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A major concern for commercial property managers, is security. Modern technology is making it easier. Strategically placed surveillance cameras can cover a wide area efficiently and economically. They let a single person, whether a security guard, owner, or manager, keep tabs on a wide expanse of interior and exterior spaces.

There are numerous choices when it comes to surveillance cameras. Experienced security specialists know how to match the technology to the needs of each property.

Types of Cameras

Box Cameras.

The most popular choice, the box camera works well in most types of surveillance situations. Most allow you to adjust the angle, using interchangeable lenses, to get the best coverage.

Dome Cameras.

Less obvious than the box model, the dome camera is simple to mount in a variety of spots around your property. They come in several sizes. More expensive designs come with interchangeable lenses.

Pan/Tilt/Zoom Cameras.

Usually referred to as PTZ, these cameras are more versatile than dome and box models. They are able to move side-to-side and up-and-down, delivering a 360-degree view using just a single camera. Most can be operated by remote control, making them an effective choice for single-camera setups.

Bullet Cameras.

Very similar to a box camera, the bullet camera is highly visible. This visibility is a deterrent in itself because when intruders think twice when they realize they are being filmed. Box cameras are available in large and small sizes, so they fit well in open and compact areas. Depending on the model, they are available with variable focal length zoom lenses and interchangeable lenses

Specific Needs of Your Environment

Every property is different. You want to choose cameras with the features to meet your particular needs. Security professionals can help you make a wise choice.
Here is a look at special features you might want in your security camera.

Indoors or Out?

Do you need security within the building or complex, or is it to monitor the exterior and the grounds? Outdoor cameras are built to withstand the elements and damage from thieves. Indoor cameras are lighter and not as rugged as outdoor models. A third type, suitable for interior or exterior use, is more expensive.

You can also find outdoor cameras that are disguised to look like everyday objects, including rocks, power boxes, or hose reels.

Lighting.

If the area you are protecting has poor lighting, you can choose infrared cameras, called IR or night vision, that can film in total darkness. Others can capture activity in very low light. A professional can help you choose the best model, based on lux rating, for your night surveillance needs.

Recording and Viewing.

A memory card works in most situations, especially if you are using just one camera. For extensive recording over longer periods, a digital video recorder, or DVR, is needed. Large size DVRs can support up to 16 cameras.

Internet Viewing.

Do you want to check your property via the internet? In that case, you need an IP camera, which uses broadband to connect to the web. You can check surveillance using any device connected to the internet, including computer, tablet or smartphone. Most cameras can operate this way, including box, dome, PTZ and bullet units.

Some properties need higher-end surveillance. In that case, Network Video Recorder, or NVR, is available. This adds facial recognition, video enhancements, and the ability to manage up to 64 individual cameras.

Trust Experts.

Does it sound confusing? Security cameras are complex and the technology is constantly updated. Get professional guidance and installation from the experts at G and C Construction. They can help you choose a security and surveillance system that meets the specific needs of your property.