Apartment Complex CCTV Benefits
Easy to install – With new HD cameras that most people can now install themselves, you can easily choose where to place your cameras and reconfigure them at any time depending on your needs. With the introduction of Wi-Fi antennas, you can now place cameras all across your parking areas without the need for cabling or digging trenches.
Securing the public – Not only does video surveillance help keep residents safe, but it also provides protection to those visiting. Tenants will feel more secure knowing that the camera system is monitoring their property as well as any friends or relatives that might visit. Installing a security camera at the main entrance can help deter possible intruders from slipping in through, or vandalizing secured entrances. Cameras also help to discourage crime and violence from occurring on your premises to begin with.
HD images – With HD cameras you receive high-quality digital video that provides fine detail, unlike older analog CCTV cameras that transmit comparatively low resolution, low fidelity images.
Playback anytime – With digital video recorders (DVRs) and network video recorders (NVRs) you have the ability to playback your HD video from anywhere you have a remote internet connection, this includes your PC, tablet, or smartphone.
Risks of Apartment Security Cameras
All condominium complexes and apartment buildings range in size and type and each location requires a different type of security system to achieve optimal protection. Here are some factors to consider when you are choosing and setting up your video surveillance system:
- Privacy for Tenants – When installing apartment security cameras, one should only install the cameras in public places such as parking lots, entrances, and laundry rooms to protect tenant privacy. Use caution when installing the cameras to ensure they do not point into tenant doors or windows.
- Vandalism – One of the many problems with apartment complexes is the number of people that exit and enter the property on a daily basis. This makes it possible for would-be vandals to easily slip onto the property undetected and commit a crime, damage your property, or even vandalize your camera system.
- Power Outages – Acts of God, power outages, and power surges can cause havoc and disruptions to your apartment security camera system. Though uncommon, it’s important to take precautions and properly protect your security camera system from this possibility using appropriate power conditioning equipment such as surge suppressors and battery back up units.
- Damage to Outdoor Cameras – Weather can cause major damage to security cameras installed in outdoor areas such as pools, parking lots, and courtyards. Make sure to use surveillance cameras that are specifically designed and rated for outdoor use to minimize the damage inflicted by such occurrences.
Apartment Building Video System Configuration
Our population is growing every day and apartments are an integral part of the expanding housing market – whether it’s a small town, urban area, suburban area, or even rural area, apartment complexes are popping up everywhere. Neighborhoods play a huge role in determining security. Tenants, landscaping and architectural features can all help to determine safety needs or concerns. We suggest that you take the following considerations into account when shopping for and installing a security camera system for an apartment building:
- Do you currently have cameras in place?
- If so, what features/performance metrics do these cameras currently lack?
- Consider your biggest security issue at your building or complex.
- Consider the current tenants. What are they like?
- Do you have a high turnover rate?
- What issues or problems have occurred in the public areas of the apartment complex regularly?
- What is the physical layout of the apartments?
- Are the buildings spread out over a large area or all grouped together?
- Do tenants currently park out in the open?
- Do they use carports or a parking garage?
- What is the lighting situation at night?
- Is it dark or well lit?
Apartment Security Camera Systems Setup Advice
- Secure public areas such as building entrances, lobbies, parking garages, stairwells, mail rooms, and laundry areas.
- Consider the possibility of using WiFi IP cameras to easily cover areas that are further away. This will allow for easy expansion and the ability to more conveniently relocate the cameras if needed.
- All cameras installed outdoors should either be specifically designed and rated for outdoor use, or secured in weatherproof housings to protect them from being exposed to the elements.
- If tenants currently pay rent on site, consider placing cameras in administrative areas and the management office.