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Upgrading an Existing Surveillance System

Aaron Satterlee   Aaron Satterlee - 2M CCTV     Not everybody who contacts 2MCCTV for service is starting from the ground up. In fact, many customers call us to get up to date with their existing video surveillance system, or to troubleshoot a weakness in coverage they have noticed over the years. Lately, many customers are interested in upgrading their old cameras to the newer, more network friendly,  IP cameras (read the benefits of IP cameras). This can be a daunting task for a business or residence to undertake, and can certainly get expensive. To avoid the headache, clients sometimes feel the…

Shoplifting & Employee Theft Infographic – “The Inside Job”

  Below you’ll find an Infographic we at 2MCCTV created using the data from the annual retail theft survey, by Jack L. Hayes International. Every year, retail companies lose millions of dollars to shoplifters and dishonest employees. 24 of the largest retail companies with 18,518 stores & over $589 billion in retail sales were surveyed. In 2011 alone, over 6 billion dollars was stolen. Over $161 million was recovered from both shoplifting and employee theft, which is only about 2.7% of what was actually stolen. The below Infographic compares the number of total apprehensions and money recovered from both groups in the U.S. in 2011…

Retail Loss Prevention Using CCTV Systems

Travis Chaffin

Travis Chaffin – Sales Manager – 2M CCTV 877-926-2288 x 6049   When most people think about a surveillance system, they think about cameras placed in a business that are capturing a crime from a criminal stranger.  We can see a lone cashier in a convenience store being robbed by a masked gunman.  That is certainly a great use of cameras in a business, but it is not the only use. Internal theft represents a huge loss of money for business owners, more in fact than external theft.  I could write a blog just about that, but…

Bullet Cameras vs. Dome Cameras

As far as camera functionality is concerned, bullet and dome cameras are extremely similar.  So really what you’re looking for is what will fit best with your particular application and what your preferences are.  Bullet cameras protrude outward, sort of like the barrel of a gun, where dome cameras have that circular “dome” shape.  I’m sure you’ve seen both types of surveillance cameras as both are quite popular. Below, I will go through some of the pros and cons of bullet and dome cameras, and although there are not many hard and fast rules, you can use them as guidelines to…

POS Integration – Security at the Point of Sale

Travis Chaffin

Travis Chaffin – Sales Manager – 2M CCTV 877-926-2288 x 6049   Stop me if you’ve heard this one.  A guy walks into a bar and drinks 8 drinks throughout the night.  The bartender pours top shelf drinks for him but charges for well, because he is her boyfriend.  Here’s another; a woman is only charged for every other item at the grocery store because her son is the cashier.  For retail businesses, internal theft is the biggest source of loss.  Catching an employee sneaking out with a flat screen TV is much rarer than a cashier manipulating the…