Crime happens because of opportunity. Cars, metal, building materials, tools, and other equipment are easy targets for thieves.

Aside from fencing to limit access, security guards, and good lighting, cameras can increase the protection of your business. In lumber yards, car dealerships, or construction sites, security cameras not only record crimes, but can also prevent them.


What Do You Need/Want to See?

The first step (in protecting a business) is to figure out the size of the area you are protecting and what you want your camera to see. If your location is not small, you will need different types of cameras to cover the many areas.


Networked Internet Protocol (IP) cameras are useful for protecting large outdoor areas

  • Resolution — An analog camera captures around 0.4MP (megapixels). In contrast, digital IP camera resolutions start at 1.0MP (720p). They are also available in, 1.3MP (960p), 2MP (1080p), 3/5/8MP (4K UHD), and 12/33MP (8K UHD). All are sharper than the usual analog resolution.
  • Versatility — IP security cameras are linked to a wireless or wired network. You can put a camera wherever a network connection is available.
  • Capability — Video Management Systems (VMS) can be set up with IP cameras for auto-tracking, active tampering, night vision, and people/vehicle counting.
  • Cost savings — IP cameras can use the same cabling as traditionally powered cameras or run off of cost-effective Power over Ethernet (PoE).
  • Convenience — IP Cameras send video via a “local area network” over the Internet. Some camera settings allow recording when triggered by motion.
  • Coverage — Units are available in standard fixed position and multi-imager models. The benefit is that they only use one IP connection with multiple cameras in one small housing, they all view different directions at the same time.


IP Camera Resolution (Scaled)

IP Camera Resolution (Scaled)

Captures from a 5MP IP Camera with Digital Zoom

Captures from a 5MP (4K UHD) IP Camera with Digital Zoom

Consider Placing IP Cameras in the Following Areas

Inventory and Storage Spaces — Putting cameras where your most important stock lives is the best place to start. With IP cameras and alarm monitoring from Alarm Detection Systems, you will get alerts when someone enters a restricted area or is present at an unusual time. Our operators will quickly alert the proper authorities when an event occurs.

Building Entrances, Exits & Gates — Placing cameras will help you know who is entering and leaving your property. Auto-tracking is a great video feature that can sense the motion of a moving vehicle and track it inside the camera’s range of coverage. For example, if you want to see the license plates of all delivery vehicles, auto-tracking would turn on when they come and go.

Loading Docks — Doors, loading docks, and outside of buildings are a big part of a good plan. This plan works best when using tamper-resistant, dome cameras, with nighttime and high contrast capabilities. Cameras with megapixel functions will cover bigger areas without losing quality. Zoom capabilities in modern IP cameras/recorders allow large area views to be better viewed.

Empty Areas — Parking lots, behind buildings, and dumpsters are good areas to place security cameras. Aside from theft, these are spots where other crimes usually happen such as acts of violence, vandalism, and even accidents.

An ADS security expert can help make an outdoor camera system that meets all your needs.

Our team will find the right products that will best fit the needs of your business.

Bugs, weather, and water are other issues to keep in mind. After installation, our technicians conduct proper cleaning and adjustments as part of your service contract.

This makes sure that your cameras are working when needed.

At Alarm Detection Systems a team of security camera experts is ready to answer your questions and provide you with a customized system. If you are looking for security cameras around Chicago or the Fox Valley area, give us a call 630.844.6322 for more information. 

About Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

ADS is one of the largest alarm firms in Illinois. It has been family-owned since 1968. ADS provides business alarmsfire alarms, card accesssecurity cameras, and home security systems. Our main office is in the Fox Valley. We service all of Chicago, suburbs, and southern Wisconsin.