What You Need To Know About Security Camera Installation
Camera surveillance is an important part of any business’s security plan. Security camera installation doesn’t have to be a confusing process, but there are a few things you need to keep in mind. In some cases, you may even be able to do it yourself for a very basic CCTV surveillance system. But most of the time, it will pay to have it professionally installed. Whichever route you take, here are a few things you need to know and some tips to help you along.
Place Them In The Right Areas
CCTV security cameras need to be installed in the right locations to capture the important goings-on of your home or business. The first places you should install them should be covering the front door and the back door, and then first floor windows, where trouble is most likely to occur. After that, you can look at placing them at the four corners of the building to create an image of the entire perimeter.
Be sure to pay attention to the field of view, as well, and avoid placing in locations that create blind spots. You want to be able to see everything happening on your property.
And, if the security camera installation is being done outdoors, be sure they are waterproof and weather-resistant, withstanding moisture, high heat and freezing temperatures.
It also pays to pay attention to lighting; while you may not have control over the ambient lighting around the building, placing cameras in consistently, well-lit areas ensures a brighter, clearer image. You may also want to look at cameras with infrared, which detects body heat and allows the camera to function like night vision.
Place Them Out Of Reach
Security cameras installation should be done in such a way that the cameras are placed out of reach, above the door or windows, facing downward. They need to be as difficult to reach and tamper with as possible, discouraging burglars from even attempting to mess with them. 9 feet off the ground should be enough in most cases, but if you can go higher, that may be better.
Hidden or Out In The Open?
Often, the mere presence of security cameras can scare away less-motivated intruders. But keeping them hidden and out of sight can keep them from being tampered with or damaged by the more determined burglars. If intruders cannot see any security cameras, they may also be less careful about covering their faces and their tracks.
Your location and potential threats will determine whether hidden or visible cameras are right for you. If you’re concerned about your cameras being disabled, you may want to hide them. A combination of both can often be a good plan, too.
Wiring and Conduit
Something that must be considered when installing CCTV cameras is how they will be powered, and how wiring will be run throughout the building. In many cases, you’ll be able to install cameras and wiring simply by running the wires through a drop tile ceiling and into the wall. Other jobs will necessitate the use of conduit – piping for running the wiring and protecting it – and in some cases, tearing out part of the wall to lay wiring inside. For these larger jobs, professional security installation is usually the right choice.
Security camera installation is an important step to securing your business, and these tips will help you get started. If you’re interested in learning more and need some professional input, give Safe and Sound Security a call and speak to one of our security experts today. We’ll help you find the right cameras for your needs, create a custom security camera installation plan, put them in the right places, and ensure it’s done right.