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December 20, 2012

A spate of robberies at retail shops in Fargo, ND were captured on surveillance cameras, but the footage has had little or no value in solving these crimes. The Fargo Police Department has spoken out about the need for higher quality surveillance in business-to-customer (B2C) stores. According to ValleyNewsLive.com, 411 burglaries were recorded in the last year. Eight armed robberies have occurred since August 2012; only one was solved with the help of video surveillance footage.

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December 18, 2012

In an effort to foil crime and increase public safety, the city of Dallas, Texas will add 600 new security cameras to its citywide surveillance system. The Dallas Police Department has concentrated on 27 areas that are prone to crime, all of which will soon be outfitted with new cameras and video management software upgrades.

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December 11, 2012

We're excited to announce that we're the official sponsor of CommunityCam, a new crowd-source mapping tool that allows Internet users to post the locations of private and public video surveillance cameras across the U.S., starting in Philadelphia. As the fifth most populated city in the country, Philadelphia's entire metropolitan region- spanning five counties- has an estimated population of six million and counting. The goal of this project is to quickly expand to other cities.

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December 10, 2012

Another high school, based in Missoula, Montana, has lost more than $30,000 worth of stolen educational products and equipment in the last two years. Now, Sentinel High School is fighting back by installing 30 high-tech surveillance cameras throughout its facility to deter theft, capture student fights on video, and monitor for any other suspicious criminal activity.

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December 4, 2012

The holiday season, which lasts from mid-November through Christmas, is forecasted to have a significant impact on retail shrinkage. The Centre for Retail Research released a study on December 4th, 2012, and found that losses of $8.9 billion are the result of holiday shoplifters, dishonest employees, in addition to administration, vendor, or distribution errors. Due to heavy losses, American retailers are expected to increase their prices, which could add an additional $98 U.S. dollars to consumers' shopping bills.

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December 3, 2012

As resported by IMS Research, video surveillance providers are expected to incur $75 million more in revenue from small-to-medium-sized businesses by the end of this year. Nationally recognized market research firm IMS Research estimates that the number of surveillance systems purchased by SMBs will increase by 50% at the end of 2012. The restaurant industry has revealed itself as one of the major investors in security camera systems. Restaurant chains such as Eat'n Park and Popeyes Louisiana are just two examples.

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November 29, 2012

Results from the National Retail Security Survey showed that retail stores across America lost billions of dollars to employee theft, shoplifting, organized crime, and administrative blunders in 2011. The survey was conducted by the University of Florida.

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November 16, 2012

With a brand new hockey and swimming facility on campus, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has upgraded its security measures by switching from analog to IP video surveillance cameras. Recently completed buildings such as La Bahn and the Gordon Dining and Events Center will be the first to receive the new IP video surveillance cameras.

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November 12, 2012

According to the Newark Division of Police, surveillance cameras have had a positive impact on Newark. A deluge of security cameras installed in businesses, at traffic lights, and on city buildings has aided law enforcement in identifying criminal suspects caught on video. Video footage can significantly help prosecutors convict a suspect when used as evidence in a trial. Not only can video evidence serve as an essential tool in solving crimes and convicting offenders, but it can also prove a person's innocence.

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November 8, 2012

On November 9, 2012, VideoSurveillance.com will offer Arecont Vision's top-tier 180° and 360° panoramic surveillance cameras, including the AV20185 (180° panoramic model) and AV20365 (360° panoramic model). These aesthetically pleasing dome-shaped cameras are a must-have for large, open spaces where monitoring ultra-wide shots is critical.

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November 5, 2012

According to a 2012 survey conducted by PwC and the Retail Council of Canada, Canadian retail store owners reported that over 33% of their yearly shrinkage came from internal theft. Internal theft is a term to describe employees who steal from their employers. In 2008, internal theft accounted for only 19% of retail losses, indicating a percent increase of 75.8%. This high percentage increase further proves that retail owners need to be diligent in both their employee screening methods and security efforts.

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October 31, 2012

Groundbreaking news as U.S. District Judge William Griesbach decreed that the nation's Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) can now deploy warrantless spy surveillance cameras (also referred to also as covert or hidden cameras) on plots of rural property without permission from the land owner(s). The verdict played a critical role in placing hidden video surveillance cameras in strategic spots throughout a plant farm to bust marijuana growers. The aim of installing these incredibly obscure security cameras was for recording detailed video evidence to prove that at least 30 to 40 marijuana plants were being grown on 22-acres of land. What's so unique about this case is that this is the first time the Supreme Court has ruled in favor of warrantless surveillance.

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October 26, 2012

As reported by IMS Research, Brazil is beginning to transition from analog to network video, owing to improved surveillance performance, better image quality, and remote accessibility. It's been a slow move for Brazil, as the country is primarily serviced by analog manufacturers who don't currently specialize in IP video surveillance. In fact, out of all of Latin America, Brazil is still continuing to use analog video as its primary provider of surveillance. But that is about to change.

Oliver Philippou, IMS Research Market Analyst, reports, "Network video surveillance equipment is set to be used for the majority of the world's two largest sporting events -- the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 IOC Summer Olympics Games -- a large number of major infrastructure projects within Brazil; and several extensive city surveillance projects. Brazil's network video surveillance market is forecast to see strong growth compared to other countries in Latin America."

At present, Mexico is positioned as Latin America's leading user of network surveillance, touting the highest percentage of IP video surveillance products of the total surveillance market earnings. However, Brazil is predicted to experience the highest market growth in this sector in the forthcoming years.

Chile and Columbia are also leaning more towards IP video surveillance versus analog video. IMS Research reports that this switch was motivated by large infrastructure projects such as city security camera projects, traffic monitoring, railway security, and government applications.

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October 24, 2012

At VideoSurveillance.com, we're all about keeping our customers safe and protected. We've also underlined the fact that megapixel-quality and/or high-definition surveillance cameras provide clear and detailed images that make recognition and identification possible. Prosecutors in La Crosse, Wisconsin agree. The local La Crosse Police Department also concurs; video surveillance footage has been instrumental in solving crimes, including those that have taken place in the last year. Tim Gruenke, District Attorney, spoke to LaCrosseTribune.com, saying that video has become one of the best tools for prosecutors in the courtroom. He went on to state the following, which was highlighted in

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October 17, 2012

On October 26th (Next Friday) VideoSurveillance.com will add the Axis P1214, P1204 and P1214-E to our online store, and we're excited about it! These ultra-miniature discreet network cameras are small enough to fit in between your index finger and thumb. The P1214, P1204, and P1214-E are specifically designed for surreptitious monitoring, making all three a perfect fit for business and residential settings where security is of utmost importance. You've never seen such an intelligent IP device that is so compact in size.

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October 15, 2012

On October 12, the space shuttle Endeavor made one last ground trip through downtown Los Angeles. To strengthen security during this memorable event, the Los Angeles Police Department relied on a multitude of Axis IP video surveillance cameras. Two Axis models were used to monitor the Endeavor's 12-mile journey: the Axis P5534-E PTZ Dome Camera with HD 720p resolution and the Q6035-E PTZ Dome Camera with HD 1080p resolution, both of which provided incredibly clear, detailed video during the event. Other noteworthy features on each camera include day/night functionally, outdoor-ready housings, wide dynamic range to balance difficult lighting situations, and optical zoom.

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October 12, 2012

To all those thieves and vandals out in cyberspace: If you snap a photo of yourself posed with an item you stole, or one where you're standing in front of a historic monument that you vandalized, it's probably not the best idea to post it on your Facebook or Twitter account. Believe it or not, your friends and acquaintances will see these photos, and eventually law enforcement will come across them through a simple social media search. Busted!

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October 9, 2012

Mobotix, a renowned manufacturer of high-resolution IP video surveillance systems, recently added the Mobotix S14 series to its comprehensive line of security products. VideoSurveillance.com is thrilled to offer this new model, and now offers four versions of the S14 to meet the ever-changing surveillance needs of businesses across the globe.

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October 4, 2012

As we expected, the webinar was a huge success. Sponsored by VideoSurveillance.com and hosted on Google+ Hangouts, the webinar was led by a team of nationally-recognized panelists with extensive backgrounds in security, human resources, and psychology.

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October 3, 2012

SecurityInfoWatch.com, a preeminent source of news in the security industry, published an article yesterday written by VideoSurveillance.com titled, Using Social Media to Fight Crime, which offers a detailed look at how police departments across the U.S. are leveraging the power of YouTube to locate crime suspects.

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October 2, 2012

The City of Buffalo, New York is outfitted with a high-end surveillance camera system that acts as both a crime deterrent and valuable evidentiary tool for police. The city's first security camera went up just five years ago.

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September 26, 2012

Establishing a clear-cut workplace safety program is critical to the longevity of your business. Paying close attention to the behavior of your employees can help prevent hostility and aggression in the workplace. VideoSurveillance.com fervently believes in the importance of building a safe and secure workplace that protects personnel and creates a more productive working environment. For this reason, VideoSurveillance.com will host a free workplace safety webinar on October 4th at 2 pm EST featuring expert panelists with backgrounds in human resources, psychology, and security.

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September 12, 2012

Axis has recently upgraded Axis Camera Companion, giving its users access to new and improved video management features to improve video performance. At the 2012 ASIS Accolades Award Competition, Axis Camera Companion was recognized as "Security's Best Winner." Suited for a wide range of business applications, Axis Camera Companion is able to support up to 16 cameras.

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September 10, 2012

Sixty security cameras with wireless capability were deployed at the Republication National Convention in Tampa, Florida in late August. Now, the city is considering whether or not to continue using the surveillance cameras, which are currently fastened to traffic light posts, light poles, and buildings. The camera systems were funded by a $50 million grant supplied by Congress.

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September 6, 2012

As a home business, your security concerns include cyber protection and security from fraudulent customers. However, it's important that you also remember to physically protect your business with the proper home security system. There are a number of aspects to consider, but there are three important precautions you want to start with.

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September 4, 2012

In the last two months, vandals have torn down or stolen some of the American Flags decorating Route 1 Bridge over the Mianus River in Greenwich, Colorado. Now for more than a month, the flags have been under the surveillance of a leading-edge IP security camera by manufacturer Arecont Vision.

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August 31, 2012

Despite the video's poor quality, we're still able to make out the funniest part: two convicts knocking into each other after trying to run past a pole (or through the pole, should we say). An escape gone awry, perhaps?

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August 30, 2012

Tampa, Florida is well prepared for the Republic National Convention. The bustling city has spent over $2 million on leading-edge security cameras to monitor and record all activity around the convention center. As just one facet of a multi-thronged security operation, these newly purchased security cameras are furnished with extremely advanced technology to recognize unusual, suspicious behavior. The cameras’ software is programmed to scrutinize body language and movement.

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August 29, 2012

Monterey, California is the latest hotspot for video surveillance. More than ever before, businesses and homeowners are purchasing surveillance cameras to thwart break-ins, theft, and vandalism.

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August 28, 2012

The Dubai Police is ready to install top-of-the-line security cameras throughout the city to curtail crime and build a safer environment for residents. The decision to invest in a highly sophisticated surveillance system was made after security cameras in malls, hotels, and the airport helped catch the 33 European and Australian suspects who were accused of taking part in the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh.

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August 27, 2012

Brisbane, Australia has 16 mobile surveillance cameras currently in operation at 70 known garbage dumping sites throughout the city. And, so far, they’ve been doing a great job.

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August 24, 2012

This empty-headed criminal figured he’d set fire to a building while he was in it. Why? We no longer ask these types of questions when viewing outrageously imbecilic crooks on video. Check it out below:

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August 22, 2012

Charlotte, North Carolina is gearing up to host the Democratic National Convention on September 1, 2012. For the upcoming event, the city will rely on the efforts of 1,000 police officers patrolling the area in addition to nearly 500 security cameras installed around the convention site. Around half of the event's police officers will direct area traffic.

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August 20, 2012

Mayor Larry Collins of Byron, GA is proposing a new law that would require all liquor stores, grocery chains, and convenience marts to purchase video surveillance cameras. At present, most area grocery and liquor retailers currently have a working security camera system in place; the new law would make it mandatory.

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August 16, 2012

Should video surveillance cameras be deployed in taxi cabs? This is one question that has spawned many opinions, but no concrete answers. The media certainly hasn't been shy about posting a surfeit of news coverage of crimes that have been committed by unruly passengers and cab drivers. Questions have continued to mount on the polarized security measure: are cameras actually serving as a helpful aid in protecting taxi drivers and passengers, or are they instead infringing upon the driver and passengers' right to privacy?

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August 15, 2012

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, a vast wildlife reserve that spans almost two million acres on the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska, is home to brown bears, black bears, mouse, and caribou. The area is a destination that attracts campers, wildlife enthusiasts, and hikers across the world. Despite its rich abundance of mammals, the reserve has never once been considered a habitat for cougars-- until now.

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August 13, 2012

Thanks to Milestone Systems' pioneering mobile phone application, the Pittsburgh Police Department is now able to view live public surveillance footage on their Androids and Apple Smartphones. Prior to the discovery of such an application, the department viewed all 86 cameras in a monitoring room, which slowed their response to on-camera crime.

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August 10, 2012

These two aspiring robbers figured that throwing a baseball through a glass window would be enough to make their entrance into a bank. Why not, right? You throw it as hard as you can at the window, break it, and voila, you're in the building. Unfortunately for these two, the window was made from laminated glass, also known as "safety glass." Often used for banks, greenhouse windows, and vehicles, this type of glass is made with a plastic film that keeps the glass intact when objects try to penetrate it.

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August 8, 2012

SourceSecurity.com, a leading information resource serving the security industry, recently published a VideoSurveillance.com press release highlighting our 14 new preconfigured IP systems tailored towards the residential and business sectors.

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August 7, 2012

Chastain Park in Atlanta, GA will soon be outfitted with five high-resolution security cameras after a year of planning. Police officers at Atlanta's Police Department's Zone 2 Substation in Buckhead will monitor the cameras, which are set to record 24-7.

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August 3, 2012

Even with a knife in his hand, the convenience store robber was in no way prepared for what would happen when he demanded money from the cashier. The clerk, who is a former marine, was able to easily fight off the robber, grabbing his arm and twisting the knife out of it. In addition to being a former marine, the clerk had over 25 years of experience in karate and combat training. The video shows just how easy it was for the marine to take control of the situation. You almost start to feel sorry for the robber as it unfolds (because he's a complete fool). The robber tries his best to run out of the store after, but of course you can't flee when you've got a marine holding you down!

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July 31, 2012

Just this past weekend, over 20 adolescents raided a popular Chicago clothing boutique where they stole $3,000 worth of designer jeans. Immediately afterwards, the store owner posted the surveillance tape of the crime on his YouTube account in the hope of catching the suspects.

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July 30, 2012

Whether at work, on an errand, or away on vacation, a pet cam is a veritable solution to monitoring your animal's behavior, and observing how visitors interact with your pet when you're not able. Pet cams offer a rare glimpse into your pet's life when you're not there, thereby giving you a greater understanding of how your dog or cat responds to your absence.

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July 27, 2012

Pull, don't push! Yep, that about sums up the video we found of an alleged bank robber trying to flee the scene of the crime. After walking into the bank with a robbery note, the teller immediately deploys the security screen to quell the robber's efforts. The criminal suddenly realizes he needs to get out of the bank immediately and does so by trying to push the exit door open. Overridden with panic, the robber then yells into the camera that he's a "customer" stuck inside who needs the door unlocked. Of course, no one comes to his rescue. Instead of trying to pull the door open, he continually pushes his body weight against the door, finally opening it after multiple attempts. Like we said, pull don't push!

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July 26, 2012

The Middle East is now teetering towards the widespread adoption of IP video according to IMS Research. In 2011, sales of IP video surveillance cameras and equipment comprised over half (53%) of the entire Middle Eastern video surveillance market.

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July 25, 2012

VideoSurveillance.com will soon kick off the Top Cop Blog Award contest to celebrate the Internet's most intelligent, creatively written cop blogs. As a provider of security solutions, we want our customers to have access to the most fascinating, smart, and compelling blogs with law enforcement, safety, or security themes.

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July 24, 2012

SecurityMagazine.com, a website catered to business professionals within the risk and security fields, published VideoSurveillance.com's article Fighting the Rising Tide of Flash Mobs in Retail in their latest eNewsletter.

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July 24, 2012

The Baltimore Police Department has heightened its security camera program by bringing residents and businesses into the mix. The city approved an extension of the department's current program by giving residential and business communities the opportunity to share their video surveillance footage with the police.

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July 23, 2012

The city of Albuquerque is a hotspot for summer concerts. The annual Summerfest in Nob Hill features an array of musical guests spanning such genres as Latin, jazz and blues, contemporary, and rock. Therefore, it's no surprise that the event attracts residents and tourists from all over the state.

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July 20, 2012

A group of inordinate dolts were proven to be inept at robbing a bank in Parana, Brazil. The video below shows the armed robbers entering a bank only to have been impeded by the most unlikely person. Two robbers ran into the bank, where they pointed their guns at patrons and employees, telling them to get down on their floor with their heads down. One of the group's accomplices-- a third person-- was supposed to stand guard as the bank heist unfolded. Only, he failed miserably by accidentally shooting himself in the foot. Call it the jitters, nervousness, or excitement, the robber just couldn't hold that bullet in. The man was later arrested at a nearby hospital.

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July 19, 2012

In the past decade, a generous number of school buses have been furnished with video surveillance cameras to monitor students' behavior. Over 440,000 school buses shuttle 24 million students per year, demonstrating the need for on-board safety measures, which incidentally is where 25% of school bullying occurs according to the American Public Health Association. Some have argued that more security cameras are needed to protect the students and drivers, as well as catch those drivers who illegally go through bus stop signs while children are crossing. It's no wonder that the proliferation of bullying combined with recent publicized videos of inappropriate conduct on buses have spurred the need for increased security.

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July 18, 2012

After attending a late-night house party that was broken up by cops, hundreds of teens turned their efforts towards raiding a nearby Walmart on Lem Turner Road in Jacksonville, Florida. As soon as they arrived, gunshots were fired into the air to make their presence known.

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July 17, 2012

Five housing authority buildings in New York are eagerly awaiting the arrival of security cameras. A spate of robberies, drug deals, street fights, and even a shooting that occurred in one of the building's playground last year has prompted the demand for increased security.

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July 16, 2012

A park located in Plum Borough, Pennsylvania will soon welcome the addition of security cameras after being vandalized several times in the last several months. Larry Mills Park, which is home to the area's community festival, has experienced multiple thefts and damage at nighttime according to authorities. Thieves responsible for the attacks have broken into the park's concession stands where they've stolen items and vandalized their exterior, costing the park thousands of dollars as a result.

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July 13, 2012

Did this guy seriously think he'd get away with riding a horse into a commercial business? We're dumbfounded by the man's utter stupidity. The flamboyant cowboy first rode his horse into a local pub in Steamboat Springs, Colorado to order a beer. Unsurprisingly, he was immediately asked to leave. Later on, he continued his horse-riding mission in a local Safeway where he tried to purchase groceries. He was eventually tasered and arrested for ignoring police orders. Idiot alert, right here:

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July 12, 2012

Dozens of U.S. metropolitan cities and small neighborhoods have been outfitted with security cameras at street corners and on high-crime blocks. Some people are in favor of public surveillance cameras as a crime prevention and police investigation tool while others see it as a violation of privacy.

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July 11, 2012

In an effort to prevent the inflow of illegal immigrants, terrorism, and drug traffickers, the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration has installed highly intelligent video surveillance cameras on the Southwest border. The megapixel cameras are equipped with license plate recognition, a video intelligence tool that enables border security officials to depict license plate numbers from a far distance. License plate recognition is an advanced, in-demand feature in today's IP video surveillance market.

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July 10, 2012

The Alabama Department of Homeland Security was recently awarded a $72,836 grant to equip the Alabama Statehouse with high-end video surveillance cameras. Spencer Collier, a former legislator, spoke out about the enhanced security plan, saying it will protect Statehouse staff, legislators, and visitors.

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July 9, 2012

Winnipeg Transit has submitted a report to the city’s Public Works Committee proposing to increase the number of surveillance cameras on the area’s transit buses. The new cameras, if approved, would be installed near the bus driver’s seat to thwart assaults

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July 6, 2012

Shoplifting is one of those crimes that can be extremely difficult to catch without the help of high quality video surveillance cameras. Not in this case, however. We couldn't help but laugh when we saw the video of a young man caught shoplifting and dancing at the same time. The shoplifter from New Jersey was so excited about stealing that he had to bust a move while doing it. After stuffing a number of clothing items up his t-shirt, the thief finally gets stopped by a loss prevention officer as he's trying to exit the store.

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July 5, 2012

Perry Local School District in Perry, Ohio, will soon be furnished with roughly 125 new security cameras. The comprehensive surveillance system will operate on an independent network that will connect directly to the Perry Police, where all video footage will be closely monitored and scrutinized.

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July 2, 2012

Jackson District Library Facility Administrator Mike Way plans to closely research different styles of video surveillance cameras following two major break-ins in the last five years.

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June 29, 2012

A bank robber was caught on video and immediately recognized, owning to his willingness to take off his hood when the bank teller told him hats weren't allowed.

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June 28, 2012

As hard as it is to accept, sometimes people you welcome into your household will comb through your personal items in search of prescription drugs, jewelry, hidden money, or small electronics like iPods and DVDs when you're not around. It usually takes a while to notice that a small item has gone missing. People we tend to trust being alone in our homes like house-cleaners, neighbors feeding our dog when we're on vacation, and even real estate agents are sometimes not as trustworthy as we'd like to think.

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June 27, 2012

A brand new video surveillance system will soon be deployed at the Dallas Love Field airport in an effort to tighten security. More than 500 security cameras will be emplaced inside of the airport according to Karl Martin, who serves as the Senior Manager of IT operations with the city of Dallas. Despite curiosity of the cameras' technologies, Martin says that the public will not be provided with the particulars of the operation: "We can't talk about what is being done specifically in the back house." However, he did provide a few noteworthy details that shed light on the systems' built-in analytics and features.

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June 25, 2012

Vidalia is currently in the process of outfitting the city's Police Department with 18 indoor and outdoor day/night security cameras to monitor the premises. In addition to the Vidalia Police Department, the city plans to outfit other key areas with security cameras, including such public places as riverfronts, streets and parks. As reported by NatchezDemocrat.com, the video cameras have the ability to zoom in on objects and persons over two miles away, providing law enforcement with a clear view of all activity in and out of the building. Next up to receive cameras is the City Hall and fire department.

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June 21, 2012

Milestone Systems, a vendor of state-of-the-art video management software, continues to hold its number one position in the worldwide video management software market (VMS). According to market research and consulting firm IMS Research, Milestone achieved the highest sales of all VMS providers in 2011.

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June 20, 2012

IMS Research, a leading global electronics market research and consultancy firm, predicts that in 2013, IP surveillance equipment sales will surpass those of analog video equipment.

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June 19, 2012

More businesses and homeowners today are posting actual video footage from their surveillance cameras onto popular social media sites in an effort to track down vandals and thieves. That's exactly what Dr. Ron Wilson of Wilson Orthodontics did in the town of Flowery Branch, Georgia.

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June 18, 2012

MarketsandMarkets.com just came out with the results of a new market research report titled Home Security Solutions Market - Global Forecast & Analysis (2012 - 2017) By Products, Security System Solutions & Homes.

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June 15, 2012

These dimwit crooks actually thought they'd be able to get away with robbing a jewelry store in broad daylight. As the six thieves begin to pounce on the glass windows, breaking and smashing the store's front side entrance, out of nowhere comes running the superwoman bystander who refuses to let them get away with their crime. The woman, who was in her 70s, attacks them repeatedly with her handbag, and almost immediately the group tries their fastest to flee the scene.

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June 12, 2012

Fourteen new video surveillance cameras will soon have homes on top of docks, light poles, and lifeguard stations in Mission Bay, San Diego. To date, cameras have already been installed at the San Diego Lifeguard Headquarters, the Ocean Beach Pier, Vacation Island, and Mission Point. In just two weeks, the brand new security cameras will be fully operational and ready to record in 12 new locations.

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June 11, 2012

Coca Cola Latin America recently launched a new commercial filled with actual video surveillance footage collected from security cameras throughout the world. But instead of the stereotypical video footage that we've all come to expect of the robber fleeing the convenience store- holding a Coke in his hand- the renowned soda brand instead has created a commercial that shows memorable clips imbued with generosity and happiness.

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June 8, 2012

Starting today, we'll end our weekly blog by posting a video and accompanying description of a burglar, thief, or criminal whose pitiful efforts at committing a crime were caught on video. Sad, funny, or just plain head-scratching, these criminals may want to re-think their careers.

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June 7, 2012

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese's plan to install video surveillance cameras throughout Old Town, Portland was approved by the Portland City Council on June 6th, 2012.

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June 6, 2012

Jack L. Hayes International's 24th annual retail theft survey released a report of alarming findings, declaring that 24 large retailers apprehended more than 1 million shoplifters and deceitful employees in 2011. Over $6 billion in inventory and cash was stolen during the year, with only $161 million recovered according to the study.

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June 4, 2012

VideoSurveillance.com turned its attention to highly experienced law enforcement veteran Frank Borelli of Officer.com to gain a better prospective on video surveillance in police and retail applications. Frank Borelli, who also serves as the site's Editor-in-Chief, has more than 25 years of police experience and over 20 years of instructor experience. He has stayed active in police work and training, and has written extensively on law enforcement. In late May 2012, VideoSurveillance.com had the pleasure of interviewing Officer Borelli about video surveillance cameras and their effectiveness. We've included an excerpt from the interview below.

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June 1, 2012

Melter Corporation, a manufacturer and exporter of water cooled components made for the steel company, recently installed high-performance network security cameras in order to become Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism-certified. At present, more than 60% of the company's production is exported to Canada, the United States, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America.

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May 31, 2012

Virginia Tech is gearing up to install IP video surveillance cameras around the expansive 2,600 acre campus as reported by the Washington Post. The $1 million security camera project is expected to install an upwards of 2,500 cameras to instill a sense of safety for students and staff.

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May 30, 2012

According to a survey released by WatchMyWallet, 30% of UK shoppers have stolen or manually tampered with items to receive a reduced price at self-checkout cash registers. The proverbial self-checkout crimes include selecting less expensive fruit/vegetables when weighing the item; selecting smaller sized items when required to enter the item's size; bagging items without ever scanning them; walking out of the store through the self-checkout aisle without paying; and tampering with the scales to get a better deal.

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May 29, 2012

Ohio University's residence halls are expected to be furnished with surveillance cameras in the coming years to compare the facial features of visitors with their student ID photos. A video surveillance system has already been installed and tested at Voigt Hall to determine if the use of security cameras serves as a viable solution to the problem of dorm room theft. These cameras will be installed in the dorm lobbies and at access points.


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May 25, 2012

Tignish is a quaint little town, home to a population of approximately of 758 people. Located on Prince Edward Island, the town's most noteworthy attraction is the St. Simon and St. Jude Catholic Church. Excellent fishing and country cottages appeal to tourists.

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May 24, 2012

The current video surveillance system in place at Louisiana’s Port Fourchon has been significantly improved through high-end video management software. The security system's video intelligence prompts the surveillance cameras to immediately trigger an alert and set off an external alarm if suspicious activity is detected. As a result, first responders will be able to decrease their response times and carry out the necessary steps at the exact moment when a potential security breach occurs.


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May 23, 2012

A security camera installed at St. John's Mercy Hospital in Joplin, Missouri captured telling footage of the EF-5 rated (wind speeds higher than 200 miles per hour) tornado that tore apart the city exactly one year ago. The tornado was responsible for the death of 158+ lives and more than 1,000 injuries as reported by the National Service Weather Forecast Office in Springfield.

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May 22, 2012

Demand for video surveillance is expected to climb in Brazil, Russia, India, and China by the end of 2012 as reported by IMS Research. The demand was sparked by the development of expansive surveillance projects that have been deployed for municipal purposes in all four of these countries. Combined, these countries are expected to represent 40% of global spending on security camera equipment by 2016.

May 22, 2012

The U.S. generates roughly 210 million tons of garbage each year, with the average American producing roughly 4.6 pounds of trash on a daily basis. The problem lies in where people dump their trash. Rather than pay for city disposal services, many individuals illegally dump their garbage elsewhere to save money, even if that’s in recycling bins, in rivers, down hills on hiking trails, or out the window of their vehicle. Sure, they won't get caught if they're discreet about it right? Cities across America are beginning to implement effective solutions to make certain they don't.

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May 21, 2012

As he was led out of the courtroom, Richard Lavern Remington had one last thing to say to Safeway officials after he was banned from the store for life and ordered by Judge Youlee Yim You to pay $20,000 for the crimes he committed: "I'll be back!"

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May 18, 2012

Slip and fall fraud is big business. The fraudulent injury rose 12% in 2011 according to the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Please note that we're referring to the slip and fall injury when it occurs on purpose. Unfortunately slip and falls do happen to innocent individuals who have no intention of exploiting their employers for their injuries. But with slip and fall fraud, it's the exact opposite.

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May 18, 2012

Organized retail theft poses a serious threat to all retailers. Retail losses from organized retail crime range between $15 billion and $37 billion annually. Shoplifting, cargo theft, return fraud, and flash robs are all examples of organized retail theft.

According to a 2011 study conducted by the National Retail Federation, organized retail crime occurred most often in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

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May 17, 2012

Because hackers will always remain a threat, it's critical to change your IP camera's default username and password. Once you've changed the username and password, we recommend that you update it every six months to protect your network from hackers. Let's face it: hackers are becoming smarter and more conniving.


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May 16, 2012

A new study conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago suggested that Chicago law enforcement surveillance cameras work better at reducing crime when clustered in high-crime areas versus spread across an entire city.

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May 15, 2012

According to a recent report released by IMS Research, Axis is now ranked as the number one provider of surveillance cameras worldwide. The report, which looked at global manufacturers of both analogue and network cameras, found that network camera sales are expected to account for roughly 60% of global surveillance camera sales by 2016, a significant increase from 40% in 2011. The positive finding demonstrates the industry shift from analogue video to IP-based video.

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May 10, 2012

The rise of motion detection cameras used in studying animal patterns is a direct result of their ability to provide scientists with new findings and discoveries. Camera traps, otherwise known as trail cameras, film animals when researchers can't. Instrumental in the study of Animal Ecology, camera trapping records the behavior of species in their native environment, thereby enabling scientists to advance in their field.

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May 8, 2012

It's tempting to profile shoplifters. You don't often imagine shoplifters as mature, hardworking professionals who earn a six-figure salary. Unfortunately it happens and isn't necessarily all that uncommon. Oftentimes retailers do not pay enough attention to those consumers who don't fit the profile of how we envision shoplifters. Ex-Purdue University Dean Robert "Pablo" Malavenda has taught retailers a valuable lesson: shoplifters shouldn't be stereotyped. As a college dean, he managed approximately 690 student activities and organizations, including sororities and fraternities.

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May 4, 2012

In order for retailers to protect themselves against threat, they must be proactive about it by improving their loss prevent efforts. Shoplifting and employee/internal theft are undoubtedly the two most common theft practices. However, it's extremely important for retailers to be made aware of other theft practices happening today, especially crimes that may work against one's current security system. Grab-and-go theft, flash mob robs, or flash robs have become the theft du jour. Based on previous crime reports, these acts tend to be committed by large groups of young adults who storm retail stores - usually department stores or convenience stores - and stuff pockets or bags with merchandise in a matter of minutes, if not seconds.

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May 2, 2012

With cattle selling at around $1,000 each and bulls selling for $1,500 to $2,000, cattle thieves have a clear-cut motive for raiding ranches and farms, and stealing as many cattle as they can get their hands on. Just one job can easily turn into a $20,000 cattle heist. In 2010 and 2011, Texas and the Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) claimed losses of $4.8 million in stolen ranch property, including bulls, steers, cows, and calves. Cattle theft is becoming more commonplace in states that boast lucrative agricultural markets. The increase in beef prices and appeal of selling cattle at a hefty profit has been enough to pique the interest of cunning thieves who are well aware that multi-acre ranches aren't usually protected by sophisticated - or any - video surveillance systems.

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April 30, 2012

Viewing and managing your IP video is now more accessible than ever. Axis, one of today's most reputable IP video surveillance brands, has unleashed Axis Mobile Monitor Software, a mobile monitoring tool that delivers live video directly to such handheld internet-enabled devices as the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.

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April 27, 2012

The manufacturing and transportation industries have taken a serious hit from the number of cargo theft cases in 2011 due to the lack of sophisticated surveillance systems. What is most disturbing is that cargo theft spans all types of goods, ranging from medical supplies and pharmaceuticals (FDA-regulated products) to jewelry and electronics, which has had devastating effects on multiple industry subsectors.

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April 26, 2012

Network camera systems are continually evolving, and who knows, perhaps in the next five years, security cameras will come equipped with built-in robotic arms that can actually identify and handcuff the prowler until the authorities arrive at the scene of the crime. However, until the day comes, we'll remain forever grateful for the superior alarm and event management analytics that the IP security cameras include in their settings.

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March 28, 2012

Because every workplace and surveillance location should be safe, Axis has a new Corridor Format that allows cameras to maximize video surveillance in narrow vertical situations. Ideal for hallways, tunnels, and mass transit like buses and subway cars, this new format creates a unique high-quality vertical video.

There are two distinct advantages to using the Corridor Format. Using a traditionally mounted camera means large portions of the video will be focused on the blank walls in a staircase or hallway. This means the camera cannot focus on the area that should be monitored in high-definition (a doorway) and ignore wasted space (a wall). Additionally, this wasted wall space also wastes bandwidth and video storage. Large images comprised of mostly blank space are created instead of the highly focused vertical images recorded with the Corridor Format.

Traditional HD video is recorded in a horizontal, or "landscape" format that is wider than it is tall with a ratio of 16:9. The new Corridor Format creates a vertical "portrait" video with a new 9:16 aspect ratio that works in tall, narrow spaces.

This Axis-exclusive format is achieved with two simple steps. First the camera is installed sideways allowing the camera, and more importantly the lens, to be at a 90 degree angle with the area it is monitoring. Then the video image must be rotated back 90 degrees in the configuration interface of the software, creating a vertical image and enhancing security in narrow locations.

Axis Corridor Format is available on most Axis fixed cameras and domes, including: M1054, M1114, P1346, Q1755, P3344, and P3367.

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March 23, 2012

The Giant Panda has been an endangered species since the 1980s, and VideoSurveillance.com is now helping to grow the small panda population. Using Vivotek IP8332 Outdoor Bullet Cameras, PDXWildlife can now track female panda behavior to improve the breeding program.

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March 19, 2012

Axis made its big screen debut in the recently released "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo." The film follows an investigation by a disgraced journalist and punk computer hacker into a 40-year-old murder, and two Axis cameras are featured in a bank scene later in the movie.

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March 15, 2012

Vivotek's Supreme IP Camera Series is setting a new standard for low-light HD surveillance systems. When security matters, a high-performing camera like the outdoor IP8362 or the SD8362E PTZ can be monitored and controlled from any networked computer to ensure you're never too far away. The Supreme Line is composed of 15 cameras including box type, bullet type, speed dome, indoor/outdoor fixed dome, mobile dome, and fish-eye cameras.

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February 29, 2012

IP cameras with long range optical zoom are ideal for viewing details from afar. Whether you need to identify people, license plates or tracking numbers, we offer IP cameras with up to 35x zoom. Long range optical zoom offers high quality images of distant objects.

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February 24, 2012

VideoSurviellance.com is pleased to offer robust Smartvue Rackmount NVRs. Ideal for enterprise installations, these powerful servers are available with up to 72TB of storage and support for up to 100 IP cameras.

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February 22, 2012

Smartvue now supports three more Vivotek cameras: FD7141, SD73X3 and IP7330. Smartvue NVRs offer seamless support for Smartvue cameras, as well as several Vivotek, Axis and Panasonic cameras.

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February 17, 2012

Penguins and outdoor Mobotix cameras have one thing in common; they are both designed to endure extreme weather. Down in the Antarctic, Mobotix cameras have been used in frigid temperatures for the last decade.

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February 15, 2012

The Axis T8310 Control Board features three modules that make managing PTZ cameras and video a snap.

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February 14, 2012

In this day and age, school safety is an absolute priority. Video surveillance systems are key to protecting students from bullying, intruders and other threats. Increasingly, private and public schools are installing security camera systems to maximize safety and minimize liability around campus.

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February 10, 2012

For the most demanding outdoor conditions, we offer several outdoor-ready security cameras armored with IP67-rated housing.

Most outdoor IP cameras are equipped with IP66-rated material, which is dust-tight and very water resistant. However, cameras featuring IP67-rated housing can even be immersed in water for a period of time. Ideal for use in extreme environments, these cameras stand up to wind, rain, snow, dust and more. Additionally, many cameras with IP67-rated housing are also stand up to the threat of vandalism. IP67-rated security cameras are a great solution for video surveillance of boats, gas stations, any other locations with extreme weather or high risk of vandalism.

For the utmost rugged protection, select security cameras with IP67-rated housing. We offer outdoor-ready IP cameras from Vivotek, Axis, Panasonic, Mobotix and other top IP video manufacturers.

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February 8, 2012

To make life easier, we have a quick and easy way to look up commonly used IP video phrases and words.

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February 6, 2012

Though they offer comparable results, digital zoom and optical zoom are not the same. Depending on the situation, one type of zoom can prove a better option over the other. Some security cameras offer only digital zoom, while others offer only optical. It is also common for a security camera to have both digital and optical zoom.

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February 3, 2012

Many security cameras are capable of onboard IP video recording and storage with a built in Micro SD/SDHC card slot.

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February 2, 2012

We are offering three new Vivotek PTZ dome cameras with D1 video resolution. All three are IP66-rated for rugged weatherproof performance and feature wide dynamic range, 360° continuous panning, progressive scan and day/night function.

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January 30, 2012

Whether you have a fashion boutique or a gas station, monitoring your retail operation offers benefits far beyond just loss prevention. Security video can be used in a multitude of ways to increase productivity, safety and sales. Here are a few tips for maximizing the benefits of retail video surveillance.

1. Consider installing a monitor display in a conspicuous place to alert patrons that they are being watched.

2. In addition to monitoring merchandise, strategically direct cameras to monitor entrances and exits, cash registers, and the parking lot. When it comes to preventing loss, minimizing liability and maintaining security, the more coverage is always better.

3. Select rugged, vandal-proof dome cameras to be installed in areas where there is risk of tampering and vandalism.

4. Monitor the stock room and employee lounge with IP cameras to keep an eye on your staff and inventory.

5. If your store has dramatic lighting, windows or glass cases, select cameras featuring wide dynamic range. WDR ensures images are properly exposed and evenly lit, an especially important feature in scenes with high contrast lighting, back lighting or glare.

VideoSurveillance.com has everything you need for implementing retail video surveillance in any retail setting.

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January 20, 2012

Security cameras feature an iris built into their lenses that control how much light affects their sensors. Clearly, the iris is a vital component of a camera, and there are several types of irises to consider when comparing security cameras.

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January 19, 2012

We are now offering two new Axis cameras that are specially designed for installing in buses, trains and other transportation vehicles. Featuring a compact and flat design, the Axis M3133-R and the Axis M3114-R are mini domes with weatherproof IP67-rated housing. These rugged cameras can even withstand being immersed in water temporarily.

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January 16, 2012

We are always trying to make things as easy as possible at VideoSurveillance.com. That is why we have introduced a new way for you to get a hold of us. In addition to calling or emailing us, you can now live chat us.

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January 13, 2012

Using network-based people counting is a smart tool that proves particularly beneficial in retail settings. People counting is a feature built in to several Axis cameras that can be managed remotely over a network.

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January 11, 2012

Sino Tharwa Drilling, an Egyptian and Chinese company, is now using ACTi cameras to monitor procedures on its rig and surrounding property.

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January 9, 2012

Day/night network cameras are a versatile video surveillance solution. These popular cameras are available in all forms, including dome, PTZ, fixed, indoor and outdoor, and more.

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