How to make the most out of your CCTV systems
Purchasing expensive CCTV systems does not automatically guarantee safety, unless they are fitted in the best possible way to maximise their protection. With many different kinds of CCTV devices available, don’t immediately assume that the high end models would be better for your situation. Assess your needs first and get the most from your system, whichever you install.
Consider the location. Exterior CCTV often has to deal with low level lighting conditions, as well as changeable weather and the risk of vandalism. Some cameras are not designed to be used outdoors. Check that the system you are installing is suitable for its intended purpose. Exterior cameras need to be weather proof, capable of withst
anding rain, snow or direct sunlight, and in most cases need a night vision function or an infra red lens. These increase the quality of footage overnight, when lighting is poor, and mean the cameras are able to properly function at any time of day or night. Crimes are often committed during the darker hours, as criminals believe this is when they are least likely to be detected.
Weather proof camera systems are not protected from vandalism. If your camera is to be placed in an area where there is a risk of tampering or interference with the device, consider using some of the CCTV options which have additional features to prevent damage. These are often Domed CCTV cameras, fitted inside a strong ‘bubble’ shell which is highly resistant to assault and are best mounted to walls or ceilings. For interior use, discreet concealed cameras might also remain hidden from damage as the perpetrator does not recognise the device as a recorder. These can take the form of clocks, thermostats or smoke detectors among other things.
Installation of the CCTV system is a crucial part of maximising the effectiveness of the devices. Planning the correct locations for each camera is essential, requiring detailed consideration. If using low light level cameras, never have them facing a light source as there will be too much glare created. Even in larger, well lit facilities, avoid pointing cameras towards any light source for the same reasons. Distance to the monitored area is also important. Consider the distance from the camera to the entrance which is being monitored, and ensure the correct lens size is being used. Try and avoid overlapping camera views in systems with multiple cameras, as this is not efficient.