Appleton, WI (PRWEB) March 13, 2014
Once purchased primarily to deter would-be burglars, surveillance cameras are now becoming a staple at businesses of every size as the footage they capture has reached a new caliber in quality and is being used more frequently by law enforcement.
Lappen Security Products of Little Chute, Wisconsin, has seen a major surge in surveillance system purchases and installation over the last five years, and since 2012 especially.
Matthew Bent, sales manager at Lappen, explains that while residential-related purchases are up for added home security, business security system sales continue to increase significantly with the recent advances in high-definition (HD) megapixel technology.
“Surveillance systems have been around for decades, but the introduction of HD has been a real game changer,” he said. “Many business owners are surprised by the high resolution it offers. They see the value in everyday monitoring of facilities for safety purposes, but they also understand how critical this clearer footage can be from a legal and liability perspective.”
Accepted video surveillance footage provides a visual account of what happened versus a witness testimonial that has the potential to be discredited. If relevant on-camera video evidence is collected, handled and authenticated properly, it can often be used by law enforcement and qualify as admissible physical evidence in court.
Bent says that Lappen is seeing increased interest in HD technology among various markets, including schools, government agencies, churches, retail stores and commercial buildings. “A common theme we hear from all business types is that they want that extra proof recorded should an incident occur,” he said.
Lappen reports that it’s not just the large corporations investing in the latest surveillance cameras these days, but even the smallest companies, too. “With affordable options available, we’ve seen an overall shift toward businesses of every size wanting to be more prepared and proactive,” Bent explained.
Along with this take-charge approach to security, the difference the HD platform makes in capturing the clearest picture possible is also reiterated.
“The industry has moved far beyond those early days of surveillance when a tape showed a grainy image of a person that was nearly impossible to identify,” Bent said. “Today’s picture and resolution is by far the best it’s ever been with HD.”
In addition to these more usable images, most security video offers added proof of incident with a time and date stamp, and can be stored on back-up systems for two weeks or more.
“It’s not always an instance that happens at your own workplace,” Bent said. “Depending on how the surveillance system is set up to monitor, footage can capture activity related to an accident or crime that happened within the near vicinity.”
Established in 1953, Lappen Security Products is a full-service business and home security provider headquartered in Little Chute, Wisconsin. Lappen also provides commercial and residential locksmith services and features a showroom stocked with security doors, surveillance cameras, alarm systems and much more. For more information, visit http://www.lappensecurity.com.