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Many CCTV systems are designed to work after-the-fact.  Not until a business owner comes into work in the morning will she see the damage.  The DVR’s footage will be checked, but the thieves will be long gone.

Pictured above is a dome IP security camera from Arecont Vision.

Granted, there will be valuable evidence on that footage which may later lead to a conviction if somehow the criminals are apprehended.  In fact, that footage may be the sole reason that they are in fact apprehended—you’ve seen the news.

Law enforcement agencies cooperate with news agencies to broadcast a perpetrator’s face to the public.

So we’re certainly not saying CCTV is ineffective, we simply want to shed light on another way to use it which may lead to more real time intervention by police.  They could actually respond in time to apprehend the subjects while the crime is still in progress if you were to call soon enough.

You could set it up so that emails are sent to you when motion occurs, and this then prompts you to immediately log into your video system remotely and see exactly what is going on—real time.

After a certain time, such as 8 pm so that employees have gone home and deliveries are done, etc, you could begin to get emails of any motion picked up by your security cameras.  Motion detectors are not needed in this case since the technology is built right into the security camera in conjunction with the DVR.

The DVR “looks at” the camera and constantly pays attention to any changes in pixels.  You define the event (the target size) by etching out an area in the field of view using your DVR.  This is better than using motion detectors since they can’t see boundaries.  You’re literally drawing lines here.

Your DVR will then email you if an event occurs and you will have the choice to respond by logging in and viewing or not.  One time you may not want to continually respond is if there's a snowstorm and you know that large pieces of snow are triggering the emails.  Or, if it's extremely windy and a branch has entered your event target area.

You may notice we didn’t mention receiving video clips via remote video monitoring.  We have written about it in past articles and it works well also.

Moral of the story:  you’ve got choices other than showing up the following day after the damage has been done.

Thanks for spending some time with us today.

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