Now a day we see more and more people buying some kind of video surveillance system in order to keep their homes or shops safe from thieves and buglars but does it even work or are it a complete waste of money? We have asked Jim from videnskabsjournalister and jknetwork about this as he have been installing various types of surveillance system for the last 2 decades so if anyone should know the effect of video surveillance, it must be him.
To keep it short he answer as: yes video surveillance has a very positive effect on prevent theft from your home or shop. But it's actually a lot more complicated than this. Most people often buy a system that is way to complex for their needs, in most cases a simple 2-4 camera videoovervågning system would be quite enough and have 99% of the same effect as a state of the art system, so unless you got your home filled with Monet or Picasso paintings it's really not worth it to buy a high end system for your home or shop. One of the questions I asked him was, doesn't a cheap videoovervågning or kameraovervågning system tell the professionel thieves that here is something worth stealing? Yes it does, but unless your home looks 2-3 times as valuable as the homes next door chances are that they would pick one of those instead and completely avoid getting caught on camera. But if your home already stands out in a nabourhood it would still attract a lot of attention from thieves but having video surveillance would make them think twice about making your home their target.
I then asking him what he would recommend for people looking for a new videosurveillance system and he gave me those few tips.
Don't go with one of the cheap china models but get a real professionel system. In most cases a recorder and 2 cameras would be enough for most home owners.
If you got a shop you will need enough cameras to cover the entire floors from several different angels, here it can be a good idea to use both visible and hidden cameras as thieves ofte focus on the visible ones and try to pocket the goods in an angel where the camera don't film it, but if you got a hidden camera covering the other angel chances are pretty high that they will get the act on video and you can then bust the person trying to steal from your store. For this you don't need high resolution night vision cameras, but the simple standard edition works pretty well and can help you keep the cost down even with several cameras at once. Especially if you got the skills to install them yourself and don't have to professionals put up all cables and powercords for you. It's all about keeping the prices down but getting everything working as it should.
If you are consdering a video surveillance system such as videoovervågning for your home start by finding your budget and then compare the prices on many of the "real" sites and not the cheap chinese ones as quality does actually matter here.