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Video Surveillance System Accessories and Hidden Camera Equipment

They are everywhere, in commercial areas such as shopping malls, mounted high up on the ceilings and walls, keeping an eye on everyone passing through. Surveillance cameras are installed not only in commercial outlets, though. You will also see them in numerous apartments and houses. That is because surveillance cameras and security video surveillance system accessories are essential to maintaining or increasing security levels in both commercial and residential properties.

Many properties of every size and type have video surveillance devices to keep them safe from burglars, home invaders, and other scumbags on the street. There are all sorts of surveillance cameras and other security equipment on the market for these purposes.

There is a practically endless variety of surveillance camera system components. The building blocks for such systems include a camera housing with bracket, video cable for hidden cameras with DVR, and SD memory cards in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB SD capacities for storing precious video evidence.

Surveillance for Security

Monitoring people’s behavior in order to manage them is one form of surveillance. It is frequently done with employees, for instance. Usually, surveillance means watching over people for the purpose of protecting them against crime. It can also mean the act of keeping an eye over individuals in the investigation of possible criminal activity. Such monitoring is usually done through the use of surveillance or CCTV cameras.

Surveillance cameras are video cameras designed specifically for the purpose of observation. They can be used for the live monitoring of human or vehicular activity in a particular area, as is frequently conducted either by security or law enforcement personnel. Footage of this activity can be stored either on a recording device or an IP network.

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Video Surveillance Then and Now

In the old days, video surveillance exclusively meant live monitoring through video cameras by human operators. Nowadays, sophisticated software is frequently employed to automatically analyze and organize digital video recordings into a database that can be easily searched when footage of a particular incident needs to be accessed.

Video playback used to mean searching through a lot of empty footage, which wasted a lot of time. Now, motion-activated recording means it is only when motion is detected that the recorder is started. This eliminates wasted video storage space dramatically and allows recorded action to be accessed instantly.

Thanks to improved production methods over the last 10 years that have lowered costs, surveillance cameras are no longer too complicated and too expensive to be used in home surveillance systems. Corporations and government entities used to be the surveillance industry’s major customers, but now a large share of the security camera market is taken up by homeowners.

Due to the wonders of technology, video cameras are getting more compact and easier to handle all the time. The surveillance equipment used by private investigators and the surveillance equipment for cheating spouses that you can find on the Internet are good examples.

How to Build a Home Surveillance System

Putting together a great home surveillance system is meaningless if you do not have the proper accessories for surveillance camera use, such as power supplies. You can get a 12 volt power supply with 500 mAh or 1000 mAh, a 24 volt power supply, or a 9 volt power supply, depending on your particular system’s needs. You will require a CCTV tester to install the whole system and to troubleshoot any problems that may occur later on.

If you are using an analog system, it records footage onto a video tape that stores the signals as pictures. The problem is that the video tape must run slowly for it to record over a period of, say, 24 hours. That is why this type of footage is very blurred and difficult for security or law enforcement officers to see any important action. Normally, analog footage must be converted to digital signals if you are going to store it in your computer, which means the camera must connect to a video capture card.

Digital video recorders (DVRs) solve the problem by converting analog signals without the help of a computer because they are embedded devices, which means they require no programming, require less maintenance, and are much easier to set up and use. Thus, they are preferred for home surveillance systems nowadays.

Video is often stored on SD cards, and your computer likely has an SD card reader. In case it doesn’t, a memory card reader will come in handy.

When assembling your own home security system, do not forget your camera brackets and power cables. You can get power & video all in one camera cables in 25, 50, 100, or 150-foot lengths, or a 500 or 1,000-foot Siamese RG59 cable. If you are using coaxial cables and running over 600 feet of it, remember that you will not get the signals through without an HD signal repeater.

And how can you link all that cable without your cable connectors? Use them to connect cables either to each other or as adaptors. You can also use male or female DC power connectors for the same purposes, or RG59 BNC compression connectors.

Now, what is recorded surveillance footage of a security incident without audio? You will not be able to record audio without an audio pickup microphone, and not more loudly without an amplified microphone. Make sure these are on your equipment list.

You might need a lithium-ion covert battery pack. It powers 12 volt cameras for up to 10 hours on a single charge, holding the same power as bigger and heavier batteries.

View live or recorded action easily on a 19-inch widescreen LCD video monitor. Do remember that the typical bank of screens in a security room merely provides an illusion of security. Your eyes, or anyone else’s, can’t process all that visual information simultaneously. It will be all too easy for some incident to slip past you.

Before setting up your home surveillance system, decide what exactly you want to achieve. Is it perimeter fence security? Shoplifting prevention? Or weeding out slackers in your office? You need to tailor your system to your personal requirements.