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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.