House of Worship Surveillance Systems
Security is being increased in public places all over the world. Any time you have a place where large groups of people gather, you need to pay special attention to security procedures. Houses of Worship are no exception.
If you are considering having a video surveillance system installed in your Church, Temple or Mosque, several things need to be considered.
This article takes a detailed look at all of the areas that need to be addressed when implementing security procedures that involve a surveillance system.
Map Out Your Facility's Surveillance Needs
Any good security system begins with a well thought out plan. To begin the process of mapping out the specific security needs of your building, review all of the possible access points into and out of the building. You will also want to consider what types of activities will be taking place inside your church, temple, or mosque throughout the week.
Is there a daycare center that will need to be monitored on a daily basis? Is there an outside playground or activity area that may need to be watched throughout the week? Are classes or regular meetings held on the property? What are the potential reasons these areas will need to be monitored? Are you concerned about potential vandalism?
Determine Specific Equipment Requirements
Once you have thoroughly assessed your facility's specific security needs, you are ready to determine the exact equipment requirements for your new security surveillance system. Some of the basic equipment components you may need are reviewed below. The exact number and specific type of components will vary based on your exact specifications.
The type of camera needed is determined based on where the camera will be mounted.
There are different types of surveillance cameras required for outdoor installations, covert installations, low light installations, etc.
Your software needs will also vary based on the size of the building and the configuration of your security surveillance network. A basic software package is generally included with your camera purchase and is suitable for a small-scale network. If you have more unique needs like remote viewing, multi-site monitoring, or the need to integrate with other security components, you will need much more advanced software.
Digital Video Recorders (DVRs)
Digital Video Recorders allow you to capture images from your surveillance cameras and save them to your computer hard drive. This gives you a great deal of flexibility in how you can view and manage images captured by the surveillance cameras in your network. You may not need a DVR if the building is small and does not need to be monitored after hours. However, if you have a large complex with a network of surveillance cameras, this device is a necessity.
Monitors are devices that allow you to view the images captured from your surveillance cameras. With many of the newer surveillance systems that integrate directly to your PC, you can use your existing computer monitor to view captured images. Stand-alone monitors can be purchased if you are in need of additional viewing devices.
Select Appropriate Equipment Make sure you purchase camera equipment that contains all of the features you need for your installation. You will definitely want to consider future expansion needs of your surveillance network and purchase equipment that can be easily integrated and upgraded. However, if your security needs are basic, be careful that you do not spend extra on options that you do not need and will never use.
Install and Maintain
The final step in the process of implementing a security plan for is installing and maintaining the actual surveillance equipment. Many of the newer wireless systems on the market today are very easy to install. If you are taking on the project yourself and do not have a lot of experience with video technology, you should definitely consider wireless security cameras. However, if you have no desire to tackle the project yourself, a professional installation is your best option.
Once the security cameras are fully installed, you will need to have someone responsible to monitor the network. Again, the complexity of this function is dependent on your specific security needs. If your security system is small, the necessary monitoring will be minimal. If you need to maintain a high level of security, you will need to employ full time monitoring personnel. You can have the most advanced surveillance equipment on the market, but if you are not monitoring the security system itself, the technology is useless.
There are many issues to consider when mapping out and setting up a security plan for your Church, Temple or Mosque. In the end though, the increased safety and peace of mind your religious community will experience will make all of your efforts worth it.
Contact Lavitech Professional Contractors today and our project manager can help select the right system for your needs and even teach you how to use it. We can handle any project, big or small. Call us at 818-232-7385 and see what Lavitech can do for you.