CCTV Camera Tips : Security Camera Positioning
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There are many factors that go into creating a effective CCTV solution. In addition to quality equipment and installation we must always to be aware of the camera positioning. When you position your outdoor security cameras correctly, you can eliminate the need of additional cameras to cover your target area and maximize the efficiency of your security system. On the flip side, if you position cameras incorrectly, it can lead to blind spots or the need to unnecessarily purchase more cameras. Keep these points in mind to get the most out of your system without breaking the bank.
- Mount cameras at an elevated position – Mounting your cameras at a high altitude can do a couple of things for your surveillance solution. It can keep your cameras out of range of vandals and would be burglars, which can save you from having to replace broken security cameras. It also allows your camera to have a high vantage point increasing its viewing area. Pro Tip : The low mounting of a camera can create the need for two cameras to gain full coverage. Move the mounting point up a few feet and you’ll eliminate the need for that second camera and you’ll save yourself a couple hundred bucks.
- Try to keep them hidden – This is important because you want to capture people on camera, but you don’t want them to know they are on camera! People act differently when they know they are on camera. However, sometimes it is important to let people know they are on camera. Banks or stores generally let people know they are on camera to prevent crime rather than “allow” it to happen and catch the criminal later. Depending on your application, you may want to purchase low profile cameras or you may want to mount them in the open. Keep in mind what you are trying to achieve with your system.
- Cover your target area – When placing cameras, make sure that you provide ample coverage, but not in excess. For example, if you are trying to cover a backyard gate don’t zoom in to only have the gate in frame. Position the camera to cover part of your backyard or driveway as well so you cover as much area as possible without sacrificing video quality. The more information you capture on your security DVR, the better your chances are to either catch a criminal or prevent one! Pro Tip : Do not overlap your camera feeds unless it is an area of utmost importance. The only reason to record the same area with multiple cameras is if you’re worried that one camera may fail.
If you have any questions about maximizing the effectiveness of your security system, call one of our expert security consultants at 800-997-8460 to get the answers you need!