Church Video Surveillance SystemsSecurity camera technology has become smaller and easier to use. With the shrinking of technology, people other than law enforcement and private eyes have resorted to using hidden security cameras to protect their business, home, and worship facilities.
The simplest camera set up consists of four components. First, the security camera you want to use. Second, whether it is a hard wired system or wireless system. Third, how you want to record activity caught on video. Fourth, a monitor to watch recorded or live video.
A 4 camera security system is perhaps the easiest system to set up depending on the size of your building. Many camera systems are wireless, which makes it easy to set up security almost anywhere. In the church setting, this type of system can watch the nursery, children’s ministry area, sanctuary and entrance area/parking lot area.
Choosing The Right Camera
There are many options for setting up a church video surveillance system. You have traditional cameras, but the technology has become much, much smaller. A bullet camera is small and is easy to set-up. It is a small camera lense that is available in black and white, color, and some that have night vision.
These types of cameras are great for securing your property and have assist you with crime prevention. They are a good deterrent to anyone thinking about harming you or your property because they are visible and dissuade improper or illegal behavior.
If you are monitoring a children’s ministry area like a nursery, toddler or elementary area, then smaller cameras are available.
Hidden cameras are small, wireless board cameras inserted in everyday items, and set up in a room without the target knowing.
Everything the person does is captured on video and sent via a wire or captured on a wireless receiver.
Wireless Camera System or Hard Wired System?
A wireless camera system is very simple to set up. Once the camera is in place and the twelve hour battery is charged and ready to go. All signals are sent through the air and captured from 1000 to 2500 feet away (depending on wall structure).
A 2.4 GHz receiver captures the images and records them onto a DVR (digital video recorder) or a VCR. The receiver plugs into your DVR computer or it plugs into a VCR.
A hard wired system is where the camera wire runs from the camera and plugs directly into the VCR or DVR. It is a little more difficult to conceal it, but it is also less expensive.
Choosing Your Recording Device
Once your have chosen the camera and its signal delivery system, you have to decide how you want to record it.
Digital Video Recording or DVR allows you to capture all activity on a hard drive of a computer. The advantage of doing this is it allows you to view all captured activity at a glance, as opposed to going through video after video. You also have the option of viewing your camera system activity via the internet with a DVR system.
The software that allows you to do this is called VISEC. You log into your account and watch what is going on while you are at home.
The other way of recording activity is with a regular VCR. As mentioned earlier, the downside to using a VCR is having to keep track of all video tapes, and then watching the videos to see what happened.
Setting Up Is Easy
Setting up your camera system is very easy, and should not involve professional installation assistance depending on the number of cameras involved and whether it is hard wired or wireless.
Wireless cameras tend to be easiest to set up, and the accompanying software allows you to begin recording activity as soon as its set up.
Regarding a church security ministry, utilizing a church video surveillance system can help you maximize man power, and place steady eyes on an area when you can’t be everywhere at once. Additionally, a surveillance system can be hidden through the use of small camera technology depending upon the needs of your church.