So, you have done the research, decided on and purchased CCTV security cameras and now it’s time for that ambitious DIY security installation process. As security experts, we understand how overwhelming the process can be. Luckily, Bravis has you covered with this in-depth guide on how to properly install a security system, including outdoor security cameras. With the DIY security sector growing at a rapid rate, business owners can save costs by installing a security system in-house.
Before we begin installing, it might be a good idea to prepare. Start with a security checklist and asses the current security status of your business. This process will help you determine security priorities and vulnerabilities. This information will give you a better idea of the kind of security system you will need.
The length of the cabling that you will need will be determined by the security system. For DVR systems, coaxial cables will not work and after 300ft, resulting in a low-quality video system. NVR will require Ethernet cat5 and cat6 cables. These cables are more flexible in terms of length since image quality is preserved. Never go with low-cost cables in any kind of setup since they play a critical role in the effectiveness of your home security.
Placing outdoor security cameras requires some careful thought and consideration.
Look out for backlighting and lens flares which render the camera ineffective. Backlighting is when a very bright causes the footage to look like it has “bled out”, making it appear white. A lens flare is caused by direct reflection of sunlight and other light sources which may cause circles or dots to appear in the footage. Cameras should never be pointed towards direct sunlight.
All components of an outdoor security system should be installed high and out of reach. Easy access to any critical component can allow someone to disable your system and all your hard work in no time.
As most systems rely on Wi-Fi, it is important to check that each camera has a strong signal from your internet. Install Wi-Fi extenders in strategic places to ensure good coverage for every camera on your property.
One person’s security is another person’s surveillance. Make sure that your outdoor security cameras are not pointed directly at neighbouring backyards or windows. It is important to respect the privacy of those living near your property.
At Bravis, we believe that centralised security response is important for any property, but it is important to have deterrents in place to prevent even the thought of burglary. Outdoor security cameras should be visible so that potential intruders are dissuaded from any attempt to break in.
If you cannot afford very many cameras, we recommend focusing on the basics. One camera covering the front door, the back door and one at other primary points of entry such as large ground floor windows.
At Bravis, we believe in leaving no stone unturned when it comes to the securing your property, whether it is a small business or a large industrial facility. Our team conducts rigorous security audits before submitting a detailed plan based on your exact security system needs. Find out more about our CCTV Security Cameras, or contact us today for a call back from our team.