In today's world having a reliable security camera system is essential for your business. You need protection for your valuable investment.
However, it isn't just enough to have a few cameras put up. There are more details involved and to reap the most benefit, it is important to avoid costly errors with the security.
Read on for 8 security camera installation mistakes to avoid.
1. Not Understanding the Security Need
Before even purchasing a security camera or system, an assessment is needed to determine the actual needs. The cameras purchased and the overall security system will depend on your business type, size, hours of operation, and even location.
Take a thorough walk-through outside with a checklist looking for common security issues. Be aware of the surrounding areas outside your business such as the parking lot, side roads, or alleys. How is the lighting in those areas?
What about the doors and windows? What can be seen through them? Can the public access them easily? Would it be easy for an intruder to hide close by and gain entry?
There are other steps to take as well to burglar-proof your business.
Look a good look around inside as well. Take note of potential problem areas where an extra set of 'eyes' could be of benefit and this will be the locations for cameras. After you have completed your assessment, the security plan can be established.
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2. Using the Wrong Type of Camera
All security camera features are not the same. You may need more than one type of camera to cover all the areas that need surveillance.
A dark parking lot at night will need a different camera than one located inside near the reception area.
As with other products, the quality of the camera makes a difference as well. Not all cameras will read a license plate or provide a sharp image of a person's face. Know what is important and make sure you have the right equipment from the start.
3. Incorrect Angle
The image a camera saves is only as good as the angle at which it is installed.
Whether you are trying to cover a door, walkway, cash register, or inventory, make sure the angle is positioned to get the best view possible.
Keep in mind the further away, the broader the view. However, that view may not be sharp enough to capture details like a license plate or distinct features. It is better to invest in more cameras than miss the right shot.
4. Incorrect Height
The last thing you need when trying to ID an intruder is to only see the top of their head or their feet. Or nothing at all.
In addition to the correct angle, your security camera also needs to be set at the right height. You should try for average head level to get the best view. Don't forget to set the correct amount of zoom as well.
Knowing where to install your cameras will ensure the best coverage and protection.
5. Insufficient Lighting
All cameras need lighting, even the ones used in the dark. These cameras use infrared technology. However, that does not mean they can just be put up anywhere. They do not actually see in the dark.
The infrared LED lights still cannot have anything blocking them. That will cut off the light source and they will not be able to record any images. They should not be placed near walls or other large objects that will bounce back the light.
In addition, even with regular cameras, make sure there will be no glare from the sun to inhibit the view or image. It is best to install outdoor cameras under eaves, doorways, or the roof to not only protect from the sun but also the rain.
6. Not Knowing Local Laws About Surveillance
Before you go to the trouble and expense of installing a security system check the state and local laws regarding them.
Not all areas have restrictions, but you should double-check and be aware so you are not in violation.
7. No Storage Plan
If your cameras are running 24/7 there will need to be a place for the footage to be stored. In the event of an incident, you don't want to go looking for something and find it aged out and is no longer available.
There are different options available depending on your needs, but make sure you have done the calculations and know how much storage is needed.
8. Trying to Do It All Yourself
Everyone wants to save time and money by taking care of projects by themselves. However, there are certain instances where it pays to have the input and support of a professional. The installation of security cameras for your business is one of those times.
A professional security company will come out and do the assessment needed to get you started on the right foot. They will also have the knowledge to recommend just the right cameras for each area that needs coverage.
The cameras will also need maintenance, and aligning yourself with an experienced outfit will provide you with problem-solving and routine maintenance to keep the system up and running when you need it most.
Today's cameras are very technical and glitches will occur from time to time. Your security team will be there to help troubleshoot the problem and be there for support. They may also offer training for you and your staff.
Camera Installation Mistakes: Now You Know
Every day you conduct business without a security system is another day at risk. Don't allow an intruder or disgruntled employee to destroy your valuable investment.
Picking the right security system doesn't have to be overwhelming or confusing. By avoiding these security camera installation mistakes you can be up and running and protecting your business in no time.
For more information on how we can help you choose and install the right security system for your home or business, please reach out.