Friday, 27 November 2015
5 Tips on CCTV Placement For Home
Knowing how to correctly place CCTV in your home is important in order to achieve benefits that come with surveillance cameras. Placing CCTV cameras in the wrong position and areas is as good as not having them at all. Professional CCTV installers should be able to advice their clients on the best way to place CCTV cameras. This is the reason why the job of CCTV camera installation should be given to professionals who know how to do it best.
The following are 5 tips on CCTV placement for home to achieve maximum benefits:
Cover all the entrances
This is one of the most basic concept for home CCTV placement. It involves placing cameras on all sections of the home with an entrance. This is because the main work of CCTV cameras is to monitor all areas where intruders may use to access your home. The number of cameras will depend on the number of entrances your home has. The more the entrances the more the cameras. At least four cameras are used for standard home surveillance. This involves placing a camera on the front door, back door, garage door and other is a bonus camera depending on your home.
Covering all entrances is important because one way intruders use in accessing your home is using the entrances. The cameras placed in the entry points should be placed on the sides as opposed to directly in front of the door. This is to ensure that the person accessing the door does not block your view. To increase your viewing areas you can also use the outdoor cameras as back up for seeing your entrance. This will ensure that your view to your entrance is maximized and in case entrance cameras are blocked, outdoor cameras supplement.
Cover maximum distance with outdoor cameras
The power of outdoor cameras depend on the distance covered. They cover different areas and perimeters depending on the size of your compound or yard. For instance if your driveway is 40 ft. long, a camera covering 25 ft. will not be useful because you won’t be able to see the whole area up to the gate. Infrared cameras are recommended for outdoor cameras because they are more powerful and have their independent source of lighting.
Remember the outside areas of your home that have valuables and place cameras to monitor those areas. A good example is your outdoor air conditioner. This is a valuable that is attractive to thieves looking for copper wires. Consider placing an armored camera to cover this area of your home. Consider also covering the bushy areas around your windows. Most homes tend to have small flower gardens around the windows. Bushes and shrubs are used by thieves as a hiding place. The solution is placing cameras around these areas to monitor and view the area in case of anything. Before placing outdoor cameras consider the areas you would like to see and the areas susceptible to intruders.
Indoor cameras offer a great addition to home security. They are mainly used to monitor various areas of your home especially different rooms when you are away. These cameras come in different options but most interior cameras are small and unidentifiable. This is why they can be placed in any part of the room without anyone noticing they exist. These cameras are suitable for people who spent many hours away from home leaving baby sitters and nannies to take care of their home. These cameras make it possible to monitor activities around your home even when you are away.
Most indoor cameras have a memory chip that enables you to view activities that took place while you are away. The storage space will depend on an individual camera so this is may vary from one camera to another. Other indoor cameras offer you an option to view the activities going on over the internet. This means that you can watch what is going on around your home from any place with internet access.
Positioning of cameras
Many people prefer hiding their cameras keeping in mind vandalism is common and people might try getting rid of cameras. Technologically advancement has made it possible to find cameras that can be easily under the ceiling holes making it impossible for anyone to see them. People always feel safe when the camera is well hidden from thieves and burglars.
Positioning is important for CCTV cameras because apart from making them unidentifiable, they are sheltered from harsh weather elements. For instance cameras should be well protected from rain and excessive sunlight. These are external factors that are likely to interfere with the normal working of the cameras.
Cabling is another aspect of CCTV cameras that is greatly influenced by positioning. Cameras that are well hidden between walls and ceiling allow easy cabling. There is no point in installing good and quality cameras even the cabling system is seen by everyone. Cabling that is well hidden also boost the security of your home. This is because interfering with cabling system compromises the working of cameras.
For CCTV cameras to work efficiently there must be proper lighting otherwise you will not be able to view anything. The cameras should be placed in areas that are well lit to allow clear viewing. Cameras with infra-red lighting do not need lighting to allow viewing so you should consider the type of camera that you need for your home. Consider infrared cameras for dark areas because they don’t need lighting and consider normal cameras for areas that have adequate lighting because they require lighting in order to function well.
Camera placement is not a task that can be done by anyone. Professionals need to assess your home to determine the specific area where cameras will be placed. People who are trained and experienced on CCTV cameras are in a position to assess your home, make recommendations and determine placement of cameras on different areas. Placing cameras in the right manner is helpful in improving efficiency of your home security system