Regardless of one’s personal point of view concerning the world, security is a very real aspect of modern living. Protecting life and property as important today, as it was at any time in the past. Modern technology has given us more tools in which to protect both ourselves, our loved ones and our property.
One of the best tools for adding security to any location from a commercial site to residential is the installation of security cameras. Over the last several decades, security cameras have increased in efficiency and quality while also decreasing in price. Thus putting the ability to protect your family and home within reach of almost any budget.
Right Camera For The Job
Before setting up a security camera system , you have to determine the right camera for the job. Not all cameras have night capability and some night capability cameras use only low light settings and do not have infrared or night vision. If you are having to cover an area that is in total darkness than you should consider a camera with infrared or night vision.
If there is partial lighting such as a street light, then using a low light camera is usually sufficient to get the job done. Many systems come as kits with multiple cameras, usually from two to four cameras with additional cameras extra. Be sure to read the description carefully to make sure you can connect any additional cameras to the DVR before taking that option.
One other note, you want the longest possible DVR recording time. While this is usually more expensive than the short 6 or 8 hour versions, it also means you have more recording time before overwriting the next recording session.
Some systems have motion capture that will active the cameras and the DVR when motion is detected. This is fine to use with lower recording hours as long as you make sure that full motion will active the unit and not just the wind blowing some leaves. So be sure to adjust your sensitivity accordingly.
Getting Ready To Place Your Cameras
You have your camera system selected, the right DVR ready and now you have to place the cameras. At this point, do you want the cameras hidden or semi-hidden or do you also want them to function as a deterrent?
Also, remember cameras have a cone of view, thus to sufficiently cover any side of your home with no blind spots, it will require two cameras. Thus, a rectangular home with no harsh angles will require eight cameras to eliminate blind spots. This number increases if the home is shaped differently. More homes only cover traffic areas or areas of known entrance to the property. In which case, four cameras are usually sufficient.
Time To Mount Your Cameras
Most camera systems come with some mounting hardware but often extra pieces are needed to get the right mounting accomplished. When you go to physically mount your cameras, make sure that the mounts are firmly fixed to the home or object upon which you are mounting the camera. This includes using any drywall plugs or other necessary items to make sure the screws will not back out or can be pulled out easily.
Even if your camera is adjustable, attempt to put the camera facing the direction it is intended to cover. Then you can adjust as necessary without having to remove the camera and remount it.
Add A Dummy
One thing to consider is adding a few dummy cameras to help throw off any would-be intruders. One potential idea is to semi-hide the active cameras and place dummies in the obvious locations. However, make sure the dummy cameras look exactly like your active cameras for better results.
Running The Wires
Many systems have wireless cameras but these can vary in quality of picture. Usually, wired cameras don’t vary with temperature, wind, weather and more and thus, make the optimal choice. However, you do have to run the wires and this can be a chore depending on the setup. For homes, the typical choice is to run the wires through the attic space. Therefore, this fact should be taken into account when preparing to mount your cameras.
Setting up a security camera system is easy and many come with recommended mounting instructions. For many systems, there are also how to videos online that can help with individual problems that could be encountered. All it really takes is patience and proper planning, to have a quality security camera system for your home or business.