There are a variety of options for the home owner and small business owner who want a video surveillance system. This article discusses three main types of security camera systems, high definition. standard definition, and indoor IP cameras. What type of system you choose will depend mainly on what specific purpose you need it for and what your budget allows for.
The video footage from a nanny cam used in the investigation of a brutal home invasion in Millburn, NJ has led to the arrest of a suspect. Can you imagine where this case would be if that home hadn’t set up a nanny cam that provided that video footage?!
Police are on the hunt for a home invasion suspect caught on nanny cam. Video from a nanny cam shows a vicious attack during a home invasion in at a residence in the quiet suburb of Millburn, New Jersey. The footage is being broadcast on news stations in an attempt to identify the suspect, who repeatedly punched and kicked the female resident of the house while her 3-yr old daughter sat on the couch terrified. The video below shows the extremely violent attack and is difficult to watch. The video footage provides enough details of the suspect’s description and is proving useful to police. A $5,000 reward is being offered.
HowToSurveillance has released a brief video providing a simplified overview of how the Dropcam system works. Users can view live streaming video for free and also have the option to sign up for a “Dropcam DVR” subscription plan which allows subscribers to retrieve recorded video for up to 7 days ($99/yr) or up to 30 days ($299/yr). This use of remote servers to monitor, record and download video from security cameras is known in the industry as “Video Surveillance as a Service” or VSaaS:
Looking for an easy to install IP video camera that will let you watch your home over the internet?
Dropcam is one of the easiest, if not the easiest IP cameras to install. The camera has built-in software that automatically begins an installation process when you plug it into your computer. Dropcam detects your wireless network (you just need to enter your network password after selecting your network from a list that appears during the installation process) and configures itself automatically. No need to struggle with IP addressing, setting up DDNS accounts and configuration issues like other IP cameras because viewing live video remotely and accessing recorded video is done through Dropcam servers. The easy installation process, efficient video compression, HD video quality (720p) and easy operation of the Dropcam make it ideal for use as a home security camera that can be accessed via the internet.
The Dropcam does require you to sign up for a user account. Live remote viewing (utilizing Dropcam servers) is free of charge and allows you to view your video from anywhere (with internet access) using your desktop PC/Mac, smartphone or tablet (which utilize the Dropcam app available for iPhone and Android devices).
Recording and downloading video from Dropcam servers is available for a service fee, which is $99/yr and allows you to retrieve recorded events that were recorded over the past 7 days.
Check out the following video showing Dropcam features and how to install the Dropcam:
Recently PBS Newshour aired an interesting story on the increasing use of video surveillance in society and the increased push for more security cameras in big cities. In particular, the San Francisco police chief is calling for more real-time monitoring of surveillance cameras throughout the city.
Some groups have expressed concerns about the right to privacy and this raises important questions: Is there a reasonable expectation of privacy in public areas? Should police be allowed to continually monitor any public area in real time? What are the boundary lines that need to be drawn regarding the use of video surveillance by police departments? Just how effective are security cameras at preventing crime? Does the value of video surveillance evidence outweigh privacy concerns?
Video analytics (software algorithms designed to analyze objects in a scene for a while, facial recognition, biometric analysis etc.) are also increasingly being used. Video analytics software company 3VR was interviewed for this story and the capabilities and limitations video analytics were discussed. Video analytics isn’t perfect, but it is constantly being improved to allow for more in-depth analysis of security camera footage.
While security cameras in and of themselves cannot necessarily prevent a crime, the video evidence they provide can be used to solve and prosecute crimes, as well as gather information about criminal activity in an area. However, privacy concerns and the “big brother” creep factor have some people concerned. So what do you think about the increased use of video surveillance by police departments in public areas?
Yahoo article regarding home security measures, and yes surveillance cameras are listed as a measure. While security cameras can’t always prevent crime and are by no means foolproof, they can serve as a useful deterrent in some cases and provide evidence in the event that a crime does occur. Furthermore, security cameras can provide useful information about suspicious activity around your house and neighborhood which can then be provided to local police departments so that they can beef up patrols in your area. Read more on home security measures in the article:
In Ramsgate, England a man was caught on video surveillance violently swinging a cat by its tail. The man (who apparently has issues with cats) has turned himself in to authorities who are investigating.
From KENS5.com San Antonio: A home security camera system provides video surveillance of a criminal casing a neighborhood prior to thefts. This information is being used to help police identify the perpetrator(s).