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8 Signs It’s Time to Upgrade your Security Cameras

How long has it been since you’ve upgraded your security cameras? For many business owners, the answer would probably be a long time ago or not at all.  To keep up with the latest technology and the wear and tear, security cameras and surveillance systems should be assessed and replaced – at a minimum – every 4 to 5 years. 

With commercial property theft on the rise, now is not the time to have your security cameras let you down. It’s critical that your security measures (cameras and your perimeter fencing) function at their best to keep thieves out so that your assets are always protected.  An investment in upgraded security cameras is an investment in your business’s long-term health.

Is it time to upgrade your security cameras? Here are 8 signs to look out for:

1. Your cameras can’t tell the difference between suspicious and non-suspicious activity

If your security camera system is several years old, it likely can’t tell the difference between suspicious and non-suspicious activity. This leads to constant, unnecessary notifications. Newer security camera systems use AI capabilities that learn what types of activity are normal and abnormal at your property. For example, if a member of your team takes out the trash every evening, an AI-powered system learns this and will stop alerting you to it. An AI-powered system can also differentiate between the presence of animals like deer versus criminals.

2. Images are poor quality

Image technology has come a long way in the last few years! All you need to do is compare your current smartphone to one from a few years ago to see that. If your cameras produce blurry, pixelated, or poorly colored images, it’s time to upgrade. Poor-quality images make it difficult to identify perpetrators. They may even cause your security surveillance team to misidentify threats or let criminals slip onto your property under their noses.

3. Cameras are weather-worn

Outdoor security cameras are exposed to the elements 24/7/365. This can damage their exterior, leading to failure over time. Though cameras that are weather-worn don’t need to be replaced right away (as long as they’re still functional), it is worth checking the state of your cameras’ casing to ensure that there are no leaks or damage that could compromise their function.

4. They aren’t integrated with your perimeter security system

If you’re relying on a security guard’s eyes to spot something suspicious on a monitor and physically go inspect the threat, all it takes is a bathroom break to allow criminals to breach your perimeter and help themselves to your property. It’s time to upgrade to a security camera system that works in tandem with your other perimeter security defense systems. For example, activate floodlights where movement is detected, pinpoint the exact area of suspicious activity, and more.

5. Your cameras are not NDAA compliant

In 2018, The National Defense Authorization Act was passed that prohibits government contractors and government-funded organizations from using video surveillance systems produced by certain Russian and Chinese companies and their subsidiaries. If you work with the U.S. government, or you want to, your cameras must be NDAA compliant or you’ll lose their business!

6. Your cameras don’t have the latest features

Technology changes so fast, you’ll miss out on great features if you hang on to your old hardware too long! If you’re still using cameras from a few years ago, you may be missing out on features such as:

• PoE or solar power
• Pan-tilt-zoom technology
• Better protection against the elements
• Stronger image quality
• And so much more

7. The field of vision is restricted

Older cameras often have a limited field of vision, forcing your business to buy more cameras to prevent blind spots. With newer cameras, the field of vision is expanded. This offers better coverage and lower operation costs.

8. Monitoring is on-site only

With older security camera systems, monitoring can only be done on-site. With newer security camera systems, surveillance can be done by an off-site team. You can even keep an eye on things from your phone for lower costs and greater convenience.

Replacing your security cameras helps keep your business safer.

It’s a never-ending battle. Criminals get smarter, so your security measures should, as well. When it comes to replacing your security cameras, remember that they are often one of the first lines of defense, so they’re worth the effort and cost to keep updated with the most current technology.

Are your aging security cameras your only security vulnerability? Find out for sure with a Free Threat Assessment from AMAROK. One of AMAROK’s security experts will assess your current security system and look for weaknesses that could cost you. Schedule yours today.