Whether it’s for your home or business…
…closed circuit television (CCTV) can greatly enhance the security at your premises.
Just the presence of a well-placed camera can act as a deterrent to criminals and, should a break-in occur, CCTV footage can be invaluable in police investigations or insurance claims.
As technology evolves, CCTV capabilities improve and cameras become more cost-effective. However, there are several common mistakes you can make when having a CCTV system installed. These can reduce the system’s effectiveness and compromise your security.
Below, we discuss these mistakes and how to avoid them, ensuring you get the maximum protection from your system.
Choosing The Wrong Location
This is the big one. Direct sunlight, tree branches or furniture can all block your camera’s line of sight, creating blind spots which can be taken advantage of. Your cameras need to be properly positioned to give a clear, unobstructed view of the area you want them to cover.
Additionally, the cameras should be located where they are visible, in order to deter would-be offenders, yet far enough out of reach to avoid vandalism or sabotage.
Not Using A Professional Installer
Installing CCTV cameras yourself may seem like a good way to save money, but it can cause problems and cost you even more in the long run. A reputable, NSI-approved CCTV installer will install your system to the highest standard, ensure the cameras are correctly positioned, whilst also making sure all regulations and guidelines are adhered to.
Too Few Cameras
If you have a large premises, you need to make sure the entire area is covered. Having too few cameras can leave black spots where the cameras’ line of sight does not reach. Again, this can be exploited by criminals.
Using The Wrong Cameras For Your Needs
Consider the purpose of your CCTV. If it is to safeguard your premises at night, then you will want a camera that has low-light or night vision capabilities. Maybe you want to monitor vehicles entering your property, in which case a cheaper low-resolution camera probably won’t be sufficient for identification. Different cameras can serve different purposes so make sure what you choose is right for you.
Neglecting To Maintain Your CCTV System
Like all fire and security equipment, regular maintenance is essential to ensure your CCTV system is operating properly. Outdoor cameras can develop faults when exposed to the elements, and even indoor cameras can be damaged, knocked, or fall into disrepair. A regular service plan will maintain the effectiveness of your CCTV and ensure any technical issues are identified and resolved before any negative impact.
Lack Of Storage
This will, again, depend on the purpose of your CCTV. Having a low storage capacity may be sufficient if your cameras only record once a motion-sensor has been triggered. However, if you are using multiple high-resolution cameras, or you need to store footage for long periods, then you will need to make sure you have adequate storage space.
CIA’s team of experts can guide you through the whole CCTV journey, helping you make informed decisions all the way. From selecting the right cameras for your specific needs, to the installation and after-care, we can ensure your home or business is protected, giving you total peace of mind.
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