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For those living here, it is no secret that Brooklyn has a crime rate above the national average. If you’re like us, you probably appreciate the area, but you also like to keep yourself safe from break-ins and theft. A security camera system is most likely the answer you’re looking for, but you need to do a bit of research. We’re happy to share with you some thoughts that our other DUMBO clients have had when it comes to installing a new system in their homes.
There are lots of applications, but we find that most DUMBO residents use camera survelliance for a few particular reasons. Frequent uses are: As prevention for break-ins or burglary; to protect family members from intruders; to monitor in-home caregivers, household staff and babysitters.
What are the leading security camera systems for DUMBO households?
We hate to play favorites, but from years of experience, testing and servicing, we find that there are three manufacturers that set themselves apart from the rest. The three brands that shine are Bosch, Samsung and Sony.
Because of their advantages, these are the three principal brands we set up for our customers. We can update and support other makes and models, but check with us first.
What kinds of security cameras are there?
Network or IP cameras
These are the most common devices and our best sellers. They incorporate many features and give you the ability to watch over your home from your laptop or computer. You’ll be able to monitor your home from anywhere as long as you have a computer or other device with internet access.
What’s a CCTV camera? CCTV stands for closed circuit television and is a type of network camera that allows one to monitor activity on a computer or television screen. These units have gone through major improvements over the years and incorporate digital feed, recording and viewing on your computer from any location. You can even monitor your home while on vacation.
Dome cameras provide a 360 degree view so they can pivot in any direction. These are the gizmos you see in Atlantic City casinos. Since the dome is shaded, it is not certain where the camera is aimed and if it is actually working. This helps make it a deterrent, even if the device isn’t on.
Imitation Monitoring Products
A cheaper alternative, fake camera units present the look of surveillance without the price. The purpose is that likely thieves will spot the camera and move on. Dome camera casing is generally used for fake cameras. These units tend to be used by individuals who cannot afford a genuine surveillance solution, but still need a deterrent for potential intruders. They even have blinking lights to make them seem real.
Outdoor Security Cameras
Designed to be stronger, outdoor models are located in a case that will help them hold up against the harsh New England weather conditions. In most cases, outdoor security cameras are pointed in one area and possess limited range. A few of the more expensive cameras can rotate their direction, but most cameras still and need to be moved manually to change camera angles.
With infrared technology, night vision systems permit one to supervise an area even if it is completely obscured by darkness. The versatility of these units have improved greatly and now many of them can be used for both day and night, providing you 24 hour monitoring capability.
Wireless security and remote access devices are popular among our DUMBO customers. Both outdoor and indoor units can be configured for wireless installation.
Covert and hidden systems can take on the form of a smoke detector, stuffed animals, statues and even tissue boxes. We typically recommend that your security cameras be visible to everyone, however. It’s always better to avoid break-ins and unwanted entry whenever you can.
Units such as auto sensors and motion detectors can be used with your home security system to help save power and digital storage space. The recording starts whenever activity is detected. Check with your security expert to find out which configurations are best for your needs.
How difficult is it to control security cameras?
With all these highly specialized cameras and surveillance units, it could seem that a new system might be difficult to use. Well, some of the more high-end security systems are a bit complex and require some coaching. For the majority of home owners, however, today’s systems are far easier. If you can power on your computer, then you will have no difficulty. Our technicians will walk you through each step of using your system until you are totally comfortable operating it all on your own.
How do I set up my system?
It would be irresponsible for us to give advice about where to put your cameras without knowing the specific area you want to observe.
Frequently, we come across jobs where residents have obtained their security cameras at Walmart or Target to try and save money, but more often than not, this equipment is not installed properly and does not function the way they are meant to. These outlets also sell marked down security devices, which are limited in the scope of their performance. Rarely are these solutions sufficient for DUMBO homes.
Use a professional installation specialist. We’ll help you avert costly problems in the future.
How good are surveillance systems? How well will they work?
The office of Homeland Security found that security camera systems have been proven to be quite effective, as long as they are installed properly and used effectively. The primary problem with ineffective units is flawed installation and incorrect use. This is exactly why your security cameras must be installed by a professional. Thieves patrolling DUMBO usually know what they’re doing and can spot amateur installations very quickly.
Things to Look For
Again, choose a competent installation expert. Your family and property are too precious to do this yourself. Call M&D at 718.484.4050. We have years of experience not only in home security, but in your community as well. We’ll be sure to install one of the top 3 brands; Bosch, Samsung or Sony. Your new camera system will be thoroughly tested and operational after the installation is completed.
When purchasing, look at both black and white as well as color units. Significant savings may be involved, but there are additional concerns as well. The amount of available light in an area could help you make a decision. Dimly lit areas in addition to those with a higher degree of variable light will normally do better with black and white. Color ought to be used for indoor security cameras.
Picking the best resolution for your monitors is important. The better resolution, the cleaner your images will likely be. Lower resolution may be cheaper, but are not good for detailed facial or feature recognition.
Lastly, be sure that your video cameras, monitors, sensors and remote access devices are all compatible. It’s typically not a smart idea to combine manufacturers unless you know which of them work well together.
What should you expect to pay for a solution in DUMBO?
That’s the only question here that is tough for us to answer without knowing more details.
Here’s what we need to know: What are your security aims? How many rooms do you want to observe? What is the square footage? Do you want indoor or outdoor security cameras? How state-of-the-art do you want your new system? Do you require 24 hour surveillance, partial surveillance or motion sensors?
If all of this seems too much, don’t worry. Call us at 718.484.4050. Our technicians are really good at making home security fun and easy.
This post offers some of the important components of getting a home security camera solution. We’ve merely scratched the surface of security camera systems and there is great deal more to consider. Remember to call us at 718.484.4050 for answers to all your questions. We love to help. M&D Locks and Keys is a local Brooklyn neighborhood partner and we know DUMBO.
A Shield for Your Home
Do not forget to check our 5-star testimonials in Google and Yelp to be sure you are receiving the top security camera consultants in Brooklyn. Your loved ones are too important to trust unqualified installation companies. Get in touch with M&D Locks and Keys today for an inspection and estimate to put in a wall of safety and security in your home.
M&D is certified with the Associated Locksmiths of America (ALOA). Our company is also members of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau.
Remaining Secure in DUMBO
What is more important than the safety and security of your family? Adding a reliable alarm system, insuring you have the right locks at all access points, incorporating a neighborhood watch program and installing video cameras at key points in the house are all effective methods at eliminating break-ins. We also advise getting a dog to alert you any time something at home isn’t quite right. If you are planning to invest time and money on a home security system, make sure that it’s done correctly.
Go with a community pro. M&D Locks and Keys knows Willimasburg better than any other locksmith and security installation service. Contact us today at 718.484.4050.
M&D Locks and Keys
140 Empire Blvd.
Brooklyn, NY 11225