How to get the most out of CCTV systems

When installing CCTV, your prime reason is to encourage the safety and security of your home, business premises or the surrounding area.

While it absolutely is the right step towards achieving just that, it’s equally important you take action to ensure your CCTV systems are running at their maximum potential. After all, CCTV not only deters potential intruders, it can also provide vital evidence to the police in case of a crime having been committed. Imagine how frustrated you would feel if you’d gone to the effort of installing CCTV cameras, only to discover they weren’t working correctly, so the evidence was lost or unusable?

If you own CCTV and are wanting to know how to get the most out of your system, here are our top tips to ensure your cameras deliver what you expect from them.

Location, location, location

First things first, it’s really important to assess the location of your CCTV to make sure it’s in the best spot and covers all the right angles. If you’ve had your CCTV for a while, it’s good to check on the footage you’ve had up to this point to ensure you’re happy with the coverage. After all, if your CCTV isn’t covering key areas where intruders are likely to break in, it won’t be able to provide that all-important evidence to the police.

Another issue with the location to consider is nearby foliage or similar debris that may obscure your CCTV cameras. If relocating your CCTV systems isn’t an option, you will need to make sure the area is kept clear from anything that might block the footage. There have even been cases where spider webs have covered CCTV cameras meaning vital evidence was missed during criminal trials, so if your CCTV location is prone to any of these problems, you won’t be getting the most out of your security cameras until you resolve it.

Preventative maintenance

You’d never buy a car without ever taking it to a garage in its lifetime, and the same analogy is true of your CCTV cameras, in that they do require occasional maintenance to ensure they are working to their best ability.

Firstly, the lens of your cameras will need regular cleaning. Although we’ve mentioned pesky spider webs, in truth even bad weather can cause a build-up on the lens which will obscure the view, rending your CCTV useless. Once you notice the picture becoming blurry or debris spots appearing on the footage, you should act promptly as your premises isn’t being covered by your CCTV effectively.

The camera itself may develop frayed wires or other issues which will render the footage ineffective. Again, this is something that needs to be dealt with swiftly as you may not be able to use the footage for criminal proceedings if the picture isn’t transmitting correctly.

Keep up to date

Like all cameras, CCTV is a technology that is constantly being improved. If it’s been a while since your CCTV system has been updated, then there’s every chance you are missing out on the best picture quality or other essential features that could make all the difference when it comes to presenting your footage as evidence, not to mention protecting your premises in the first place.

Are looking to install CCTV in your business or home? Perhaps you’d like advice about any of the points we’ve mentioned above? Drop us a line on IRE 01 691 7100 | UK 028 8676 1183 and our friendly team will be in touch.

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