You just learned about a series of thefts and need to quickly arrange for a covert video surveillance. You don’t have time to go “shopping”, so you agree to let your team use whatever camera they can find that will not be seen by perpetrators.

More thefts in the same area occur and you play back the video only to realize that you do not have good evidence. Why? Most older cameras have degraded from their original specifications, which were barely okay years ago. Today’s cameras have much higher resolution and better low light ability, so using an old one may no longer be prudent

Old cameras may experience problems that are not noticed with a quick test. Consider being prepared for possible needs, just like many other security items that you keep available.


Barry Levine is CEO of San Diego-based Sperry West, maker of
Spyder® video cameras and Video Commander® surveillance
kits. Levine has been leading video security companies for 40
years. He can be contacted at (858) 551-2000 or

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