Common CCTV Mistakes Which Can Make Your Security Systems Useless

Avoidable Mistakes When Operating CCTV Surveillance Systems

Protecting your assets is unfortunately an important part of life in today's society and many thieves are getting away with criminal activities because CCTV surveillance systems are not functioning adequately.

Don't Set and Forget!

Many home premises or businesses configure their CCTV Surveillance Systems when they are installed and then tend to set and forget! Because the operation of your CCTV security cameras is vital to the protection of your assets, whether those assets are from your home, school or business location, it is important to ensure that they are all functioning correctly and that you are not missing vital footage.

Making alterations to your CCTV Surveillance System

If you make changes to your security cameras or CCTV surveillance system then you need to check that it is functioning correctly after these changes have been made. Remember:  Preventable CCTV Systems Mistakes Can Cost You!

Ensure that your security cameras are operating correctly

This may seem obvious to most of you but it can often be the case that CCTV security cameras have stopped functioning and no-one has noticed. You may even have security cameras and a CCTV security system that was already installed in the premises when you either bought or leased it. Remember that just because it is physically installed doesn't mean that it is adequately functioning.

Security system malfunctions can be the cause of a number of factors such as a power outage, power surges from storms, human intervention, age of the security cameras, etc. Many external factors that are out of your control can influence the operations of a security system so you need to undertake regular checks.

Nevertheless, it is important that you regularly check each of the security cameras to ensure that they are recording correctly and that they are positioned in the best location to capture security footage to suit your specific home or business needs. If you change the setup of your business or relocate stock or product within the premises then you may also need to review the security camera angles and setup.

Check if the DVR Recorder or NVR Recorder is actually recording?

You do not want to be caught out. Just because the security cameras are working does not mean that that footage is being recorded. There is nothing worse than an incident occurring and there is no footage of it being recorded on the DVR Recorder or NVR Recorder.
Again if you have any power outages or surges or if you change the configuration of your CCTV system it is important to double check that footage is being recorded.

Is the power turned on?

A standard IT response when something is no working is to check the cables and make sure that your electronic devices are actually plugged in or is there a loose cable.

You also need to ensure that your security cameras are plugged into the DVR Recorder. If you are using an NVR Recorder, you should check your network connection and ensure that is operating correctly so that you capture adequate footage and not record over existing footage.

Do you have enough hard drive capacity?

So after you ensure that you have everything functioning correctly, that your cameras are positioned adequately and that footage is being recorded and stored you need to ensure that you have enough hard drive disk space. Establish the amount of time that you need to store footage for (this will vary for each specific situation) and then ensure that your disk space matches your needs. You may need to invest in additional hard drives or adjust the resolution to allow longer recording periods.

What CCTV Security Cameras do I need to use?

There are a number of factors to consider here. Some of these include:

  • home of business setup
  • type of business
  • distance that you need your security cameras to cover
  • your standard clientele or customer
  • the weather conditions that your security cameras will need to endure
  • are their environmental factors that you need to take into account
  • whether you sell merchandise or stock
  • do you have stored merchandise or stock to protect
  • whether you have both internal and external monitoring requirements
  • are you operating a warehouse
  • is your business a potential night time target for thieves
  • do you need day and night time security camera monitoring
  • how many access points you have to monitor
  • the number of rooms that need monitoring
  • do you operate cash registers or point of sale systems
  • how many cameras I will need
  • what sort of recorder do I want to use - DVR Recorder or NVR Recorder
  • do I have suitable network access if using an NVR Recorder
  • do I have suitable access to power and lighting
  • do I need a 360 degree fisheye CCTV surveillance camera to cover larger areas
  • do I need to record facial features and more specific details

CCTV Alarm Monitoring

Consider whether you need alarm monitoring for your specific needs. For peace of mind it is easy to setup a CCTV surveillance alarm monitoring service so that someone can respond to any alarms quickly and effectively.

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Hopefully this blog will assist you in making some good decisions when considering your CCTV surveillance systems and which CCTV security cameras best suit your needs.

If you need some helpful advice then contact Samsung Communications Centre today and one of our specialised CCTV consultants can assist you with these decisions.