Installing CCTV on your property may be one of the best ways to insure your safety from burglars and thieves. Not only will any intruders be on camera, you can have advance notice of an attempt to break in. That advance notice may be all that is necessary to protect you and your loved ones from harm and also prevent damage to your property. Here are some pointers for installing a decent CCTV system into your premises.
Types of Camera
There are so many different types of cameras available for CCTV, and as camera technology has improved dramatically over the past 10 years, they are getting smaller and are a much higher quality. If you are looking for a camera to protect a retail establishment, dome cameras are the most common type of camera used for CCTV. These allow the camera to spin within the dome to follow suspects through that camera’s territory. These are usually monitored at a central location, where the camera operators can switch from one camera to another.
If you are most concerned about night-time prowlers, you may consider an infrared camera. These have night-vision, and can record high detail even in low-light or no-light conditions. These are particular popular in businesses that have a high robbery risk, or homes in which the owners are more concerned about break-ins, theft, or threat during hours when families are at home.
There are other types of cameras, as well, all with different features. Some of them can be remotely operated from your computer at work, or your laptop on a trip. Most of them can be used for remote viewing, whether they cameras have variable focus or not. Even static cameras can be remotely viewed. Remote viewing is a fantastic way to access your cameras and even move them around when your miles away from home. Even if a camera does not have the function built in there are ways to plug the camera into a computer and “stream” the video to a secure address on the internet. Software specifically designed for security cameras can be installed onto your computer that will allow you to access it online, it should be fairly simple and will allow you to keep your property safe.
CCTV cameras are increasingly more likely to be digital. They will record to a DVD, or directly onto a computer drive. However, there are still many units in use today that use a VCR tape. These tapes are usually automatically rewound after a period of time and re-recorded, or they must have a new tape installed every few hours. By recording what the camera sees, the cameras can provide information necessary even if there is not a camera operator. Most homeowners use this type of security, so that they can go back through the recordings in an attempt to identify a prowler or thief. Of course, high-profile people may have a security room that is manned by a camera operator. While the view from the camera’s angle can be watched live, it is also recorded for future needs. If a burglar has the ability and knowledge to access your camera and the computer it is recording to you might find that he can delete the footage of him entering your property. The way to get around this is to use the internet to record onto a private server or even upload the video to a website.
If your camera system is static, meaning that you don’t have an operator, then you may want an activation system. This will usually be a motion or noise detector, or both. The sensors are adjustable so that you can determine the amount of stimulus that you want before the cameras are activated. There is usually a few seconds delay from the sensor’s signal to the beginning of recording. For this reason, some people prefer to leave cameras on all the time, and record everything the camera views. This can be costly as video footage constantly running will either take up a lot of tapes, take up a lot of DVD’s or eat up all of your hard drive space. The best way to go about it is to have a set period of time when the camera should be activated. If you are home and it is broad daylight is there really a reason for the camera to be on?
The advent of wireless networking has been a great boon to CCTV. You no longer must have wires strung throughout your house to install cameras and cameras can be concealed rather well. This increases the safety of your property, since there are no wires to cut and de-activate the camera, and remote viewing is possible, so it should allow you to look after your own property in your absence.