FAQs About Selecting A Security Camera For A Small Business

27 June 2016
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A video surveillance system can be an important tool in keeping your small business secure. There are many brands on the market and it is up to you and your commercial locksmith to narrow your choices to the right one for your particular business. If you are looking for a security camera system, here is what you need to know.   

Is Wireless or Wired Better?

A wired security camera requires cable running from the camera to a DVR so that events can be recorded. By contrast, a wireless camera does not feature more than a power supply cord. To decide which is better for your business, you can weigh the pros and cons. 

A wireless security camera is easier to install because there is no wiring involved. The lack of wiring also means that you can basically place the camera anywhere. If you need to move the camera, it is easy to do so. There is a downside to the wireless, though. Wireless cameras can experience signal interference, which can impact its functioning. It is because of this, you could have trouble obtaining images from the wireless camera.

A wired security camera does not have the same issue with signal interference, though. It is also considered a more cost-effective method of using video surveillance for your business. However, a wired security system is difficult to move because of the wiring required for the installation. As a result, your choices for location of the camera are limited. 

What About the Impact of Elements Outdoors?

Since one or more of your cameras will be installed outside of your building, you have to factor in outside elements to determine which camera is best. For instance, a camera that has night vision capabilities would be considered a necessity, but it can be more expensive. 

You also have to factor in the weather conditions in your area. If you are concerned about the impact of the weather on your camera, you should consider a weatherproof security camera. Harsh conditions, such as excessive heat or cold, can impact the performance of the camera. However, if it is weatherproof, it is designed to withstand those variations in weather. 

There are many other factors that should be considered when selecting a video surveillance system for your business. A commercial locksmith (such as one from Southern California Security Centers) can help you assess your choices and even recommend other security equipment that your business needs for protection.