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History: Several years ago, in response to continual harassment from a  neighbor (a true psychopath, more on that later), I began to use various types of security equipment to protect my self, my family, my home and my property.  From there, I went on to install security equipment at another house, then another.  Others wanted to be more secure in their homes too. And we learned from experience what is good and what is not good.  And we began to consult so that others would not make the mistakes we did when we started.  This site is for you to gain from our experience. It is my small contribution to make the world a better place. 

One thing to remember from the beginning - you can spend quite a bit of money on security equipment.  It will help to keep you safe, and it may help make you feel safe.  But no matter how much you spend, and you may think you have spent way too much, believe me, you have not.  Because if it sprevents one single lawsuit, or sends another person to criminal court for his crimes against you, then it has paid for itself.  And believe this also: even the most simple lawsuits will cost you tens of thousands of dollars and drain you emotionally.

So, here goes:

If you do nothing else, take SOME ACTIONS to deter criminals.  With very little money, you can easily purchase signs to place on your home or business that state that the premises are monitored.  Next, you can install some dummy cameras with blinking LEDS.  What criminal wants to take the chance?  Follow that with the purchase of some signs that the premises are monitored by video surveillance.  At home, put lights on timers, so that they come on whether you are home or not.

Yes, these sound silly.  It is common sense advice, like backing up your hard drive.  But it is simply amazing how many people just won't take the time to do it until they have lost all of their precious photos (more on backing up computers later!)  Or until their jewelry and their new flat screen TV is gone.  or that laptop is stolen from the backseat of the car.

So, get online and order some signs, and order some dummy cameras.  DO IT NOW!  Take the first steps.

Once you have done that, we will get into some details about real security systems.


The very next step is to buy some real cameras with a DVR (Digital Video Recorder).  The most inexpensive packages from, Costco, Sam's Club or Ebay are far better than no cameras at all.  We will give you some options for low cost systems.  Once you feel more comfortable, you can step up to higher quality systems - with HQ recording, motion detection, night vision cameras and remote alarming.

You ask - what about the alarm systems from vendors like Brinks, or ADT???   Well, they are nice, but they work AFTER someone has already breached your home.  And in my opinion, that is far too late!  And few have video recording capability, which is the number one deterrent, period. Well OK, maybe my German Shepherd with her mouth full of teeth is a better deterrent, and she is always on duty and very willing to fight with any living creature that breaches her territory - but we will have more on dogs later.  Any dog that barks is a good deterrent, and dogs that defend their territory are tough to beat.  But please remember, any dog requires lots of your time, your money and your effort.  If you were not a dog person, please don't even consider it.

Back to home protection - a DVR with cameras gives you a record of what went on, and it gives you PERIMETER protection!  The simplest systems can alarm outside before a criminal gets near your home!!!!  It can record the vandal that damaged your  car in the driveway.  So let's get it straight right from the beginning - you want perimeter protection at home.  And if you have an apartment, point one camera at your car through the entrance, and the other out the rear of the apartment.

What is important?  Cameras, caneras, cameras.  The better the camera, the better will be your system.  Etry level systems have inexpensive CMOS cameras, sometimes with IR LED night lighting.  They suffer from two shortcomings - the first is they usually have a marginal picture fed by a wide angle lens.  So, action happening 100 feet from the camera appears tiny on the screen.  Next, they suffer from poor night vision.  Criminals like to strike in the night.  So, be well advised to spend a decent amount on true CCD night vision cameras.  Some come with IR LED rings and specify a useful range.  When buying these, match the lens to the distance you would like to cover.  Also,  keep in mind that some expensive cameras have powerful IR LEDS which tend to overpower and wash out the image of  someone close to the camera.  In these cases we recommend using two cameras - one covering the area of interest with a zoom or telephoto lens and another, wide angle for action close up.

While on the topic of night vision, some cameras have something called HAD or EX-View sensors to enhance their night sight ability.  Sony and Sharp are two names that come to mind, with prices from about $80 to $200-300.  The cameras should have useful performance to 1 lux (twilight).  The lower the lux number the better - .1 lux is deep twilight, and .01 lux is full moon.  Remember, a strategically placed motion light will work wonders.  If you prefer a light that is on all night. look for high pressure sodium lamps like many parking lots use.

Some cameras, like the Speco Intensifier series, may not have LEDS to illuminate at night at all, but use special electronics to enhance the picture.  You will be amazed that they produce a beautiful color picture in the middle of the night!  We say, $400 very well spent.

Many lenses give too wide a picture.  So, when ordering your cameras, measure the width of your field of view, then determine how far the field of view is fron your camera mounting location.  Next, use a look up table to find what lens size you will need to just cover the field of view.

Some useful information - the 3.6 lenses that are often standard cover about 90 degrees on a 1/4 inch sensor camera, and about 78 degrees on a 1/3 inch camera.  A 6.0 lense covers about 53 degrees on a 1/4 inch camera, and about 46 degrees on a 1/3 inch sensor camera.  12 mm lens is 28 degrees and  24 degrees, and 22mm is 18 degrees and 15 degrees.  Other, intermediate sizes like 4.0 and 8.0 mm lenses are also available.  More versatile but more money, some cameras have varifocal (zoom) lenses which   can be adjusted form, say 2.8 to 12 mm or from 6.0 to 22 mm.  Just be sure to match the lense to the purpose.

On DVRs, the more cameras allowed the better.  The units come in 4, 8 and 16 camera versions.  Next, the recording format is important.  the newest feature H.264 recording, then slightly older are the MPEG recorders.  Most offer schedule, motion or continuous recording.  Some allow remote viewing over the internet.  These are diffcult to set up, so it is best to figure on paying someone with knowledge a small amount of money to set them up for you.

Next, wired cameras outperform wireless, sometimes by large margins.  So, try not to use a wireless camera unless you simply must and there is no other choice.

Before you buy, draw a diagram of exactly what you need, showing the locations of cameras and the required viewing angles, whether indoor or outdoor, and how far the 'target ' location might be.  Then set up a purchase sheet before you go and buy.

Finally, if you do not like drilling  holes through walls and snaking wire  while   standing on ladders , get a handyman to come over and install the cameras for you.

We have much more to say, but this is a useful start.  We will post more information soon.

remeber, even an economical system is far better than no cctv security system at all.


Lines of Resolution:
 A Surveillance Camera's performance is based on the number of horizontal lines that the chip in the camera provides. The lines of resolution determines the quality of the video the camera can produce. The higher the number of lines of resolution, the better the video quality is.  



Black & White


330 Lines

380 Lines


420 Lines

470 Lines


480 Lines

580 Lines

Lens: The lens determines the field of view the camera provides. Lenses range from 2.8mm to 22mm on an average. The larger the lens size the farther it will view. The draw back to a 12 mm, 18 mm or 22 mm lens is that the horizontal view narrows to as little as 15 feet.  




2.8 mm

10 feet

15 feet

3.6 mm

30 feet

30 feet

6 mm

60 feet

20 feet

Many people require a standard fixed wide angle 3.6mm lens. They are designed to be installed in a corner, provide a 90 degree field of view, and provide effective surveillance in a 30 x 30 foot area. If you need to adjust the angle and are not sure when viewing a cash register or looking down aisles, we recommend a varifocal lens which you can adjust manually based on the angle and distance of the camera to the subject. For example, with a cash register we recommend a 4-8mm varifocal lens so you can manually adjust and capture the money, hands, and register close up. When in doubt, go with a varifocal adjustable lens.  Outside, varifocals are equally useful to target specific areas of interest, such as doorways or parking lots.


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