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You’ve decided that it’s time to boost the security of your home with a CCTV monitoring system. Great! The list of benefits of having such a system is endless, but so are the ways, in which you can position the actual cameras. And this is not a good thing because having a CCTV camera installed on a weird spot is, one, ineffective, two, can cause you troubles with the law and three, it’s just money thrown out the window.
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Before you decide to upgrade your house with this type of security system, you’ll need to think about the CCTV camera positioning. To make things easier for you, we’ve gathered all of the required information about the factors you need to consider, in order to find the best positions for your CCTV cameras. Let’s start off with…
Find out if your property has been broken into in the past. You can ask your landlord, if you’re renting the place, or your neighbours, if you’ve just bought it. Make sure to gather as much information as possible, including where exactly on the property the break-in happened. Did the burglar enter through a window? Which window was it? All of these details will help you pick the best position for your CCTV camera.
Take a walk through your property. Which parts look most vulnerable to a break-in? You are looking for areas that are close to the ground, big enough for a person to fit through and badly lit. Every property has those. Locate them and add them to your list of potential burglar entry points.
You really don’t want to place a camera at a spot, in which it will be affected by the elements. The ideal location for a CCTV camera is one protected from the sun and rain, and is vegetation-free. After all, the main goal is to keep an eye on a specific window of your home, not on a pile of leaves or potential raindrops. But most importantly, you don’t want strong sun glare to disrupt the images or water – to damage your equipment.
The number of cameras you decide to have installed depends highly on how secure you want your property to be and on your budget – it’s simple as that. In general, we recommend getting at least 4 CCTV cameras. Anything above that number is just more protection, and, of course – more of an investment.
Like all security technology on the market, CCTV monitoring systems can also come with additional features that will help you sleep even better. For a couple of pounds or 50, you can get an event-triggered audio recording system, one with mobile monitoring, number plate checking and video triggering. All of these additional features will affect the number and potential placement of your CCTV cameras.
There isn’t a security system out there that doesn’t have its limitations. This also applies to CCTV monitoring cameras. For example, if you’ve installed a camera in a way that it faces the sun, you won’t have a good picture of the area. Or, if you’ve made the mistake to fit one to an easy-to-reach area, a burglar may decide to tamper with it. Whenever you decide to position your CCTV cameras, always keep in mind that the security solution isn’t bulletproof.
Now that we’ve covered the main points you need to consider before choosing spots for your CCTV cameras, it’s time to talk about the actual locations. So, here is where you should and where you most definitely SHOULD NOT mount your CCTV cameras:
Generally, you can install a camera in every corner of your house, if you want to. Needless to say, these types of measures are unnecessary. So, you better ensure the security of your property by fitting only a few cameras to strategic places, like the:
As we mentioned earlier, weird CCTV placements can give you troubles with the law. For example, if your system is pointed in such a way that it also captures video of areas beyond your property, like your neighbours’ house or a public street, then your use of the footage is subject to the data protection laws. This won’t put you in jail, but it will make you deal with a whole lot of legal obligations, which if you don’t follow, will get you a pretty heavy fine or troubles in court. You can read more about the above-mentioned legal obligations here.
Other than that, there are a few more specific places where we don’t recommend installing a CCTV camera – bedrooms and bathrooms. The reason is pretty clear – neither your family nor house guests will be happy with the idea of having a camera watching them sleep or take a shower. One word: Privacy.
Now that we’ve talked about the basic dos and don’ts of how to position your CCTV cameras, it’s time to move on to some helpful security camera placement recommendations that will make your whole installation process a lot easier. Let’s start off with…
As you can see from this article, installing a CCTV monitoring system by yourself, isn’t a very easy thing to do. Needles to say – a lot of things can go wrong. So, if you’ve decided that you prefer to leave the task to a professional, why not choose Fantastic Services for the job? We work with experienced, certified and additionally trained CCTV installation professionals, who will be more than happy to help you amp up the security of your home. Don’t wait any longer and book Fantastic Services’ guaranteed CCTV installation services now!
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