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Preparing for a Successful Conviction:

Your Checklist for Ensuring Usable Evidence

Select the Right Solution for Your Application

Covert or overt? Mobile or fixed? Knowing the requirements of your application is key to choosing the right equipment.

  AREA RECOMMEND
PRODUCTS
READY-MADE
OR SYSTEM
AVAILABLE
PREFERRED
PLACEMENT OR
CONCEALMENT
SECONDARY
PLACEMENT OR
CONCEALMENT
DIFFICULTY SPECIAL SKILLS OR
EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
Body MDVR32, MDVRCOVA Yes Head Upper Torso Easy None (Ready-Made). If components are used to develop your own concealments, sewing skills may be required.
Car - BMV (Burglary of Motor Vehicles) DVRM6, PC602UXP System Side Door Panels Rear View Mirror or Vents Medium Vehicle trim & basic electronics. Automotive mechanical, electrical and trim tools.
Car - Narcotics PC823UXP, PA3-IL Custom Side View Mirrors, Tool Box (Truck) Vents Medium Vehicle trim & basic electronics. Automotive mechanical, electrical and trim tools.
Pole Cameras CFOWB-8GSM Yes Utility enclosure Transformer Medium Bucket Truck & OSHA training for high voltage
TIP: Coordinate with local utilities, many are quite willing to assist at little or no cost.
Field 940-GSM Yes Natural camouflage such as leaves, tree branches. Debris such as old tires, trash. Signs. Easy Basic camouflaging skills
Interview AVSI-6L System Medium level - Thermostat PIR Covert Camera Easy Running cables and basic networking skills. Basic tools such as drill, drywall knife, cable tools, fish rod, etc…
Hotel CCS4DVRA Yes Clock Radio Binder Camera Easy None
Drop Car MDVR21SD Custom PTZ behind tinted windows Fixed camera in dash, front grille Medium Vehicle trim, relays, logic circuits.
Car - Auto Theft DVRM6 System Side Door Panels Rear View Mirror
or Vents
Hard Basic electronics, basic networking, vehicle trim and familiarity with radar integration.
Patrol MDVR16-HC System Dash Rear Seat Medium Basic electronics, basic networking, vehicle trim and familiarity with radar integration.
Prisoner
Transport
MDVR21SD, CD33WHR-2 Custom Holding area (s) Dash Medium Basic electronics, basic networking and vehicle trim.
Tower Cams Agile Mesh AV6020G2 Yes On Demand   Easy None
Bldg. Security N3O72, N9071, N6076 System All Entrance & Exits Overviews of
rooms
Easy Running cables and basic networking skills
CityWide CW3 Yes Utility Poles, Light
poles
Buildings Medium Bucket Truck & OSHA training for high voltage. Basic network and wireless.
TIP: Coordinate with local utilities, many are quite willing to assist at little or no cost.

Choose the Right Components

Choosing the right components for the job is key to getting usable evidence.

Cameras

Day/Night cameras

offer the best blend of resolution and lux rating. The physical size of the cameras and their configuration can also be important.

700 TVL Day/Night Color Board
Camera with Standard Lens

$11999

PC600XS
700 TVL Day/Night Color Board Camera with Standard Lens

Micro cameras

that are in metal cases are more durable overall, but they generally are slightly thicker than board cameras.

600 TVL Day/Night Micro Camera
with 0.0001 lux

$12999

PC601XS
600 TVL Day/Night Micro Camera with Flat Pinhole Lens

Snake cameras

have a very small 'head' for very tight spaces like air vents, but their field of view is smaller than board cameras and are currently unavailable in day/night versions.

940nm Infrared Snake Camera
Featuring 940 nm IR

$35999

PC229IR
940nm Infrared Snake Camera Featuring 940 nm IR

 

Audio

Audio can be a very important addition to your surveillance video. It adds context to the video, enabling you to better interpret events, and gives a complete 'picture' of the situation. The ability of audio to cover a 360° area extends your surveillance coverage beyond your camera's field of view.

Super High Gain Micro
Audio System

$999

PA-3
Super High Gain Micro Audio System

Super High Gain Inline
Micro Audio System

$999

PA3-IL
Super High Gain Inline Micro Audio System

 

Verification of Video Files

Proprietary video files may give you the best overall security, especially if the file is also encrypted, but they are also often difficult to play back because they require the installation of special software. An alternative is frame counting or time date stamp (available on most DVRs).

H.264 Water-resistant
Micro DVR

$29999

MDVR81
H.264 Water-resistant Micro DVR

HD 1080p Touchscreen
Micro DVR

$79500

DVR1100
HD 720p Touchscreen Micro DVR

Resolution vs. Compression

High video compression gives you the most amount of record time on any given storage device (memory card or hard drive). The downside is that the quality of the video can suffer, even with a high-resolution camera. Lower compression gives you better video quality but with the trade off of larger video files.

Solid State Micro DVR
with Motion Detection

$18999

MDVR14
Solid State Micro DVR with Motion Detection

High Definition Single
Channel Mobile DVR

$11999

MDVR25HR
High Definition Single Channel Mobile DVR

 

Wireless

Analog video will give you the smoothest video, but is the most susceptible to interference and can result in static. Digital video is able to deal with interference and obstructions but also has an inherent signal delay and can occasionally be choppy. If you are in a safety situation, consider you may have a delay.

5.8 GHz Outdoor MIMO
Wireless Access Point

$11499

WIP5800N-WR
5.8 GHz Outdoor MIMO Wireless Access Point

High-Powered Outdoor 2.4 GHz
Wireless Transmitter / Receiver

$19999

DVL24WR
High-Powered Outdoor 2.4 GHz Wireless Transmitter / Receiver

 

Protect Your Investment

Proper set up, maintenance, and care for your security system will not only ensure you get maximum life out of the equipment, but also maximum use and value. Checking your equipment at least once a month ensures that when you need video, it will be there.

Be sure to maintain your recording device. Ensure it's stored in a climate controlled area with sufficient airflow. Clear any dust, paying special attention to the vents. In addition:

Maintain
Power

  • Ensure power supplies are in a climate controlled and well ventilated area.
  • If you have a UPS installed, ensure the battery is fully charged and no warning lights are on.
  • Use a voltmeter to check that all cameras are getting their full power requirements.

Maintain your
captured video

  • Ensure all cameras are properly focused.
  • Practice searching for data and offloading it from your DVR.
  • Play back nighttime video images to ensure that proper ambient lighting or IR illumination is present.
  • Knowing how much video you can store on your hard drive can affect how you configure your recording settings.

Maintain
Your Cameras

  • Clean the lens and camera housing with a dry towel.
  • Check for condensation or moisture.
  • Clear any insect, animal, or bird nests.
  • Check mounting hardware. If any cameras show signs of corrosion or rusting, contact your sales person.

Maintain
Your Cabling

  • Check for frays or cracks in the wiring.
  • Make sure connections are secure and do not show signs of corrosion or rust.
  • Make sure outdoor cameras and cables are protected from the elements (e.g. positioned under an eaves) and that you have a 'drip loop' to keep water from running to the camera or the connectors.