Ultimate Buyer's Guide for Business Security Cameras

June 11th, 2021

The success of any Chico, CA business depends on how well it is managed. It is important to protect your business against threats, such as malicious mischief, theft and burglary to avoid any distractions. One of the best ways to enhance the safety of a business enterprise in Chico, CA and enable the manager and staff to concentrate on core business activities is by installing business security cameras.

The rapidly growing numbers of businesses equipped with security cameras around the world prove their effectiveness in deterring would-be criminals. The process of selecting the right security cameras for your business, calls for time and careful analysis and evaluation to ensure it meets the security needs of your enterprise. Here is a buyer's guide for business looking to install new security cameras. The guide contains prospective questions a buyer should ask when selecting a system for their business.

Question 1: What are the Security Requirements For Your Chico, CA Business

To choose the right security camera, you must first determine its capabilities. Some of the common specifications include Wi-Fi/wireless compatibility, infrared and night vision capabilities that can identify intruders even in dark or low light conditions, weatherproof capability and recording resolution. It is imperative to decide whether to go for a fixed lens or varifocal cameras, as well as whether to use a PC-based DVR or a hardware-based DVR. More importantly, you should consider whether the system will be used indoors or outdoors, expected temperatures in the area and the duration recorded footage is kept.

Question 2: Does the Prospective Supplier Meet all Requirements?

To get the best value for your money, it is recommendable to choose a supplier in Chico, CA that specializes in security systems. Choose an online retailer with a good reputation, to ensure the products arrives with a reasonable timeframe and you have given exception support and service. It is also important to take into account the expertise of the sales representatives as well as determine the length of time the business has been in operation.

Question 3: How to Ensure the System Meets all Your Business Requirements?

To ensure that the system meets the security needs of your business, consider consulting an expert before designing a video security system for your company. Some of the major factors to consider include the number of cameras required, capacity for the cameras in the system, power supply type, hard drive storage capacity as well as an adequate DVR that can record all video footage.

Question 4: Is the Security Camera Easy to Install?

It is recommendable you choose a security system that is easy to install. This is a great way of saving money. To do this, you need to understand the wiring requirements of the system, method of aligning cameras, tools needed for installation and whether the cameras will be mounted on concrete, wood, metal or other materials.

Question 5: Does the System Have Remote Viewing Capabilities?

It is important you choose that has great remote viewing capabilities. Security systems with remote viewing abilities can broadcast live and record footage to devices such as laptops, iPads, iPhones, Android Smartphones, desktops and tablets. This ensures round clock monitoring for your Chico, CA business.

Question 6: What is the initial and ongoing cost of the system?

Apart from the purchase price, you should consider the cost of monitoring and maintaining the system. Avoid purchasing cheap system as they may cost you more in the long run.

Question 7: Is the Selected System Expandable?

Since businesses in Chico, CA grow and evolve over time, it is vital to choose an expandable security system. Go for a system you can easily upgrade, such as a wireless system.

The process of choosing the right business security cameras can be daunting. However, with a good understanding of the above buyer's guide, you will certainly have an easy time.

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Gary D.

"I have known Tim for over 10 years. To date, Time with Crime Free Living has installed two separate surveillance systems for my company. With each system, Tim has listened to my needs and custom dsigned surveillance systems for my specific needs and within my budget. The equipment used is always state of the art, the workmanship is top notch, and Tim is the example of trustworthy. I would recommend him for any job."

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators