Experts have predicted that this is to be the hardest Christmas season for retailers yet, and therefore it is crucial for retailers to be prepared for this predicted onslaught of seasonal crime.
Research conducted by Centre for Retail Research saw that the high street should expect to see an additional £61 million in losses this year compared to last year. Of the total £1 billion predicted loss the majority (£656 million) will be due to shop lifting.
The director of Centre for Retail Research explains “It shouldn’t come as a surprise to the industry that shoplifting, employee theft and supply chain fraud are likely to increase during the festive period – after all, retailers are less rigorous in their controls at this time of the year. However, the implications should not be underestimated. Christmas crime has increased by 6.2% since the 2010 research, which is symptomatic of the tough times we are facing as a nation. The double pressures of a weak economy combined with the most expensive time of the year will inevitably lead to an increase in loss so unfortunately it is likely that it will worsen further before it gets any better.”
Against the background of these shocking figures it is clear that retailers need to take action and protect themselves this festive season. To see how a Y-cam solution can help keep you in control please check out www.y-cam.com/retail.
Over the last couple of weeks we have seen a growing interest in wireless Wi-Fi N, especially with the launch of our Bullet HD camera. But what does this mean? How does it work? Does it affect Y-cam installations? All great questions and as we venture into the realm of Wireless N we thought now would be the perfect time to explore this growing technology.
What is wireless N?
Wireless N is an existing development that utilises advanced technology to increase the wireless network range and operating speed, as well as solidifying your connections reliability up to 600Mbps. This means that it is possible to run even more Y-cam cameras simultaneously and at an increased distance from the hub router without having to worry about interference or network drop-outs, meaning you are always connected and secure.
Wireless N (802.11n) operates on both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, so now the network can work up to five times faster with a much superior signal strength, proving up to twice the distance than the traditional 802.11g.
How does this affect me?
This affects Y-cam customers in two ways: 1) The introduction of Wireless N into homes means these advancements are there to be utilised more frequently. 2) The addition of wireless N to Y-cam cameras means that you can now take advantage of this advanced technology. Customers who are able to utilise this feature will experience a optimised operation, perfect for any installation, especially within a demanding network.
To learn more about Wireless N please visit the WiFi alliance at www.wi-fi.org, what these guys do not know about WiFi doesn’t exist.
History has always seen an increase in crime over the winter months and with this year’s crime spree predicted to see burglaries increase by 26% it is not surprising that many are taking action to protect themselves and their belongings, but how can you too stay ahead of the Christmas crime?
It’s not a mystery why crime rises in the winter, after the clocks go back we experience darker evenings, colder weather which drives people off the streets and seasonal duties sees houses frequently empty; all huge incentives for criminal and as the majority of burglaries are opportunistic, criminals have simply hit the streets looking for an unprotected home to take advantage of. Visual alarms and security cameras are a great method of deterring those criminals looking for a quick and easy ride. However, should these criminals decide to try their luck anyway, wouldn’t it be better to be prepared?
If you have this need to know what’s happening at your pad at all time, how about a simple system that can notify you without any crazy costs or extreme installations? A Y-cam IP camera can be set up within minutes and won’t let you down with its immediate alert system, it works via your home Wi-Fi network and is super simple to set up. So with little effort and no costly set-ups you can have peace of mind within minutes.
However it’s certainly not just homes people should be concerned about; vehicle crime has taken a sharp climb as scrap metal and oil become ever more valuable, included in the growing attractiveness of a well-stocked garden shed or empty out building and there is potential for criminals all around.
However it is not all about doom and gloom, simple steps can ensure you never need to worry, therefore, if you’re concerned about your security during winter, take action as there are methods of protection out there. In addition to your IP camera, please see our top 10 prevention tips and visit www.ourwatch.org.uk to see their tips and advice on being safe this winter too.
Stay one step ahead of crime this Christmas.
To celebrate Cyber Monday we are holding a one day flash sale – receive 50% off any Y-cam Shell! This awesome deal means that you can now upgrade your internal Y-cam camera for as little as £20.
Our Shells are a nifty piece of equipment are is fully compatible with all our internal camera ranges (like our current S, SD & PoE range, plus our discontinued Original and Classic ranges) and offers you the opportunity to house your camera in a IP66 rated external shell, making it fully weatherproof.
Each shell is available in Black or White to match your exterior; so this this fantastic offer you can have an external surveillance camera without breaking the bank.
This offer is available via our online store, www.shop.y-cam.com, today only (Monday 28th November). To take advantage of this fantastic opportunity simply head over to our store and enter discount code CYBERSHELL on payment.
Today we are thrilled to announce the availability of our most anticipated camera yet, the Bullet HD. Perfect for high tech homes and security-conscious businesses who wish to use the latest technology at an affordable cost.
The Y-cam Bullet HD is a feature packed external camera with true HD at an affordable price. The camera provides outstanding image quality in 720p HD images with full resolution at 30FPS.
- High Definition 720p video
- H.264 compression & AAC audio
- Wireless N compatibility
- True Day/Night vision
- Professional connectors
- Micro SD recording (up to 16gb)
- Direct iPhone & iPad viewing with audio (no app required!)
However, that is not the only thing that makes this camera extraordinary, its breadth of features set it apart. The introduction of H.264 compression stream reduces bandwidth and storage requirements; true day & night vision with 12 built in LEDs and automatic IR cut filter; alongside a number of professional connectors including Ethernet, PoE and the uncommonly seen enhanced Wi-Fi Wireless N compatibility.
These qualities do not standalone as the camera also encompasses all our renowned features such as motion detection recording and alarms, so users are able to capture every detail in high definition; two- way audio with the camera’s sensitive microphone and ability to easily connect a speaker; plus a variety of recording facilities including the uniquely developed NAS-Ready feature, on camera microSD slot, NVR compatibility and FTP capabilities.
As with all Y-cam cameras, the Bullet HD is compatible with our free mobile applications, however, this camera encompasses an exciting new feature for iPhone and iPad users as they can now directly access their camera without the need for an app, in full HD and with audio.
If you want to know a little more about our newest edition please check out our latest video below our visit our cameras dedicated product page.
Model: Y-cam Bullet HD
Product Code: YCBLHD5
RRP: £395.00 / € 474.00 /$671.50
More Information: http://www.y-cam.com/y-cam-bullet-hd/