Video Camera Placement Can Make All the Difference

Centralized Vision Camera Placement BlogIn the world of surveillance, camera placement can make all the difference. Properly positioned cameras will cover your entire business and keep it safe from damage and theft. Any area that is not covered by cameras is potentially vulnerable to thieves and vandals.

Ideally, every inch of your property should be covered by at least one camera. For best results, an overlap is recommended to ensure you can capture all the angles you need in order to see what is going on.

Camera Placement Tips

There are many important factors to setting up a successful surveillance network. Camera placement is one of the most important things to consider, and should not be decided haphazardly. When deciding where to place your security cameras, keeping the following tips in mind will ensure your home or business will be covered.

Make sure all doors and other points of entry are covered –

Doors and windows are an easy access point for criminals. More than 30% of burglaries happen via the front door. There are several options when it comes to covering a door with a video camera. You can use an outdoor camera that faces the door which allows you to see not only who is coming and going, you can also see if anyone props the door open or otherwise tampers with it.

Another option is to have an outdoor camera that faces away from the door so you can not only see the faces of people approaching, you have a larger field of view which allows you to keep an eye on the sidewalk and/or parking area. This type of location is effective for catching package thieves and vandals as they approach, giving you more time to react and stop them before they can cause any mischief.

Windows are another important egress point that absolutely must be covered by your cameras for proper security of your home or business. All it takes is a heavy object to break a window and the bad guys are in. It can be difficult to cover all windows from outside so do not hesitate to incorporate both interior and exterior cameras where needed. A well placed interior camera is just as valuable in deterring criminals as exterior cameras are.

Make sure key assets are covered –

Having cameras covering your key assets is paramount in protecting your business. Not only do you have to worry about strangers stealing from you, unfortunately you also have to watch your own employees to make sure they are being honest and not stealing from you as well.

If your business is retail, having your warehouse, sales floor, and all points of sale covered would be of utmost importance. Along with your offices and cash room, these are your most valuable assets. If you have a car dealership. You would want to make sure that all your vehicles, tools, and parts are under surveillance at all times. It only takes an experienced crook a few seconds to cost you big money. No matter what type of business you have, keeping your key assets covered is extremely important.

Make sure exterior areas, parking and storage are covered –

Covering your doors, windows, and key assets is important when it comes to your video camera surveillance system, but you also need to cover your exterior areas.  Cameras that cover your perimeter keep an eye on who is coming and going at all times. Knowing who is on your property and where they are will keep your business safe from loss due to theft and property damage. Exterior perimeter cameras also alert you to any developing situations such as weather or fire emergencies.

There are many things to remember when deciding where to place your video surveillance cameras but the most important thing to remember is to ensure that your entire property can be seen from the cameras. All areas should be covered by at least one camera with important locations covered by multiple cameras if possible.

Centralized Vision Services Keep Your Property Safe

Centralized Vision Services Keep Your Property Safe BlogIntrusion and access control monitoring along with badge and data base management can keep your property safe from unwanted visitors. With our trained techs on the job, we can manage access to all entrances as well as take care of a variety of other tasks.

Our technicians can handle all aspects of access control from opening doors and managing unauthorized door props, to assisting tenants, visitors, and vendors that wish to enter your property. We can check visitors against a database as well as activate or deactivate an employee or vendor badge if needed.

In the past, your entry management options consisted of hiring someone to physically monitor all entrances and manage visitors. With today’s technology, you do not have to hire expensive security guards or door greeters to monitor the entries and exits.

Keep Your Property Safe

Our live monitored video surveillance along with two-way audio capabilities allows us to provide you with all the same services you would expect to receive from an on-site employee. When tenants arrive we can unlock or open doors for them as well as provide a number of other concierge type services.

We can manage vendors and repair people as well. When vendors or maintenance arrive at the premises we can check them against an expected visitor list and allow them access. If they are not on the list, we can take care of that as well.

Besides monitoring vendors and other guests, our technicians have been trained to respond in the case of unwanted guests as well. In the event of an unauthorized entry we will immediately notify on-site security or the proper authorities and continue monitoring the situation until it is resolved.

With audio capabilities we can call out to the guest to identify themselves. Our technicians will ask the visitor to identify both themselves and the purpose for their visit. The visitor can then respond by using the two-way audio call box or by making a phone call to our office.

With access control and badge management services in place, you may no longer need a receptionist to manage your guests, visitors, vendors, and repair persons. Our trained technicians can take care of everything remotely.

When guests arrive, our techs take care of them. We can check them in, direct them to where they are going as well as control and monitor their movements by unlocking and locking doors as well as surveying them on camera.

When vendors or service persons arrive, we can make sure they stay where they are supposed to be working by locking down all areas except those they are authorized to be in. This can eliminate several problems such as theft and property damage. You will not have to worry about visitors with Centralized Vision on the job.

From live video surveillance camera monitoring, to intrusion and access control, we have many services that can protect your property.

Live Video Surveillance Monitoring – More Than Stopping Criminals

Centralized Vision February Video Surveillance Blog Stopping Criminals Live monitored video surveillance is great for stopping criminals and preventing crime. But it is good for more than just catching bad guys. With 24/7 live monitoring, technicians can not only contact security personnel and police in case of a crime, they can also contact other emergency personnel, building management, or building maintenance.

Contacting Security and Police

Having surveillance video live monitored by trained technicians can help stop and even prevent crime from happening. In the case of a crime in progress or a suspicious character on your property, technicians can immediately summon on-site security or the police. Having an extra set of eyes watching your property can give you peace of mind knowing that if anything does happen, there will not only be someone reacting to the situation in real time, there will be a recording and a written report as well as the ability to keep the authorities aware of the suspects whereabouts minute-by-minute.

Emergency Personnel

Having live monitored video cameras is great for securing your property from criminals. It is also great for things like recognizing emergency situations as they are happening and summoning the proper emergency responders like the Fire Department or Emergency Medical personnel. Every business is at risk of fire from one source or another. Many businesses are lost to fire due to faulty equipment or problems nobody was aware of because no one was watching. With Centralized Vision on the job, fires can be detected even before they start, and the fire department can be summoned immediately if needed.

In the case of a medical emergency, live monitored video surveillance can potentially save lives. There was a case recently where a young man fell off the back railing of a cruise ship and drowned before anyone knew he had fallen over. The entire thing was recorded, but since no one was monitoring the video at the time of the incident, the recording ended up being too little too late. Live trained technicians watching the cameras could have notified the ship’s captain and sent rescue personnel after the young man.

Live monitored video is also great for helping your employees, if they ever fall ill and need emergency medical help. In the case of a medical emergency in the work place, our trained technicians will call the EMT’s and give them a detailed account of the incident as well as instructions on how to reach the patient.

Building Management and Maintenance

A video surveillance system that is monitored 24/7 is good for many things. A roof or plumbing leak can be catastrophic if not caught in the beginning, but they often go undetected for months. However, if your surveillance system is live monitored, the leak will be noticed when it first begins, minimizing any damage that might occur. At the first sign of a leak or any other issue with your buildings vital systems our technicians will notify building management of the situation.

With the unpredictable weather we are having these days, having your surveillance cameras monitored by live technicians can help protect your customers and employees in the case of bad weather. With exterior cameras in place, technicians can keep you informed of weather situations. They can notify you if you have dangerous ice build-up on the roof or heavy snow piling up in the parking lot while your employees are working.

Technicians can also notify you of dangerous weather heading your way. Bad storms can pop up without warning and wreak havoc on people and property. During a recent thunderstorm in Louisiana, a tornado broke out headed for a populated area. It ripped the wall off of a fitness center while the staff and customers were all inside, unaware of the approaching storm. With technicians keeping an eye on things outside, they could have notified the business and allowed everyone to get out before the twister arrived.

There are many ways live monitored video surveillance can help you and your business. Technicians can not only keep an eye out for criminals, they can also monitor your buildings vitals systems and help protect your customers and employees.

Holiday Safety and Security – Protect Your Business this Holiday Season

Holiday Safety and Security Picture

With the holidays approaching everyone is so busy. Thieves are busy too, looking to profit from your losses. The holiday season is a wonderful time of the year! But with the pressure to buy gifts and increased financial need, even honest people do things they normally wouldn’t. With an increase in shopping, retail security is essential during the holidays. But crimes against businesses go up as well. Holiday Safety and Security is more important than ever.

Commercial Holiday Safety and Security –

Copper and other material theft increases dramatically during the holidays. Materials like copper and HVAC supplies are so easy for thieves to sell that they are always on the lookout for a potential target. An open gate, unguarded Holiday light display, or missing padlock is all the invitation criminals need to strike. With Centralized Vision on the job 24/7, you can be sure your materials will be safe. Our trained technicians will watch over every corner of your location and alert security personnel or law enforcement if needed. With added audio capabilities, our technicians can make a verbal callout to anyone not expected on the property and request a call to our office to verify their presence.

Most thieves tend to be opportunists. After-hours break-ins are a problem all year. The added stress of gift giving causes criminals to look for opportunities everywhere, and the rate of break-ins rise during the holidays. During just one after-hours job in Sydney, Australia, thieves were able to get away with over $90,000 worth of ham and bacon and they even left a note behind when they made their getaway that read: “Thanks – Merry Christmas”. On Prince Edward Island, criminals were able to gain access to a Christmas tree farm and steal half of the year’s trees without anyone knowing they were on the property. Don’t let this happen to your business, Contact Us today to find out how we can help protect what matters most.

Retail Holiday Safety and Security –

During the holidays retail stores are packed with customers, and safety and security are more important than ever. Unfortunately for retail locations, along with the increase in shoppers, comes an increase in crime. Shopping malls are the most vulnerable to many holiday crimes both inside the building and in the parking lot. Inside the building you have to look out for shoplifting, pickpockets, and store robberies both armed and unarmed. Stores also need to keep an eye on their employees to make sure that everyone has the company’s best interests in mind and not their own, as well as to make sure that complacency and laziness is not creating an atmosphere of waste and loss. During a recent smash and grab jewelry store robbery at a mall in California, thieves entered the mall with several large axes and sledgehammers and proceeded to smash the cases and make away with the jewels. Shoppers were frightened and the entire mall was put on lockdown by the police. With live monitored video surveillance, technicians could have notified the proper authorities of the suspicious behavior before the criminals actually entered the mall. Authorities could have caught the bad guys before they got away or even stopped the crime before it happened. Live Video Surveillance Camera Monitoring is an extremely powerful tool in the safety and security industry.


Holiday Fire Safety and Security –

The Holidays is such a festive time of the year. With parties and twinkling holiday lights, fire hazards increase dramatically. Restaurants and banquet halls are host to thousands of parties and get-togethers during the season and their kitchen staff can get overwhelmed. Overwhelmed staff can become tired and careless and carelessness can lead to accidents. Accidents in the kitchen can be dangerous and lead to fires. Nobody plans a fire at their Christmas party, but the dangers are real. In addition to kitchen dangers, the holidays biggest fire danger lies in the decorations and lights meant to add joy and happiness to the season. Unattended candles in a Menorah, short circuiting Christmas lights, or a dried out tree is all it takes to start a fire that can cause a tremendous amount of damage. With Centralized Vision’s team of trained technicians watching over your kitchen or holiday display, you can be sure to have a Happy New Year! Call us today to see how Centralized Vision make your season bright!

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