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Arpel Security Systems Answers Your CCTV Questions

Keeping your home or business safe and secure is one of the most important things you can do, and we’re here to help. Arpel Security Systems has been serving Vancouver since 1972, providing CCTV and complete security systems to homeowners and business owners alike. As local security professionals, we utilize the best security cameras, alarm systems, and more to provide 24-hour monitoring and surveillance. We have you covered whether you’re looking for indoor or outdoor security systems. Security systems aren’t complicated to us, but that’s because we know them inside and out. We don’t expect you to be an expert on the best security systems, which is why we’ve prepared answers to your most frequently asked questions about CCTV cameras. Be sure to contact us if any questions remain or if you’re ready to talk to our team and receive a quote for installation.

What Is a CCTV Camera?

CCTV stands for closed-circuit television. A CCTV camera allows you to record video of any area you set it up in, including the interior and exterior of your home or business. What’s being recorded can be viewed live on a monitor in your workplace. It can also be viewed remotely by our central monitoring station or on apps on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. CCTV also records videos that can be accessed later.

Can You Watch CCTV Cameras From Anywhere?

Yes. As long as you have access to a device connected to the internet, such as a smartphone, computer, or tablet, you can watch your CCTV cameras from anywhere. You can watch live feeds or review previous footage using an app. Your CCTV cameras can also be viewed from a fixed monitor at the location they’re installed in. On top of that, your feed can be monitored by our central monitoring station, which can alert the authorities if need be.

Do CCTV Cameras Work at Night?

Yes, most of our CCTV systems use infrared lighting at night. This means that even if the area you are recording is not lit or not well lit, the camera will still be able to record high-quality video. Infrared light is not visible to the human eye. Certain cameras have better technology and can record clearer footage in conditions with no light. Be sure to ask the professionals at Arpel Security Systems about your CCTV system’s ability to record clear video in conditions with little or no light.

What Elements are Necessary for a CCTV System?

Your CCTV system will consist of a few elements. The most prominent part of your CCTV system is the cameras. Arpel Security Systems offers a variety of CCTV cameras depending on the unique needs of your home or business in The Greater Vancouver area. Our team of experts will help you determine the best places to secure your cameras to get the best angles. Next, you’ll need a DVR, which is the heart of the CCTV system. This allows CCTV video monitoring to feed live or access it later using a hard drive. You’ll be able to view multiple cameras at once if you so choose. DVRs typically support up to 16 cameras at a time but can be combined to host 32 cameras. You’ll also need the proper cables to supply power and transfer video from the camera to the DVR. Our professional installation team will handle everything and ensure your system is up and running correctly.

How Does Motion Detection Work?

Motion detectors are a vital element of a CCTV system. Your security cameras will always be on and ready to record, but there’s no need for them to record 24/7. When motion is detected, the camera will begin recording and transmitting video to the DVR. This is done by comparing individual image frames to the previous one and taking any differences into account. Motion detection means that your camera will record when someone or something approaches the camera. Only recording motion makes reviewing the footage much easier as you have a lot less to watch. In some cases, continuous recording is the best option, and this can be done if it works better for your home or business.

Why Do I Need a CCTV System?

A CCTV system is an effective and efficient way to protect your home or business. CCTV is affordable, easy to install, and provides high-quality HD footage. CCTV systems are also great deterrents and pair well with alarm systems. Closed-circuit television systems are essential to protect any business in The Greater Vancouver area. They allow you to keep your employees and customers safe as well as keeping your property and inventory secure. CCTV systems can also be an effective security measure for your home.

What is The Range of a CCTV Camera?

The amount of CCTV cameras your security system needs depends on many factors, including the size of the area you want to monitor. Different types of cameras can record images further away than others. Our team of experienced technicians can help determine how many cameras you need based on your unique needs. We’ve installed CCTV systems for all different types and sizes of businesses, homes, and properties in The Greater Vancouver area. Camera lenses are all different, and some can record wider ranges than others. A camera with a 2.8mm lens can identify a person or a number plate up to 1.5 meters away. Cameras with 11mm lenses can identify objects up to seven meters away, while cameras with 60mm lenses can identify objects up to 35 meters away.

Can My CCTV Camera Zoom In?

Special cameras called Pan-Tilt-Zooms (PTZ cameras) or motorized lens cameras can zoom. PTZ cameras can also pan left and right and tilt up and down. Motorized cameras can zoom in and out but cannot change direction. Our team is here to help you make sense of the sometimes confusing world of CCTV cameras and security systems. No two setups are exactly alike, and we’ll customize yours to your individual needs.

Can CCTV Cameras Replace The Need For a Security Guard?

Yes. While some businesses choose to still employ a security guard, many have opted for CCTV systems in their stead. Security cameras never sleep, and utilizing them is often cheaper than paying a security guard to be on-premises 24/7. A CCTV system can view your entire property at once, while a security guard can only be in one place at a time. CCTV systems typically pay for themselves in about 18 months, offering a great return on investment.

Do I Have to Install My CCTV System Myself?

Absolutely not. You don’t have to worry about setting up your CCTV system yourself or tasking your employees to do so. Our professional and experienced team will install your CCTV security system promptly, so it’s up and running quickly. We’ll show you anything you need to know and help you learn how to monitor your system from on-site or remotely using an app on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

Why Does My Business Need a CCTV System?

Businesses in any industry can benefit from a CCTV system. Having one of these professional security systems installed in your place of business can protect your staff, visitors, clients, facilities, assets, and inventory. These systems will provide you with a record of events that can be used for future reference or as evidence if need be. Your CCTV system can be professionally monitored, allowing the authorities to be alerted quickly in case of an emergency at your place of business. These systems can potentially save you from costly breaking and entering incidents. Our CCTV systems allow you to keep an eye on your business even when you aren’t physically there.

What is Total Connect, and How Does it Work?

Total Connect is Arpel Security System’s unique remote service that allows you to receive real-time notifications of critical issues that may impact your business. Using your internet-enabled device, you can control your security system and receive information remotely. Keep an eye on your business, employees, and assets from anywhere you are at any time. Our system streamlines how you interact with your security system to help you operate a safer and more productive business. Our virtual keypad technology even allows you to control your security system, including arming or disarming it remotely.

Why Should I Choose Arpel Security Systems?

Arpel Security Systems provides security systems for homes and businesses in the Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland area. Our team has been installing security systems and providing 24-hour alarm monitoring since 1972. You can count on our team to keep your property safe from criminals, including vandals and thieves. We know it’s tempting to go with the lowest price when choosing a security system, but you may be putting your family, property, or employees at risk. As your local security experts in Vancouver, we’re proud to do our part in keeping our community safe and secure. We also proudly offer the Arpel Security Systems Promise. We know that the only way to deliver true customer satisfaction is to provide dependable, personalized security solutions. We’re proud when our past customers refer their family and friends to us to keep their homes and businesses safe. We’re happy to deliver the same high standard of security service across the entire region.

Be sure to contact an Arpel Security Systems expert to find out how to secure your home or business in The Greater Vancouver and Lower Mainland area today.