Home security cameras do not only let you catch vandals and burglars red-handed, they can also assist the police in nabbing the criminals by providing visual evidence of the crime, and, mostly, the criminals’ faces. Even better, since burglars are less likely to invade a home armed with security cameras, it’s safe to say that home security cameras also help in deterring burglary.
When setting up your home security camera systems, you must optimize camera placement for functionality and visibility. While it’s great to install CCTV cameras at important locations and weak spots around your home, there are other essential CCTV installation guidelines you should follow to fully enjoy the security and protection that home CCTV systems provide. Let’s examine some of them.
- Test your security equipment before final installation. Don’t wait until you’ve placed your security equipment at the intended positions before you test run them. Take time to test them immediately you unpack them from the boxes, and evaluate if they’re functioning as expected. If you can, you may also dry run the cameras at the intended spots. You can do this by temporarily mounting the camera with a removable nail, tape, or a pin so you can monitor and evaluate the feed for a while.
- Install cameras 8-10 feet above ground level. At this height, your security camera is low enough to capture necessary details and high enough for thieves and vandals to easily reach them.
- Use the corners. One of the best vantage points to hang indoor security cameras is the corner of your living room, kitchen, or garage.
- Watch out for the windows and other direct light sources. You must keep cameras away from pointing directly at the windows as this can cause reflection issues. When light rays through the windows hit camera lenses, they can obscure the footage and reduce picture quality. Similarly, direct light sources such as the sun, lamps, and other light fixtures will wash out your footage. It’s therefore important if you want to ensure high-quality footage, that you avoid pointing your security cameras directly toward any light source.
- Install cameras with standard hardware and tools only. Using substandard tools may damage your security camera and other components and void the warranty. You should also avoid using techniques or methods that could damage or hamper the packaging, camera lenses, and other electrical components.
- Decide if the cameras should be hidden or visible. While homeowners use visible security cameras to effectively prevent burglary and vandalism, these cameras are also easy targets for thieves and vandals. It’s always best that you install protective mesh cages or casing around outdoor cameras so they can be safe from destruction, defacement, or damaged by burglars.
- Protect outdoor cameras from harsh weather. Although outdoor security cameras are often made to be weatherproof and waterproof, you should still take measures to protect them from the elements. Before making a purchase, carefully consider buying a security camera best suitable for your climate, and keep it under a waterproof shed if you can.
In conclusion, we recommend that you consider how to maintain the camera before installation. You may have to replace faulty parts or clean dirty parts routinely. It’s therefore useful that you place your security equipment at spots where they can be maintained easily.
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