According to Fox News Chicago – On Jan 1st a new law goes into effect that requires all recyclers to take photos or video of all sellers of scrap metal and the metal that they are selling, and to keep that video or those photos on file for up to 3 years. This new law also increases the penalties on recyclers who take in stolen goods. While these new requirements do make it more difficult on metal recyclers, they are making it more difficult for individual that we have heard so much about stealing wire out of houses, copper awnings, air conditioners or even catylitic convertors out of vehicles to actually profit from their ill-gotten metals.
While this purpose is slightly different than most security camera installations, scrap recyclers would definitely benefit from security cameras for this application. Newer security camera systems like High Definition MegaPixel IP cameras can provide HD resolution video which can be archived and saved for extended periods of time. This HD quality video will allow you to clearly show the characteristics of the person making the sale of metal, and the item that they are selling, helping you to alleviate the possibility of prosecution against you, the metal recycler. It is a sad day when you cannot trust people who are bringing you metal to actually own what they are selling, but unfortunately, if you do simply trust them, you are now the ones breaking the law.
There are many security camera systems available on the market today, but the difference between a useless camera system and a system that will fulfil your needs is how easy it is to backup the video from the system to catalog and save it. Traditional Standalone DVR systems using a standalone DVR recorder and traditional CCTV cameras would not be the best choice for this application due to the low video quality and relative difficulty in exporting that quantity of video for permanent storage. In the even that you need to store snapshots or video for extended timeframes, security camera systems with a more robust interface and easy backup of snapshots or video, like Alnet PC based Systems would be recommended. The video below will demonstrate how easy it is to find video on an Alnet brand PC-Based DVR or NVR System.
HDTV Resolution IP Cameras provide greater details
For optimum video quality, which can deliver great video or snapshots of the seller’s face, as well as the metal they are selling, a High Definition Resolution MegaPixel IP Camera is highly recommended. These cameras deliver 7-25 times the resolution of a standard definition camera, so with an outdoor HD camera, you can even capture license plates of the individual as they pull into your facility. The idea is to provide as much evidence as possible, that way if something does end up being stolen, when the police come to you, you will be able to provide them with enough evidence so they will be able to catch the real perpetrator, so that they will not try to pursue you for something that you had nothing to do with.
At Platinum CCTV, we understand video surveillance recording and can help design a camera system solution that will help protect your recycling business with high quality HDTV resolution IP cameras, or traditional security cameras. Call us at 866-537-5438 to get a quote on a quality security camera system to help you satisfy the new Illinois law requirements today.
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