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People often think that installing a security camera system by themselves is going to be a simple task, but that’s not always the case. Depending on the scale and type of surveillance system you to install, the planning, design, installation, and maintenance required can vary.

If we break down the installation of a typical security camera system, including a couple of cameras and a standard monitor, would look something like this:

  1. Decide where you want your surveillance camera(s) to be installed
  2. Select and purchase appropriate security camera(s) – either as a complete package or individually
  3. Set up your monitor
  4. Test all of the equipment prior to installation
  5. Install the camera(s)
  6. Link the cameras to your computer/monitor
  7. Maintain the system

While following these steps is fairly easy to do, the entire process can be unnecessarily costly and extremely time-consuming. At IDS Security Systems, we have a team dedicated to designing, installing and maintaining security camera systems, so you can enjoy a high level of security around your home or business with none of the hassle. We stay up to date on the latest developments and changes throughout the security industry, so that you don’t need to spend hours researching which security cameras are the best on the market.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you think that we can assist you in installing security cameras yourself. Simply call 029 20 753 251 to speak to someone in our Cardiff office, or click the button below to send us an enquiry.

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A CCTV system, or closed-circuit television system, can be used for a variety of purposes and in a variety of places. Typically, CCTV cameras are installed in places where there is a higher than usual security risk, allowing an operator to keep a physical record of all of the events that take place there. In this blog, we take a look at how CCTV systems work, some of the different types available, and the most common uses.  

How does a CCTV system work?

To run an effective CCTV system, you typically need the following four elements; a camera, a camera lens, a monitor, and a media recording device. Combined, these four things allow the user to observe and record the events in a specific location 24/7. The CCTV system can be made up of multiple cameras making it possible to observe multiple places at once if necessary, or view the same location from a variety of different angles.

How does the system actually work? While CCTV cameras may look very similar to your average video camera, there are a few important differences to note. CCTV cameras are capable of operating without a person physically monitoring them. This is highly advantageous when you cannot monitor the area yourself or employ someone to do so. CCTV cameras are also capable of streaming the video footage they capture to a monitor wirelessly and in real-time. This means that an operator can detect and alert people to potential security breaches in multiple locations quickly and efficiently. 

Can I install CCTV at home?

Nowadays, CCTV systems are fairly easy to get hold of, set up, and can even be operated from a remote location using a smartphone or laptop computer. That's why more and more homeowners and landlords are installing CCTV systems in residential areas.

A CCTV camera that is favoured by consumers for its ease of use is IP cameras. IP cameras are small, offer great picture quality, and can be operated using a smartphone via an internet connection. You simply connect the camera to an app or online account and voila, you can check what's going on in your home, garden, even living room whenever you like at the touch of a button. 

Where are you likely to see CCTV in operation?

It is not uncommon for most busy public areas to have some type of CCTV system installed. You will spot them outside most schools, on most trains, and beside roads. They're primarily there to keep us safe, settle disputes and prevent crimes. Luckily, CCTV is often very effective at doing all of these things so that we can worry about other things. 

Do you think that your home or workplace could benefit from a CCTV system? Click the button below to find out how IDS security systems can help you design, install and maintain one:

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Car Park CCTV Systems

If you own or operate a car park - whether it's a small patch of tarmac or a multi-storey parking complex - it's a good idea to use CCTV cameras to monitor what's happening there. CCTV will deter crime and improve customer trust, and if a break-in or theft should occur on your premises, the victim(s) may request CCTV footage to assist with police investigations.

 

Specialist surveillance systems from IDS Security

Here at IDS Security Systems Ltd, we employ a team of experienced engineers who specialise in the design and installation of commercial security systems.

We will:

  • Visit your car park to assess your requirements and identify the best surveillance solution for you

  • Supply and install state-of-the-art CCTV cameras (we can provide a variety of products, including PTZ cameras, IP cameras, digital video recorders and more)

  • Provide a 24-hour monitoring and engineering call-out service (for maintained customers only - contact us for details)

We can also offer expert advice throughout the whole process to ensure that you understand and are completely satisfied with your new surveillance setup. Use the links below to find out more or get in touch with the IDS team - we'd be more than happy to provide a free, no-obligation quotation for your car park CCTV system.

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We can provide a variety of other security systems for car parks, including:

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The garage is often one part of the house that is forgotten by many homeowners when it comes to security. Research shows that homes containing no security measures are almost five times more likely to be targeted by criminals than those with the simplest of security measures. It’s not just the main living area of the home that’s at risk of break-ins, however, with burglaries involving garages incredibly common. Often the place where cars, bikes, tools and other valuables are kept. Despite this, many homeowners still choose to not properly secure their garages with sufficient security systems.

 

Here at IDS Security Solutions, we offer a number of high-quality security systems that provide your garage with fantastic levels of protection. These measures involve:

  • Intruder Alarms – A simple but effective way to secure your garage. Our state-of-the-art intruder alarms can be specially designed, installed and maintained by us to ensure efficient levels of security. These systems can be monitored around the clock from our monitoring station, with our engineers on call every hour of every day throughout the year. Particularly effective at detecting unauthorised intruders, this is a great measure when it comes to protecting the good in your garage.
  • CCTV Cameras – Another common method of home security, our CCTV security systems provide a great solution to garage related crimes. Depending on your exact requirements, our skilled engineers are able to identify and install the most suitable CCTV cameras for you. Through the close and continual analysis of the latest developments within CCTV technology, such as digital recorder and fibre optic transmission, our security cameras provide contemporary solutions that you can place your entire trust and confidence in.
  • Packages – To ensure maximum levels of security for your garage, you are able to combine our security solutions into one, bespoke package. Integrating a number of our systems such as an intruder alarm with a CCTV camera will provide you with further assurance that your garage is being properly protected with a tailored surveillance package.

 

Ensuring your home and garage is sufficiently protected is of utmost importance, that’s why we at IDS encourage you to make the investment into defending your valuables from criminals. We specialise in bespoke security systems to fit around your needs, so no matter what garage security system you have in mind, we are confident that you can find it here with us. To learn more about our range of home security measures or to contact us to inquire about your garage security system, click below today!

If you’re a home or business owner, one of the things that you would have no doubt considered is whether or not you need a security system in place and what are the pros and cons of getting one installed. Well here at IDS, we believe that there should be no doubting such thing and that in order for your home, business and valuables to be safe, installing an appropriate security solution should be one of the first things you do once moving into a new home or setting up a business. One of the most common and effective forms of protecting yourself is through the use of security cameras, so if you find yourself asking ‘do I need security cameras?’ Read on and find out why you do!

 

Advantages of Security Cameras

The security camera is one of the many wonders of modern technology, used within a home and office settings across the globe. Gaining huge popularity as an effective security solution due to the array of benefits that it offers. As with everything else in the world, they have their pitfalls but these are outnumbered massively by the advantages that they bring. We take a look at a number of these below:

Prevent Crime

The biggest and most obvious advantage of getting security cameras installed within your home or business is their ability to prevent criminal activity, or at least go some way to minimise it. Just the sight of a camera looking at them and the thought of getting caught red-handed is enough for most criminals to stop and think about breaking any sort of laws, as they know that their actions and sometimes identity will be captured. The presence of a security camera empowers you as a home and/or business owner and prevents your premises from becoming an easy target.

Gather Evidence

By placing security cameras in strategic areas, you are able to monitor both the actions and words of individuals during the occurrence of a specific event, as many modern security cameras are able to also pick up audio as well as high-quality video. Clear images alongside crisp sound make security cameras an efficient tool in gathering evidence that occurs within an important happening such as a legal scenario. Authorities are able to review the footage that a witness or person of interest may have either forgotten or missed.

Monitor Activities and Occurrences

Linked with the previous advantage of gathering evidence, security cameras have the ability to be placed in an abundance of places, meaning they are able to capture many activities that occur in and around your home or business. As they come in many shapes and sizes, they can either be placed so that they are hidden or within vantage points. Both will result in rich recording data that can keep tabs on an individual’s activities and are a great way to spot suspicious behaviour.

Correct Conclusions

The footage captured by security cameras has the ability to aid in making the correct decision if you find yourself in a dispute, whether domestic or professional. This could involve settling an argument with a family member, customer or employee. Doubts can be squashed with a simple review of what your security camera has recorded. Untrue, made-up and inappropriate claims made by members of staff, customers or others can be quickly found out with the help of a security camera.

Keeping Records

Another benefit of installing security cameras is that because they are systematically and continuously recording footage at your home or business, you always have a record of the happenings that occur at these places. If for any reason you require to review footage, you have the ability to check your records and gather the information you need.

These are just a few examples of how you can benefit from the installation of security cameras. We believe here at IDS, that whenever you ask yourself ‘should I get security cameras’, the answer should be yes, as it’s always better to be safe than sorry! We specialise in bespoke security systems for both your home and business, so no matter what you would like, we are able to provide the security solution that you need. To learn more about our CCTV Security Systems or to contact us to inquire about your security system, simply click below.

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