Installation Tips to Get the Most Out of Commercial CCTV

Running a business is no mean feat since certain things are usually out of your control. Break-ins, for example, can happen at any time and when you least expect them. However, you can take certain steps to minimise such incidences, and installing a surveillance camera system is one. That said, CCTV cameras in business premises are only as effective as their installation. This article looks at commercial CCTV installation tips that help get the most from the devices.

Combine Visible and Hidden Cameras — The sight of a surveillance camera is enough to deter burglars thinking about breaking into your premises or employees who want to conduct pilferage activities. However, visible CCTV cameras make burglars and employees extra cautious about their criminal activities. Thus, security experts advise business owners to strategically install visible and hidden cameras. For instance, you can install visible cameras in areas that experience high traffic because burglars are less likely to tamper with them. However, areas with less activity should have hidden cameras, such as the back of a building or a dumpster area. Since burglars will not see the cameras, they will think you don't monitor such less frequented areas. It makes it easy to nab burglars before they access your premises during the day or at night.

Mix Camera Types — When shopping for CCTV cameras, you will come across different types, including fixed, PTZ, 360, fisheye and panoramic cameras. All the camera types have various advantages depending on their application. For instance, a fixed camera is an excellent choice if running a small convenience store. However, a fixed camera in one corner would not suffice if you own a slightly large convenience store. You can combine a fixed and a fisheye camera in such conditions, thanks to the latter's ultra-wide-angle lens. Similarly, combining fixed and PTZ cameras in a mall setting guarantees adequate security. Notably, you can focus the fixed cameras in low traffic areas and use PTZ cameras in high traffic areas to actively monitor suspicious activities. 

Offer Sun/Rain Protection — Outdoor cameras are exposed to sunlight and rain, such as those found at gates, parking lots and building main entrances. However, the elements can affect the quality of footage the cameras record to the extent that some might become unusable. For instance, direct sunlight causes glare and high contrast, impacting footage quality. Prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can also distorts the protective glass and damage the image sensor of a surveillance camera. Therefore, ensure you install a protective cover on outdoor CCTV cameras to protect them from the elements.