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As residents of Brooklyn, we fully grasp your need for home security cameras around the New Lots area. If we look at crime rates, Brooklyn communities have not fared too well in recent years when compared with other locations throughout the country. As reported by NieghborhoodScout.com, Brooklyn is safer than only 38% of American cities. Still, your chances of becoming a crime statistic are only 1 in 167. In New York City they are 1 in 246. A home security and alarm system is a good step toward keeping your family safe and secure.
Since we’ve been installing and maintaining commercial and home security cameras throughout Brooklyn neighborhoods for a long time, we thought we would use this post to respond to a few of the common questions we get as it relates to New Lots specifically.
What are some of the typical ways to use home security cameras?
New Lots residents use security cameras for several reasons, but the most common are deterring intruders and break-ins, safeguarding family and property from theft and burglary and to observe caregivers and domestic workers.
What are some of the most effective security camera systems for New Lots properties?
With our knowledge of home and business security among Brooklyn neighborhoods, we have found several makes and models that are the most popular and best equipped for New Lots residents. Those that regularly perform best are Samsung, Bosch and Sony.
These are the three brand names M&D sets up the most. We can update and support other makes and models, but consult with us first.
What types of security camera systems are there?
Network or IP cameras
IP or network cameras have become popular among New Lots residents. They allow surveillance from virtually any device and can easily integrate other features such as remote surveillance, wireless technology and multi-viewing. You can monitor your property from anywhere as long as you have a computer or other device with internet connection.
Network systems also include monitoring from closed circuit television (CCTV). These units have gone through significant improvements over the last few years by incorporating digital feed and sophisticated computer access devices.
Dome cameras offer a 360 degree view so they can pivot in any direction. Another highly popular solution among New Lots residents and business owners, dome cameras provide the most versatility. They can rotate in any direction without warning intruders that they’re being observed. The dome glass is typically shaded, concealing the camera position. If you’ve been to Atlantic City, it’s likely you have noticed the “eye-in-the-sky” dome cameras just above your blackjack table.
Fake Surveillance Equipment
A less costly solution, bogus camera systems present the look of security without the cost. The objective is that likely trespassers will see the camera and move on. Dome camera housing is typically used for artificial cameras. These units tend to be used by people who can’t afford an actual security system, yet still need a deterrent for potential intruders. They actually do a good job since they are practically indistinguishable from actual cameras.
Security cameras for outdoor use are durable and able to endure severe weather conditions. Generally, owners will have them pointed in one direction and have limited range. A few of the more expensive cameras can usually rotate their direction, however, most cameras are motionless and need to be adjusted by hand to change angles.
With infrared technology, night vision systems permits one to keep an eye on an area even if it is completely obscured by darkness. The versatility of these units have advanced considerably in recent years and now some operate effectively in both day and night, giving you 24 hour monitoring capability.
Wireless security cameras are quite common among New Lots. These devices are perfect choices to avoid long cables, drilling and damage to your home.
These units are good if you don’t want someone to know that you are watching them. They can take the appearance of many different objects such as smoke sensors, flashlights and pictures. Some are so small, they could fit into one’s shirt pocket. Just like Get Smart or Mission Impossible. They can be of very good quality, although we almost never recommend them because a concealed camera does very little to help deter crime. It’s always preferable to use surveillance cameras to avoid break-ins rather than capture them on tape.
Motion detectors may be set up with your burglar alarm and security system. Cameras are activated when the sensing unit identifies movement. Receptors detect movements and are automatically initialized to capture it. They can be set for a variety of sensitivity degrees and durations. Talk to your security professional to find out which settings are right for you.
Are surveillance and alarm systems tricky to control?
In the past, security camera systems were big, awkward and difficult to use. These days, they are a lot easier. If M&D sets up it for you, we will show you how it all works until you are completely satisfied and comfortable with your system’s operations and capabilities.
Where are the best places to install my system?
It would be irresponsible for us to give suggestions about where to place your security units with no knowledge of the particular area you wish to view.
We frequently come across projects where residents have obtained their security cameras at Walmart or Target in order to cut costs, but many times, this equipment is not set up properly and does not operate the way they are meant to. These outlets also sell low cost security units, which are very limited in the scope of their effectiveness. Low-cost security units tend not to be adequate to protect your home in New Lots in our opinion.
Be sure to hire a professional installation specialist. We’ll help you avoid costly problems in the future.
How efficient are camera networks?
Studies demonstrate that effective use of security cameras will not only record activity, but can prevent break-ins and burglaries, but only when the system is set up correctly. Install it yourself and you risk bad guys hacking your system and cutting wiring. The main reason home security camera systems are so popular among New Lots homeowners is because they are indeed, reliable. They are effective at not only recording important activity, but as a deterrent as well. The Department of Homeland Security claims that theft can be minimized in metropolitan areas up to 20% with the use of security cameras, but only if the system is deployed and administered correctly.
What to Look for When Purchasing a System?
Use a professional. Don’t attempt installing your cameras and wiring on your own. Don’t risk the security of your loved ones by taking shortcuts. Call M&D at (718) 484-4050. We’ve got years of experience not just in security systems, but in your community as well. We’ll make sure to install one of the top three brand names; Bosch, Samsung or Sony. Your new camera system will also be properly tested and operational as soon as installation is completed.
You’ll have to pick color or black and white. Significant savings might be involved, but there may be additional things to consider as well. The level of available light in an location could help you decide. Dimly lit areas as well as those with a high degree of variable light will normally fare better with black and white. Black and white is typically better outdoors when lighting is not very controlled while color is typically better for interior systems. This isn’t always the case, however, and you may find occasions when black and white systems are preferable indoors.
Learn resolution. The greater the resolution, the sharper the image. Low-level camera resolution is usually around 330. Expect 400 for better resolution systems.
It’s very important to purchase hardware that is compatible. We really do not advise mixing brands. This always seems to result in compatibility problems.
What should I expect to spend for a solution in New Lots?
Always an excellent concern, we can determine the price of your system.
To be able to answer this concern, we will need to ask you some questions as well: What exactly are your security objectives? How many rooms do you want to observe? What’s the actual square footage? Will you need indoor or outdoor security cameras? How sophisticated do you want your new camera network? And how regularly are you going to be running your security cameras?
If this all seems too much, don’t worry. Give us a call at (718) 484-4050. Our consultants are very great at making home security fun and easy.
We have given away lots of advice over the years and have helped lots of Brooklyn homeowners keep safe from break-ins. Home security cameras have been a big part of that. Also ask us about our alarm systems and specialized locks for your doors, windows, garages and gates. We’ll perform a complete property inspection and tell you where you are vulnerable. And we always suggest participating in an active neighborhood watch plan. Alert neighbors can do far more to deter crime than nearly anything else. It’s a challenge within the city, but a dog can help with home security too. To get a home security check, be sure to call us today at (718) 484-4050.
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