Security advice CCTV – The Insiders Guide To Catching Thieves

CCTV is a big investment right? Systems can cost anything between $5k to $50K but how often does anyone use their CCTV cameras to good effect? “Not often” is the answer. What tends to happen is that the CCTV camera footage is reviewed only  if something is reported missing. So it’s always an “after the event” catch up as opposed to a proactive use of CCTV. And who are the winners of this approach? The people who are stealing your stock and lining their own pockets. Have you ever found a stock item in the wrong part of the shop or factory? Have you wondered why it’s there? It can be that someone  is testing to see if the CCTV cameras are being watched. If no one puts that item back in its correct place then the thief will move it closer and closer to the door over several days, each time proving no one is taking any notice of what’s happening. Then one day it’s taken out through the door and no one is any the wiser. The CCTV system is now proven not to be operational. So how should you use your CCTV system? Here it is, the Insider’s Guide To Catching Thieves With Your CCTV System. The Insider Guide Rule 1. Look at your “live view” CCTV system every day. That’s right, rule 1 is just look at your CCTV system. That’s because most people don’t even do that. It only needs to be for no more 3-4 minutes a day, maybe over a morning coffee, but just use your CCTV system to view what’s going on in your business. The Insider Guide Rule 2. Now that you are looking at your CCTV system every day, then start to look at the recorded footage of things happening at the same time every day. View opening times, closing times, lunch breaks, stock deliveries etc. The important thing is to look at the recorded footage at same recorded time each day for 7 days to see if there is a pattern. You only need to view for no longer than for 3-4 minutes a day, everyday. The Insider Guide Rule 3. Look at the same recorded footage from last week or last month to see if the same things are happening. Sometimes there is a pattern and sometimes there isn’t. Your particular way of working will flag up your concerns at what you may see. The Insider Guide Rule 4. Get your staff involved in reporting suspicious activity on the shop floor back to you, together with a time it happened. With your staff involved it means there is far more chance of finding out what’s happening as there are more pairs of eyes helping you look. Plus a reported incident means you now have something confirmed to look for. The Insider guide Rule 5. Feedback, feedback feedback. When you are given an incident time to look up make sure you give  the person who gave you the incident feedback on the action you have taken. Even if you see nothing of concern, by telling your staff member you reinforce the fact that you are looking at the cameras, and word soon gets round. Incidents aside, it’s always easier to find a member of staff doing something good than  it is to catch them doing something not so good. When you do see some thing good happening use every opportunity to tell people you “appreciate their efforts and to keep up the good work”. This does two things. It gives positive reinforcement, and also lets them know you are using the CCTV system to maintain standards. It is also saying...

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Security advice: CCTV Cameras Should you lease or buy?

  It’s quite surprising how adverse many NZ businesses are to leasing their CCTV cameras.  Very often businesses would rather go without having the benefit of a CCTV system, stating they can’t afford it but at the same time not considering the advantages of a monthly lease option. On their website   http://flexirent.flexigroup.co.nz/   Flexigroup give the following advantages to consider when looking at a lease option. Operating Lease ( CCTV Cameras ) For technology that has up to three years useful life. The flexibility to update to new equipment during the rental term. Tax deductible for business use. Off balance sheet monthly expense. Lease-To-Own ( Alarm system and card access and intercom systems) For equipment the customer will use for more than three years with end of term ownership. Spread payments across a longer term for lower monthly outgoings. Capital/savings are conserved for more worthwhile purposes. So when looking at CCTV cameras it’s very similar to computers or smartphones in that the next generation of technology is often only months way, so Flexigroup advise “why buy what depreciates?” As an example a $10,000 plus GST CCTV system would give you a monthly figure of $356 plus GST to repay.  In effect you pay $78 per month additional to the CCTV purchase price in interest but then again you have only laid out $356 plus GST and you have a$10,000 cameras system working for you. The question to ask is how and where could you invest the remaining $9,644 plus GST left in your bank account to better effect, an investment like marketing that could earn your business more than $78? If you can see how that can help your business than a lease plan makes sense for you. If you would like to discuss this further then please give me a call, Philip on 0800...

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Security advice: Can Analogue and HD CCTV work together?

With the debate on the merits of analogue versus High Definition IP cameras showing no sign of going away, it’s understandable that many people are still concerned about installing new High Definition cameras or upgrading existing CCTV systems. HD cameras give great pictures for identification purposes, but are the additional costs worth that benefit? Analogue cameras are now very cost effective but are they the right camera for every situation? It’s worth remembering that whilst High Definition IP (Internet protocol) technology is being exalted as the ultimate in image quality, analogue technology is tried, tested, and still in use by the majority of end users. Analogue CCTV has long delivered acceptable results in the areas of basic staff and visitor surveillance, as well as the reduction of stock shrinkage and the monitoring of specific high risk areas. As a result of which many customers question the need to upgrade their systems to IP when their existing infrastructure supports analogue. So what is the most cost effective solution? High Definition CCTV Identifies One of the benefits of moving over to HD CCTV is that it enables identification, one thing analogue cameras can struggle with. However being pragmatic to the need for businesses to watch their bottom lines in the current economic conditions, it’s also possible to have analogue and High Definition cameras working together on a Hybrid CCTV system. This is where the same recorder can view and record analogue and HD cameras together on the same recorder. So key analogue cameras can be retained for use, with new HD cameras being selected for the more critical areas. Analogue cameras can produce acceptable results where the objective is to recognise people that you already know. In that instance a High Definition camera would produce a level of picture quality which may not be required The cost effective solution? Recording both analogue and High definition cameras on to the same Hybrid recording system can offer the best of both worlds. The use of analogue and IP cameras simultaneously is a tailor-made solution for a country like New Zealand where the small business sector is the dominant market.  SME growth will lead to the natural expansion of properties, warehouses and office space, which will in turn create a gap in existing security installations. A hybrid system, which would likely comprise of an existing CCTV analogue system and infrastructure with new HD IP cameras that would operate through a hybrid DVR, will easily bridge that gap while saving the end user a lot of money, too. Recognition and Identification So for owners of existing analogue systems, whose DVRs need replacing due to functionality problems or insufficient recording space, it can sometimes be  a good idea to opt for a hybrid DVR and retain  some of your existing analogue cameras for recogntion purposes. Then, by adding additional High Definition cameras that produce crisper, higher resolution pictures as a result of the improved technology the sharpness is then available required to help identify strangers and vehicle number plates too. And because IP High Definition quality is constantly being improved, one can look ­forward to the ever-increasing ­quality of facial recognition and other video analytics to assist in identification. In sumary 1.High Definition are the camera of choice where identification is essential. They can even reuse your existing coaxial cable. 2. Cost effective analogue cameras can be used as infill cameras or in areas where recognition as opposed to identification is deemed acceptable 3. Both High Definition and your existing analogue cameras can be connected to the same” hybrid” recorder for live, recorded and off site...

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Agility 3 Security Package

Protect your home or business with the Agility 3 Picture Perfect starter pack. Now you can be in control of your security 24 hours a day and instantly get notification of an alarm activation on your Smartphone via the Cloud. If there’s someone on your premises you can call 111 and get the Police to your business or home as a priority. You will receive two wireless camera movement sensors that will send you picture verification of an intruder on your premises. Perfect for the lounge or dining room. The Agility 3 system comes with a control panel and back up battery to keep your home protected even during a power cut. There are two keyring remote controllers to make it simple and easy to arm and disarm the system from inside and outside your home or business. Plus we provide you with a window sign to inform any criminal element in your area that you are secured. Special offer for Summer 2017 $1495 installed FREE Agility 3 Smartphone app Agility 3 starter kit with control panel, keypad x2 remote keyfobs x2 PIR camera detectors and including installation 7 day no quibble money-back guarantee if you are not completely happy with the Agility 3 Call All Round Security for Security that Pays! To order this exceptional package deal Send An Enquiry or CALL : 0800 425...

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Case Study: Burglary Deterrent

Burglary Deterrent using the Inferno An East Auckland restaurant was being hit by repetitive break-ins  over a two  month period in the winter months. Sited in a remote location the restaurant was protected by an alarm and called a local patrol company upon activation. However the intruders had been scoping out the premises and had discovered a large amount of wines and spirits were being kept behind the bar. They also found a handy side door not too far from the bar that meant they could quickly get in and out . By coming in hard and fast, through the side door,  they could defeat the alarm, grab $5,000-$10,000 of wine and spirits on each break in and still be out of the premises in under two minutes. This meant they were on their way well before the security patrol company arrived. The alarm response company was  unable to get to the restaurant in less than  5 minutes.  A total of 7 break ins occurred in eight weeks, and the restaurant owner was unable to stop these break ins happening. A burglary deterrent was needed urgently. Inferno Sound Barrier to the Rescue By now this was having a serious financial impact on the restaurant business. Losses were mounting and there was no answer to the break ins The only solutions being offered were more locks and more alarm detectors by local security companies. After consulting with Philip Walsh from All Round Security it was decided the Inferno Sound Barrier could be the answer to driving the intruders off the premises. The Inferno’s eight oscillating speakers and 127 db of noise is designed to plug the gap between the alarm activating and the security response company arriving. This “window of opportunity” is where most losses occur and the intruders get away with the goods. The Inferno Sound Barriers  sound generator produces a highly complex spectrum  that produces four tones in a frequency range of 2-5kHz simultaneously, and forces these tones to oscillate wildly and rapidly. The dynamic nature of the spectrum of sound renders the brain incapable of identifying and thus “blocking out” the  noise which is amplified and broadcast at 125dB, The resulting effect is almost debilitating and the ideal burglary deterrent. In other words it’s a dreadful experience that whilst leaving the intruder with no long lasting damage will certainly feel like it to the offender. Success is the Proof The Inferno was connected to the existing alarm and was installed in the bar area, adjacent to where the wine and spirits were stocked. 48 hours later the intruders returned and activated the Inferno as they entered the bar area.  Immediately the Inferno  generated  its  127db ear piercing noise and forced the intruders back out of the bar, empty handed  and the intruders  fled the premises. It’s now been six months since that attempted burglary and the intruders have never returned. To take advantage of our Special Offer on the Inferno Sound Barrier Click...

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