In the small towns where I have several businesses, the Police are astounded at the quality of the video clips I give them. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, ten years ago they weren’t interested in looking at any video evidence I had because they said that the pictures were so poor that it wouldn’t do them any good to look at them.

Things didn’t improve much when I put in my first Digital Surveillance System seven years ago. The technology was brand new, the system was plagued with problems, and getting video clips off of the machine to give to the Police was problematic at best, and took hours to accomplish.

Now, after many years and 5 digital systems later, I have learned what to look for and what to avoid. There are literally reams of data that I have collected that can help you find a good Digital System, but to keep it short and simple, I will attempt to cover the most important aspects to look for so that you can make sure you end up with a system that will be worth what you paid for it.

Here is the #1 lesson I have learned: Shopping for price alone can end in disaster!

On the Internet, you can find complete Digital CCTV packages of 4 to 16 cameras, including a monitor and Digital recorder. Often they look like great deals – but the wrong system can deal you untold grief. Many Dealers will put together low-end packages to try to lure price-conscious shoppers – these systems suffer from lower quality, shaky reliability, and will not last for years and years the way higher quality systems will. Low-quality components and a lack of support combine to create an offer that can do more harm than good to your business.

To avoid getting cheap consumer-grade junk, take a closer look at the actual specs of the individual components. If the specs aren’t offered, ask for them. If they are vague and the answer is not satisfactory, or they won’t give them to you at all, move on to another supplier.

Written by: Allen Spears, Chief Engineer,
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