Security cameras are most definitely an important part of residential and commercial security systems. And there are ample benefits of video camera surveillance, including protection from burglars and break-ins. However, it is important to take some other things in to consideration before you go ahead and start placing them – the locations, installations, and technical aspects all need to be properly reviewed and done just right in order to ensure the best security.
Security cameras might not be protecting your property due to:
1. Improper Installations
Security camera installation should preferably be done by professionals as you are likely to make mistakes during installations. Poor coverage, incorrect positioning and storage problems are common issues while installing a security camera.
Positioning: Ensure your security cameras are positioned to capture maximum footage. For indoors, install cameras in the corner of a room, while for outdoors, avoid focusing on the sun to capture most of the view and to minimize glare. Make sure that the position of the camera ensures access to a reliable internet connection.
Storage: Recording surveillance 24 hours a day takes up maximum space in your hard drive. Instead, record surveillance for moving objects. This will save you time to look at the recordings and also save space on your hard drive. Additionally, consider the option of cloud storage to store the recorded video online.
2. Ineffective Placement
Place security cameras in the areas that are most vulnerable and plan a strategy accordingly. Recommended placement areas include front doors, back and side doors, garage, basement and off-street view. For indoor coverage, go for stairways or main hallway. Make sure to avoid installing cameras in areas that may violate your neighbour’s privacy. Some tips to ensure your security camera placement is effective are:
Outdoor cameras need to be protected from rain and wind
Security camera for outdoor security needs to be installed at least 8-10 feet from the ground
Check for reflection issues when securing the area out of the window
Ensure your camera is not facing any of the light sources, such as lamps or other fixtures
For a blind spot, use multiple cameras
3. Power Failure
Generally, security cameras don’t work when the power is out and you also won’t be able to access the system remotely. Ensure you have a backup generator in place in the event of a power outage. You can also look for battery backup cameras that work without electricity.
4. Unsecure Network
Secure your network to ensure your security cameras are not hacked. Wi-Fi connected security cameras are prone to hacks and need to be protected. Some tips to reduce the risk of an unsecured network are:
Update your security camera’s firmware regularly
Change the default password and use complex passwords
Install firewall for your internet connection and your security camera
Check for a trusted source when buying a security camera
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