Protecting your family and your home

By Tiffany Blackmon - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC)-  Imagine yourself watching t.v. in your home, when suddenly the unthinkable intruder enters. At the time you're defenseless, but when it's over, you might consider yourself well armed.

"In the past it was just their word against his, where as a camera is objective. It takes a picture of what's there and you see what's on camera," said Chuck Magee, with the security company Sylvan Special Systems.

There has been a recent rash of home invasions in Southwest Louisiana, from Slidell to Ragley, to Lake Charles, and most of them have been caught on tape. As a result of the increase in home invasions, Sylvan Special Systems has seen their business change over the last ten years.

"25% of our sales were home camera systems, now it's 60%," said Magee.

And not just high end home buyers are purchasing surveillance systems, average three bedroom, two bath families are too.

Magee said, "Where in the past it wasn't as affordable as it is now, and people now are opting for this option."

They also have plenty to choose from.

"We have infrared illuminated cameras, where in total darkness can illuminate 50 to 100 feet," Magee said.

The naked eye cannot see infrared light, making it harder to detect the location of a camera.

"We have low light cameras, where if there's enough street light or ambiance light, it can produce a color picture."

Cameras can also be very discrete.

Magee stated, "A camera can be inside a picture in your home, a smoke detector, or they can be a conspicuous camera on the perimeter."

So which camera is right for you? Well, that all depends on where you live and whether you're a "do it yourselfer" or prefer to have one professionally installed by a company like Sylvan Special Systems.

"For an average resident you're talking $1,500.00 to maybe as much as $3,000.00, depending on the application, the number of cameras and how much video storage you want," Magee said.

Video storage is done through a DVR, which will allow you to burn a DVD of an incident. Should you choose the "do it yourself route," standard camera, DVR packages can cost anywhere from about $200.00 to $700.00.

"It certainly is another media, and it's a tool for the police," Magee stated.

Home or not, you may be able to catch a criminal in the act.

Contact Sylvan Special Systems at 436-6880 for professional installment in your home or business.

If you would rather install a surveillance system yourself, you can go to any local Radio Shack or Sam's Club.

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