From a legal standpoint, as an apartment owner, you want to keep your property safe, while also keeping your tenants safe. Both are priorities that cannot be avoided. What better way than protecting your apartment with a video surveillance system? Well, technically, there is one more effective way, and that is having a security guard. Unfortunately, this is not cost effective and affordable for many apartment owners, thus the next best solution is protecting your apartment with a video surveillance system.
If you currently own an apartment complex, and are not protecting your apartment with a video surveillance system, you need to begin researching immediately. With no surveillance at your apartment complex, your building is at risk of vandalism, crime, and even potential lawsuits.
Options range from wireless to wired cameras, but for such a large complex, it is definitely recommended to go with a wireless system. One can only begin to imagine the amount of wire that will be lying around the place, which tenants will likely find extremely unappealing. Wireless cameras are slightly more expensive, but definitely worth the extra money. The best part about wireless surveillance systems is that they can be monitored through a login portal from anywhere in the world; as long as you have internet access.
Systems range from two cameras, sometimes up to thirty two cameras. Obviously, you’ll want to pick a system that has enough cameras to cover the majority, if not the entire vicinity, of the apartment complex. Having a system that only monitors certain parts of the apartment building is useless; you want to have all the bases covered. Generally, systems will come with a monitor that can be used for real time viewing (for those who have a security guard), and also come with a recording system, which can either be in the form of DVR, or wirelessly transmitted to a computer.
The most common type of camera used in apartment buildings is definitely the dome camera. The spectacular thing about dome cameras is the fact that they are so durable, and record 360 degrees around. They are also generally dark in color, making it difficult for people to identify the dome shaped item as a camera; very discreet in other words.
Look at this scenario; John Doe is a tenant of your apartment. One day, officers are on scene at your complex, where John claims he was robbed in the complex. At this point, you may be open to a barrage of legal problems; for starters, how did this intruder gain access to the apartment. Though you want to be able to trust your tenants, you can never be too sure. John could be lying in order to file a nifty little lawsuit for some easy money. With surveillance cameras, you will be able to provide footage to law enforcement to determine whether the alleged event ever happened. Without a doubt, protecting your apartment with a video surveillance system is a must. For a small amount of money, your mind will be put at ease.