Five Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing Security Cameras

Five Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing Security Cameras

Many homeowners and business owners today are investing in security cameras to protect their loved ones, employees,and personal property. A high-quality security camera can enhance one’s personal safety, improve worker productivity, and provide peace of mind. But how do you choose the best security camera from the many options available? Before investing in a security camera, the first thing you need to do is determine what you want the cameras to capture. Do you want to be able to monitor specific rooms or external areas around your home or business to see what is happening at all times? Do you want to see a specific event and determine exactly what is happening? Or do you want to see individual people and determine exactly who is involved? After you determine the kind of information you want your security camera to capture, you should also ask yourself these questions: Will your cameras be placed indoors or outside? Do you want the cameras to be a visual deterrent or discreetly placed out of sight? For example, mini dome cameras are more discreet than bullet cameras or box cameras. Cameras come in different sizes and you may prefer the look of a dome over a bullet or vice versa. Dome cameras are more resistant to vandalism and are the better choice for publicly-accessible areas. How large of an area do you want to view with the camera? Do you want to be able to adjust the field of view? Depending on your needs, you may want to invest in a camera with a varifocal lens that allows you to change the area of...
Customer Spotlight: Brian Hedges

Customer Spotlight: Brian Hedges

Brian Hedges has been a client of Cabling Systems, Inc. for the past six years. We installed a home security system for Brian several years ago and then recently upgraded his system to operate on a dedicated cellular connection. This allows him to be connected to what’s happening at his home with real time alerts and gives him remote control through the mobile app. Brian was kind enough to share his customer experience with Cabling Systems, Inc. on our Facebook page recently. Here’s what Brian had to say: I learned about Cabling Systems, Inc. the way most people do: through a friend who highly recommended them. My experience with them over the last six years leads me to confidently do the same. This is a family owned business, led by Glenn Duckworth and Sissy Duckworth. Prior to my initial installation, Glenn carefully and patiently listened to my needs, surveyed the property and presented the available options best suited to my situation. He then prepared a proposed contract which we went over together and I signed. The work was scheduled promptly and accomplished quickly with great professionalism and minimal disruption to myself and the property. In the succeeding six years I have had not a single problem with the installation and equipment. What I have had are many problems with the telephone line used for monitoring and Glenn and Sissy have always been quick to respond and helpful with silencing the internal beeps in the house when the line goes out. Eventually I concluded that I just didn’t want to deal with that landline. Glenn came out to discuss wireless...
Home Security Failures: Common Homeowner Safety Mistakes

Home Security Failures: Common Homeowner Safety Mistakes

by Sissy Duckworth, co-owner, Cabling Systems, Inc. As the co-owner of a local home security company, I have a habit of noticing safety and security risks in the homes around me. During one of my recent daily exercise walks, I saw very few security signs on the homes I passed, but I did see several homes that were openly vulnerable to intruders. One home’s garage door had been left approximately two feet open. A quick drop and roll and an intruder could have been inside! I then wondered if the door leading from the the garage into the home had been secured. If you are wondering if I tried to find out, the answer is no. Even if the door from the garage into the home had been locked, it would have been easy enough for any intruder to enter the garage and then force their way into the home without being observed by anyone else. Further down the road I saw another house with a storage building. The doors of the storage building were open and not a person was in sight. I don’t know what valuables the owners might have kept inside the storage building, but they were certainly vulnerable to burglary and theft. As I walked down another street, I was now looking into the backside of houses. I saw a real nice barbeque grill in a backyard with no fence. Unless you are going to bolt the grill down, I would store it inside my garage (after it cools down, of course) and keep the garage door closed. These are just a few common homeowner...
How to Select a Home Security System

How to Select a Home Security System

Would you like to enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home and family are protected by a home security system? If you answered yes, the first step you should take is to determine your specific needs and how you will use your home security system. Ask yourself the following questions to gain valuable information about the best system for your needs and situation: What is the primary purpose of the security system? Protection on a daily basis? Protection only when out of town? Do you want security and fire monitoring? Do you travel frequently? Are there elderly people living in the home? Do you have pets in the home? Does your insurance company require you to have a burglar and/or fire alarm? If so, what are their requirements and what corresponding savings do they offer? Your answers to these questions will provide you with a profile of the needs of your home security system and any specific considerations to address when choosing your particular system. Next, determine which security company is your best choice for purchasing and installing your new residential security system. It is important to compare security companies based on the same criteria to get an accurate picture of the company you will be dealing with and their specific services, as well as the obligations you will incur. This will help you avoid unpleasant surprises. Ask the security system companies you are considering the following questions: Is the company licensed with the Department of Criminal Justice (DCJS)? Are all employees licensed, finger printed and background checked? (This is required in Virginia.) Will a...
Is My Home Burglar Proof?

Is My Home Burglar Proof?

Is your home burglar-proof? As an owner of a home security installation company, we often get calls after home owners have been burglarized. At that point they have already lost a great deal. In 2011, the average loss due to burglaries was $2,151, according to the Virginia State Police Crime Report. Let’s not forget the emotional stress of having your home burglarized as well. Most home security companies will offer security evaluations of your property at no cost and no obligation. A security evaluation from a licensed security company will give you peace of mind and identify ways you can protect your home and loved ones from burglars and intruders. In the meantime, here are recommended best practices to ensure your family’s safety and well-being: You want to create an environment that discourages burglaries from happening. Why not start a neighborhood watch program? Burglars tend to avoid neighborhoods where there are signs posted stating “Neighborhood Watch Program”. Be careful who you tell when you’re going on vacation. You never know who might be listening in when talking about your vacation plans at your child’s softball game or having your oil changed. Don’t post your vacation plans on social media either. Have a trusted friend or relative pick up your mail/paper or better yet, have your mail and paper deliveries stopped while you’re out of town. Maintain your lawn and yard. An overgrown lawn is a sure tip-off that your home is vacant and is inviting to burglars. Keep bushes and large trees trimmed. Ladders and tools should be locked in a garage or put out of sight so they...
Optimize Your Security with Vehicle Detection Systems

Optimize Your Security with Vehicle Detection Systems

Have you ever been surprised when someone knocks on your door and you didn’t even hear them drive up? You are being caught off guard. Not a very secure feeling. Many of us have long driveways and live in very rural and secluded places. You may also own a business that requires you to be alerted to approaching customers. Vehicle detection systems are another way of adding additional security to your property. Criminals will think twice when they are detected. Here’s how it works, our driveway alert sensors utilize the Earth’s magnetic field. Sensors detect moving steel. If it is a hardwired system, it is buried beside the driveway, requiring no driveway renovation. It is hidden from view and vandal-proof. It cannot be tripped by people, objects and animals, eliminating false alarms. Wind and rain do not affect nor deter it. It can alert you in several ways: by sound audio alert, by activating cameras, by turning on lights, or by triggering alarm & home automation systems. You will always know when someone drives up, which is especially comforting for women and children home alone. Our systems come with a five year...