

According to WCMH, Channel 4 in Columbus, Ohio, “Investigators are looking for a burglar who took a firearm and other items from a west Columbus residence last month. Central Ohio Crime Stoppers said the man broke into the Tampico Drive home on Jan. 13, 2016. He stole a shotgun, jewelry and other several electronic items before leaving” (

Another example of where a video camera placed in the right spot at the right time caught someone in the act of robbing a Speedway gas station on the Eastside of Columbus.

According to Fox 28, “The man picked up what appeared to be a small bag of chips and stood in line at the cash register. When the customers left the store, he asked the cashier, "Give me the money, and don't do anything stupid or I'll shoot you" (

The fact is, these are becoming desperate times and when this kind of thing occurs in society, it often creates desperate people. You would think that these and other such criminals would instinctively understand the risk they run by committing such a crime in the open, but some folks are willing to risk discovery, and they often do.

One of the common places that police go for video in public spaces when a nearby crime occurs is local ATMs. Of course, crimes occur at ATMs each and every day, as did on November 23rd of 2015 in Huntsville, Alabama.

“The crime took place at a Redstone Federal Credit Union ATM in Huntsville Nov. 23. “He'd just stolen a debit card from a residence on Martin Road and couldn't wait to try and use it to steal some money. “ATM footage shows the suspect was sitting in the back seat of the car. That means at least one other person, the driver, was an accomplice to this card being swiped” (

Street cameras have also been equally valuable as a means of establishing the identity of criminals who commit crimes against innocent citizens. On July 22nd of last year, we featured an article on the ESC website entitled “How to Avoid the Theft of Expensive Jewelry.” In it we featured a video of a woman being accosted on the street for her gold jewelry.

“A warning from police departments across the country, crooks are coming after it. The volatile stock market has driven investors to buy gold that’s driven the price of gold to record highs making gold even more appealing for crooks and in some cities the crooks are getting pretty brazen,” says a television news anchor with Fox, channel 10. (
Because of the increase in such incidents that police have reported across the nation, earlier in the year ESC published another article entitled “Crime Prevention: How to Deal With Purse Snatching.”
“Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Florida offers some great words of wisdom regarding purse snatching. The fact is, in 2013 there were 684 cases of purse snatching. And, according to Ivey, during the first six months of 2014, there were 686 cases--more than the entire year before. There's no doubt that this specific crime is increasing in popularity among criminal types. These statistics reflect the situation in Florida alone!” (
ESC routinely protects public and private spaces using quality video surveillance systems. We often integrate them with our clients access control, intrusion, and fire alarm systems to make a powerful combination for crime fighting and alarm verification purposes.

For example, with a video surveillance in your business or institution, ESC central station monitoring operators are able to ascertain whether a burglar alarm is valid or a mistake. This can save you considerable money in false alarm fines. And, some communities, such as Akron, Ohio, verification is the law. In addition, we’ll equip you with a smartphone app that will enable you to look in on your facility at any time of the day or night, in addition to receiving vital images during burglar and fire alarm situations.

If you’ve been thinking about installing a video surveillance system in your facility, give ESC a call. One of our security professionals will be happy to visit with you for the purpose of discussing your needs. We’ll provide you with a professional evaluation and a quotation so you know how much it will cost.

Let ESC help you better secure your investment by calling us today at 614-754-1393, by email at, or use the convenient contact form below.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Doubleheader Videos: Int'l Cyber Crime and BlackHat & DEFCON

Cyber crime is a serious problem for society as we immerse ourselves further and further into an Internet-based world. Today's a doubleheader day as we provide you with two informative, interesting videos on cyber crime.

Those who have been victimized know all too well the pain and suffering associated with the actions of criminals that work hard to take what is not theirs. No longer is the word "hacker" synonymous with young children looking for a new challenge, but rather grownup adults who seek to steal as much money as possible, or to steal critical data in order to blackmail or gain some political or business advantage.

This reminds me of a situation I encountered many years ago where my grandson received a $1,200 check in the mail for two small mobile speakers he had advertised on Craigslist for $100. The letter, neatly typed out on a blank piece of paper, instructed him to cash the check, take an extra $100 and to wire them the balance of the cash. What these kinds of scammers are looking for are greedy fools willing to do this no matter if it's right or not. In a word, people who ask no questions but are quite willing to participate in a crime they don't know anything about.

I told him not to send the speakers, but rather to give me the check, which I took to the local FBI office. I met with one of the agents who told me to keep the check, to report it to the IC3 (Internet Crime Complaint Center) and they would take care of it. He confided that this portion of the agency was very busy and he doubted anything would come out of the complaint as it's happening all the time and there is so much of it that the FBI probably wouldn't follow through. He was correct as far as I can tell because I was never contacted and never asked for the check.

One thing is for sure, I did not allow my grandson to cash it.

Here we are, almost 15 years later, and the fish that the FBI has to fry is even more shocking.

In 2013, the IC3 received 262,813 consumer complaints with an adjusted dollar loss of $781,841,611, which is a 48.8 percent increase in reported losses since 2012 ($581,441,110). The IC3 continues its efforts to inform the general public about online scams by publishing public service announcements and providing tips for Internet consumers. (click here)

Today, @ESC_LLC presents two informative cyber security videos, the one on International hacking and a discussion regarding those who are in the fight and what made them decide to enter the cyber security industry.

Here they are.

If you or the company or organization you work for have been victimized through an Internet scam or hacking situation, you can report it to the FBI's IC3 group. To do that, Click Here.

ESC would like to hear from you. If you have a question about cyber crime or if you would like to comment, please feel free to comment directly to this blog post using the comment window below, or use our quick response form top right. You also can use our Contact Us pages.

Allan B. Colombo
ESC Director of Social Media and Web Assets
Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom of Columbus, Ohio.


Thursday, March 19, 2015

Monday: Doubleheader Videos on Cyber Crime

This next Monday ESC will release two informative videos on cyber crime. The first outlines the nature of cyber crime activities occurring, especially between nations, and how that effects us. The second discusses careers in cyber security as experts tell how they entered the fight. This is a great video for those contemplating a career fighting cyber crime. Be there!

As mentioned numerous times, Electronic Systems Consultants LLC is dedicated to your security and that includes the security of your data. We assist many commercial and government institutions in the fight against crime, which includes computer security. The two videos we present Monday will provide helpful insights into cyber security and the men and women who are on the front lines of data protection.

To watch this video, click here.

John Larkin


Friday, February 13, 2015

Online Privacy Tips to Live By

Photography by John Thompson, Canton, Ohio The following video offers privacy tips where it comes to PCs, Macs, Facebook, the Internet, and your email. David A. Cox, an online privacy expert, offers ideas on helpful software as well as behavioral dos and don'ts. I highly recommend that you take the time to watch/listen to this video.

Our firm, ESC, is highly aware of online privacy basically because of our own customer records. Our staff is trained and quite able to protect our own records for obvious reasons. If there's a question you have or a need regarding online privacy that ESC can assist you with, please send it to me via email.

John Larkin, ESC Senior Partner