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Do I really need a professionally installed video surveillance system?

By Laura McAndrew

It is imperative to know the differences between self and professionally installed surveillance systems.  Our homes are our castles, and every castle has something worth protecting.  Today police rely on video more than ever to help solve crimes.  This is why you need a professionally installed video surveillance system that will produce the proper image quality authorities will need.

Video Surveillance and how it’s changing in the wake of the Boston Marathon is a question that has opened many eyes over the past month.  It’s a pretty powerful example of the usefulness of a video surveillance system.  The key video clips that captured the suspects’ faces were not just because of the make or model of the camera; it was also because they were well-positioned cameras installed by a professional.  It’s time to be proactive and be educated on surveillance needsA tragedy like this makes you think of your loved ones and about what could have been prevented had the right security cameras been installed.

Now that the weather is nice, you’re more likely to leave your windows and doors open, even when you go out.  Remember, most break-ins and theft occur because of negligence, so securing your home and property is of the utmost importance.  The fact is, you always want your family safe, and we at HS Tech Group are the experts to reassure you that your video surveillance system is installed correctly.

HS Tech Group has trained design engineers who will come to your home or business and inspect the areas you want to keep a watchful eye on.  They’ll provide insight on other important tips to make your security camera system the best it can be.  For example; adding more outdoor lighting, cutting back the tree branches and posting a warning sign that tells intruders your home or business is protected by a 24-hour video surveillance system.  They’ll not only show you the differences between the cameras on the market but also recommend the ideal placement for capturing suspicious activity on your property.

Before you commit to security cameras or even a video surveillance system that records events, you should consider the following:  Technology is changing, and so are the cameras being used. A typical IP (internet protocol) camera can cost between $200-$850 and more.

That may sound like a lot to some people but things you should consider before making the wrong choices.

  • Establish a budget
  • Make sure your cameras and equipment have a good warranty
  • Be sure there is an option for cameras that can be viewed at night
  • Make sure you can adjust the view of the image
  • Do you want to view your cameras from your iPhone or an internet connection
  • You should probably plan on a system that can record for at least 30 days
  • Look for a company that offers a service plan

Be sure to use a company that has a proven track record.  They should have a state license and be knowledgeable when it comes to presenting solutions for your specific needs.  HS Tech Group was recently named one of the top (3) security installing companies in the United States.  For more information about home security, video surveillance and more, contact us today and one of our professional design engineers will assist you.

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