Reading license plates with your cameras

Great place to get words, pictures or letters printed for shirts or other things.

So on this picture you get a nice view of the front of the store and the cars and even when you zoom in you may not be able to read a plate so this article will help you understand some of the factors you will need in order to view license plates with your cameras.

Contact Larry Love at Peak Alarm for more information or if any corrections need to be made to this blog. (801) 428 1384

So you want to read plate numbers from cars with your camera system. There are several factors that will determine if you can do this with your current system:

DISTANCE TO THE CAR – Using a lens calculator we can determine how wide a view you will need and the lens
LIGHTING – IR LED system on your cameras (check the rating- often it will say 30 feet but will only work at about 20′)
ANGLE OF CAMERA(S) and how high the camera is mounted – If the camera is mounted high on the building and the cars drive into the driveway on an angle or in a dip this could cause issues
MP RESOLUTION OF YOUR CAMERAS (2MP, 4MP or 4K cameras are all great cameras, understand that the higher the MP the more storage they use)
LENS ON THE CAMERA – most cameras are fixed at 2.8 or 3.6mm and some are verifocal 2.7-12mm and other more expensive cameras have higher mm adjustment capability.
There are other factors but for this article I will keep it simple



I have a customer that wants to see plate numbers 120 feet from his building at the driveway entrances. Lighting and the proper choice of camera is essential.

Using a 2MP High Definition camera you will need a 28mm lens on your camera at 120 feet and your camera view will be 22 feet across and 12 feet high and you will get 85 pixels per square foot.
If you don’t have the right IR and lighting then it may be difficult at night to see plates. Using a 4MP camera would require a 13mm lens to see 44 feet across to view a plate. Keep in mind that you are not guaranteed to see plate numbers even when you use the right lens and do the calculations properly since most cameras are not license plate cameras. We can install actual license plate cameras that are made for this purpose and then you have a much better chance of seeing plate numbers. In the above situation it would be much better to move the cameras closer to the cars and move the camera down on a pole looking directly at the plates rather than mounting the cameras on a building at 13 feet in the air.

You will need a minimum of 60 pixels per square foot to view a plate number and it would be much better at 100.

Purpose Min. Required px/ft
Detect activity 8
Observe behavior 16
Recognize person 30
Identify person 60
Read license plate 60
Identify USD 150
Read 10pt text 1200

Most cameras from big box stores now are fixed lens cameras at 2.8 or 3.6mm giving you a very wide view. Using them in residential application is ok but looking 120 feet away would give you a view of 80 feet across and 60 feet high so you would not be able to see a plate number.

My cameras at my home are 500 TVL and 700 TVL or 700,000 lines and the newer 2.1MP cameras are 3 times the resolution so your chance to see plate numbers is better with a 2MP or 4MP camera but there are other factors.

With the understanding of the different factors please know that a $30 or $50 dollar camera is not going to cut it. Hikvision has a great camera that starts at $850 and the Q Series AXIS camera starts at $1,850 for the camera, you would then need to purchase the NVR that has the ability to log plate numbers. We have less expensive cameras that very well could see plate numbers that are much closer to the home or business and it also depends on how fast the cars are going as to which cameras you decide on.

Understand that you can purchase cameras just for reading plate numbers and the NVR recorders have the ability to log those plate numbers and you can actually buy a list of plate numbers that your system can compare the data to in order to determine if a stolen car is in your area or lot or if they are behind on their car payments. Some tow companies use these programs to repossess cars.

This may seem complicated and sometimes it can be but just call me (Larry Love) and I will walk you through it. If you want to see plate numbers that are say 50 feet away in your parking lot you can do so for much less money using a high definition camera (2MP) with a 6mm lens that will give you a view of 40 feet wide and 30 feet high. Often I recomend verifocal cameras that are 2.7 to 12mm allowing the tech to adjust to your needs. So if you need to look at a parking lot that is 100 feet wide then you would need 3 cameras to do it well depending on what you are looking at. If you want to recognize a face you need 60 pixels per foot which is the same as a plate number. You could go from a 2MP to a 4MP and widen the view a bit and use less cameras but it also depends on the angles. A nice verifocal camera costs about $400 and that is a 2MP and nice 4MP camera costs about $600. Then you need to add the cost of the wire, installation, recorder, monitor, UPS and network connection to have a complete system but remember you get what you pay for. Call an expert when you want it done right. (801) 428 1384 Larry Love – cell is 801 898 6003

ADT sues Utah Alarm Company and wins 10 Million dollars

ADT sues and wins a 10 million dollar law suit against a Utah based company using deceptive sales practices

Read article click this link

Don’t wait till you sign a contract to find out about the complaints.

Before you even get pricing from an Alarm Company do the following:

1. Check the Better Business Bureau (Peak has zero complaints as of 01/06/18)

1A. Request to see their blue and white Utah DOPL license that each salesperson and tech are required to carry on their person. This means they have gone through an FBI check. Some companies hire people that are not licensed two such individuals came to my door and got reported. They just had their company ID and said the license was kept at the office.

Click here to verify a Utah Burglar alarm license

2. Ask if they require a credit check before you buy. (Peak does not)

3. Ask if they will charge your visa just to come out and give you a bid or a site visit. (Larry Love at Peak will come out at no charge) They say they will apply it to the purchase when you buy.

4. Clarify their contract length because many will say one thing and have you sign something entirely different, because of this one of the Utah companies has been sued in 32 states.

5. Beware of a salesperson saying things like “Your alarm company is going out of business or we will update your equipment for free” Article from ADT about deceptive salespeople click here

6. Beware of companies that say “Installation is FREE” often they will wrap the charges in elsewhere. Peak Alarm starts cell monitoring at $40 per month with interactive many others will charge over $60 or $70 and obviously since you are paying an extra $30 per month after 36 months you have paid an additional $1000 dollars so they can afford to give you a few free items but understand you are paying much more than you think.

7. Many of these companies hire clean cut individuals just for the summer and they can earn quite a bit in a summer so they can return to school so often their knowledge is very limited.

Check licensing before you buy

Call Larry Love with Peak Alarm for a no cost site visit and bid. (801) 428 1384 cell (801) 898 6003 company web site Peak Alarm web site click here

Peak Alarm bullet points:

1. UL listed Central Station that is Local and 5 diamond certified (Only about 200 UL listed Stations in the Nation also have the 5 diamond certification)
2. Local company that employees over 300 employees and has 4 offices to serve you.
3. The only Alarm company that also has their own Patrol and Guard division. In Salt Lake City, West Valley and come other cities the police will not respond.
4. Licensed and insured. Each employee has been through the FCI background check and passed and has to pass these checks on an ongoing basis to keep working at Peak Alarm.
5. Zero complaints on the Better Business Bureau as of 1/6/18 some of our competitors have over 1000 complaints
6. Peak has been in the business since 1969 and many of their salespeople have extensive security, fire, camera and low voltage experience and certifications.
7. Peak has a fleet of over 100 vehicles.

Protect yourself from companies using deceptive sales techniques: Ask for their license, check their BBB report, read the fine print, read the complaints filed and check if the company is being sued currently and why. Some Alarm companies have been sued in several states, one Utah Alarm company has been sued in 32 States and has over 4000 complaints currently filed with the BBB.

Utah Alarm Dealer makes drastic change

I took this picture in Guatemala, Isabal

With many alarm dealers having to deal with hackers and people being able to remotely disarm their systems because they are not encrypted. Peak Alarm decided to make a major product shift.

Peak Alarm has decided to begin selling QOLSYS this product is unlike most other security systems and here is a quick list of some of their features:

S Lines Sensors are all Encrypted to prevent hacking
Blue Tooth Router built in
Built in Glass Break Sensor
Built in 5MP camera that takes a picture of who disarms and a 4 minute video when alarms occur
Z-Wave Plus
Software update
Blue Tooth disarming capable so you don’t even have to take out your phone to disarm
Flood sensors, temperature sensors, motion sensors door status switches and much more

Most other alarm panels do not have the blue tooth built in, most other alarm panels do not have encryption. (Peak Alarm offers DMP which is encrypted for higher end commerical projects

Making this switch means that the basic system will cost a bit more but keep in mind you get what you pay for.

Qolsys did not take an alarm panel and convert it to a smart tablet but they took a tablet and made it into an alarm panel. This system is more robust than other systems, has a much greater capasity in all respects as far as user codes and how many points you can add to the system.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or email Larry at for pricing or a no charge consultation in the Wasatch Front area, Provo, Ogden, Logan, Brigham City or Saint George.

Peak Alarm designs fire alarm systems

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Peak Alarm designs fire alarm systems for commercial buildings to current IFC and NFPA 72 code requirements. in business since 1969 and the only alarm company with a UL listed Central Station and a Full Guard and Patrol Company that can meet your needs.

>Peak Alarm has NICET techs that can do these designs and the DWG CAD work needed that is required by the AHJ Authority Having Jurisdiction. (Fire Marshal) Contact Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or cell (801) 898 6003 and Larry can come to your business and do a site visit to help you do an upgrade, entirely new system or help design the fire alarm for a building that is not built yet buy working with your design team and architect using the plans and specifications for your project.

Peak Alarm is a local company that hires over 300 employees in Utah and Idaho buy local and help the local economy. This is a family business that does things right.

Currently Peak Alarm does not have any complaints listed with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years. check all companies that you may do business with since many companies have complaints. Some of our competitors have over 3000 complaints and you should know before you sign anything with them.

In Utah the horns have to stop and strobes keep flashing after silenced

Peak Alarm Prodatakey Cloude based Access Control Utah Idaho


Peak Alarm is a factory trained installer for Prodatakey which is a cloud based access control system that you can control completely using your smart phone. This is one of the most powerful access control systems on the market and is incredible.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for more information about the future of Access Control. This product is future proof and is built not only to last but to move forward with technology at a very fast pace. While other products have stayed in the past Prodatakey has not.

Prodatakey web site

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Peak Alarm can help you with every step of the process from design, installation, use and upgrades for your access control systems.

In Utah Call Larry Love for all your security needs

Peak Alarm

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for Intrusion, Fire Alarm, Access Control, Cameras, Commercial, Residential and high level security installations.

Peak Alarm is the only local company in Utah that has a full service GUARD PATROL, UL LISTED CENTRAL STATION & FULL SERVICE ALARM COMPANY. All other companies including the National Companies here in Salt Lake third party out their Guard Patrol to other companies. Email Larry at

Larry Love has been in the industry for over 20 years and holds current certifications in IP camera installations, Security and Fire Alarm installations.

Larry can get you pricing on any size project. Larry can come to your facility, home or business and go over the design and features. Often people look for the lowest price and when you check the Better Business Bureau you will find some of our competitors with the lower pricing have over 3000 complaints that have been filed with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years. Check out Peak Alarm’s low rate of complaints compared to the other companies.

Peak Alarm installs high quality products such as DMP, DSX, Silent Knight, Firelite, Hochiki and other products to meet your needs.

Peak Alarm hold 5 certifications with UL including the UL2050 certification for high security SCIFS and other high security installations. Larry Love is also certified in UL2050 design. Larry Love also is fluent in Spanish (espanol)

Gloria Cardenas immigration attorney lawyer Utah

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I spent an hour speaking with Gloria Cardenas from Familia America who is an immigration attorney here in Salt Lake City. I don’t recommend lawyers very often but when I do it is for a reason. I was very impressed with her knowledge and how much she cares about her clients. I went to an immigration appointment to interpret and she showed up with her clients. Gloria knows her stuff. The intake consultation is only $75 dollars and then she will give you an estimate of what it will cost. Give her a call at 801 656 9605 6243 South Redwood Road STE 235, Taylorsville, Utah 84123 by Appointment only

Gaste como una hora hablando con Gloria Cardenas de Familia America, ella es una abogada de inmigración y sabe lo que hace. Ella vino con sus clientes y la primera consulta es $75 y despues ella puede darte un estimado. No doy referencias de abogados muy amenudo pero Gloria es una abogada que puede ayudarles. Llame 801 656 9605 6243 South Redwood Road, STE 235 Taylorsville, Utah 84123 Tiene que hacer cita antes de ir a la oficina.

Alarm details

Peak Alarm is the Leader in Utah

Peak Alarm is the Leader in Utah

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm (801) 428 1384

When you need details about alarm systems don’t go with a cookie cutter business that does mostly wireless systems. Peak Alarm does over 50% of it’s business in the commercial field and we also do quite a bit of high end residential. We have deals for quick installations and low monitoring rates although I can get you details on high end security systems with a design team and experts that can help you with your design for a UL2050 installation or a higher end project with quality products from DMP, Bosch and other manufacturers.

Call Larry Love to set up an appointment for your detailed no cost site visit. We do it right and Peak is the only alarm company in Utah that has a full service guard and patrol division and a UL listed Central Station. Other companies third party out either the guards or the monitoring and Peak Alarm keeps it all in house.

Recent Peak Alarm ongoing training

Brands of Fire Alarm

Depending on the brand of fire alarm you have installed in your facility the cost of parts and service will vary. When you choose a proprietary many times you may end up paying higher costs.

Peak Alarm offers ongoing training programs to their 300 plus employees at four offices in Idaho and in Utah. This week the sales teams were trained on what flexibility is available to us regarding contracts, the different options and customization that our Central Station can offer to the customers and we were trained on our new initiative WHITE GLOVE TREATMENT OF CUSTOMERS AND EACH OTHER.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 for more information. ESPANOL Y ENGLISH

Peak Alarm continues to train all their departments and the new WHITE GLOVE initiative is to help step up our customer service and also treat each other with more respect. Peak also puts all their employees through FBI background checks and even local police department checks.

Some of the other important points of the training were as follows:

All 22 of those in the training answered various questions and had to get answers from others in the group to complete the surveys.

1. What do you dislike most in a sales rep? Being Pushy, High Pressure, Late and Dishonest were the top four answers.

2. When a salesperson is talking to you, what interactions make you feel uncomfortable? Lack of knowledge, talking too much without listening

3. How do you as the customer define value? Bang for your buck. Not everyone will buy the most expensive product and most won’t buy the least expensive product but customers want quality and a fair price. Many are willing to go with a solid company like Peak Alarm even if the prices are a bit higher because Peak offers a whole package of same day or next day service, UL Listed Central Station, Guard and Patrol Service and top notch sales teams that are knowledgeable.

We discussed some of the tried and true principles of sales such as A.Preliminaries (Hello etc…) B. Investigating stage – What do they want, what do they need and what is their budget? C. Demonstrating – What is the capability of the products that Peak Alarm offers and D. Obtaining Commitment in the form of a signed proposal or agreement.

We learned about the research done between larger dollar sales and smaller items and how high pressure sales techniques actually hurt your possibility of getting a commitment when dealing in larger dollar amounts. The smaller purchases that can be related to impulse buying don’t cause as much buyer remorse. Getting a bad deal on a larger product such as a car can affect more people than the customer. Often other security companies hire very young people and teach them these high pressure sales techniques so they can go out and get quick sales. These are the same companies that are being sued in several states and that have thousands of complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau.

Peak Alarm is proud that we have only had one complaint filed with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years as of 9/22/16 and zero complaints in the last two years.

We had a session on contracts and learned quite a bit about the ins and outs of these agreements and why we need them to protect the company and the customer.

We made long lists of items that we can improve on and among the list of items we determined that some of the most important things we all should be working on are: Being Honest at all times, Showing up early to each appointment and if we cannot then making sure we call ahead of time to let our customer know what happened and when we will arrive. Another skill that we all need to work on is COMMUNICATION. One of the most important parts of this skill is LISTENING so we learned some techniques associated with listening, body language and personalities. Product knowledge is important although we have a large team of people that can help with that and learning what our customers need and getting them pricing in a professional timely manner will make all the difference in the world. We also went over the importance of sending out hand written thank you cards.

We had a training during our two day training sessions where the sales team actually programmed a DMP security system so we could learn what the techs go through and have a better understanding of how the technical side works. Hands on training We also had a class about customer service and the options our Central Station can offer the customer. Well that is short recap of this training and then we ended with several of our team members getting awards for their efforts.

Thank you to Peak Alarm management for feeling that ongoing training is important enough to spend this much time and effort on. Call Larry Love to get more information about Peak Alarm, Pricing or to set up a tour of Peak Alarm in Salt Lake City. (801) 428 1384

Complaints reviews Peak Alarm

Give us a chance to make it right

Give us a chance to make it right

In the last 3 years the Better Business Bureau has only received ONE complaint about Peak Alarm. If you have a complaint or issue please contact Larry Love (801) 428 1384 and give Peak Alarm a chance to make it right. Another individual that you can call is Dayne Linford 801 4867231 x381

Yesterday we had a training here at Peak Alarm about how to treat our customers and each other with what we like to call White Glove Service. We have only had one complaint filed but we are sure we have customers that are unhappy that did not report to the Better Business Bureau so we would like to reach out to them to help solve challenges.

Contract or agreement concerns – Dayne x381 or Larry x384
Product Concerns – You may call your salesperson directly or Larry at 801 428 1384 – See list of extensions for sales team
Billing issues – Wendy 801 486 7231 x407, Maria (Spanish/Espanol) x404, Mary Lynn x405

Sales Team extension list:

(801) 486 7231

Tony Pino x385 – Tony has been with Peak for over 25 years and Tony works out at the gym regularly and is an excellent resource for information
Paul Mehl x386 – Paul used to sing Opera for the Utah Opera Company and has been with Peak for over 11 years and knows his industry very well.
Jessie Lopez x382 – Jessie is a camera system expert and also knows allot about Security as well. (Jessie is always very well dressed.)
Joe Ferraro x435 – Joe is very professional and is very knowledgeable
Francesco Perri x439 – Francesco speaks Italian and is a runner and hiker and one of Peak’s top Salesmen
Ryan Shurtleff x438 – Besides being very funny Ryan is easy to talk to and knows his stuff. Ryan likes recreational vehicles.
Mike Evans x383 – Mike is a part time auctioneer and has a small farm in Grantsville
Dayne Linford x381 – Besides being an expert at work Dayne is a writer and film producer
Larry Love x384 – Larry is an expert in Fire Alarm and security systems and has been involved in Music his whole life – NICET II Fire Alarm
Kenny Fox System designer NICET III Fire Alarm X440 – Kenny is a Army Ranger Veteran and Fire Alarm expert as well.
Reed Haymore x380 is our Sales Manager and also a systems expert who has years of experience in the Alarm industry.
Clint Beecroft is our General Manager and he is also a level 2 NICET in Fire Alarm and many other certifications so he is a hands on guy

Recently Valerie Peterson decided to leave Peak Alarm so if she was your sales person feel free to contact Reed and he can help assign another person to help you or you can ask for any of the Sales Team members listed above.

Each Sales Person has many more attributes that were not able to be listed and there is over 300 years of experience when you combine the overall total experience in the security and this is just the Sales Team. Our installation team, accounting team, guard and patrol team, AV Team and service team also brings experience and knowledge to the table.


Peak Alarm is the only Utah Alarm company that has Guard/Patrol, an alarm division and a UL listed central station.

Peak Alarm is locally owned and has been in business since 1969

Peak Alarm is one of the few companies that offers same day or next day service.