CCTV Mistakes to Avoid

For many homeowners, CCTV cameras help give peace of mind. However, this peace can only be lasting if your cameras are installed correctly and operating as expected.

Here at JL Audio Visual, we have many years of experience in CCTV installation and we know how important it is to get home security right. Making sure everything is installed properly is essential if you want to get the best possible performance from your cameras!

To help ensure you’re getting the most out of your home security system, we have outlined some common CCTV mistakes to avoid.

Incorrect Positioning

For the most effective security and surveillance, you need the cameras to be in the best possible positions. This means assessing your property and figuring out which areas need to be protected.

Putting cameras in areas around the main points of entry is one of the best things you can do. Positioning cameras above doorways and ground-floor windows is a must.

It is also important to ensure your equipment is pointed in the right direction. Homeowners often make the common mistake of positioning their cameras down at an angle that’s too severe. This can mean the feed records the ground and won’t pick up any suspicious activity.

You will also need to consider the quality of light that will affect your intended installation position. If there are bright street-lamps nearby, your footage may become overexposed and unusable. A lack of adequate light will also impact your picture quality, so striking the right balance is important.

Inappropriate Number of Cameras

Another common mistake can be not installing enough cameras at enough points around your property. More cameras will mean you can achieve a more complete view of the property.

However, how many cameras you need to install will, of course, be dependent on the size of your property. Expansive homes will need more cameras with a wider field of vision, whereas the same number of cameras would not be necessary for smaller suburban home.

A wall of CCTV cameras pointing at two people

Not Setting Up Alerts

The presence of multiple cameras may be enough to deter most potential intruders, but some may remain undiscouraged. The purpose of a CCTV camera system is so you can monitor any suspicious activity. This is why you need to have alerts set up correctly.

You will want to be notified if there is a threat; the alerts will make you aware of any intruders when you are not at home so you can call the authorities and protect your home and family.

Unobscured Cameras

As alluded to above, visible cameras can sometimes be enough to deter intruders, but you should not rely on this fact. Some criminals may notice your cameras and vandalise them or destroy them, making them ineffective.

To pre-empt this possibility, you can install cameras in less obvious locations. You may even want to disguise them to ensure that no unsavoury characters realise they are being watched!

For high-risk properties, a combination of both visible and less obvious cameras can be useful to help actively deter invaders while also remaining able to record serious activity.

Infrequent Maintenance

You may be tempted to install your cameras, leave it at that and not think about them again until you experience any kind of security threat. This is a mistake!

Checking that your connection is intact and cameras are fully operational is an important part of simple maintenance that should be undertaken on a regular schedule.

Bad weather or other environmental factors can compromise the system and render it ineffective, leaving your home vulnerable. So, check your visibility every now and again to ensure everything is working to your specifications.

Not Consulting a Professional

CCTV installation can be more difficult than many homeowners might suspect. Consulting a professional can help you avoid all of the aforementioned mistakes that lead to ineffective home security systems.

A home security system is not something you want to make mistakes with. If you require expert CCTV installation assistance, why not contact our team today to find out how we could help?

Where to Position CCTV Cameras at Home

Keeping your property safe and secure is a top priority. There can be nothing worse than feeling unsafe or insufficiently protected in your own home.

For many, the installation of CCTV cameras outside, and sometimes inside, their house is an excellent way to deter potential invaders and provide their family with the comforting knowledge that steps have been taken to ensure their safety.

With many years’ experience in CCTV installation, we know how important it is to get home security right. Knowing the best places to position your cameras will be crucial for an effective CCTV setup.

Poor positioning can mean that your cameras will not pick up movement outside of your house or that the picture will be corrupted. If your camera’s view is blocked, any footage will become useless.

Our quick guide outlines some of the best places to position your CCTV cameras for optimal home security and peace of mind!

Number of Cameras

Before having your cameras installed, it will be helpful to think about how many you will require for your security needs. When you have identified the areas that are most at risk, you will be able to figure out the minimum number of CCTV cameras needed. 

When you have settled upon the areas that need protecting, it is a case of finding the best position for your security camera for optimal clarity within that section. 

Main Points of Entry

Securing the doors and windows in your house is essential when endeavouring to achieve the best home security. Outside CCTV cameras will need to be installed high enough above entryways to ensure that intruders cannot disturb or damage the camera feed.

Lower-floor windows that don’t face the street are also particularly vulnerable to potential intruders, so CCTV cameras that include these areas in their scope can prove invaluable.

A security camera overlooking a garage door

Garage Protection

Garages or outhouses that are separate constructions from your home are especially vulnerable. Burglars assume that they are less likely to be protected because you will be in your house, oblivious to anything happening outside.

A camera should be placed high above your garage door to catch any intruders or deter them from breaking in. 

Back Door

Many people neglect to protect their back door because they feel that it is protected by the garden or outside fences. This is not true, as thieves will still invade your home through this entrance. Again, a camera placed above a person’s reach will be your best bet to prevent things from being thrown at it, resulting in damage. 

Covering Large Outside Area

Using wide-angle lenses to monitor your whole garden, driveway or neighbouring streets may also be a good idea if you are particularly worried. These cameras have a larger scope and can be placed high for a more complete view. 

Two different types of cameras attached to a wall

Discrete Cameras

Using a combination of discrete and obviously-placed cameras across all of these locations will also be something to consider. The obvious presence of CCTV will deter some intruders, but in the event that your cameras are destroyed, more stealthily-placed or disguised cameras can provide backup.

Lighting

When deciding on the exact position of your camera, you should be conscious of potential lighting issues. Excessively bright daylight or overpowering street lamps can wash out the footage, preventing the cameras from being effective.

Installation

Correct installation will also be key in ensuring your camera’s effectivity. Without being installed correctly, your camera’s picture quality may be poor, or you may receive no picture at all. Having a professional install your home security system will be your best bet when it comes to making sure everything is set up safely and properly. 

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