Video Surveillance is an art form and not a trick. So many factors go into a successful video surveillance. Experience is at the top of the list along with good quality camera equipment that is right for the job. Lighting, distance, movement and other factors enter into the picture when conducting surveillance with video. Most hidden cameras may not do too well in a dark location such as a nightclub or bar. Using the right camera with the low lux rating or perhaps utilizing infrared lighting IR is the best solution. Remember however that infrared has a distance limit. It also cannot turn corners so you need the
Camcorders usually have better built in night vision capability. Shooting from a car can make using infrared impossible through the car glass due to light reflections. So unless you are shooting through an open window, IR light inside a car will be a detriment rather than a help. Some hidden cameras are now coming with IR lights built in. These can be a help as mentioned previously when inside a dark location. Just be aware of shooting through glass as it will not work.
Distance is also a factor. Long range video equipment is needed when the subject is at a long distance. A steady hand is also required when long range shooting. Using a tripod or monopod is recommended to steady the camera. Surveillance experts know how to use their arms and body to brace and steady the camera to avoid shake. The further away your subject and the stronger your zoom capabilities, the more susceptible you are to camera shake.
Always remember to time date your videos. We also like to film every hour while on surveillance to show that we are actually present. A once an hour 5-10 second clip helps to reassure the client that our people are onsite from start to finish.
Rates for video surveillance are $70/hour plus mileage. We have a 4 hour minimum for each day of surveillance. Time and mileage is calculated port to port meaning from the start of departure to the time we arrive back.
For more information on video surveillance services, please call (773) 404-7400 M-F 9am – 6pm.