Most footage we see after a crime wouldn't hold up in court. It can be dark, blurry or at the wrong angle. A professional installer from Omaha based SEI Security points out how small businesses and homeowners can get the best images from their systems.
Josh Forbes installs some of the most advanced systems on the market for SEI. "The first thing we ask is, 'What do you want to protect? What are you concerned about," said Forbes.
That's a smart place to start and even if you can't afford a state-of-the-art high definition system there are ways to capture good images that police and prosecutors can use in case of a crime.
Josh suggests proper lighting, and to leave the lights on after hours, "thieves love the dark," said Forbes.
Another common pitfall is where the cameras are mounted. "On the news you'll see a robbery suspect wearing a hat and the camera gets a shot of the top of the head. So what we'll do is bring the camera level down and get a straight on shot."