The Do’s and Don’t’s of CCTV Cameras: How to Get the Most Out Of Your Security

When considering the security systems for your business, keep in mind that up to 80% of losses from theft can be prevented with surveillance camera equipment with remote access. Closed-circuit television systems not only provide a means with which to catch the act of theft in place, it can also prevent it and provide video evidence of a culprit to give to the police, should your business be robbed.

Simply having a noticeable camera can deter a would-be thief from pursuing their plans to ruin your business. The thief knows he has a chance to be caught on camera and thus could decide it's simply not worth it. Therefore, closed circuit video surveillance systems could provide an essential preventative measure.

And in the event of your business being robbed, the use of CCTV footage can not only help you reclaim the assets you lost but may actually lead to the acquisition of more. Namely, the arrest and the conviction of the person who robbed you, leading to a safer work space for you and your employees, as well as other businesses who may not be as well-equipped as you. No matter how you look at it, high quality CCTV video surveillance is the safest and one of the most effective options. We've put together some of the important do's and don'ts when considering installing a CCTV camera.

What To Do

    • Placement: Be sure to place the video security either on the roof or high on the wall, where it cannot be reached so that it lowers the chances of it being broken or tampered with. However, keeping it in plain sight is important too, as it shows any possible robber you have them on camera.
    • Night vision: Consider using cameras with infrared lights in order for the video to still be clear during the night. Should any robbery or break-ins occur after hours, the camera systems will still work effectively.
    • Weather: If your cameras are outside, systems that are weather-resistant and waterproof are recommended. Those that are not can break down and become useless.
  • Steady: Make sure that wherever you mount your cameras, they remain steady. If the vibrations from movement or similar things shakes the camera, it can distort the image badly.

What Not To Do

    • Wires: Do not leave any wires exposed. In addition to being more prone to wear and tear when out in the open, it can lead robbers to believe that cutting or tampering with the wires will disable the camera, thus making them confident about breaking into your business.
    • Exits: Make sure all of the ways into and out of your building are covered. A particularly clever robber can use the one exposed exit as a blind spot to break in and bypass the surveillance cameras.
    • Installation: Be sure to have your cameras installed by a professional technician. Improper installation can lead to any number of problems, from the screen being blurry to the cameras failing to turn on or record.
  • Wireless: Even if your video surveillance is wireless, all cameras have to be plugged into a power source. The wireless signal simply sends the video to a device, like a computer or mobile phone. The camera still needs corded power to function.

When choosing a reliable CCTV video surveillance system, a lot of points needs to be considered in order to ensure that they are installed properly and work to the best of their ability. When it comes to the safety of your business, you always want the best and safest. Hopefully, this list gave you a good idea as to what to look for when finding your own video security.

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