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.

Security Cameras Triumph Again

Security Cameras like this one, are now affordable enough for any camera installation

Security Cameras are now affordable for any home or business

Busted on security cameras are words that have become very common in the news today.  Security cameras throughout the world are helping to provide evidence that is needed to bring perpetrators to justice.  Systems incorporating these surveillance cameras have become more affordable for home and business owners and allow users to really see what is happening at their home or business in real time, even over the internet from PDA devices like iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phones and more.

The latest news story showing the effectiveness of these tools, was a story about 2 men who decided to steal a trailer, go-cart and other items from a home.  Luckily, the homeowner had security cameras, because that helped identify the individuals so that they could be brought to justice.  In this case, the stoled items were also recovered!  See more about this news story

Platinum CCTV is dedicated to providing our customers with affordable solutions that will allow them to view their home or business over the internet, while recording what happens at their home or business, so that we can help ‘Busted by Security Cameras’ become an even more popular phrase in the news.

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

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.

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

 

 

Standalone DVR systems help Home and Business Owners

It doesn’t take more than a few minutes perusing the news to find multiple mentions of security cameras these days.  It seems that security camera systems are popping up everywhere as homeowners and business owners alike are deciding that they have had enough of the vandalism, theft, violence or other disturbances, and are doing everything they can to protect their own homes and families legally.  Security camera systems offer great additions to virtually any home or business, with many shapes, sizes and qualities of cameras available to satisfy even the most demanding aesthetics.

The Standalone DVR or H.264 Standalone DVR system will determine the features of yoru home or business security camera system

The Standalone DVR will determine features and remote access capabilities of your system

Both home and business owners often find Standalone DVRs and DVR systems to be a popular selection when it comes to improved security.  These systems are composed of an H.264 Standalone DVR, which is the brains and storage for the camera system, and any style of cameras that are selected.  Unlike PC Based systems, Standalone DVRs and Systems do not require a PC to be running on site for record to occur, as the DVR is a self-contained recorder (about the size of a DVD player).  The initial focus of any home or business owner should be on the DVR, as this component has the greatest impact over the functionality, quality and frame rate (read smoothness) of the video.  Many discount Standalone DVRs employ cheaper chipsets, which deliver lower quality video and oft lower frame rate (choppy video due to missing frames).  A quality DVR will have Full D1 Resolution with Real-Time video frame rate (30 fps per camera).  However, the quality of a DVR does not end there.  As the brains of the system, selection will also determine the remote viewing capabilities of the system.  Choose wisely, as normally the access level that exists when you purchase the system will not change later, as standalone devices rarely have feature enhancements or improvements.  Many DVRs, like our DVR-8804RT, DVR-8808RT and DVR-8816RT H.264 Standalone DVRs provide industry-leading remote access capabilities, with access from IE, Windows PC/Laptops, Macs, iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phones and more.  These features will allow you to always stay connected with the cameras while away from your home or office, so should definitely be taken into consideration when making a selection.

Suburban Woman abducted and caught on Surveillance Video

Three men kidnapped a woman from suburban Frankfort, IL at gunpoint and then decided to go on a shopping spree with her credit cards.  While the suspects didn’t harm her and actually treated her ‘politely’, they are armed and still on the large.  Police are asking that everyone look at the video footage to help identify these dangerous persons.

Police call this 'Remarkably High-Definition' video...we call it average footage.  Try out Real-HD cameras at our showroom in Naperville, IL

Frankfort Kidnappers caught on what police call High-Definition Cameras at a Wal-Mart

They reportedly drove her to a Bank of America ATM to withdraw cash from her account, then they let her go unharmed.  Then a few hours later, they used her credit card at a local WalMart, where the surveillance cameras caught them entering and leaving.  If you recognize any of the people in the video, please contact the Frankfort police department.

View Multiple Cameras at once on Android and iPhone

View more security cameras at once in real time than ever before with our new multi-camera viewing apps for iPhone and Android.  These applications work with our new DVR-8804RT, DVR-8808RT and DVR-8816RT H.264 Standalone DVRs

View more cameras at once from Android and iPhone

Our new DVR-8804RT, DVR-8808RT and DVR-8816RT h.264 Standalone DVRs have a host of new features that provide remote surveillance capabilities over the internet from anywhere in the world.  These new DVRs provide access to your home or business security cameras from anywhere, with NO MONTHLY FEEs.  Each of our systems provide access by using your own high-speed internet connection for access to your cameras while on the go.

One of our most popular features of the new 88xxRT Standalone DVRs, are the new multi-camera remote access capabilities, which allows you to view up to 4 cameras at a time (iPhone) or up to 16 Cameras at a time (Android).  With these new apps, you can have improved real-time live viewing of cameras remotely over the internet, control of PTZ cameras and more.  With this new remote access capabilities, you can have more access to your cameras with any of our Standalone DVRs and systems.

New Uses for Security Cameras as you get older

All of us are plagued with memory loss as we continue to age.  I have personally come to accept this as a matter of fact.  As my memory continues to fade, I am able to supplement the information I still retain though with added information supplied by my security cameras.  Each day I find new uses for it, from finding where I put my keys to where I lost virtually anything.  While it still bites me that I can’t remember these things as clearly as I was able to in years past, it removes some of the sting when I can still resume my normal day-to-day operations after locating my lost items.

With home and business camera systems like our Alnet PC-Based Systems, when the playback is easy, you can even use the system for finding your keys

When Playback of your video is easy, it opens many other uses for your system.

One such even occurred just last night.  Most men will understand the importance of the right tool for the job.  I was installing a wood floor, and the transition pieces required a metal strip, which of course had to be cut to fit.  After searching in vain for several minutes for the correct tool (my Snap-On® Side cutters), I finally gave up and tried using 2 other pairs of side cutters that were in the correct location in the tool box.  No good, instead they just began to mangle the metal.  Back to finding the best tool I guess.  I knew where it was the last time I remember using it, which was just last month, so let’s go back in the video archives before my mind starts to wander and accuse potential thieves.  2 minutes later, I found the side cutters in the archive from last month, and it took about another minute to chase the video forward and find out where I used them next.  Sure enough I grabbed them and brought them into another room to cut some cable ties, and because it was an emergency operation (failed network firewall that needed an emergency rebuild at 3AM), I neglected to return them to the box.  With the right tools in hand, I was able to complete my job with minimal downtime.

This is why I cannot stress enough to our clients, the importance of a security camera system that has an intuitive playback capability like the Alnet® system that we employ for most of our large jobs.  When you can find video quickly and zoom through the course of a month within seconds, it opens up a lot more benefit to your security cameras, allowing you to quickly and easily find video without spending your entire day.  I wouldn’t have even bothered trying this with a lesser security camera system, because I could have and would have wasted my entire day.  When selecting a system, ask someone who knows, because it really can mean the difference between a useful, functional system, and one that doesn’t even provide the bare minimum.