Forensic scientists and security experts often point out that eyewitness testimony is the least reliable source of evidence. While this may seem hard to believe, it actually makes sense. When a crime occurs and people are around to see it, the positioning of where someone is standing – relative to someone else – can cause them to see something that others do not.
Memory can also be questionable when seeking to substantiate the truth. While some may have an excellent ability to recall past events, the passage of time can often alter the accuracy of reflections and recollections. Details are subsequently misinterpreted or lost.
When the eyewitness to a crime is a 360-degree security camera, things become a whole lot clearer – in more ways than one.
What is a panoramic surveillance camera?
Increasingly used by banks and credit unions – as well as other industries where security is an ongoing concern – a 360 surveillance camera is just as it sounds. It's a state-of-the-art element of your security system that is completely void of blind spots. As a result, it is able to accurately capture activity as it happens in real time. Wherever it is installed – be it in parking lots or in lobbies and vestibules – 360 security cameras offer high resolution graphics that can provide the depth, detail and precision needed to assist in forensic analysis.
At one time, video surveillance systems that offered panoramic views were cost prohibitive, mainly because the technology was brand new. Thanks to the speed with which tech is advancing, however, these security systems with wide area viewing are now more affordable for home and commercial applications.
How do 360 surveillance camera systems work?
Given their unique ability to capture and record all corners of a facility, panoramic security cameras are strategically designed so users can seamlessly toggle to any area of a room, vestibule or lobby. These cameras can be controlled and managed from wherever the system infrastructure is located, be it in a back room, office or mixed-use area of a financial institution. They use a variety of different lenses, but the most common is fisheye because it best allows for wide area capture.
"These units are particularly important in the era of open concept banking. "
While it's safe to say that FIs have always had a fundamental need for security cameras, these units are particularly important in the era of open concept. Found in industries beyond the banking sector – such as clothing retailers, booksellers and more – open concept literally removes the barriers that get in the way of forming closer relationships with customers. Yet this more transparent strategy naturally increases the risk of theft.
Smart technology and strategic placement of surveillance technology has helped FIs blend the best of both worlds. When security cameras are complemented with 360-degree viewing, institutions are even better equipped to be more proactive and accurate in terms of who is entering and exiting their facility throughout the day and thereafter, without sacrificing the branch experience that their customers and members are increasingly demanding. Furthermore, since many 360 surveillance cameras come with remote viewing, users can view live video from wherever they are by syncing the device with their smartphones.
How well does night vision on a 360 camera work?
Another way 360 surveillance camera capabilities have helped to even the playing field in the battle against crime is through infrared technology. Through the use of electromagnetic radiation, infrared draws from the heat people naturally give off to detect motion. This enables cameras to capture and record unauthorized entries even when it's pitch black. Even if the camera is several hundred feet away from the suspects in question, night vision can seamlessly detect and identify with impressive clarity and depth.
Can you use indoor security cameras outside?
It depends. Generally speaking, when indoor cameras are described as such, it's for a reason: They can only be used in areas that are shielded from the elements. Doing otherwise can void warranties. There may be some video surveillance units that are "indoor/outdoor," but generally speaking, they're mostly for one or the other environment rather than dual use. Outdoor use surveillance is designed to perform well in all types of conditions, be it extreme heat, bone-chilling cold, driving snow or pouring rain.
Some may wonder whether they really need to have an outdoor surveillance camera at all, given that criminals are targeting what is traditionally inside the branch. Besides acting as a deterrent, outdoor cameras can provide a tremendous amount of intelligence that FIs likely would not have otherwise, such as the color, make and model of the vehicle assailants used and their means of entry.
Additionally, in recent years, bank crime has increasingly occurred outside. Indeed, according to the most recent statistics available from the FBI, there were 74 separate instances across the country in 2018 where drive-up ATMs were hacked or stolen from – more common than robberies affecting vaults, safes or depositories.
If you're looking to upgrade your security system to panoramic view or need insight on the best places for installation, BranchServ has all of your bases covered. We can deliver a video and electronic security solution that meets your needs, with outstanding image quality you truly have to see to believe.
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