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Question: Do I need a surveillance system?

Answer: Although property crimes are declining gradually, they are still common.  According to the FBI, in 2012, over 8,000,000 property crime offenses took place. 23.4% of all property crimes fell in the category of burglaries. Depending on which city you live in, there is a chance of you being burglarized. The probability will only increase if you do not have a home security system installed.

Question: What are my options for systems?

Answer: Here at Safety and Security Solutions we have a range of products to choose from depending on your need and price range. We have Stand-alone DVR’s and individual surveillance cameras so you can put you own system together, or you can by a complete system.
Our complete systems use 1080p cameras and range from 4 channel to 16 channel with storage raging from no hard drive up to 4 TB storage capacity. With a downloaded app you can access your system remotely. They come with a variety of cameras to meet your needs.
We also supply accessories such as cables and connectors, SD cards and multi-power supply panels.
We have dummy cameras as well that look like a surveillance camera but do not record. These can be an effective deterrent for the amateur burglar.

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Question: How Effective Are Home Security Systems?

Answer: No home security system can make your home 100% burglar-proof.  It may be disappointing, but that is the reality. However, home security systems do actually help lower the risk of burglaries. Here are some interesting facts that you should know:
A study was conducted by the Urban Institute to determine if surveillance cameras helped lower overall crime. The findings showed that an increase in the number of surveillance cameras did reduce crime.
Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (RSCJ) conducted a research to determine the link between security systems and crime reduction. The results showed an inverse relationship between home security systems and burglaries – increasing home security systems led to a substantial decrease in burglaries (2001-2005).

Question: What do the burglars say?

Answer: A study by Dr. Joseph B. Kuhns,a researcher at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte examined hundreds of convicted offenders to gain a look inside the mind of a burglar, providing valuable insight into an burglar’s motivation and methods.

The survey, was entitled "Understanding Decisions to Burglarize from the Offender’s Perspective,” was conducted by Dr. Joseph B. Kuhns of the University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology. Funding was provided by the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF), which is supported by the Electronic Security Association (ESA), the largest trade association for the electronic life safety and security industry.

Kuhns and his researchers explained the decision-making processes and methods of 422 incarcerated male and female burglars selected at random from three states: North Carolina, Kentucky, and Ohio. The lengthy study reveals the burglars’ motivations, techniques, target-selection strategies, and effectiveness of deterrence factors such as burglar alarms and video surveillance.

"This study adds to our understanding of burglars, their motivations and their techniques," Kuhns said. "It also helps us gain insights into the impact of demographic differences, such as gender. By asking the burglars themselves what motivates and what deters them, we believe this research can help people better understand how to protect themselves against these crimes."

According to the study, a majority of burglars considered the presence of deterrents such as alarms, outdoor cameras and other surveillance equipment when choosing a potential residential or commercial target. Approximately 83 percent of the offenders said they would attempt to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary, and 60 percent said they would seek an alternative target if present.

Among those who discovered the presence of an alarm while attempting a burglary, half reported they would discontinue the attempt, while another 31 percent said they would sometimes retreat. Only 13 percent said they would always continue the attempt even after an alarm had been discovered.

The study also revealed that the presence of video surveillance was also an effective deterrent. Nearly 60 percent of the burglars said they would consider the presence of cameras or other video equipment when selecting a target, and more than 40 percent said that would be a factor in prompting them to choose another target.

Most burglars reported entering open windows or doors or forcing windows or doors open. Only about one in eight burglars reported picking locks or using a key that they had previously acquired to gain entry.
About half reported engaging in residential burglary, while 31 percent committed commercial burglaries.

Question: Do surveillance systems reduce crime?

Answer: Because your family’s safety is one of your top priorities, you might be considering purchasing a surveillance system in order to protect your home and family. However, you might be wondering the same thing that many homeowners ask which is do home security cameras really prevent crime? Is it worth the investment to install a security camera surveillance system and other security equipment on your property? Purchasing and installing this equipment is a valuable investment that can help protect your family and home from being the target of theft, burglary, vandalism and other crimes, as noted above.

Question: Are Surveillance Cameras a Deterrent?

Answer: Criminals typically look for the easiest targets. These individuals don’t want to be caught, so they usually look for homes that are easier to break into.
Therefore, having home security cameras is a great way to prevent criminals from committing crimes on your property. For best results, you should consider hanging cameras in a location where they can be seen; if criminals can see your security cameras, they will know that they are under video surveillance, and they will think twice about robbing your home. Instead, they will move on down the road to find an easier target. In addition you should hang your security cameras high enough off the ground that they cannot be tampered with. An experienced thief might consider stealing your camera or doing something to obstruct the camera’s view.
Along with using security cameras to deter crime, there are a few other things you can do in order to prevent criminals from being attracted to your home. Installing ample lighting on your property can help keep thieves, vandals and other criminals at bay, and posting signs that your property is under surveillance may also be more effective than you think. Also it is recommended to keep bushes cut back to reduce hiding places, and consider timers for indoor lighting and TV/ Radio. See our line of home protection solutions for ideas.

Question: Does having security camera footage of the crime that was committed have a lot of advantages?

Answer: Your video surveillance footage could help the police identify the individual who committed the crime. With that there is more of a chance of the criminal being found.Your local prosecutors will also be more likely to convict the individual if they have solid video evidence. This can help get your property back, and it can help bring justice after the commission of a crime.
These are some of the benefits that go along with installing a home security camera system on your property. Along with helping to prevent crime in and around your home, it can also help you feel safer and more secure, which is worth a lot in itself. You will be surprised by how much more comfortable you feel once you have these security cameras and other security-related equipment in place.So, don’t delay installing a surveillance camera system.

Question: What if I cannot afford a system

Answer: Consider a dummy camera. This is a camera that does not work but looks like a security camera. One model has a flashing light and will pan side to side when motion is detected. This is very realistic and although it will not record it may act as a deterrent. It also sells for $16.00. Having this in a location that a potential burglar can see may be all it takes to have him or her go pick another target.