Installing a security camera system on a property or small business has become greatly simplified over the last decade, all but eliminating high installation costs. If you can setup a router through your Internet modem, or install a surround sound system, you can easily install a security system.
To get you started on the right foot, here are 10 tips that are sometimes overlooked when installing a security system:
1. If you are installing outdoor cameras that require a local power source, make sure that the power adapter is in an area that is not directly exposed to the elements. While DEFENDER cameras are made to be weather-resistant, the power supplies to the cameras may not be. This may require sealing the power connection to help prevent damage.
2. Choose locations that protect the cameras from the elements as much as possible. Also, try to install the cameras from a high vantage point – this will help prevent vandalism, as well as cover more area. As well, consider purchasing cameras that have the connection wire built inside the stand making it more difficult for vandals to cut the wire.
3. Always ‘test view’ a prospective monitoring area before screwing in the mounting brackets or running the cables. The last thing you want is to fully install a camera only to realize that it is inadequately monitoring an area. Be sure to test this for daytime and nighttime monitoring.
4. Make sure the lighting is consistent between the area in which your camera is installed and the area that is being monitored. If a camera is installed in a dark or shady area and you are monitoring a bright area (and vice versa), it is less likely you will get a high quality image. Avoid this by having the same amount of light in both areas.
5. The cameras could be damaged if aimed towards the sun or other bright lights; this may also prevent the cameras from capturing quality images due to glare.
6. If you are going to monitor an area at night, make sure you have enough infrared LED light on the night vision camera to fully cover the area you want monitored.
7. The range of a wireless camera’s transmission is reduced when the signal passes through walls. The more walls the more reduced the signal is. So, always test view before permanently installing the cameras.
8. If the installation is at a place of business, be sure to place a camera at every entrance into the business. This ensures that everyone who enters or leaves the building is being monitored and/or recorded. Digital video recorders (DVRs) record footage with a date/time stamp so your footage can prove to be definitive evidence when there is an incident.
9. Periodically make sure you clean all the camera lenses with a non-abrasive, soft lint-free cloth. This will ensure you are getting the best picture quality possible.
10. Secure your DVR in a lockbox or similarly inaccessible cabinet. If criminals find the DVR they will steal it and you will have no video evidence. Also be sure to consider purchasing a DVR that requires a remote or mouse to change its menu settings, as opposed to having buttons on the front. That way, no one can make changes to your settings, neither maliciously or by mistake.