Home Security Cameras are Here to Stay

Home Security Camera Systems have become popular, but watch out...all systems are not created equal!

Home Security Cameras Systems have become popular

Home security cameras have been growing in the market over the last 10 years.  Trust us, we have been around to see it.  Now it seems like everyone is trying to get into the home security game, and offering cameras and camera systems for homeowners.  Even Wal-Mart and Home Depot have started selling some very rudimentary models.  It is really great to see our industry exploding because of the need for these valuable devices and systems, but at the same time it can be more than a little confusing for customers who are looking for protection at their home.  Where do they turn? What equipment is right?

When it comes down to selecting a home security camera system for your home, there is never a one-size-fits-all approach.  Every home is different and every situation is different.  That is why selection is key.  A professional in the home security market will have options for every budget range, providing various features and functions from which to choose.  Next is education.  Your Home Security camera provider must be able to provide you with an education on what features you really will need, want and use.  Every system is not created equal, which is why not only having a wide selection, but also having a knowledgable professional is important.  Your home security cameras need to work for YOU and YOUR HOME.  Otherwise there is no point to the system.

For years, we have had customers come in after purchasing an off-the shelf home security camera system, only to find out that no one will install the cameras, no one will support the cameras and the cameras don’t perform the function that was intended.  Now this is becoming even more commonplace, with more retail vendors pushing more off-the-shelf one-size-fits-all solutions.  Seek out a professional, and visit their showroom to see the selection of cameras before making a choice.  It isn’t that more expensive is better, it is that an educated decision is better!

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

You Never Know What You Will Catch on Home Security Cameras

Home Security Camera Systems can provide you with great video coverage of what happens outside your home.  These cameras can even provide high def security footage with MegaPixel IP cameras

Home Security Camera Systems Protect More than Just Your Family

No matter where you live, unfortunately bad things can happen right near where you live or where your kids play in the streets.  From cars barreling down the road, to shoot-outs to terrorist activities.  The worth of security cameras has been proven to provide evidence that can help to clean up the streets where you live and where your children play.  The installation of a home security camera system is a great step to help ensure the safety of your family, friends and property.  These cameras can provide a silent witness of exactly what happens around your home.

Most homeowners, when they install home cameras intend to watch their children playing in the yard, or perhaps have recently had a neighbor kid vandalizing their property and just want it to stop, but not many expect their cameras to be used to provide evidence of a rolling shootout down the streets of their residential neighborhood.  However, once the cameras are in place, it is amazing what they actually capture that you never expected to see in your own yard.  A man in Topeka, Kansas caught one such crime, and his surveillance footage is now prominently displayed on the local news because his outside home camera caught 2 SUVs chasing each other down the street shooting at one another while children were playing on his block.  With a little luck and some good police work, these perpetrators will hopefully be removed from the streets.

View your home in High Definition with Platinum CCTV new High Definition MegaPixel IP Cameras.  These cameras provide 1600x1200 resolution video with Infrared night Vision

High Definition HDTV Resolution IP Camera for Home Security

Home Security Cameras come in many sizes, shapes and varieties.  Outdoor home surveillance cameras can be used to see who is coming to the front door of your home, stealing packages from your stoop, taking mail from your box or messing with your cars parked in your driveway.  These cameras are an extremely important part of a good home security plan, because they provide you with an instantaneous view of what is happening outside your home, so that you can know before you open the door who is knocking.  Outdoor cameras are also likely to capture video evidence if crimes are happening in your neighborhood, a view of the street might deliver the make and model of a perpetrator’s vehicle, or perhaps a view of who was walking up and down the streets casing out for a burglary.  Indoor security cameras for the home can also be integrated into a home security camera system, providing you with a clear view of what happens inside you home, and are very popular for monitoring children playing, babysitters while you are out to dinner, nannies who are in your home during the daytime, maids as they clean up (or out) your home and much more.  These cameras can record side by side with outdoor security cameras for a complete home security system.

The newest technology security cameras for home are high-definition megapixel IP cameras.  These cameras deliver High Definition Video quality, which means that you can zoom in on the live and pre-recorded footage to get a clearer image of what is happening around your home.  These cameras connect to your home network with a CAT-5 network cable, streaming the HD video over the network to a computer running an NVR software, which records from the cameras and provides remote access to user’s laptop, tablet, iPhone, iPad or Android devices.  These high-definition cameras should definitely be a consideration for new home security camera installations, dependent on budget.

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.

Think You Don’t Need Home Security Cameras?

Security cameras have many uses, but some you may never have dreamed of.

Think you don’t need security cameras? Think again.

Many people might think that they do not need security cameras, because “nothing happens in my neighborhood” or “I have a dog” or one of a hundred other things to justify to themselves that security cameras aren’t needed.  We really wish this was true, but unfortunately in our world today it is not.  Security cameras can provide us not only with deterrent and coverage of what happens when we aren’t at home, but sometimes help explain even more sinister events like the tale that follows.

In Las Cruces, NM, a man is now in custody because a family discovered that their German shepherd had what appeared to be ‘shrapnel’ lodged in the dog’s chest.  Review of their security cameras showed them the unthinkable.  Their home cameras showed their 50-year-old neighbor shooting their dog at close range.  The cameras were installed, because they suspected that their other German shepherd was poisoned.  Their neighbor, of course claimed that he had no knowledge of what happened to their other dog.

Install home security cameras, and you never know what mysteries you might solve, or unthinkable evil that you might prove.

 

Residents in Dallas Sign Up to Share Security Camera Footage with Police

A growing trend is occuring in cities and towns in the US, police departments asking citizens to sign up to voluntarily register their security cameras and provide video footage when a crime occurs in their neighborhoods.  In the last 2 weeks, Dallas-area towns of Richardson and Sachse are the latest additions to the growing list of towns with similar plans.  Under the plans that we have seen so far, residents are asked to register their security cameras, stating what areas their cameras covered, and whether or not the cameras have night vision, so that when a crime happens in that area where footage may have been captured, the police could ask the residents to review their own cameras and voluntarily supply video if there is footage captured.

Our outdoor home security cameras, like our HD-8210 Model Infrared High Definition MegaPixel IP Cameras can deliver high definition video recording, which can be used to voluntarily provide police with footage if a crime occurs in your neighborhood.

Outdoor Home Security Cameras can be used to help police too

Now in some, this may invoke thoughts of big-brother watching, but rest assured, the police departments do NOT want to have connection to your cameras at all.  They just would like to know on a voluntary basis who has home security or business security cameras, so that if a crime happens, they know who to ask if they have any video.  Reviewing the video voluntarily and providing footage if it exisits is still at the option of the homeowner, so police only see the video that you choose to provide.  Basically it helps police by having a list of people that can be contacted to see if video was captured.

We think that programs like this can be very helpful in providing evidence of what has happened when a crime occurs, and especially since the program is completely voluntary, it does not violate any privacy or compell someone to give evidence that may incriminate themselves.  We would be proud to participate once a program comes to our neighborhood…hint hint Aurora and Naperville, IL.

Protect your Home and Family with Home Security Cameras

Protect your home with our Home Security Camera systems with iPhone, Android and BlackBerry Remote Access

Our Home Security Camera Systems help you protect your home.

Protecting your home and family can be easy with a quality home security camera system.  However, this is a task at Platinum CCTV™ that we do not take lightly.  Each of our home security camera systems is assembled to provide you with the best quality video coverage and remote access features, so that you can always be assured that your family is safe.  Our camera systems range from H.264 Standalone DVR systems to High Definition MegaPixel IP Camera systems that provide HDTV video resolutions.

No matter the price range, each of our systems is hand-selected to provide you with the greatest selection of features and quality, so that you can provide the protection that you need for your home and family.  Our new Home Security Cameras page walks you through the features and helps you select a system that will suit your needs.

Home Security Cameras Go High Definition

Our HD-8210 Outdoor High Definition MegaPixel IP Camera is perfect for home security camera installations

HD-8210 – High Definition Outdoor Home Security Camera

Many high-end business security camera systems over the past few years have featured MegaPixel High Definition IP Security Cameras, providing higher quality and resolution than could ever be achieved with traditional CCTV cameras.  However these cameras have been more expensive than most homeowners could afford, despite wanting the higher quality.

Platinum CCTV™ is proud to offer a full line of affordable MegaPixel High Definition IP Cameras that are affordable enough even for home security camera installations.  These new HD Series IP cameras deliver video quality that is 7-15 times the resolution of any standard CCTV cameras.  This means that each camera can provide the video detail that could be delivered with 7 or more traditional cameras, allowing more facial details, license plate captures with each camera than ever possible before.

HD-8210 Outdoor MegaPixel IP Dome Camera with Infrared Night Vision and 2.0 MegaPixel Video Quality

HD-8210 Outdoor HDTV IP Dome Camera

Our new HD-8210 Platinum CCTV™ Outdoor MegaPixel IP cameras are ideal for most outdoor home security camera installations.  This white colored camera can easily be mounted in the eaves of any home, blending in to its surroundings, while still providing HDTV picture quality.  These cameras, would connect to your network using standard CAT-5 or CAT-6 network cables, and would then be recorded onto a PC or laptop which would become a state of the art home surveillance system that even has HD remote access from an iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone 8 over the internet.

These new IP systems provide homeowners with a new, cost-effective solution for recording what happens at their home with resolutions previously reserved only for the most expensive business camera systems.

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.