On Dec. 16, 2015, thieves broke into Frijoles and Frescas Grilled Tacos in Las Vegas. Security cameras recorded them breaking in a glass door (after a few rather week attempts) then yanking out two register drawers before making their getaway.

The next day, the restaurant trolled the burglars with a video that has now gone viral, racking up more than four million views on YouTube. The video features footage from security cameras places positioned inside and outside the restaurant. The tongue-in-cheek commentary suggests the burglars “Just want tacos” and ends will a plea for tips that will help catch the thieves.

Video surveillance cameras can help catch criminals in the act – and catch great footage for a hilarious marketing campaign – and they can also serve to deter crime from happening in the first place. Thinking about installing or upgrading a video surveillance system? Here are some questions to ask:

Cameras. Where will cameras be placed? These key questions will help you get started in identifying priority areas.. Camera placement will play a significant role in deciding what kinds of cameras are best suited for your application. Other considerations will include whether or not the camera is intended as a deterrent, if the camera will be positioned inside or outside, lighting and other conditions.

Storage. How much footage do you need to store? Memory cards may be sufficient for some applications, but longer term storage needs or more complex systems may require a more robust storage solution, such as digital video recorder (DVR) or network video recorder (NVR).

Monitoring. Will the cameras be monitored? Will monitoring take place on site, or remotely? Online remote monitoring is an increasingly attractive, cost-effective option.

Integration. Do you need to upgrade your current system? While an entirely updated system might be the best option, upgrading a legacy system doesn’t have to be frustrating or kludgy. Drop-in solutions are available that can bring your current system up to date without starting entirely from scratch.

Need help mapping out a new video surveillance system or upgrading an existing system? Call (800) 567-1180 for a consultation.