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  • 10 Important things you must keep in mind while buying a security camera

    Your personal, home, business and any sort of security should be your primary concern. In order to make sure that you’re completely safe and secure and in case of any incident you have taken precaution to catch the people responsible for the incident you can use a CCTV camera. Similar to evolution of other devices due to a constant improvement in information technology, the security cameras are also upgrading with security camera markets now selling spy pen cameras and wifi hidden cameras. However, whether you are purchasing a wifi camera there are certain things that you should keep in mind. In order to find out the 10 important things you must keep in mind while purchasing a security camera please read below:

    Purpose of the Camera

    Before purchasing the camera you need to know the purpose of the camera. The purpose of the camera also depends on whether you’re buying it for business use or personal use. For example, if you want to purchase a security camera for your shop you might not be looking for an audio and video camera both as you just want to be able to see what’s going on to avoid or catch incidents of shoplifting. Similarly, you might not need security camera inside your house if you want to just make sure your outside area is safe.

    Discreet or Obvious

    Security camera’s come in different sizes. In order to choose an optimal size along with knowing the purpose of the camera you should decide whether you want the camera to be discreet or obvious before you purchase the camera.

    The type of image you want

    Do you want a high resolution image, in which you’re able to recognize the person easily? Or are you okay with a low resolution image? Are you using a camera for a large space or are you using it to cover a small area? The type of image you want or the resolution you want will help you decide the type of lens you want in your camera. If you choose a camera hastily without paying attention to the lens and image you want you might not be able to achieve the purpose of buying a security camera.

    Indoor vs. Outdoor

    This is extremely important. Some people are under the wrong assumption that they can purchase the same security camera for an outdoor setting and for an indoor setting. There would be security cameras that serve both purposes. However, if you want an effective result then you should pre-decide whether you want a security camera for an outdoor setting or an indoor setting and then find out if one camera can serve both purposes or if you will need different cameras.

    Lightning Conditions

    The lightning conditions affect the quality of the image produced by the camera. However, some cameras are optimized according to different lightning conditions i.e. outdoor or indoor lightning conditions. Before purchasing a camera you should assess the lightning conditions you need the camera for i.e. is there bright light in the area where you are installing the camera or is it dim, and then purchase the camera accordingly.

    Audio or Video

    You can choose whether you want an audio camera a video camera or a security camera that records a video and audio both. It is generally recommended to buy a camera with both features so that if you build a need for audio in future you have the feature in your security camera already.

    Wireless or Wired

    Depending on whether you want your camera to be hidden or visible, you can also choose whether you want a wireless camera or a camera with wires. Both a camera with wires and without wires can be used discreetly and visibly, depending on the type of camera you purchase and how you install it. It is important to decide this before purchasing a security camera so that you know how to install it effectively.

    Storage

    Storage is an important consideration when purchasing a security camera. Whether you want the storage of videos on cloud or a hard drive can help you decide the type of camera you want. As some cameras would allow storage on the cloud and some would not.

    Sensor

    A security camera’s lens and sensor are two most important components of the camera. If your sensor is defected your camera might miss out on important things. Therefore, it is important for you to decide the kind of sensor you want before purchasing the camera.

    Legal

    This is not very commonly known but there are certain legal requirements that you should be following when purchasing a security camera. The legal requirements might differ on the basis of personal or business use, therefore before purchasing a security camera you should know the legal requirements. Purchasing a security camera is one of the most important security measure you can take to ensure your safety or your business safety. Therefore, think about these things before purchasing a camera to ensure that you’re making an informed decision.  
    About The Author
    Rachel Stinson has always had a knack for writing, food, fashion, and places. Blogging has combined all four for her with an added bonus of enthusiastic audiences. She expertly analyzes real estates, restaurants and electronics stores with respect to pricing and people involved and can express her opinions in an unhesitant, engaging manner for all matters.
  • Home automation protocols: How to select Smart Home tech

    Smart home technology is increasingly common in all types of devices, but home automation protocols can be somewhat confusing.

    SecurityBase carries a wide variety of products that you can link to your other smart home devices. We carry products that interface with a wide variety of home automation protocols.

    What is home automation?

    Home automation, or domotics, refers to remote electronic control of household appliances and electronics. Such functions might include controlling locks, gates, appliances, windows, lighting, surveillance systems, and HVAC systems.

    Z-Wave

    Z-Wave is a wireless smart home protocol that uses radio wave to communicate with devices. It originated in Denmark and quickly became one of the most popular home automation protocols

    In the United States, the Z-Wave protocol uses a 908.42MHz frequency band for communication. This protocol uses  a central controller (called a hub) to set up and manage the smart home network.

    There are currently over 1700 Z-wave certified devices  available around the world, which makes it one of the most common smart home protocols. With these kind of choices, there are plenty of ways to customize your automation according to your needs and budget.

    Z-Wave devices are easy to set up and are simple to use. As an added bonus, Z-Wave protocols tend to consume less energy!

    Since this frequency is significantly lower than frequencies used for most other wireless devices, there is less chance of interference with other electronics. This makes communication much faster and more efficient.

    Arguably, the best thing about Z-Wave is that all Z-wave devices , regardless of brand, type, or version, can communicate with each other. This allows for older products to communicate with newer products, effectively future proofing your home automation system.

    ZigBee

    ZigBee is similar to Z-Wave, and was originally designed to be used in commercial applications. It is now a standard in the home automation communication for both residential and commercial locations.

    The ZigBee protocol also uses radio frequencies to communicate, running on the 802.15.4 wireless standard. ZigBee's mesh network allows for a larger range and quicker communication between connected devices. One ZigBee hub can be used with multiple products to make yours a smart home.

    Currently, there are over 1200 products that are certified as compatible with a ZigBee hub. DUe to its status as open technology, it's easy for developers to design new ZigBee compatible products.

    Early ZigBee devices had compatibility issues with devices made by different manufacturers, though this has greatly improved.

    The ZigBee home automation protocol is one of the most energy-efficient smart home technologies available. Some devices can even the same set of batteries for up to several years! It also should be noted that this protocol is one of the most secure, incorporating  the same level of encryption used by major financial institutions.

    ZigBee is easy to customize and offers great options for any techie or DIYer.

    Bluetooth

    Bluetooth has been available across a wide variety of electronic devices for many years, so it is only natural that it can now be used for home automation.

    Like Z-Wave and ZigBee, Bluetooth is wireless, but setting up a hub is optional.

    One of the biggest benefits of using Bluetooth for your smart devices is that you can connect it with any Bluetooth-enabled device. However, you can't add a non-Bluetooth device to a Bluetooth hub. Bluetooth also has a very limited range, which can be a challenge for larger houses.

    Bluetooth is one of the fastest growing smart home technologies, and iit will continue to improve as new devices are developed.

    Home Automation is the future!

    Smart home technology is the future, so now is the time to get ready. Each home automation protocol is different, but regardless which one you choose, there is a healthy product selection to choose from.

    SecurityBase carries a wide variety of compatible products, including locks and video doorbells. Check out our selection today!

  • AMSEC BF Series: Gun safes to fit your needs, budget, and style

    If you're a gun collector, it's already a given: you need a gun safe. There are so many different types of gun safes, so what do you really need? American Security (or AMSEC for short) BF series gun safes offer a wide variety of safes to fit your needs, budget, and personal style.
    BF Series Construction and Security Features
    The BF series of gun safes features heavy duty 2" thick walls with a proprietary interior fire resistant lining material called Dry Light and two layers of steel. It also features an optional strong inner barrier constructed of 4 gauge steel. The door of these safes  includes 11 massive 1 1/2 inch locking bolts and a standard UL group II combination lock. For easy opening. the door is also home to a convenient pull handle.
    Your Safe, Your Style
    BF series gun safes are available with several exterior color choices, including textured finishes, beautiful high gloss finishes, and two-tone options. Safe hardware is available in your choice of chrome, brass, or black nickel. Mix and match your finishes to create a safe that truly fits your home.
    BF Series Interiors
    BF gun safes allow for one of the most flexible gun safe interiors on the market. All safes come with a pocket door organizer, which is a convenient place for storing your pistols, ammo, and other many other items. These also include a mirrored back panel to help enhance visibility inside the safe. BF series safes also have many optional add-on features, including light kits, dehumidifiers, and drawer kits.
    The AMSEC Lifetime Gun Safe Warranty
    Not only are AMSEC safes highly secure and easy to customize, but AMSEC stands strong behind their products. If someone attempts to break-in, actually breaks-in, or the safe has been subject to a fire, AMSEC will repair or replace the safe at absolutely no charge, regardless of how long you've had the safe! For full details of the warranty, click here. In addition to the BF series gun safes, SecurityBase also carries safes for all types of applications. Check out our extensive selection of safes today!
  • Happy Independence Day from SecurityBase!

    We at SecurityBase would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our customers a happy and safe Fourth of July!

    SecurityBase will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th.

    You may shop online 24 hours a day. Please note that the holiday may cause delays in deliveries.

    Here are our holiday hours:

    • Monday, July 3: 8 AM -5 PM
    • Tuesday, July 4: CLOSED
    • Wednesday, July 5: 8 AM -5 PM
  • Barska Biometric Safes: Behold the future of safes!

    For many years, safes have always had the same options for locks. You could choose either an electronic keypad lock or a classic mechanical dial lock. Barska's cutting edge biometric safes let you open your safe just by touching it!

    These sturdy safes provide a high-tech fingerprint scanner and the ability to register multiple users.

    Barska now offers its fingerprint locks with a four digit keypad to provide added security. As a bonus, these safes also come with a mechanical override system just in case those batteries die.

    The convenience of biometrics also allows for quick, convenient access to the contents. This is especially useful for a quick-access gun safe. There's no fumbling with a keypad or mechanical dial in an emergency situation.

    Standard features for Barska biometric safes include silent access mode, 30 fingerprint user memory. and motorized dead bolts.

    Their gun safes are approved by the California Department of Justice as a fire arm storage device. The California DOJ standards are the highest in all 50 states, and therefore meet the standards for all states and localities.

    Barska has multiple size options

    When purchasing any safe, first determine how much space you need. As a rule of thumb, always purchase a safe that is slightly larger than you think you need; you will most likely fill it fast!

    Secure location

    Place your safe in a location that is secure and concealed. Barska also recommends securing your safe to a "solid structure". For your convenience, these safes come with mounting hardware. This way, nobody is going to walk away with the entire safe.

    SecurityBase carries the entire Barska biometic safe collection! Check out our selection and our low prices.

    We also carry many other products from Barska, including gun cases, diversion boxes, cash boxes, and great bags.

    Have questions about our product selection? Comment below or send us an e-mail!

  • Legalized Marijuana: How to secure your newly legal marijuana business

    Marijuana is now legal in seven states and Washington, DC and business is exploding. You might be thinking about starting your own pot business, but you should definitely consider the following security concerns.
    Marijuana businesses are "cash only"
    Because the federal government still considers marijuana  a schedule I narcotic, it is illegal for pot businesses to accept credit and debit cards. This will cause you to large amounts of cash. With that quantity of cash on hand, your business is a huge target for potential burglars. The best protection for your cash is a high security safe, preferably with a TL-30 rating or higher. TL-30 safes are designed to withstand intense  professional attacks. In independent tests, these safes safes withstood a minimum  of 30 minutes worth of abuse. Click here for a better explanation of burglary ratings.
    High value products require protection too
    If some steals your merchandise, the situation can be just as bad. We also recommend keeping your merchandise in TL-30 safes. In addition to burglary protection, TL-30 safes also have the ability protect the contents from fires. The additional fire protection will also be great for protecting your merchandise!
    Controlling access to your marijuana business
    When you own a pot business, it is very important to ensure that access is limited. This helps to reduce the threat of burglary and protect you from selling to restricted groups (such as minors). One of the easiest access control methods to use is either electromagnetic locks (also called maglocks or mags) or electric strikes. These are designed to open when you or one of your employees press a button to "buzz" the customer inside. You can also use this technology to lock up your stock area and/or manager's office. This adds an additional layer of security to your storage area. It can potentially prevent thieves from sneaking into the back room.
    Monitoring your property
    Lastly, you need to ensure that your property is under constant video surveillance. The goal is to ensure that you have cameras that can record high quality video. For the best quality, SecurityBase recommends using Clinton Electronics' EX-SDI cameras and DVRs. This solution provides high quality images for an excellent value. You should place cameras in a way that enables consistent viewing of your employees and clientele. Weak areas that you should monitor include cash wraps, display cases, entrances and exits, and stock areas. Especially make sure to cover your safe. It is risky to open a legal marijuana business, but it becomes easier when you know about potential security issues. Prevent security issues before they start. Have any questions, comments, or suggestions? Please comment below!
  • Fire Safes: Defend Your Documents from the Flames

    As with any disaster, fires occur when you least expect them. One of the most important things to protect is your personal vital documents. This is why you need fire safes. These documents include birth certificates, passports, social security cards, and diplomas. While most of these vital documents can be replaced, they  cost a lot of money and it's a hassle to replace them. Protect your documents with a fire safe.

    What are fire safes?

    Fire safes are specifically designed to keep the temperature low inside during a fire. This prevents your documents from getting charred. These types of safes typically feature an internal layer within the walls that is designed to keep the temperature low. Different manufacturers use different types of fireproofing materials.

    Why do you need one?

    You should keep copies of your documents in a place where you access them quickly. Many people use bank safety deposit boxes to keep their documents. There are a few flaws in this:
    • Money in a bank safe deposit box is not FDIC insured.
    • Many documents, including insurance paperwork, should be quickly accessible.

    What conventional fire safes don't have

    A conventional fire safe specifically designed for fire protection does not carry additional burglar protection. Users needing burglary and fire protection should consider a burglary-fire or composite safe. These type of safes are specifically designed for burglary defense. SecurityBase has a wide variety of fire, burglary-fire, and composite safes to choose from. Whatever you specific needs may be, we have the right safe for you.
  • Survival: How to Prepare for Natural Disasters

    Natural disasters happen unexpectedly, often with little or no warning of any kind. Your survival is often dependent on how you prepared. How can you prepare for the unexpected?

    Food & Water: Vital for Survival

    Food and water are the first priority for your survival supplies. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that you keep at least 3 days of food and water in your survival kit. They recommend that you keep one gallon of water per person per day. THE CDC also recommends that you have foods that are non-perishable stored with your emergency supplies. This includes items such as canned soups, dry pasta, powdered milk, and instant meals. If you rely on medication to survive, you should also make sure that you keep at least three days worth of medication. This should also include printed dosing instructions and the appropriate testing tools.

    Tools, First Aid, and Personal Care

    Personal care items are important to everyday life, and is even more important in the event of an emergency. Good hygiene can help to prevent spreading illness. Personal hygiene items should include things such as soap, toothbrush and toothpaste, baby wipes, and extra pairs of contact lenses and/or glasses. Your personal care supplies should also include a first aid kit, blankets, multipurpose tools, and a survival whistle. Your kit should also include electronics, such as a flashlight, radio, and extra batteries. Also be sure to keep additional phone chargers.

    Documents & Other Important Items

    Your emergency kit should include copies of your vital documents. This ought to include insurance cards, birth certificates, immunization records, and other forms of identification. Be sure to keep extra cash, keys, and maps of the area to help in the event of a disaster. If you have children, you should also include activities to keep them occupied, such as games and activity books.

    Taking Care of Your Pets

    In the event of an emergency, you also want to make sure you can take of your pets. This should include food and water (1 gallon for every 3 days). You should also include the appropriate cleaning supplies, grooming items, and trash bags. Your supplies for taking care of your pets should also include a sturdy leash, harness or pet carriers to transport them. A carrier should be large enough for your pet to stand comfortably, turn around, and lay down. Including some pet toys and the pet's bed (if it's easy to transport) may also help to reduce stress on your pets. Print out some care instructions in case you need to entrust the care of your pets to a foster home or boarding facility. This should include medicine dosing information, feeding schedules, behavior issues, and the name and telephone number of your veterinarian. SecurityBase carries some pre-made dog and cat kits to help you get started

    Customize Your Plan

    Not every situation is the same. You should customize your emergency plan to best suit your family and its needs. Make sure that everyone in your household is aware of your emergency plan.. Overall, preparing for natural disasters is about being prepared for anything that might occur. Having an effective emergency plan is the best way to ensure your survival after a disaster. SecurityBase carries a wide variety of pre-made survival kits, but we also carry  supplies to create your own.
  • HD Over Analog vs IP: Which is the Best Surveillance Tech?

    Surveillance technology has advanced a lot in recent years. When high definition first burst onto the scene, the only way to achieve it was to get an IP based system. HD over analog technology was first introduced in 2010 and has made HD surveillance more affordable.

    IP Surveillance System

    Internet Protocol (IP) surveillance systems transfer video signals over CAT5e or CAT6 Ethernet cable. This presents a big issue when upgrading from a traditional analog system because it requires the whole system to be rewired. IP systems tend to cost more than analog systems. IP systems have some great benefits. First and foremost, is the ability to operate cameras using only one cable. The power over Ethernet (PoE) capability makes setup of new systems easier. Second, IP systems enable you to set up a multi-building surveillance system without running wire between the building, saving you wire (and money). IP systems, however, do have some big downsides. To begin with, if you're upgrading from a traditional analog system, you have to replace all of the existing coaxial cable and power cords with Ethernet cables. IP systems are very dependent on the quality of your internet connection and require a lot of bandwidth to operate. This means that if you have several cameras, you might miss something. Please note that lately there have been security concerns related to IP systems. These cameras are constantly connected to the internet,  so computer hackers can gain control of your cameras if you don't take the correct security measures.

    HD Over Analog

    HD over analog technology is relatively new and provides a great option for  users looking to upgrade an existing analog system. You don't need to replace any existing wiring because it connects to existing coaxial cable. This technology is generally less expensive than IP systems. HD over analog systems also  tend to have an easier time of recording a higher quality video in real time. You can run cable over a much farther distance. HD over analog systems do require separate power supplies to power the cameras and, depending on which HD over analog technology is selected, they can transfer video over much more significant distances (AHD, CVI, and TVI can transfer up to 1600 ft; SDI can transfer up to 492 ft; IP can transfer up to 342 ft.) The other thing that might make one hesitate when selecting an HD over analog surveillance technology is the variety of technologies available. This is more overwhelming than anything else. The most readily available is TVI, though SDI technology delivers comparable image quality. As an added bonus, most TVI DVRs offer the ability to also support some IP cameras in addition to the TVI cameras. SecurityBase has a wide selection of surveillance gear, including traditional analog equipment, in addition to IP systems and HD over analog technology.
  • Secure Your Bike: Five Steps for Effective Bicycle Security

    May is National Bike Month, so it's a good time to talk about preventing bicycle theft. Bicycle security is easily achieved if you follow these 5 simple steps.

    Step 1: Store Your Bike Inside Overnight

    You should always store your bike inside your personal space, such as your house or apartment.

    Your bike is prone to theft if you leave it in your front yard, unsecured in the back yard, or in common areas of your apartment building (such as hallways). If you must store it in a common area, you should lock your bike to a stationary object.

    Step 2: Park Your Bike Correctly

    When you go to work, run errands, or hang out with friends, bicycle security might be a challenge.

    The best place to lock up your bike when you go out is a municipal bike rack, but unfortunately, there usually aren't enough available.

    If this is the case, you can also use the poles that hold stop signs, street signs, parking signs, etc. There are a few concerns when using these signs, however.

    A determined thief can steal your bike by unbolting the sign from the top of the pole and lifting the bike over the top. The best way to prevent this is to check the top of sign. If the sign is loose or missing, try another pole.

    Step 3: Use the Appropriate Lock

    If you live in a high theft area, your primary bike lock should never be a cable lock if you live in a high theft area. U-Locks are the best type of lock to use for primary security.

    Always use the smallest lock you can in order to give thieves the smallest amount of space to manipulate or break the lock. Any U-lock that you use should be long enough pass through your bike frame and the object you're locking it to.

    Step 4: Secure the Components with Secondary Locks

    In a high theft location, such as New York City, it is a good idea to also lock and secure various components, such as the wheels, your seat, handlebars, and any accessories you might attach. Use cable locks to lock the bike components down and take any removable accessories with you.

    Step 5: Insure Your Bike

    No bike lock is completely theft proof, so one of the essential supplements to bicycle security is to insure your bike with a personal articles policy. Personal Articles insurance is an add-on to your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

    Bike theft is common, so it is worth it to purchase a policy without a deductible to help cover a replacement or repair on your bike.

    Conclusion

    Overall, bicycle security is about finding common sense ways to prevent theft. Be sure to secure your bike and consider additional security measures if necessary.

    Have questions? Comment below!

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