When it comes to preventing a break-in, there is no greater deterrent to a criminal than a security camera. Whether you’re trying to protect your home or your place of work, having a CCTV setup is essential if you really want to take security seriously.
But how do you know what cameras to choose and how to use them if you’re completely new to the sector? With so much to consider and extensive jargon to wade through, we thought we’d cut through the noise and get straight to the point.
Position is Everything
Placement is of paramount importance when planning how your security surveillance system will operate and fit into either your business or home setup. All homes and offices are built differently, and will require different considerations regarding location and planning. Fortunately, there are certain positioning tips that should apply regardless of the situation.
- With around 34% of burglars entering through the front door, if you’re installing a home security system then the first place you should consider installing a camera is above the gateway to your home or office. Place it above the door at the second-floor level to avoid the thief knocking it out and enclose it in a wire mesh if possible.
- 22% of break-ins happen through the back door, so you should also mount a camera there too. This includes any side doors or garage doors.
- Windows that can’t be seen from the street are how 23% of burglars make their entrance, so also point your cameras towards any off-street windows.
- You should also consider pointing cameras at any rooms where you’re keeping anything valuable. This might include a basement or cellar.
- Don’t place your cameras too high. Although it will give you a better field of vision, it won’t give you a very well defined view, so identification will prove tricky.
- Ask yourself where the most vulnerable spots on your property are; these are the places you should be focusing on.
- Always remember to secure your cameras so they can’t be tampered with or removed.
Wired or Wireless?
The major factor to consider when deciding on a wireless or a wired security camera system is whether or not the security infrastructure already exists in your office or home. Wireless security systems are undoubtedly more convenient and less aesthetically off-putting, but wired systems offer a number of benefits too.
Wired CCTV cameras are generally more reliable and a lot of cameras (up to 16) can be used on one single system as they are working through wiring and not having to fight for frequency space.
However, they are more costly and cumbersome to install if the right holes and the right cables are not already in place. Wired systems are also susceptible to power cuts, but if you have a backup generator, power can also be routed to them. These systems are ultimately recommended for businesses and larger properties where a more stable, long-term solution is required.
Wireless CCTV cameras, meanwhile, allow security footage to be transmitted directly from the camera to your mobile device via a Wi-Fi network, though they do still need to be powered. These cameras are easier to install and are smaller, which means they are also more flexible when it comes to potential mounting locations.
They are, however, susceptible to interference, which is particularly troubling in a world with so many wireless gadgets. With the lower costs and more convenient setup, we’d recommend a wireless option to renters and homeowners.
More Top Tips
- Decide whether you want your cameras to be motion activated or recording constantly. The former requires less storage space, but motion detection technology can be fickle.
- If night-time security is more important, you might want to invest in some infrared security cameras that will allow you to see clearly at night.
- If you are filming at night but don’t want to use infrared cameras, consider instead investing in a motion-detecting light to illuminate the driveway or garden of your home when it detects an intruder.
- Clean your cameras regularly as the lenses can pick up dirt and grime over time and heavy use.
- Consider a system that integrates audio if you want to be able to converse with potential intruders. Audio can also be activated to deter them.
- You are legally required to inform anyone in a CCTV monitored area that they are being monitored, so don’t forget to put up your sign!