Five Of The Best Security Cameras For Rural Properties

The Importance of Security Cameras for Rural Properties

Living in Hamilton’s rural spaces, I understand the allure – vast landscapes, tranquil nights, and a deep connection to the land. However, it’s important to remember that rural properties are not exempt from security concerns.

In fact, farm and rural properties can be vulnerable to crimes such as theft, trespassing, and livestock-related incidents. This is where the installation of security cameras becomes crucial.

As a security camera specialist, I see firsthand how cameras become your silent guardians, offering peace of mind and a crucial layer of protection.

The Reality of Rural Security

Let’s face it, statistics are sobering, showing that rural areas are not immune to crime. In fact, according to a survey conducted by the Federated Farmers and NZ Police, over half of the farmers surveyed reported being victims of crime on their farms.

The remote nature of rural properties, with neighbours often being miles away from each other, can make it easier for criminals to go unnoticed.

Additionally, the absence of witnesses in these areas can make it challenging to monitor incidents such as stolen machinery, broken fences, or missing livestock.

This is where security cameras can play a crucial role in deterring criminals and providing evidence in case of any untoward incidents.

The Benefits of Farm Security Cameras

24/7 Surveillance and Protection

One of the primary benefits of installing security cameras on your rural property is the ability to have 24/7 surveillance and protection. Whether you are on the property or away, security cameras can provide continuous monitoring, giving you peace of mind knowing that your assets, livestock, and valuables are under watchful eyes.

With advancements in technology, many farm security cameras can be accessed remotely, allowing you to view live feeds from your smartphone or computer.

Proactive Alerts

As well as remote access, some cameras can be set up to detect the presence of a person or a vehicle in a specific area, and proactively alert you, trigger an alarm, turn on lights, before an event instead of after it has already taken place.

For example, you can now have a camera covering an implement shed entrance that is scheduled to alert you via app notification if a person or vehicle is detected between 8pm and 5am.

Deterrence and Prevention

The presence of visible security cameras acts as a deterrent to potential criminals.

Knowing that they are being monitored can make individuals think twice before attempting any illegal activities on your property.

In addition to deterring criminal activity, security cameras can also help prevent incidents such as livestock theft, unauthorized access, and vandalism. By installing security cameras in strategic locations such as entry gates, fuel storage areas, and equipment sheds, you create a visible and effective security barrier.

Livestock Monitoring and Management

Running stock myself, I know they are precious assets. and keeping them safe and healthy is a top priority. Security cameras can help monitor the movement and well-being of our livestock. I can respond quickly to emergencies or unusual behaviour, whether it’s calving, feeding routines, or signs of distress.

With the ability to remotely monitor your animals, you can ensure their safety and take necessary actions promptly. Whether it’s monitoring feeding routines, calving, or detecting any signs of distress, security cameras provide an extra set of eyes to ensure the well-being of your livestock.

Quick Response and Evidence Collection

In the unfortunate event of a crime or incident on your rural property, security cameras can provide valuable evidence that can aid in investigations and increase the chances of apprehending the culprits.

High-resolution footage captured by security cameras can be used by law enforcement authorities to identify and prosecute individuals involved in criminal activities. Additionally, security camera footage can also be useful for insurance purposes, providing proof of any damages or losses incurred.

Choosing the Right Farm Security Cameras

As a security camera specialist, I understand the unique challenges faced by rural property owners in Hamilton / Waikato. When it comes to selecting the right security cameras for your rural property, there are several factors to consider.

Purpose and Placement

First and foremost, determine the purpose of installing security cameras on your farm.

Are you primarily concerned about monitoring entry and exit points? Or do you want to keep a close eye on your livestock or equipment storage areas?

Clearly defining your objectives will help you choose the right cameras and determine their optimal placement. Consider areas such as gateways, fuel storage areas, water supply points, and high-risk locations where trespassers are likely to enter.

Camera Types and Features

There are various types of security cameras available, each with its own set of features and capabilities. Some common types include:

  • Outdoor Cameras are designed to withstand harsh weather conditions and provide surveillance in open areas.
  • Wireless Cameras offer flexibility in terms of placement and are ideal for areas where running cables may be challenging.
  • Solar-Powered Cameras eliminate the need for electrical wiring and can be installed in remote locations where power sources are limited.
  • Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Security Cameras cameras can be used to automatically grant or deny access to vehicles based on their license plate numbers.
  • Multi-Sensor Security Camera Solutions are designed to provide wider coverage and increased situational awareness compared to traditional single-sensor cameras.

Consider the specific requirements of your rural property and choose cameras that align with your needs and budget.

Connectivity and Remote Access

In today’s interconnected world, it’s essential to choose security cameras that offer remote access and connectivity features. This allows you to monitor your property in real-time, receive alerts or notifications on your smartphone or computer, and even access recorded footage from anywhere.

Look for cameras that are compatible with mobile apps or web-based platforms, ensuring that you can stay connected to your rural property even when you’re away.

Additional Security Measures

While security cameras are an excellent addition to any rural property, they work best when complemented by other security measures.

Consider integrating your security camera system with other solutions such as alarms, motion sensors, gate alerts and access control systems.

This layered approach to security can provide comprehensive protection and enhance the effectiveness of your overall security system.

Why We Recommend UniView IP Security Cameras

Uniview currently do a great job and human and vehicle detection with great integrations with our front-end software, NX Witness (see section below).

UniView IP cameras are part of UniView’s cutting-edge technology lineup. They are known for their high-resolution imaging, advanced features, and network connectivity. Here are some key features and benefits of UniView IP cameras:

  • High-Resolution Imaging: UniView IP cameras offer resolutions ranging from standard definition (SD) to ultra high-definition (4K), ensuring sharp and detailed images.
  • Network Connectivity: IP cameras are connected to your network, allowing for remote access and monitoring via smartphones, tablets, or computers.
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE): Many UniView IP cameras support PoE, simplifying installation by combining power and data over a single Ethernet cable.
  • Advanced AI Capabilities: UniView IP cameras often feature advanced AI technology, including facial recognition, object detection, and behaviour analysis, enhancing their security capabilities.
  • Day and Night Vision: UniView IP cameras are equipped with infrared (IR) technology for clear surveillance in low-light or no-light conditions.
  • Wide Range of Styles: UniView offers various styles of IP cameras, including dome, bullet, and PTZ cameras, suitable for both indoor and outdoor applications.

When it comes to safeguarding what matters most to you, there is no room for compromise. Whether you are securing your home, business, or public spaces, selecting the right security solutions with a camera system is a crucial decision.

UniView has emerged as a trusted name in the security industry, offering an array of cutting-edge security cameras that cater to diverse needs.

1) Uniview Tri-Guard Security Cameras

Uniview Tri-Guard Security Cameras combine three key technologies: Active Deterrence, Smart Intrusion Prevention (SIP), and ColorHunter. This unique combination offers several potential benefits for rural security applications, especially compared to traditional cameras:

Enhanced Deterrence:

  • Active Deterrence: Features like bright strobe lights, sirens, and audio warnings can effectively deter trespassers or suspicious activity, particularly in remote areas where response times might be longer.
  • SIP: Reduces false alarms triggered by animals, leaves, or shadows, focusing alerts on actual human or vehicle intrusions, saving time and resources.

Improved Detection and Monitoring:

  • ColorHunter: Provides clear color images even in low-light conditions, crucial for accurate identification at night or in areas with limited lighting.
  • SIP: Accurately distinguishes between humans, vehicles, and non-important motion, allowing for targeted monitoring and faster response to relevant events.

Additional Potential Advantages:

  • Reduced False Alarms: Lower false alarm rates can save time and resources spent investigating non-threats, making your security system more effective.
  • Easy Installation: Many Tri-Guard cameras are simple to install, potentially saving on installation costs, especially appealing for DIY enthusiasts.
  • Wide Range of Options: Uniview offers various Tri-Guard camera models with different features and specifications, allowing you to choose the ideal option for your budget and needs.

2) Uniview PTZ camera

Uniview PTZ cameras offer several potential benefits for rural security applications, making them a compelling choice for monitoring large areas or specific points of interest.

Here’s a breakdown of their key advantages:

Expanded Coverage:

  • Pan, Tilt, and Zoom: Uniview PTZ cameras can rotate horizontally, tilt vertically, and zoom in for detailed views, covering expansive areas like fields, perimeters, or outbuildings with fewer cameras.
  • Remote Control: Adjust the camera’s view remotely from your smartphone or computer, allowing you to monitor specific areas of interest without physically going to the location.

Enhanced Situational Awareness:

  • Presets and Tours: Program specific points of interest or patrol routes for the camera to automatically scan at intervals, ensuring comprehensive coverage even in large areas.
  • Automatic Tracking: Some models offer intelligent tracking functionality, automatically following moving objects within the frame for continuous monitoring.

Improved Response:

  • Rapid Focus: Quickly zoom in on suspicious activity or potential threats for clearer identification and faster response.
  • Two-Way Audio: Some models have built-in speakers and microphones, allowing you to communicate with trespassers or personnel on-site remotely.

When to Use HikVision Security Cameras

3) HikVision Automatic Number Plate Recognition

Hikvision is another major manufacturer of security cameras, and their ANPR cameras are a popular choice for a variety of rural security camera applications.

Image of Hikvision ANPR camera used for access control

For example, ANPR cameras can be used to automatically grant or deny access to vehicles based on their license plate numbers. This can be used to provide secure access to remote entrances on your property.

More specifically, you can:

  • Easily search for a plate to see when a vehicle has entered or exited your property.
  • Be alerted when a specific vehicle enters a gate.
  • Add a vGrid gateway device and connect your ANPR cameras directly to the police’s real-time stolen plate database. Police will be alerted if a stolen vehicle is detected and can act accordingly. This could also be used on a roadside providing a shared resource with your neighbours and providing incredibly effective feedback for the police.

4) Hikvision Multi-Sensor / Panoramic Security Camera Solutions

Hikvision also offers a range of multi-sensor camera solutions, including 180-degree view cameras, designed to provide wider coverage and increased situational awareness compared to traditional single-sensor cameras.

Traditional single-sensor cameras often have limited coverage, leaving blind spots on large rural properties. Multi-sensor cameras, especially 180-degree models, can capture expansive areas like driveways, fields, or perimeters in a single view, reducing blind spots and enhancing overall situational awareness. This can be crucial for detecting trespassers, suspicious activity, or livestock breaches.

Types of Multi-Sensor Cameras:

  • PanoVu Series: These offer the most comprehensive wide-area coverage, stitching multiple sensors to create panoramic views of up to 360 degrees.
  • Multi-Directional Cameras: These combine multiple fixed sensors pointing in different directions, ideal for covering intersections or corners.
  • PTZ Multi-Sensor Cameras: These combine a panoramic view with a PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) camera for detailed zooming in specific areas.

Advantages of Hikvision Multi-Sensor Cameras:

  • Broader Coverage: Capture expansive areas with a single camera, reducing the need for multiple installations.
  • Reduced Installation Costs: Fewer cameras translate to less wiring, mounting hardware, and installation time.
  • Simplified Management: Manage one camera instead of multiple, streamlining your video surveillance system. Managing multiple single-sensor cameras spread across a property can be time-consuming. Multi-sensor cameras provide a consolidated view, simplifying monitoring and reducing the workload for farm owners or security personnel.
  • Enhanced Situational Awareness: Gain a wider perspective of your scene, improving incident detection and response. The wider coverage allows for earlier detection of incidents, giving more time to react and take appropriate measures. For example, spotting trespassers sooner allows for potential intervention before they reach critical areas or cause damage.
  • Multiple Viewing Modes: Choose between panoramic, multi-directional, or focused views depending on your needs.

Specific Applications:

  • Driveway and Perimeter Monitoring: Capture approaching vehicles or people across long stretches, enabling early identification of visitors, deliveries, or potential threats.
  • Livestock Monitoring: Keep an eye on large fields or pastures, monitor animal movement, and detect signs of distress or unauthorized access.
  • Outbuilding Security: Gain a wider view around barns, sheds, or silos, deterring theft or vandalism and allowing quick response to suspicious activity.

5) Hikvision Solar-Powered Security Cameras

Hikvision offers a wide range of solar-powered security cameras, making them a potentially great option for rural security applications. Here’s a breakdown of their potential benefits:

Hikvision Solar-Powered Security Cameras

Power Independence:

  • Eliminate the need for grid power, ideal for remote locations without access to electricity or where trenching cables is impractical or expensive.
  • Environmentally friendly: Generate their own power using solar panels, contributing to sustainability and potentially reducing energy costs.
  • Reliable operation: Equipped with batteries to store excess solar energy, ensuring continuous operation even during periods of low sunlight.

Easy Installation and Flexibility:

  • Simpler installation compared to wired cameras, minimizing the need for professional assistance and saving on installation costs.
  • Flexible placement: Install cameras anywhere with sufficient sunlight, covering areas previously inaccessible due to power limitations.
  • Scalability: Easily add more cameras to your system as your needs evolve without worrying about additional electrical wiring.

Additional Benefits:

  • Wide range of options: Hikvision offers various solar-powered camera models with different features and specifications, allowing you to choose the perfect fit for your budget and needs.
  • Weatherproof design: Built to withstand harsh rural conditions like extreme temperatures, precipitation, and dust.
  • Remote monitoring: View live feeds and recorded footage from anywhere with an internet connection, ideal for monitoring remote properties.
  • Potential integrations: Integrate with other security systems like alarms or access control for a more comprehensive security network.

Advantages of NX Witness Video Surveillance Solution

OnGuard uses UniView Cameras in conjunction with NX Witness. NX Witness is a powerful Video Surveillance Solution that offers a host of features and benefits for users. With its easy-to-use interface and advanced features, Nx Witness is the perfect solution for both small and large rural properties in and around Hamilton.

Advanced search and playback features

The software is packed with features that allow users to view and manage their security cameras from a central location, as well as record and store footage for later review.

Ease of Use

NX Witness is designed to be user-friendly, with a drag-and-drop interface that makes adding and managing cameras a breeze. The software also includes built-in tools for managing camera settings and firmware, as well as a advanced search function that makes finding specific footage quick and easy.

NX Witness was designed to be instantly usable for everyone:

  • No Prerequisite Software Needed: Unlike traditional VMS’s NX Witness requires no pricey prerequisite software (e.g. SQL Database) to install and use.
  • Advanced Control Capabilities: Features like Advanced PTZ, Universal Fisheye De-warping and Soft Triggers give you the ability to react quickly to any event.
  • Simple, Straightforward Licensing: Free to use for live streaming, NX Witness licensing is simple and based on the number of devices you want to record / control.
  • Drag & Drop Customization: Users can customize their own experience by dragging and dropping resources to create unique layouts.
  • Install & Configure In Minutes: With installation wizards and auto discovery of devices you can get an NX Witness system up and running in minutes.
  • Smart Video Search: Search recorded video using any combination of motion, events, metadata, date/time, or device attribute.

NX Witness is the ideal solution for organizations of all sizes that need to manage and view video footage from multiple cameras. The software’s user-friendly interface, scalability, and comprehensive set of features make it the perfect choice for rural properties.

Complete Wireless Network Connecting all Required Buildings

OnGuard have the technology and the expertise to create a vast wireless network connecting all required buildings on a farm. This means that cameras can be deployed kilometres away, while still being recorded locally at a single location.

This network can then be leveraged for Wi-Fi access to the internet at these locations. Wi-Fi at the cow shed? We consider this to be the ONLY way we use “wireless” in the same sentence as security cameras.

Here’s how we make it happen:

  • Forget miles of cables: Ditch the hassle and expense with a custom-designed wireless network, reaching every nook and cranny of your farm.
  • See everything, instantly: Deploy cameras anywhere, near or far, and watch live feeds or recorded footage from a single, central location.
  • Stay connected, everywhere: Bring the power of the internet to every building, empowering remote monitoring, data collection, and communication.
  • One network, endless possibilities: From optimizing cow comfort to automating irrigation, the possibilities are endless with seamless connectivity across your entire farm.

Ready to unlock the potential? Contact us today and let’s build the connected farm of your dreams.

Security Cameras are an Asset for Waikato’s Rural Properties

Security cameras are not just for urban areas; they play a crucial role in ensuring the safety and protection of rural properties as well. With the ability to deter criminals, monitor livestock, and provide evidence in case of incidents, security cameras are a valuable investment for farmers and rural property owners.

By choosing the right cameras, strategically placing them, and integrating them with other security measures, you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your property is under constant surveillance. Take the necessary steps to secure your rural property today and safeguard your assets, livestock, and peace of mind.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Take the necessary steps to secure your rural property today. Remember, both safety and peace of mind mater, and the right security solutions can ensure it remains uninterrupted.

I’m here to help you choose the right cameras and create a custom security solution for your rural property. Call OnGuard to discuss your needs and ensure your land is as tranquil as it deserves to be.


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