LCSO Tip of the Week – Home & Business Security

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Sheriff Dennis L. Dotson

225 W. Olive Street

Newport, Oregon 97365

Tel (541) 265-4277

Fax  (541) 265-4926


Date: March 21, 2016


Have you ever wanted to be able to check on your home or business whenever and from wherever you are located?  To see what your pet, children, or babysitter are doing?  Well now you can.

Security cameras are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and features for your home or business.

Today, new technology places the security of a person’s home or business in their hands.  There are wireless systems and wired systems and with security cameras, there is no need to alarm windows and exterior doors or pay a monthly fee to monitor the camera system.

Wireless systems do not require the use of wire to operate the camera(s).  They are powered by battery or AC adapters and the camera image(s) can be viewed on-demand by the home or business owner.

Then there are wired systems.  Wire must be installed between the camera(s) and a Digital Video Recorder (DVR).  The DVR records what the camera(s) sees and the owner can access that information on demand from their smartphone app.

Regardless of which type of camera a person chooses, the same features can be found on both types.  Consider that your home may only require one or two cameras depending upon the layout of your structure.  A business may require three or more cameras to properly surveil the structure.

Some research is recommended to determine which camera, number of cameras, and available features meet your specific needs.  You may also want to consider a camera for exterior viewing.  We suggest you consider the following features:

  • Motion sensor
  • Night vision
  • Two-way speaker capability – hear what is being said and ability for your voice to be heard in your house or business
  • Immediate notification of the home or business owner via email or to their smartphone when the motion sensor is activated
  • On-demand access to your camera’s view
  • On-demand review of recorded video (fee involved with Wi-Fi)
  • Panning and zoom capabilities

Just think of the power you can have in protecting your property.  If there is ever an intrusion into your property, what kind of a police response do you want?  A low priority response, because the alarm is probably a false alarm, or every police officer in the area responding because you can see the intruder on your smartphone?

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