Security Camera Professional Tips on Time of Install

Is security camera installed at your home or office strong? Do you have more than one? Having a surveillance camera set-up properly installed is an important part of any home or business security plan. Security cameras can keep you safe, reduce crime and deter criminals from striking.

security cameraHowever, security cameras need to be installed properly in order to maximize their effectiveness. No one knows how to do this better than a professional security camera installer. At time of install, a professional surveillance camera installer takes the time to carefully consider the most suitable location for each camera and determine which cameras work best for your particular application.

Location of Security Camera

One of the most important parts of a security camera set-up is the location of the cameras. A trained installer understands the need to place your surveillance cameras in locations where they will be able to get clear footage. This means installing them where they won’t be blocked by trees, buildings or any other obstructions. It also means making sure each security camera is able to capture enough detail to be useful. When installing a camera in a low-light area, for example, the installer will need to ensure that the camera is capable of capturing video in low-light situations. Usually cameras with infrared capability are used in this application. Security cameras not containing infrared LED’s are more suitable for well lit areas.

Positioning the Security Camera

A professional installer understands how important it is to take the environment into account when installing a security camera. For example, if a security camera is positioned so that it is facing a bright light (such as a street light or even the sun) it might not be able to capture the footage that you need. Professional installers keep this in mind and make many camera angle adjustments during installation.

An installer will also suggest installing surveillance cameras where criminals cannot easily tamper with them. A security camera should be mounted in a high enough location that it cannot be easily damaged or it should be placed behind a protective structure such as domes. This is done in order to reduce the likelihood of a criminal damaging a security camera

The professional installer will also make recommendations depending on the surface that the camera is mounted upon. Cameras must have a solid footing. For instance, a security camera installed on stucco siding is not secured very well and may easily become dislodged.

It is also important that each camera is installed in a relevant position. For example, a security professional will likely recommend installing a camera at each entrance to make sure that the camera captures footage of anyone entering your property. The installer may also recommend placing one security camera or two at key locations, such as in areas where valuables are kept. It is crucial to avoid “dead spots” where criminals could conceivably move around without being caught by the cameras.

The Storage of Security Camera Footage

In order to securely protect most properties, often more than one security camera is required. Multiple cameras provide better coverage and a greater possibility of catching criminals in the act. However, additional cameras require additional storage on the hard drive of a recording device. A professional installer needs to determine the desired storage time and calculate how much storage capacity is required for each camera. By multiplying the total number of installed cameras by the storage required for each camera, the professional is able to determine the size of hard drive required for the job. Correctly placed and installed surveillance cameras drastically improve the security at your property. Remember that criminals do not want to be caught committing their crimes, so the camera set-up is a great way to deter them.

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