How To Efficiently Place Security Cameras

Surveillance Security Cameras are vital components of security applications and effective installation and camera placement play major roles in their overall functionality.

However, there are individuals who never seem to get the most from their surveillance security cameras. Whereas, some may blame the supplier for selling to them the wrong type of security camera or a portion puts the blame on manufacturer fault.

Unknown to most of them is that the inefficiency of their security surveillance camera is most times as a result of:

  • Inappropriate Use Of Security Cameras.
  • Placement Of Surveillance Cameras (Location).
  • Too Few Security Cameras.
In order for you to get the most out of your surveillance security camera, there are a few questions you should address before you go to purchase a camera:
  • What is the reason for installing the surveillance security camera?
  • What type of security are you looking for?
  • Do you require surveillance during the day and night?
  • If at night, how well is the place lit?
  • What is the size of the area to be surveyed?
The following tips and guidelines have been specially designed to help small businesses and homeowners to effectively place surveillance security cameras:
Tips and Guidelines
As stated earlier, you need to know why you are installing the surveillance security camera, for example, at some point an intruder may have found his way into your business or home through a window or back door.
Make a list of all likely risks (Points of Entry) and rate them in order of impact (Highest Risk), E.G. Determine which doors and windows face the main drive and are visible from a neighbor’s business or house and which ones are near shrubs and are hidden or less visible (Rear Entrance). This way, you will be able to know which areas require more surveillance and the number of security cameras to install. In addition, while determining the vulnerability this is also the best time to determine the best spot to place the cameras.
Furthermore, if you work or live in a crime prone zone, then having a single camera may not be enough. There are chances that the camera could be compromised/vandalized before you get the opportunity to identify the potential threats.  For instance, the culprit may try to cut the main power cables or throw stones at the camera to disable it. They may even try to obstruct it's view by placing something over the lens or in front of it.
Therefore, try overlapping areas of observation with additional cameras that have sight of the other cameras. This will enable you to cover other security devices and prevent tampering this also allows you to obtain footage of the intruder and in many cases even deter the perpetrator from targeting your business or home.

Petty criminals most time source out their potential scene prior to breaking in and when they see the surveillance cameras they are less likely to attempt entering and will move onto other targets which do not present threats to them. 

Also keep in mind, that most criminals are opportunistic and will strike if the situation presents itself.  A quick snatch and grab, where they are in and out in mere seconds, moving so quickly that it may obscure their identification and limit the time of exposure which reduces their chances of being identified.  So do not allow criminals the chance, be sure to keep your place secure.
By fixing your cameras high above the ground or floor, you automatically improve your chances of no break-ins.  Why because the criminal can not reach the units to disarm them.  Bare in mind that placing a camera higher does not compromise on the quality of the recorded images.

It would be in vain if you placed your cameras high and left the cables exposed for attack, with cut cables the cameras are disabled  and a disabled camera is useless, thus wireless cameras are a good product. 

If most of the security breaches occur at night, then look into other options to back up your security device such as alarm systems, motion sensors which activate lighting and/or trigger alarms.

For a camera to effectively record at night, it requires infrared light.  The best low light surveillance cameras are ones with a high resolution and a lux rating that is close to zero, e.g 0.5 lux rating is appropriate for cameras recording in the dark.  For this example, we will use our 3.6mm lens which gives you about a 90 degree field of view outward from the lens.

Some people think that if you take a 480 lines of resolution camera with a 3.6mm lens that you will be able to get a clear picture both of an object that is 20 feet away and an object that is 80 feet away.   This is not true.

While the 3.6mm lens will easily pick up the object in detail at 20 feet away, it cannot pick it up the same details at 80 feet away, you will only see the object and be able to say that's a person, but you will not be able to tell their gender or race as you would at 20 feet away.

Now that you know the basics it's up you to decide the best camera for you, the quantity you require, the location and placement of each unit to ensure your devices are not compromised and that your place of work or residence is securely protected.



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