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.

Video Surveillance Cameras in Pool Areas Can Decrease Drowning Epidemic

By Tami Vigilante

As the temperatures rise in Phoenix when we enter the hot summer months, sadly so do the number of children that drown or have near-drowning experiences in swimming pools in Arizona.

Just last week, a 2-year-old girl drowned in West Phoenix after Phoenix firefighters pulled her from a backyard pool after she had been reportedly under water for five minutes. Neighbors had originally called 911 after hearing screams coming from the backyard area, where the pool had no surrounding fence.

Although many may correlate Centralized Vision’s real-time video managed services with preventing or solving crimes, we also monitor video surveillance cameras at a variety of apartment complexes or master-planned family communities that feature common-area swimming pools, clubhouses and entertainment areas. Some of our current clients include Park Place Condominiums in Surprise, Valencia Crossing Apartments in Mesa, Fountain Shadows Apartments in Glendale and Adora Trails, a Taylor Morrison master-planned community in Gilbert.

Although our video monitoring services are not a replacement for on-site lifeguards or parental supervision, Centralized Vision technicians in our corporate headquarters that monitor surveillance cameras at our client’s properties have the ability to visually see that rules are being adhered to by residents, such as no glass bottles or alcohol near the swimming pool. We can also make sure that residents are not using the pool after hours when there is no supervision and watch out for children or small animals playing near the pool area.

As a mom, it breaks my heart to hear of drowning tragedies on the news like we did with the 2-year-old girl last week. Hopefully, we can decrease the number of drowning deaths with more supervision and surveillance cameras and make swimming in the hot summer months in Phoenix more enjoyable for everybody.

Phoenix TV Station Discusses Surveillance Cameras with Centralized Vision After Boston Marathon Bombing

With the FBI and Boston Police Department reviewing every photo and piece of video footage they can gather from the Boston Marathon bombing tragedy on April 15, 3TV television reporter Jared Dillingham looked into the increasing role of surveillance camera video and how it is being used in solving various crimes.

Dillingham interviewed Centralized Vision President and Founder Tom Vigilante Jr. about how the Phoenix metropolitan area is increasingly being monitored by more video security systems. Centralized Vision recently expanded its video monitoring service center in Central Phoenix after growing its client base by 30 percent in 2012.

“It’s pretty safe to say that somewhere somehow you are being watched,” Vigilante told Dillingham.

The real-time video verification services provided on the more than 5,000 cameras Centralized Vision monitors in the Phoenix area has helped local police departments make a couple of arrests each month to protect its clients’ assets.

“Improving technology, dropping costs and improving crime fighting are giving more birds’ eye views of everything we do,” Dillingham said in the segment.

Hopefully, the presence of security cameras at large public gatherings, sporting events and office buildings will deter criminals from committing these devastating acts of violence in the future. Because of technology and enhanced communications methods, it is nearly certain they will be brought to justice.

Centralized Vision Tabs Casey Casdorph as Company’s 2012 “Tech of the Year”

By Tami Vigilante

My husband, Tom, and I have seen incredible growth for our company in the video security monitoring industry since starting Centralized Vision five years ago. In 2012, we grew our revenues more than 30 percent and expect similar growth in 2013 as well.

The main ingredient that has allowed our company to grow exceptionally fast is the family atmosphere we created at Centralized Vision. We have a group of dedicated employees that are passionate about their jobs and understand the importance of protecting the assets that Centralized Vision is contracted to monitor for our clients.

However, Casey Casdorph stood out among all of the employees at our company this past year and was named Centralized Vision’s 2012 Tech of the Year.

Casey Casdorph
As a tech working from our centralized tech center at company headquarters in Phoenix, Casey monitors closed-circuit security feeds from surveillance cameras located on the properties we manage for our clients.When seeing suspicious activity through the camera surveillance monitors on his computer screen, Casey logs the activity in our computer system and can use a variety of methods to deter the suspect from committing a crime, including dispatching local law-enforcement authorities to the property.

In 2012 alone, Casey captured seven suspects on camera either trespassing or stealing from properties we monitor. One incident included a naked male trespasser near a trash dumpster behind a West Phoenix shopping center that attracted the attention of the Phoenix Police Department and its police helicopter hovering above the property. Video surveillance Casey captured from the incident was broadcast on local Phoenix television stations 3TV (KTVK-Ch. 3) and Fox 10 (KSAZ-TV, Ch. 10) during their nightly newscasts in October 2012. Casey also captured suspects steeling copper and other metals on video from a recycling facility Centralized Vision monitors in 2012.

Casey started working for Centralized Vision in July 2011 and focused on Information Technology while earning an AA degree from Phoenix College. He plans to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in the near future.

Congratulations Casey on being named Tech of the Year and providing deterrents and services to make the community safer for our family and others to live in.

Tami Vigilante is Executive Vice President & Co-Founder at Centralized Vision. For more information on real-time video verification services or GPS monitoring, go to centralizedvision.com or call 855-888-8094.

Centralized Vision Camera Monitoring Leads to Copper Theft Arrest at Phoenix Recycling Facility

After a Centralized Vision technician noticed suspicious activity while monitoring surveillance cameras at a Phoenix recycling facility around 6 p.m. on October 27, 2012, he alerted the Phoenix Police Department about the incident. As the tech zoomed in with the security camera, he noticed the trespasser in the bottom-right corner of the screen was wearing a light-colored bandana over his face and a dark hat while he was removing copper metal from the facility.

At 6:13 p.m., Phoenix Police arrived at the facility and five officers along with a K-9 unit were allowed on the facility’s grounds to look for the suspect. As the officers and K-9 looked for the suspect on foot, camera surveillance showed a Phoenix Police helicopter shining its lights from above trying to find the suspect. At 7:14 p.m., Phoenix Police notified the Centralized Vision technician that the suspect was found and arrested.

Metal theft has become an epidemic in Arizona since the economic downturn started in 2008. Law enforcement agencies blame the trend on a combination of the unemployed seeking items to sell for cash and drug addicts looking to finance their next score. Insurance claims arising from metal thefts rose nationwide by 81 percent during the last three years compared with the number of claims filed from 2007-08, according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

Phoenix TV Stations Highlight Centralized Vision’s Camera Monitoring Capture

Centralized Vision received quite a bit of interest from the Phoenix media after a recent video surveillance capture for a shopping center client in West Phoenix revealed a naked male trespasser on camera. 3TV and Fox 10 each aired their own segments about Centralized Vision during segments that led off the 9 p.m. newscasts on October 12, 2012.

President Tom Vigilante, Jr. talked to 3TV reporter Jared Dillingham inside Centralized Vision’s tech center to show viewers how they monitor numerous surveillance cameras for more than 100 clients throughout the country.

“I have to believe this person is never going to come back to the property again,” Vigilante said, again reaffirming how their camera monitoring in Phoenix can serve as a crime deterrent.

FOX 10 News – Phoenix, AZ | KSAZ-TV

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