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Video Security Methods
Video security has become more common in the church environment in the last 5 years. Church communities are at risk from people falling as thousands leave and enter the church buildings. Youth areas are subject to lawsuits from accusations of sexual misconduct which need verification by video surveillance. With large church campuses there is a need to keep track of activity in unmonitored areas both for possible theft and possible support by church personnel.
When we use video cameras for security we would like to know:
- who’s in a certain room in the church
- Confirm that youth room teenagers are on good behavior
- Check on the nursery activity
- Check in on the church when no one is there
- Look in on remote areas or buildings
- Receive email alerts at the first sign of trouble
- Fixed lens camera - The fixed lens camera is the most common type used and is the lease expensive. The camera is specified by camera size and lens size. These must be given close attention as the viewing area (field of view) is determined by these parameters. Here is a table that gives a idea how these two specifications effect what you will see in the camera monitor. All distance values are in feet.
When adding cameras it is important to locate the camera in a position that will allow the camera to see the face of each individual. Locate the camera high enough above the floor so people cannot touch it. Large areas must be covered by multiple cameras. In a high activity area such as a youth room it is important to locate a camera at all entrance doors so an initial face view is captured. After the first face capture the individual’s clothes can be used to tract activity.
The location of the cameras be is based on accessing the potential areas of harm to the church. There is physical harm like theft. Consider all areas that have valuable assets in the room. This would be like safes, valuable art; church worship service items (gold cups, crystal, musical instruments or maybe the poor box). The second area is the areas that could cause the church harm by a persons conduct. There could be the youth room (bad activity), the kitchen (accidents or theft), outside (theft, vandalism), or people claiming a fall from ice, wet conditions, or hazard areas. These are all areas for cameras.
Camera selection begins by considering the environment and the subject of the surveillance. Here is a quick listing of camera types and their purpose.