Ensuring Your CCTV System is up-to-scratch

Installing a CCTV camera in your home might seem like an extreme measure, but for many people they offer peace of mind, acting as an effective deterrent against any potential crimes. Moreover, CCTV footage is a useful way to identify the culprits in the unfortunate event of a successful break-in.

With recent advancements in technology, many modern security cameras operate wirelessly and allow people to view their property remotely, all hours of the day. This is particularly useful for people who live, work or travel frequently and are away from their homes for long periods of time.
However, wireless video detection systems can only be effective when they properly set up under the right conditions.

Good lighting is essential
Even the latest, state-of-the-art video cameras cannot always capture perfect footage. If the conditions aren’t right, they won’t be as effective. Footage can be compromised for a number of reasons, especially during the approaching colder months, where daylight hours are shorter and weather conditions can be somewhat unpredictable.

Here, good lighting is the key to quality footage, so if your home is located on a very dark street or in a secluded area, you might want to think long and hard about that.

Luckily, many of the newest cameras will have infrared lighting built-in, which enables the camera to effectively operate even in total darkness! The older devices, on the other hand, emit a ‘white light’ which can highlight your property and may have the contrary effect of helping unwanted intruders easily spot your home to target.

Other key considerations
Besides good lighting, there are a few easy ways you can ensure your CCTV is up-to-scratch and therefore worth your investment:
• Always have your security solutions fitted by a trained security provider. Key accreditations to look out for include SSAIB, BSI, NSI Gold, amongst others.
• Review where you have placed your cameras and your other security measures, ensuring you avoid bad lighting, blind spots and other potential obstructions.
• Carry out regular maintenance checks to ensure your systems are still in good working order, particularly following adverse weather.

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Millennium Security is a leading UK supplier of physical security solutions, including CCTV, wireless video detection, fire alarms, SIA-licensed security guards and access control systems.