40K in Equipment Stolen from El Cajon Store – Caught on Security Cameras

As a business owner, you try to do your best to make a living, do right by your customers and help your employees make a living as well.  Unfortunately, not everyone is so noble in their motives and actions.  This was brought to light for one stereo store owner in El Cajon, CA.  In broad daylight on 8-22-13, thieves broke into his store, disabling the alarm system and proceeding to steal over $40,000 in stereo equipment.  These thieves were so relaxed, that one of them even stopped to drink a glass of water at one point on the video.

This business owner is now offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the capture of these thieves.  More information

 

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Child Abductor Caught on Security Camera

Security cameras have many uses for home and business, but you never know what you will capture on these useful tools.  Security cameras caught an Evansville, IN man on film attempting to abduct 2 young girls.  After exporting the video, a local mechanic who helped the business owner export the video for police recognized the man again the next day and alerted police.

Another triumph for business security cameras.  Protect your business from theft and vandalism, but also help provide evidence to prevent tragedy in your neighborhood at the same time!  With each of our camera systems, we offer free remote setup for internet access, so you can even watch your security cameras from iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Windows phones.  Also our easy to use step by step instructional videos will help you easily export video for police when needed.

Home and Business Security Cameras in Aurora, IL

Security cameras can help provide evidence for crimes that occur in Aurora and Naperville, IL as well as other areas.

Security cameras have become a necessary tool for homes and businesses.

Watching the news for just a few minutes on any given day makes it glaringly obvious that security cameras are a very useful tool in determining what has happened at a home or business.  We often post links to articles showing how security cameras caught a burglar, vandal, thief or worse: a child abuser.  In each of these situations, surveillance can be the determining factor between capturing the thief and allowing them to get away.  Look at the Boston Marathon bombing for instance, where security cameras from a business on the street were used to identify the perpetrators in a matter of just a few days with the public help.  Those shots were even from a lower resolution CCTV camera, not even one of the newer high-definition cameras.  So for businesses and homeowners in the Aurora, IL area, it has become an easy decision that security cameras can be a very valuable tool for finding out exactly what has occurred.

Aurora Security Camera Showroom

Homeowners in Aurora often come to us because they are having problems with neighbors, kids in the neighborhood, gangs, or suspect problems with one of those.  By installing even a basic security camera system in their home, it is very easy for them to either confirm their suspicion and get the police involved effectively, or show them that their suspicions were wrong.  Either way though, with the cameras in place, their home will be protected in the future, so that they will always be able to know what is happening.  Unlike many systems on the market, our home camera systems deliver not only the ability to record and playback from the cameras, but also to view the cameras remotely over the internet from PCs, Macs, iPhones, Android phones, BlackBerry Phones, Windows Phones and much, much more.  With these advanced features built-in to both our standalone DVRs and PC Based DVR cards, backed by the support to help get the cameras online, you can watch children at home while you are away, monitor the babysitter or home healthcare workers or more.

Business owners have many things tearing at them daily, from increasing costs of well…everything, to decreased margins and shrink it can be nearly impossible to stay in business.  Let’s back up for a second though and look at one thing, Shrink.  What is shrink?  It is a line item on most businesses budgets, both large and small that basically tells you how much product or cash walked out of your business and is now unaccounted.  Crazy that the problem is so big, that we have to give it a nicer name than what it really is – THEFT.  Instead, we call it shrinkage, because if we honestly look at the numbers and say “well I had $100,000 in THEFT this year” there is no way that any sane business person would let that sit, they would drive themselves crazy realizing the impact that has.  Security cameras that are functional, easy to use and backed by a company like Platinum CCTV™, can help reduce or hopefully eliminate your shrink problem.  Theft usually starts out really small at a business, as thieves (internal or external) test the waters.  They want to find out if they will get caught first.  So a Pepsi or Coke goes missing from the fridge.  After a week, nothing happens.  Next a $5 or $10 item walks away off the shelf.  When nothing happens again, that is when owners usually start seeing the theft balloon when they are counting product at the end of the month.  By that point in time, if no security cameras are in place, then good luck trying to find out exactly what happened.  Catching the thief and being able to prosecute requires evidence…and what will the Police Departments ask for…you guessed it, security camera footage.  This is why we are seeing an increasing number of businesses in the Aurora area installing security camera systems.

Many of our customers come to our showroom from Aurora, IL to look at the available cameras and systems.  Their proximity to our Showroom in Naperville makes it easy to pick out the security cameras that will provide the video coverage that is desired with the features that are needed.  Our systems range in price from budget systems even as low as $30 per camera up to High Definition MegaPixel IP Cameras around $395 per camera.  This makes it easy to find a system that will suit your needs and budget for both home and business security.  We know that even big box stores these days are starting to carry ‘security cameras’.  Heck, Sam’s Club has been doing this for 10 years.  But what are you really getting?  Well usually our customers who have purchased these systems find out when they get the system home, that they have a very unreliable, difficult to set up system, with no one available or willing to help them with it.  We can be very competitive on pricing of discount systems, but the reality is, that when customers compare our budget cameras that match the quality of big box stores (often at a lower price still) to our other security cameras, they realize that quality DOES matter when it comes to video.  If you want to be able to prosecute, you must have video that can really identify a person properly.

Check out Security Cameras near Aurora, IL

Come see how security cameras compare in our Naperville Showroom

Whether your home or business needs protection, next time you are in the Aurora or Naperville, IL area, stop in to our showroom and have a look at the different cameras and accessories that are available, as well as meet the staff who will be helping you get your system running (and KEEPING IT RUNNING) for years.  We have been around for over 10 years, and plan to be here for a very long time!

Platinum CCTV Security Camera Showroom
751 Frontenac Rd #157
Naperville, IL 60563
(630) 225-0693
We are just east of Eola Road off of North Aurora Road

Security Cameras on Android Phones – Alnet PC Based DVRs

PC Based Alnet DVR Systems with Android Security Camera Viewing

Alnet PC Based DVR and NVR Systems with Android Viewing

Alnet® PC-Based DVR and NVR systems are a popular choice for home and business security camera installations.  These PC-Based security camera solutions come in several varieties to suit installations of all different types.  Traditional CCTV security cameras require a DVR Card, which installs into a PC to provide inputs for the cameras.  Once the cameras are plugged into the computer, the video streams are then recorded onto the PC’s hard drive.  The other variety of PC-Based security camera system with Alnet® software is the Netstation NVR systems.  These systems use the Alnet® Netstation™ NVR software, which is the same software used by the traditional CCTV systems, but it does not require a DVR Card to be installed.  This software is used with High Definition MegaPixel IP Cameras, allowing you to record in High Def onto the PC Hard Drive.

Both systems use the same software, so they include the same list of features, ranging from great motion detection recording capabilities and email/text alerts, home automation system integration, multi-monitor support, fast-access preview mode playback, Mac and PC support, iPhone/Android/BlackBerry support and more.

As shown in the video above, our Alnet PC-Based DVR and NVR systems deliver the best features for remote viewing on Android Phones and Tablets.  With the Alnet CMS Mobile software on an Android Device, you can view live security cameras, watch multiple cameras at once, view cameras from multiple servers, control home automation devices, view alarm inputs and even playback video right on your PDA phone.  This type of system delivers better access than traditional Standalone DVRs.  Find out more about Android Security Camera Systems and find a system for your home or business

Android Security Camera Features – Standalone DVR

Our H264 Standalone DVRs have great multi-camera remote viewing capabilities for home and business security cameras

Our new Real Time Standalone DVRs favorite features: Android Remote Access

Our new Real Time H.264 Standalone DVRs are a very popular way to increase the security of your home or business.  These DVRs (Digital Video Recorders) record from traditional CCTV cameras onto an internal hard drive digitally with motion detection.  With advanced motion detection capabilities, built in DDNS support (doesn’t require a static IP address like most DVRs), Real Time 30fps per camera recording at full D1 resolution, alarm sensor integration (water sensors, fire sensors, freeze sensors, etc), included Free remote internet setup and much more, it is almost surprising that the most popular feature hasn’t even been listed yet.  Our DVR-88xxRT series Standalone DVRs’ most popular feature is actually the Android remote security camera viewing and iPhone viewing.

These feature-rich H.264 Standalone DVRs deliver great quality remote viewing from Android PDA phones and Tablets as shown in the video below.

Alnet Releases Mac CMS Client Software

View Security Cameras on your Mac - High Definition MegaPixel IP Cameras and Traditional CCTV Cameras

View Your Alnet Security Camera System on your Mac

Those with Alnet® PC-Based DVR Cards and Netstation NVR Software have another reason to rejoice today, as Alnet has finally released their first BETA client software for Mac.  This new CMS4 software is a preview of the newest features and sexy user interface that our clients should look forward to seeing when the new NET Professional software is released.  Not only does this software allow you to view your security cameras from anywhere, but it also incorporates many of the features of our Alnet Windows-based CMS software.  This Mac software lets you connect to view multiple cameras and even multiple servers simultaneously, so that you can view multi-locations and multi-franchises at once.

The new sliding menus, and drag and drop interface lets you create and save layouts with ease, using more of the screen for viewing your cameras, and less for menus.  This new layout has been long in the coming, but thankfully does not lose the useful feature of preview mode, which allows you to use your computer for other purposes, while still watching your cameras.  Another new addition to the software was true multi-monitor support, allowing you to send layouts to each connected monitor at will, or use a single monitor for a live view and another for playback if desired.

Playback has also been revamped, now permitting playback from multiple servers simultaneously.  This new feature lets you sync up video from all different servers at once, so that you can see what is happening at home and office at once, or any other multiple locations.  The slide-away time bar highlights the easy playback that Alnet customers have come to expect, and accommodates both traditional cameras and newer high definition IP cameras as well.

While the software is still in BETA release, we hope that the Alnet software team will add even a few more features in for the final release.  Download the latest Alnet Mac CMS Client software

Security Cameras in Boston Help Catch Perpetrators

The security camera system located at the Lord & Taylor in Boston may have proved to be the best evidence yet in finding out who has perpetrated the bombing of the Boston Marathon.  As we are all still catching our breath from the devastation, loss of lives and irreparable damage that is caused by such a senseless act of violence, the Federal, State and Local authorities are combing through hours of security camera footage from businesses in the Boston area, to try to provide evidence of who caused the devastation.  Today Boston Globe reported that authorities have identified a suspect carrying and perhaps even dropping a black bag at the second bombing scene.  While an arrest has reportedly not yet been made, it is clear that the joint effort of all law enforcement officials is beginning to uncover evidence that will hopefully lead to a rapid arrest of the suspects.

Security cameras are becoming more important in today’s world, not only to help protect your business from theft or vandalism, but also to help provide evidence when the unthinkable occurs in your neighborhood.  Our thoughts and prayers go to all of the innocent victims and families that have been affected by this tragedy.

Australian Burger Bandit Caught by Security Camera Footage

This brazen burger chief thief was captured by officials after breaking into the locally-owned restaurant. Key information was obtained from the security video, including images of the individual, and information about what surfaces he touched, which helped police capture the thief quickly.

This thief apparently needed the money so bad, that he even emptied the change plate on the counter after he found that the register was empty.  The city of Mount Isa, where the burger joint was located has been discussing implementing a city-wide surveillance to help deter from the frequent theft and vandalism of businesses.

See more of what happens with HDTV MegaPixel IP Cameras

HD IP Cameras provide even higher video quality

   Business Security Camera Systems are great to help deliver needed video footage like the images above, which can help to ensure that perpetrators are captured, as well as hopefully minimize losses by deterring theft from occurring in the first place.  Restaurants can be especially targeted for theft because of the high volume of cash transactions, so security cameras are highly recommended.  Available cameras range from traditional CCTV cameras to high definition MegaPixel IP Cameras, the former provide video quality much like the footage above, the latter high definition IP cameras delivering 7-25 times the resolution video, so that you can even zoom in after the fact and get better distinguishing characteristics so that you can more easily identify individuals to bring them to justice.

Chicago Novelty Shop Owner Fights Off Burglars with a Baseball Bat

 

Chicago store owner fights off burglars with a baseball bat, even after being shot.  The entire scene was caught on video from his business security cameras.

Even after being shot, Luis Quizhpe fought off the gunmen with a bat.

Luis Quizhpe owns a novelty shop in Chicago.  It wasn’t his first time being burglarized, but he reportedly heard one of the perpetrators say “kill them”, so he decided he was going to ‘go down swinging’.   He grabbed a baseball bat, and kept fighting off his attackers, making it less trouble for them to leave, which they did.  His family is certainly glad he fought back, because even though more than 10 shots rang out, only one of them landed, wounding his leg.  His family is thrilled to have him recovering in the hospital.  The entire episode was caught on his business security camera system.

Luis, we salut you and wish you a speedy recovery.
Come see us for a free HD IP Camera when you are recovered.

Man Caught Close-Up Burglarizing San Antonio Store

 

San Antonio Burglar Caught on Tape

This perpetrator was caught close-up on tape when he burglarized a store in San Antonio

A San Antonio businessman expanded his popular store in south San Atonio, Texas by opening a second location in East San Antonio.  Unfortunately, shortly after opening, the store was burglarized by at least one perpetrator.  When Tiger Marshal, the store proprietor opened the store, he quickly found that the burglar alarm had been disabled, the cash register had been emptied of $3000 and $80,000 of merchandise had been stolen.  Review of his security cameras revealed clear footage of the perpetrator in action.  He had broken into the store shortly after closing, vandalizing, destroying and ransacking the contents.  Though the perpetrator is still at large, he will probably have a hard time staying hidden with these face shots.

It is sad, but no business is safe from this type of illegal activity or losses.  Burglar alarms are great, but if they can be disabled from outside the building, then police are never called, and they can take their time cleaning out the store, like in this case.  Business security camera systems can help provide evidence when something happens.  Systems with remote viewing capabilities can even allow business owners to watch their business from home, so that if they get the dreaded call from the alarm company, they can quickly and easily check to see if it is a real or false alarm.  Help protect your business, keep it safe, and provide evidence to police when something occurs.  Find a Business Security Camera System to protect your business