Security Cameras or Surveillance Cameras?

Do you need security cameras or surveillance cameras for your home or business? Solid Signal will tell you the difference then recommend the best security equipment for you.

So, what’s the difference between security cameras vs. surveillance cameras? The same cameras are used in both applications. It’s how these cameras are used that makes the difference. Surveillance is the act of watching and recording, while security is specifically documenting intrusions, trespassing, and other inappropriate acts. If you want cameras for your home or business, you need security equipment.

Security Cameras and Why You Need Them
Whether it’s pessimism or realism, there are criminals who are intent on stealing your things and/or doing you harm. It’s only natural to want to keep your family and your belongings safe. This is what makes a security camera so valuable. Video evidence is an infallible witness. It doesn’t lie on anyone’s behalf, it merely records what happens and allows people to view the for themselves. Many court cases have been conclusively settled due to reliable video evidence.

You deserve the peace of mind that comes from having a security camera. Here are just some of the ways this technology can help you:

  • Let’s say someone breaks into your vehicle late at night to steal your stereo system. If you don’t hear them doing this, chances are you’ll sleep through the even and the thief will get away free as air. Burglary footage from a security camera, however, might help police identify, arrest, and convict the person who destroyed your property and stole your belongings.
  • There are some criminals who are so bold, they’ll break into your house when you’re home. You might be able to dial 911 and get the perpetrator to leave, but this person shouldn’t be free to roam the streets. If security cameras capture the criminal, police have a much better chance of identifying and apprehending him or her.
  • If you own a retail business, chances are you’re all too familiar with theft. People come into your store pretending to want to buy something but leave with much more than that. If they see cameras placed throughout your store, that’s usually enough to deter people from stealing. Those brave enough to try are usually spotted by an observant person running your security system.
  • Employee theft is another problem at retail stores. Savvy business owners often place a security camera above where purchases are to deter, prevent, and prosecute those who would pilfer from the cash register. If an employee decides to take cash or goods, they’re crimes are recorded for you and them to see.
  • Hotel/motel owners place cameras on the outside of their properties as well is in the hallways and lobby for security purposes. In cases of trespassing or criminal wrongdoing, video evidence is the best thing to provide to the police.
  • Bars, pubs, and other establishments that sell alcohol often have cameras within the premises and parking lots for security purposes. This video footage often helps prevent things from getting out of hand as well as identify those who lose their cool.
  • From the surveillance side of things, today’s cameras allow bosses to monitor their employees. If someone is sitting down on the job or excessively chatting with coworkers, you’ll catch them in the act. The camera’s audio function also lets you tell them to, “Get back to work!”
  • Your cameras’ surveillance functions might just save your life one day. If you’re working late and are concerned about that dark parking lot, simply access your surveillance cameras’ feed through your cellphone or tablet. It’s the same thing when you’re returning home and something doesn’t feel right. Check the surveillance cameras in inside your home before you leave your vehicle. If someone’s inside, you’ll have plenty of time to dial 911.

Solid Signal is Your Security Source
Ready to add some security equipment to your business or home? You’re probably wondering which brand and model is best. The answer depends largely upon how many cameras you want to hang. Our equipment packages come with two, four, and even eight security cameras. We carry security equipment from Amcrest, UNIDEN, and SecurityMan. If you want this peace of mind, give Solid Signal a call at 877.312.4547. We’re happy to answer questions and make product recommendations to match you with the best security camera.

About the Author

Jake Buckler
Jake Buckler is a cord-cutter, consumer electronics geek, and Celtic folk music fan. Those qualities, and his writing experience, helped him land a copywriting gig at Signal Group, LLC. He also contributes to The Solid Signal Blog.