Security is being beefed up in nearly all areas of world. Security measures in any public place cannot be taken lightly as we still have bitter memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and church video surveillance is no exception. Any time you have a place where large groups of church goers, special attention must be in place to safeguard the people in the parish. Having church video surveillance cameras in hidden places in the church will tend to put everyone at ease.
Church authorities must have church video surveillance system in place and many things need to be considered before going forward. This article takes a detailed look at all of the areas that need to be addressed when implementing comprehensive church video surveillance procedures and the right systems to use.
Mapping out your church’s video surveillance needs
First of all the church building access points into and out of the building must be located and documented. You will also want to consider what types of activities will be taking place inside your church throughout the week. These include both indoor and outdoor activities since many churches have both thereabout the year.
If the church has daycare center it will need to be monitored on a daily basis especially to potential child abduction scenarios. If their an outside playground or activity area that needs to be be watched daily or weekly this will have to be monitored also. Even churches have vandalism and very often the people doing this go unpunished. There are other security video surveillance concerns that will have to be addressed based on the churches location and population.
Determine church video surveillance requirements
Once you have thoroughly assessed your church’s specific security needs, you are ready to determine the exact equipment requirements for your new security surveillance system. Some of the basic equipment components you may need are reviewed below. The exact number and specific type of components will vary based on your exact specifications.
- Surveillance cameras — The type of camera needed is determined based on where the camera will be mounted. There are different types of surveillance cameras required for outdoor installations, covert installations, low light installations, etc. An outdoor church video surveillance camera may serve several purposes. First, many burglars will “case” a joint before attempting an actual robbery, and the cameras may alert the owners to the burglar’s presence before he or she actually has a chance to commit the crime. Second, sometimes just the sight of the home security surveillance camera is enough to discourage the burglar from attempting to enter the church.
- Software — Today’s video surveillance software is very sophisticated. A basic software package is generally included with your camera purchase and will probably be fine for a small-scale network. If you have more unique needs like remote viewing, multi-site monitoring, or the need to integrate with other security components, you will need an advanced package like Werks software from LukWerks.
- Digital video recorders (DVRs) — Unlike VCRs, DVRs record video to a computer hard drive or other media such as a CD or DVD. This makes a DVR easy to maintain because there are no bulky tapes to change or the risk of losing video quality when recording over previous footage. Except for the World’s Smallest DVR, all of our other DVRs can be operated and monitored remotely from anywhere in the world using the Internet. While the surveillance video data is stored on the DVR it can be protected from loss caused be operating errors, tampering and accidents.
- Monitors — Having a monitor with your surveillance system is necessary for viewing the video captured by the cameras and recorded by the video recorder.
Research available options for a church video surveillance system
Once you have determined the exact number of video cameras needed for your church’s surveillance system, as well as the required peripheral, you will need to pick out the specific equipment for purchase. Complete Church Surveillance Systems are available from a reliable source like GLC Enterprises
Make sure you purchase camera equipment that contains all of the features you need for your installation. You will definitely want to consider future expansion needs of your surveillance network and purchase equipment that can easily integrate and upgrade accordingly. However, if you church’s security needs are very simple, be careful that you do not spend extra money on options that you do not need and will never use. You may not consider everything you just read to be crucial information about church security surveillance systems, but don’t be surprised if you find yourself recalling and using this very information in the next few days.
Install and maintain the church video surveillance system
The final step in the process of implementing a security plan for your church is installing and maintaining the actual surveillance equipment. Many of the newer wireless systems on the market today are very easy to install. Lukwerk Church Video Surveillance Systems take only 1/2 hour to install because of the advanced HomePlug technology they use.
Once the security cameras are fully installed, you will need to have someone responsible to monitor the network. Again, the complexity of this function is dependant on the specific security needs of your church. If your church video surveillance system is very small, the necessary monitoring will be minimal. If you need to maintain a high level of security, you will probably need to employ full time security monitoring personnel. There are many issues to consider when mapping out and setting up a church video surveillance system. Peace of mind will increase though as church goers and clergy are more secure knowing they won’t be victims of 9/11 terrorists.
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