Security Cameras and Home Surveillance Cameras

home surveillance camerasIf you’re looking for a security camera for your home or business, you’ve come to the right place.  Dynamark Security of Richmond is a leading local provider of video surveillance equipment for both residential and commercial use.

We install and service many types of surveillance cameras, including CCTV cameras, analog cameras, IP cameras, and wireless security cameras.  Whether you need a single outdoor security camera to monitor the front entrance of your home, or a complete security camera system for your business, our highly trained and experienced technicians will make sure that your equipment is properly set up.

Home Surveillance Cameras

In and around the home, outdoor surveillance cameras can be used as a deterrent to burglars while indoor cameras can be used to monitor children or sensitive areas like a home office.

Modern security cameras for home use record high-resolution, full-color images, and in the case of IP cameras can even allow you to remotely view live footage over a mobile device.

Popular styles of home security cameras include fixed dome cameras, box cameras, and bullet cameras.  Manufacturers include Honeywell and GE/Interlogix.

Cameras can be set up to start recording when they detect motion so that they only capture relevant video vs hours of “dead air”.

Business Security Cameras

business security cameraFor a business, security cameras are a great way to deter crime of all types.  In addition to making burglars think twice about breaking in to a business, cameras can also deter shoplifting and employee theft.  They can also provide an accurate record of events to discourage frivolous lawsuits from either customers or employees.

Depending on the size and nature of a business, the requirements for security cameras can vary greatly.  Typically, most businesses will want to cover the following areas with cameras:

  • Parking lots
  • Entry points
  • Point of sale
  • Cash room or safe
  • Main lobby

We can install closed-circuit TV (CCTV) systems for a business that allow a security guard to monitor the cameras in real time, or the cameras can record footage that can be viewed later if necessary.

Security Cameras for Churches

Churches have many of the same security concerns as for-profit businesses, but they also have the added risk of being targeted for vandalism or hate crimes.  Security cameras can help protect sensitive areas, deter crime, and make a church a safer place.

We can help churches on a tight budget with affordable options for security camera systems.  Contact our office for a quote.

Wireless Security Cameras

The term “wireless security camera” usually refers to a camera that broadcasts its video feed via a radio transmitter to either a monitor or a recording device.  The camera will most likely still have a wire connected to it for a power source, although some cameras also can run off of battery power.

Although there are some advantages to wireless security cameras, such as being easier to install or move to a different location, right now these advantages don’t outweigh the disadvantages.  These include:

  • Wireless security cameras are less reliable due to the potential for interference from other devices.
  • The video quality from wireless cameras is usually lower resolution than that from wired cameras, making it less useful.
  • If cameras are not placed correctly, the signal can be disrupted by walls or other solid objects.

Because of these disadvantages, we do not recommend using wireless security cameras as an outdoor camera. Indoor wireless security camera application can obviously be different from outdoor application.  Based on your needs, wireless indoor cameras may be useful and work very well.  Contact us for details.

Frequently Asked Questions about Security Cameras

Many people have the same questions about security cameras and video surveillance equipment.  Here are some of the most common questions we get.

What is an IP camera?

IP stands for internet protocol.  An IP camera is simply one that can send a signal via a computer network or the internet.  An analog camera, on the other hand, sends its signal via coaxial cable, which is typically connected to a DVR or other type of recording device.   

Should I use an analog or IP security camera system?

It depends.  Analog systems are generally cheaper (although not always), but typically have lower resolution.  IP camera systems typically have higher resolution but often come with a higher cost.  In our initial consultation with you, we’ll discuss various options and make a recommendation that fits your needs and budget.

What is a CCTV system?

CCTV stands for “closed-circuit” TV systems, meaning that the video feed from a camera is not broadcast publicly but is instead only displayed on monitors or sent to a recording device like a DVR.  Sometimes, CCTV security camera systems are monitored in person by a security guard, but this is not required.

Are wireless security cameras reliable?

With currently available technology, wireless security cameras are not reliable enough to be of real use.  We recommend using wired security cameras for better resolution and reliability.

What is a network camera?

A network camera is one that, like a computer connected to the internet, has its own IP address and can be placed wherever there is a network connection.  This differs from a webcam, which can only be used when plugged into a computer that has the appropriate software installed.  Network security cameras can be set up so that they can be accessed and viewed over the internet.  Most network cameras are also HD cameras.

What about HD security cameras?

Until recently, HD security camera systems were not always practical due to the limitations and requirements of the technology.  However, in the last few years, these limitations have been largely eliminated, making HD security cameras a good investment for most users.

What about the camera packages I see at the big box stores?

There are numerous potential problems with buying a security camera from a big-box store.  In the case of IP cameras, many of them are very susceptible to hacking.  In addition, in order to work properly the cameras must be installed correctly, which often doesn’t happen when users attempt to set them up themselves.

What about the use of cameras in lieu of a home security system? Is this a good idea?

Using a home security camera in lieu of a monitored alarm system is not a good idea, for several reasons.

  • First, a camera does nothing to alert you or the authorities when a break-in occurs, so all it will do is give you a video of someone carrying off all of your belongings. If you’re lucky, and the burglar was particularly stupid, authorities might be able to use the footage to identify someone and help you recover some of the stolen property.
  • If you’re unlucky, the burglar will simply steal the hard drive that the camera footage is recorded to, leaving you with no record of the crime at all.

Proper use of security cameras is in conjunction with an alarm system.  If a break-in is attempted, the alarm will help scare off the burglar, and the footage from the camera will help authorities catch the burglar.