I was recently on a 10-hour plane ride, where I was entertained by watching one of the feature films, Now You See Me 2. If you haven’t seen the movie, with big names such as Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Morgan Freeman, you should. The cast is tasked with pulling off a seemingly impossible heist. The plot is the ultimate mixture of magic and illusion, creating a suspenseful action-filled drama of “where did it go” and “how did they do that.” The stunts reminded me of some of the most impressive ones performed by the likes of the pioneering greats Harry Houdini and Harry Blackstone to modern masters of illusion such as David Blaine, Chris Angel, David Copperfield and Penn and Teller. One benefit to seeing it recorded instead of live is the opportunity to review the actions and activities in an attempt to unravel the marvel, or in the case of a motion picture, enjoy the action from many different angles as the director and actors pull you in – mesmerized by their skill and spectacle.

CCTV or Major Motion Picture?

As a security professional, I can easily see the similarities between any major film and a properly designed video security system. Just as a good camera crew catches angles to manipulate your perspective or emotions, a security system can use various angles to ensure the utmost safety of your business or family. It can capture the action taking place at your business or residence, providing insight, documenting any potential criminal or liability-centric events for a defined period.

These solutions come in all shapes and sizes. Megapixel, what? PTZ or fixed position, huh? Storage capacity, when? Camera angle, where?

It can be confusing, and that is just the beginning of the conversation. Designing and implementing a video storage solution is just one component of the process, driven by a detailed business plan aligning with the overall objectives and goals of the video security system with the organization’s or the family’s goals.

Staying Fresh

It’s surprising how often during our security assessments that we find overlooked requirements such as maintenance and lifecycle management of the systems. Just like with computers or cars, the care and maintenance of video security systems is mandatory to ensure proper working order and performance. Your computers and smart devices have patches and fixes pushed to them on an almost monthly basis and your vehicle requires oil changes, tune-ups, new brakes and tire rotations. All of which we do without hesitancy to ensure their top working condition. We never want to miss a call, email or meeting due to not completing required maintenance. The same goes for video security systems as they are not a “set it and forget it” type of solution. The last thing anyone wants to experience after a critical event assumed to be captured on camera is no video to review – although this happens often when the systems are not properly maintained.

3 Critical Video Security System Tips

Video security systems, when implemented correctly, can help you solve the who, what, where, when and how, providing protection against potentially costly events or aiding in recovery. So what should you do?

  1. Ensure the design of the system is aligned with organizational or family objectives for security risk management.
  2. Ensure the system’s care and maintenance occurs on a regularly scheduled timetable to protect what matters most to you.
  3. Ensure continued performance of the system by maintaining appropriate lifecycle management of the video system and its componentry, including network infrastructure.

Having a video security system without correct installation is similar to performing a disappearing act with your own money.