So, you've decided to embark on the exciting journey that is piecing together a surveillance system from scratch. You've done your research, you've saved up the money, and you're ready to get started. Well, hold on a second. Before you jump into the wonderful world of CCTV, let us take a moment to give you some friendly advice.
Why should you trust us? Well, we here at AYS System have dedicated our lives to the art of surveillance. We've put together thousands of security systems for a variety of situations. We understand the complexities involved in picking out the perfect equipment for each unique circumstance. But more than all of that, you should trust us because we've made a ton of mistakes along the way. And we want to help you avoid the same mistakes that we've made. That's why we put together this list of the top six mistakes beginners make when putting together a surveillance system for the first time.
6 Security Camera Installation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them
If you want to keep your home or business safe, one of your best options is to establish a surveillance system.
Installing security cameras is the backbone of any functioning security system. They act as your eyes when you're not around and give you accountability when you need it most.
That said, many common camera installation mistakes can make or break your surveillance system.
1. Choosing the Wrong Locations for Cameras
When you install cameras, one of the most important factors that influence their effectiveness is the locations you pick to mount them. If your cameras don't have a clear line of sight to areas of interest, they will be useless.
Line of sight isn't the only thing you need to think about. You may want to have some visible cameras to dissuade intruders, as well as some more discreet cameras to monitor them without them knowing.
These 5 best places to install cameras outside of your home will give you some ideas to work with when picking your camera installation locations.
2. Having the Wrong Cameras
Not having high-quality cameras is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. If your image quality is too grainy to see what's going on, you might as well not have a camera at all.
3. Having Bad Security Camera Software
Your security cameras and your surveillance system, in general, are only as good as the software that runs them.
If your security camera software is outdated or uncomputable with your cameras, it doesn't matter how state-of-the-art your system is. Without the right software, it will be useless to you.
4. Putting Cameras Too Low
Everyone has seen the movies where a criminal uses black spray paint to blackout a camera from seeing what is going on. This is a real technique used by criminals looking to disable surveillance systems.
The easy solution? Put your cameras too high for people to black them out without the use of a ladder. Bringing a ladder to burglary is cumbersome and by putting your cameras out of reach, you dissuade opportunists from trying.
5. Not Having a Backup Power Source
When power outages happen, crime and burglary skyrocket. Keeping your security cameras online during your property's most vulnerable moments should be a priority.
Make sure to install a backup power source when installing your cameras to avoid leaving your property at risk.
6. DIY Camera Installation Mistakes
Most camera installation mistakes happen to people who attempt to install them by their own hand instead of calling a professional.
From mounting them incorrectly to not configuring them properly, there are tons of mistakes a do-it-yourself camera installation can lead to. Calling professional camera installation services is always your best bet to avoid this.
AYS System is an CCTV Service company in Harrow, London that specializes in affordable CCTV installation for homes and businesses. We design and install security systems with a wide range of features, and we can advise you on your options for features like smart locks, smart thermostats, and doorbell cameras