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How can you secure your home this holiday season?

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Tis the season to purchase gifts for loved ones. As you run to the store looking for the perfect gift, do you know what else can be happening when you are carrying in that new high priced TV for your loved one? The wrong person can be watching your home and looking for a way to steal that gift right from under your tree!!

Sooo.. what can you do to keep the gifts you work so hard to buy safe in your home when you are not there? A professionally installed home security system! We all see many commercials this time of the year telling us all how we need home security this time of the year to help prevent your home from becoming the next statistic; burglaries take a spike in the month of December each year. But before you jump in and buy just any security camera system you need to make sure you educate yourself first and look into the following questions:

  1. What kind of cameras are good for my home?
  2. Do these cameras have clear night vision?
  3. Can I get an alert on my phone from my cameras?
  4. Can I save the footage from my security cameras?
  5. Do you have support after my install?

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What kind of cameras are good for my home?

Central Jersey Security Cameras will look at your home and help you decide what is best for your unique home and determine what cameras are best for your home’s needs. Our trained staff will listen closely to what your needs are and look at exactly where you need the most coverage around your home and how far from your home you may need to view with your security cameras. With that information, they will effectively be able to design and offer a product that will surely meet your needs and budget. Technical support personnel is available in our offices daily to answer any questions you may have about the functionality of your system.

 

Do these cameras have clear night vision?

An infrared security camera has infrared lighting (light from a different region of the electromagnetic spectrum than we normally use to see) installed around the outside of the lens of the camera. This lighting allows the camera to capture a good image in no light at all. With a little bit of light (called low light) the infrared camera can capture a picture that looks just like daytime. Keep in mind that even at nighttime there is normally some light from the moon, stars, or street lights.

Infrared cameras do not do well in outdoor housings because the infrared light reflects off the glass of the housing. Some people get acceptable results if the camera is absolutely flush with the glass. An alternative solution is to use a day/night camera which has an extra sensitive imaging chip that allows it to capture a good picture in low light situations without using infrared lighting. This works well for example if there are street lights outside or an exterior light that can be left on at night. Keep in mind that cameras without infrared lighting will not capture an image with zero light.

The level of light required to capture a good picture is referred to as a camera’s lux, the lower the lux the better the camera can see in the dark. For example, a camera with 0.003 lux is better than a camera with 0.2 lux. Infrared cameras are also compared by how far they can see in total darkness. We sell cameras that see in total darkness over 120 feet at night. People use infrared security cameras for businesses (that have the lights out at night (in case of break-ins). Or for outside, nighttime viewing.

The image that infrared cameras capture is black and white – however, some cameras will capture color images during the day when light is available and will automatically switch to black and white when light is low.
Times are changing and there has been a significant breakthrough in night vision with the introduction of EXIR or Matrix IR’s. Hikvision pioneered this type of technology and we at Central Jersey Security Cameras noticed a tremendous difference in the quality of the picture at night. These cameras incorporate Hikvision’s EXIR infrared array technology to provide best-in-breed illuminators for any zero-dark environment – indoors or out. Compared to conventional IR cameras, Hikvision’s high-performance EXIR series delivers the most advanced levels of night-time surveillance available on the market today.

These EXIR cameras (a highly-efficient light source and enhanced LED light strength. By employing the most advanced thin-film and light-emitting technology, this series provides up to 30% more illuminant efficiency over traditional LED array technology. Furthermore, the EXIR series even provides a 40% light-extraction rate improvement when compared to traditional models, resulting in a stronger light for long-range visibility usage.

To make the most out of IR LED light, EXIR HD and IP cameras produce LED light in the form of a rectangle. This allows a better fit for a screen’s normal size (4:3 or 16:9). Additionally, it helps improve LED utilization efficiency and reduce light pollution in the surrounding environment. Images are further optimized with EXIR’s luminance uniformity functionality, which eliminates traditional LED lens issues, such as over-exposure at the center of images, as well as darker areas at the corners. EXIR HD/IP cameras deliver superb image detail in poorly lit environments, better providing for solutions at industrial parks, harbors, roads, airports, etc. Furthermore, excellent heat dissipation, longer lifespan, and greater energy savings are but a few of the advantages that Hikvision EXIR cameras bring. IP66 protection, in both bullet and dome styles, further provide users with options to best fit their specific needs.

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Can I get an alert on my phone from my cameras?  

Would you like an alert sent right to your smartphone when someone walks up to your front sidewalk or pulls in the driveway? Well, Central Jersey Security Cameras in Freehold, NJ has a solution for this. With our professionally installed HD security cameras, you can set up a perimeter around your house, arm a specific area or individual cameras to send an instant notification to your mobile device when the area is entered or “breached”. You will receive this notification right to your smartphone that will include the persons or movement that triggered the alarm within seconds of it actually happening. This feature is called line intrusion that we can set up on your security cameras. The best part, there is no monthly charge! This is a free bonus to having your security cameras professionally installed.

WHAT IS LINE CROSSING DETECTION?
Line crossing detection, or intrusion detection, is a function of your DVRNVR or IP camera. What it does is that it instantly detects any motion in a certain “set”, which is a set area that is personally set by you for your alert needs. It will send immediate alerts to your smart device directly from the DVRNVR  or IP camera. For example, you want to know when someone or something enters your driveway? So, you go into the software of your DVRNVR or IP camera and start setting up specific areas by drawing lines across the driveway. Of course, these are not visible lines to the human eye since it is only a virtual line or perimeter you have created, but it acts just as good as a virtual tripwire. What it will do is activate the area when the area or line is breached and send you a notification either directly through the app or to your email, whichever option you choose. You can even have audible alerts right on site through an external siren or right from the DVR or NVR.
You can set this to work on schedules, certain hours during the day, certain days during the week or if you are on vacation and will be away from your home or business and you want to be alerted when someone or something breaches your “set” area or areas. While both High Definition and IP cameras or the use of an NVR in conjunction with IP cameras will both do the job, there is more flexibility with the NVR and IP cameras in terms of having multiple cameras set up for line crossing/intrusion detection. There are also sensitivity settings that do adjust to meet your needs. For example, you may not want to know when a cat or small animal crosses the line, so you would adjust the scale to measure for larger objects.

 

Can I save the footage from my security cameras?

Record all events in “real time” as they happen. Receive push notifications or “text messages” of real-time video from your security equipment. Watch your home live when you’re not there from smartphones or other portable devices. Protect your family and your assets. Surveillance cameras in plain view are a “proven guaranteed deterrent” by persuading potential intruders to move on.

Event schedule, meaning that if an incident occurs somewhere for example in a 24-hour period and you are not sure when the event happened, instead of sitting through endless hours of reviewing until the event is found you would have indicators. Most likely a color-coded event list. This would enable you to jump ahead to all motion triggered events, thus making your search quicker and more successful. Conserving hard drive space, meaning if your cameras are set to record all the time, even with nothing moving in front of them you could potentially shorten the life of the hard drive and absolutely shorten the length of time your NVR/DVR will retain recordings.

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Do you have support after my install?

Not only does Central Jersey Security Cameras have a help tab that has step by step tutorial videos for you to follow along with, but we offer technical support as well. Technical support personnel is available in our offices daily to answer any questions you may have about the functionality of your system. Our technicians receive monthly training on all of our security products to keep their knowledge on the cutting edge of technology. Some of our lead technicians have been with us for over 15 years. They will explain the process of the installation prior to starting the job. They will keep you informed of all progress. They will ensure the best possible outcome and provide a full tutorial at the conclusion of the install.

 

Why an alarm system with security cameras are the best line of defense:

Home security cameras are the #1 deterrent on a home or business. Often criminals see security cameras and move on to the next location. The ones that try to outsmart security cameras often get caught because they do not know the capabilities on the range of today’s IP cameras. Look, at the inchworm bandits crawling on the floor!

 

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No, unfortunately, these cameras did not stop this break-in from happening, but it is the proof this owner needs to show exactly what took place at their business location for their insurance. In this case, an alarm system doubled with security cameras would have helped alert the proper authorities and the business owners sooner.

Central Jersey Security Cameras believes after many years in the business and continuous training each year a whole home security system with a security camera system on the home and an alarm system is often the best protection a New Jersey homeowner can have on their home.

So, now you have to make sure you have the right alarm for your home too! It’s easy with today advances in alarms with our preferred alarm the UltraSync alarm. Some things to consider when you are looking for the right alarm system for your home.

  1. Make sure the alarm and company you use is UL listed
  2. Check for discounts with your home owner’s insurance (often it can cut the price of your homeowners 5-20%)

To get the protection your home or business needs this holiday season call Central jersey Security Cameras today for a full home or business security audit. Don’t forget a home security system makes a holiday gift that will keep giving for years to come! Call us today at 732-333-0227 or visit our website.

How secure is your home and place of business while you are away enjoying your summer vacation?

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With summer underway, many of us plan vacations or trips that take us away from our homes and place of business. Are you a fully packed schedule, busy, home or business owner? Do you worry about what may be going on at your place of business or home while you are away? No matter if you are going away for a few weeks or a few hours, as you drive away from your Freehold, Jackson, Colts Neck, Howell, Farmingdale, Manalapan, Old Bridge, and Marlboro, New Jersey home and place of business, who will be watching while you are gone? How safe will your place of business and home, and all the belongings you work so hard for really be while you are away? Take the worry away, enjoy yourself, kick back, put your feet up and relax on your vacation. Call Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions today for a free on-site estimate for your place of business and home. We can help you decide what security system is best to fit your security needs or we can fill you in on how to improve your existing security.

In today’s world, safety while we are out is always a concern, but safety at home should be the place you feel the most secure and safe. Here at Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions we send our staff for training through out the year to stay up to date on all of the latest home and business security camera and security alarm updates to stay ahead of all the newest technology available. While staying ahead with all of the newest technology is important, below you will find a list of benefits of owning a security system from Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions.

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10 Benefits of owning a security system for your place of business and home:

  1. Deter criminals
  2. Prevent theft
  3. Improve productivity
  4. Reduce liability
  5. Protect intellectual property
  6. Manage remotely
  7. Enhance customer experience
  8. Streamline operations
  9. Validate alarms
  10. Deliver peace of mind

Many of our New Jersey business and home owners are installing surveillance systems with line crossing detection. Sure, you’d love to be there and see for yourself, but unfortunately, you cannot be everywhere all the time. With security cameras placed at your business or in your home, you can see everything that’s going on in and around your place of business and home right in the palm of your hand. Just like in any place of business, owners often want and need to know how productive their staff is. This also protects the staff from unwarranted, untrue claims that someone may make against your business, once again, it’s all now recorded from the security cameras placed in your business. Not only will security cameras help you keep an eye on your place of business and home, you may also need to know when the midnight delivery you’ve been waiting on for your place business arrives, or maybe there’s an area of your business employees are not supposed to be accessing, so you would set up a virtual intrusion area at your door. Never miss a beat, you can have the line intrusion alerts sent right to your phone.

WHAT IS LINE CROSSING DETECTION?
Line crossing detection, or intrusion detection, is a function of your DVR, NVR or IP camera. What it does is that it instantly detects any motion in a certain “set”, which is a set area that is personally set by you for your alert needs. It will send immediate alerts to your smart device directly from the DVR, NVR  or IP camera. For example, you want to know when someone or something enters your driveway? So, you go into the software of your DVR, NVR or IP camera and start setting up specific areas by drawing lines across the driveway. Of course, these are not visible lines to the human eye since it is only a virtual line or perimeter you have created, but it acts just as good as a virtual tripwire. In essence, what it will do is activate the area when the area or line is breached and send you a notification either directly through the app or to your email, whichever option you choose. You can even have audible alerts right on site through an external siren or right from the DVR or NVR.
You can set this to work on schedules, certain hours during the day, certain days during the week or if you are on vacation and will be away from your home or business and you want to be alerted when someone or something breaches your “set” area or areas. While both High Definition and IP cameras or the use of an NVR in conjunction with IP cameras will both do the job, there is more flexibility with the NVR and IP cameras in terms of having multiple cameras set up for line crossing/intrusion detection. There are also sensitivity settings that do adjust to meet your needs. For example, you may not want to know when a cat or small animal crosses the line, so you would adjust the scale to measure for larger objects.

Just like all other seasons, make sure to lock your doors when you leave the home, check that your cameras and alarms are working properly and make sure your home looks occupied if you leave for an extended period of time. Homes that add an alarm system to their home with security cameras are four times less likely to be victimized. Double up on your home security as well as your security at your place of business!

Businesses without alarms are 4.5 times more likely to be burglarized than those that have an alarm system. They are also four times as likely to be burglarized as homes. Your business is a much more tempting target to burglars than your home. But, burglars don’t like getting caught. Eight in ten convicted burglars said they would look for a security camera or an alarm before attempting a burglary. If they found an on-site surveillance system, 60% said they would seek an alternative target.

 

Here are a couple quick tips that can help reduce burglary at your place of business or home:

  • Clear your entrances and windows of trees and shrubs that block views from the street and/or provide a hiding place for thieves
  • Secure your doors with sturdy deadbolt locks or padlocks
  • Install bars or gates on windows to help prevent them being broken and used as an entry
  • Motion sensor-activated lighting and alarms can also help deter burglars

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Today’s alarm systems are more than just a loud shrieking noise when they go off. All of our alarms are either connected to Central Station Monitoring or are set up to send alerts directly to your smart device, or you can even set it up to do both. Having your alarm connected with Central Station Monitoring will alert the proper authorities when the alarm is triggered. There’s no such thing as too much security!
With advances in alarms this past year with the launch of the new Ultra Sync alarm home automation system, you can now not only be alerted when someone is at your home and place of business, but right from the palm of your hand, you can use your smartphone to do much more! Just to name a few key features you can use right from your smartphone:
• You can turn your lights on and off at your home or place of business.
• You can lock and unlock your doors.
• You can control your thermostat.

According to the FBI, there’s a burglary every 12 seconds. Those thefts annually combine for more than $3.1 billion in property and personal loss. So how do burglars get into your business? Six of ten burglaries involve forcible entry, about a third of those were unlawful entries. The rest, a little over six percent, were attempted forcible entries. The primary ways in which they gained access were through open windows or doors or by forcible entry through windows or doors. Only about one in eight burglars reported picking locks or using a key they had previously acquired. Not surprisingly, most commercial burglaries occur at night, weekends or holidays when many businesses aren’t open. What’s more enticing to a burglar than nobody being there to stop them?

 

Unfortunately, not all dangers to your business come from the outside. 64% of all small businesses fall victim to one of the biggest threats, employee theft and fraud. While some and hopefully most of the theft being minor office supplies, that isn’t always the case. Majority of losses that come from employee theft are cash losses, with $20,000 being the average lost. That’s not something a business owner should have to worry about while they aren’t present. Have security cameras installed pointing at the register, this way you can see the cash as it is being handled and know it is going to the proper location and not your employees pockets. Security equipment such as locks, video intercoms, access control and security cameras can help act as barriers or even a deterrent to crime. With the use of personalized ID’s and key fobs, it makes it nearly impossible to enter the vicinity of your office space without proper clearance. Technology like this is what keeps the piece of mind that a business owner needs to operate without any worries. Keeping your business safe and protected can be a job by itself, a stressful one at that. Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions can give you peace of mind, call us today and have your business evaluated for a security surveillance system.

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Here are a few tips that might help you to reduce your chances of becoming a statistic:

  • Conduct a background check on prospective employees
  • Install an access control system allowing employees to enter only those areas needed for them to do their jobs
  • Place security cameras around areas where money is exchanged or kept
  • Make daily bank deposits to minimize the amount of cash on the premises
  • Close and lock doors to areas where valuable products or supplies are stored. Use fencing and locked gates to protect equipment and supplies kept outdoors

 

Double up on your surveillance system. Have Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions come install security cameras at your home and place of business. Home security cameras are the number one deterrent from a burglar breaking into your home! Time and time again, we see a criminal look right into the camera and walk away. In many cases we find a neighbor or someone down the block without the protection of security cameras becomes the unintended victim of the burglar. Double up on your home security! Get yourself an alarm system adding on security cameras for your home. Don’t call when it’s too late!

 

No business is immune. Call Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions today. Don’t wait until it’s too late. You’ve worked too hard to let your business fall victim to theft and fraud. For businesses, it pays to boost security to prevent thefts or burglaries. We can help you with that. Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions has been working hard all winter long working up and down the coast of New Jersey with homeowners, businesses and even state parks installing security cameras and alarm systems to get them ready for this very welcomed summer and “help protect what matters most to you!” We have installed full home security systems consisting of home security cameras and alarm systems, homes with full home automation, home surround sound, home theaters and outdoor audio systems. If you want to find out how secure your home or place of business is, give Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions a call today for a free on-site estimate. We can help you decide what security system is best to fit your security needs or we can fill you in on how to improve your existing security. Central Jersey Security Cameras/Jersey Security Solutions motto is to “get them before they get you”, so give us a call today at 732-333-0227 or check out our website.

 

 

 

 

With summer now in full swing, it’s time to think of your home security.

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With summer now in full swing, it is time to think of your home security. Are your kids home for the summer? Are they old enough to be left at home alone, but you still worry they are safe? Do you have a summer vacation planned or even a stay-cation where you are going to take a few day trips and be away from home? Are you just a busy New Jersey family with your family booked up with summer sporting events? If you answered yes to one or more of those questions, then it is time to think about your home security.

We have all taught our kids to never open the door for a stranger. However, as adults most of us do not take those same safety precautions before answering the door. In today’s society, you can’t trust that the person on the other side of the door is a friendly visitor. Of course, we all want to go to the door and just answer it to see who is there, but today you have to be smart and think back to telling your children why they can’t just whip the door open, you just don’t know who is there or what their intentions are.

Here are a few home security tips for today’s busy families:
• Use a security camera to see who is at the door. Make the camera visible. A camera could deter someone with devious intentions. The camera itself will allow you to see who is at the door.
• You may want to consider having an alarm installed and have your key fob in your hand when you decide to answer the door. If the person at the door makes you feel you are in danger you can hit your panic button to dispatch the police.
• Interact with the visitor using an intercom. This is an effective and affordable way to talk with a stranger without actually answering the door.
• Trust your instincts, your instincts are often right so, if your gut is telling you that something is wrong, then don’t open the door!!

The advances in today’s home security systems have now reached a new level and have become even more user friendly to today’s busy families. The UltraSync alarm now provides complete home protection from the inside out. The system easily incorporates additional security and home safety devices for extra peace of mind so you can now check on the following all through live-streaming video via UltraSync indoor/outdoor cameras or with text alerts:
• Make sure the kids got home on time.
• Check in on contractors.
• See how your pets are behaving.

 

Come Home to Comfort: Your home can be ready for you at just the right time by automatically adjusting:

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• Thermostats – Adjust your home to the temperature that satisfies you. In the summer, turn down the air conditioning to get it nice and cool before you even step into the home. In the winter, turn the heat up to make it toasty and warm inside for you after that chilly walk from the car.
• Turning on lights – Nobody likes to walk into a dark home. Be prepared for the unexpected day trips that turn into all day affairs. You can have the lights turned on before you even step foot into your home, but the advantage of that is to also make it look like you are home even when you are not to deter a potential burglar.
• Unlocking doors as you arrive (Using the geo-location technology in your UltraSync system paired with your smartphone’s GPS.) – Long trips to the grocery store sometimes means you don’t have a free hand to unlock the door with your keys as you are carrying in all those bags.

 

 

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Have you ever gotten on the soccer field with your child and stopped to think, “did I lock the front door?” Did you ever take a vacation and the weather unexpectedly changed and you became fearful you might come home to frozen pipes? In the hot summer months, after a long day at work or play, do you want to cool your house down before you get home? Have you ever ran out with the kids thinking you will be home in the daylight and now are coming home in the evening to your house all dark? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, the UltraSync alarm/home automation is just what your busy family needs. From your smartphone you can now lock your front door, change the heat in your home and turn on the lights before you get home..

With the busy families in Ocean County, Monmouth County and in Middlesex County, to just name a few busy central New Jersey counties, keep in mind no matter where you live in New Jersey it only takes a second for a criminal to seize an opportunity and bring harm to you and your family. Why take chances? Keep you and your loved ones safe. Protect what matters most to you! For a free on-site evaluation of your home or your business, call Central Jersey Security Cameras today. 732-333-0227