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The best way to keep your cameras safe, according to Allen Spears — who has been in the carwash business for more than 25 years and currently owns four carwashes in Texas and is the chief engineer at CarWashCameras — is to place them out of reach so that a thief or vandal cannot damage, remove or break them
Keeping a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) safe requires some extra thought about where to put it, noted Spears. Consider using:
- A lockable closet
- A locking cabinet
- A steel DVR cage
If you don't have a safe place for the DVR, then find a brand of DVR that supports recording directly to hard drives that are placed elsewhere in your facility, suggested Spears. This feature is called NAS, or Network Attached Storage. That way, if your DVR is stolen, your recordings and archives will still reside elsewhere on your network. “We do not recommend storing recordings to the "cloud" (Internet) because the internet is too slow to transfer anything but a few pictures a minute, and then add in the fact that your Internet may slow down quite often, and in some cases, out of service altogether,” said Spears.