A surveillance camera system is one of the best tools to watch over and detect potential hazards, such as criminals and fires, inside and around your house. We all agree with those benefits, but using a surveillance camera system effectively to make the most of it is a totally different story.
With that said, there are tons of don’ts that users need to avoid before setting up their system at the first time. In this post, we’ll show you what NOT to do to optimize your surveillance camera system.
Table of Contents
- Wrong Installation
- Not Enough Cameras for a Complete Coverage
- No Alert Function
- No Password Protected
- Forgetting Other Security Methods
When it comes to installing a surveillance camera system, there are five mistakes many users commonly make:
Using Indoor Surveillance Cameras for Outdoor Security
The first one is using an indoor surveillance cameras system (with no waterproof certificate) for outdoor security. You might ask: What if I cover my camera carefully or install it under the root or something like that? Well, you do the right thing, but it cannot guarantee that your indoor system will be 100% safe from the bad weather condition, like rain or snow, not to mention that the high humidity in the air will damage your system gradually. Also, most outdoor camera systems (with waterproof certificate) still need to be covered when using outdoors, so how is it possible for your indoor system to win the weather?
Installing the Camera In or Near Direct Sunlight
If the strong glare from sunlight blinds out the viewing angle, it will lead to blind spots that make your camera useless during a sunny day. To prevent that, the ideal location for a security camera is right under the roof at a downward angle. Doing this will help protect the camera from most direct sunlight. Also, in order to prevent lens flare and distortion, you should tilt your camera down so that no visible sky can reach into view.
Installing the Camera near the Edge of the Wireless Range
Most modern CCTA systems are wireless. They are easier to set up, but the users must understand the range of the wireless connection. To be more specific, each system has a set range which determines how far you can place the camera away from the receiver. If the camera is installed near the edge of the range, it may run into signal loss, operating errors and even drop entirely. Therefore, when setting up your CCTA system, check its wireless range specification carefully and keep it in your mind.
Installing the Camera On Easily Accessible Surfaces
Never place your camera where it will be easily accessible unless you want it to be disabled or stolen. It’s necessary to mount your camera high up, but make sure it won’t be exposed to the weather.
Leave the Wires Exposed
Not only your camera, but its wires also need to be covered completely. That’s because exposed wires may result in being hacked, damaged by the bad weather, or bitten by rats.
Not Enough Cameras for a Complete Coverage
Having a full view of your property requires more than only one camera. The good news is that once you choose to buy a surveillance camera system, you’re already aware of using several cameras to watch over your home or store. In fact, many self-starter kits include from three to six cameras.
Moreover, a wide-angle lens is great for covering more ground, but it doesn’t work that well when identifying human faces. As a result, you will need different cameras for covering the ground and people.
No Alert Function
You might be free enough to keep track on your CCTV system all day, but you cannot do that every day. What happens if a thief accesses your house while you are not watching the monitor? Everything that you’ve tried to set up becomes useless, right! Even when you have the image of the thief after he/she stole your property, getting help from the police will take you a lot of time, not to mention that the thief might not be captured.
So, here is what you should do: using a CCTV system that can identify strange faces or sudden movements, then notify you if it is tripped. These alerts can be performed via a built-in speaker. Some surveillance system, such as the Arlo Q Plus by NETGEAR, can even send emails when it detects something unusual happening in your house. This way, the system will be not only likely to scare off most thieves and criminals but also deliver immediate alerts to you.
Lastly, many surveillance camera systems are equipped with a microphone and a speaker. They allow you to hear and speak through the system, which is great for keeping track of your family, pets, or even for business settings.
No Password Protected
All data captured by the camera will run through a network. But you can’t make sure that the data will not be hacked by the criminals. Therefore, you should set up a password on the attached network. It is the last step of the installation process, but many people forget it, or they ignore it because of thinking it is not important.
Forgetting Other Security Methods
Although what we’re going to mention is not really related to your camera surveillance system, we think we need to tell you about it.
A security camera is responsible for detecting and preventing crime, but it’s only one part of an overall security system. So, do not rely much on it. Instead, remember that one of the best ways to prevent a break-in caused by thieves and criminals is to lock your doors and set your alarm. On top of that, you should have a security plan in place and prepare what to do when an event like a robbery, burglary, or fire happens.