Video cameras are far more versatile than in past decades, and can provide recording in almost any place with enough planning. If you're trying to keep an eye out for thieves, record a bad deal going down, or catch someone being dishonest when they think you're not looking, there are great ways to get the recording done with high quality video and audio. Here are just a few angles to take with video surveillance installation for a creative security plan.

Mounting Is Just A Matter of Law And Time

Before embarking on any surveillance endeavor, make sure that it's legal in your state. Audio surveillance laws are often similar, but confirm with your state. Most states allow recording of your person property, but there are different laws about giving surveillance warning or protecting the privacy rights of others. After all, a private person who happens to be in the outside property view of your camera has rights as well, and you need to iron out those issues.

Thankfully, a custom video installation professional can discuss the installation needs and even point you towards a lawyer if you need specific instructions on what you cannot do. A video installation profession can begin looking for places to mount the video, and can provide either obvious signage or a place that can be easily camouflaged depending on your laws.

Mounting simply means creating an area to place the camera or video equipment. This can mean providing a metal mount in the corner of a room, creating an attachment to put a camera on a pole, or creating a small platform area for small cameras that need to be placed in a discreet area. Be sure to ask about discreet placement before purchase, just to find out if you can find a hiding service or if the installation company can handle it for you.

Recording And Broadcast Techniques

Any camera can be attached to a recording device. Many of the video cameras marketed towards surveillance can be sold with a recording device much like a VCR, but with recording on optical discs (CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray discs) or a storage drive that you would see in a computer.

Surveillance can also be configured to broadcast to a display system. You can use closed circuit TV, a different display for your home or business' TVs, or even the internet if you can provide a fast enough internet connection.

Discuss what you want to do with the video feed before purchase to make sure that the right kinds of connectors are available, or if adapters need to be sold as well. Contact a custom video installation video to figure out what you'd need for your specific surveillance configuration.