cereal box hidden cameraGPS trackers, hidden cameras, and surveillance systems are part of the day-to-day for us here at BrickHouse Security; but they never stop being a source of entertainment, mainly because of the coterie of criminals, animals and bizarre paranormal phenomena that are continually captured. Here’s a rundown of some of the latest and greatest cases.

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self-defense-2Here at BrickHouse Security we get a lot of requests for tips about personal safety. Although you probably face what could be a dangerous situation everyday, there are some simple steps you can do to ensure your safety. The best practices come from a combination of technological and electronic devices, self defense techniques, and good old common sense. From learning how to avoid threatening circumstances to knowing how and when to use personal safety devices, we have compiled a list of the top ten tips for personal safety.

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rapid-photoprintApplied Research Associates just released a new technology system that can potentially replace human watchmen or guard. This system is called RAPID, which stands for Remote Automated Portable Intrusion Detection system. It uses a combination of radar, video and thermal imaging cameras to monitor for intruders and wirelessly communicates with it’s operator or home base.

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nightvisionYour surveillance system is only as strong as the camera that powers it. If you plan on recording video surveillance in anything but sunlight, it’s important to consider your camera’s ability to work in a variety of lighting conditions. Will the camera work in low light? Will it work in the dark? These are all important factors to consider when purchasing a surveillance system.

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nypd-camerasIn light of the recent bombing attempt in Times Square, the NYPD’s plan to install a high tech surveillance network in Midtown Manhattan seems to have regained steam. NY officials installed high tech and expensive surveillance cameras after 9/11 in lower Manhattan with future plans to expand uptown. Since then, there has been much debate on the issue and budgetary constraints. After Saturday’s bomb scare in Times Square, the ideas to expand surveillance coverage between 34th to 59th streets from east side to west has regained attention.

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