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DOs and DON'Ts of a Home CCTV System

The Dos and Don'ts of Home CCTV Systems

Feeling safe in your own home should be a basic right, but for some people that simply isn't the case. This is why more and more people are choosing to invest in cctv systems for their home. A CCTV system offers two different levels of protection for the home, acting as a deterrent to thieves and creating evidence of a burglary or crime that has already taken place.
 
In order to get the most out of your home CCTV system, we've put together a list of dos and don'ts for you to consider:

Do: Use more than a Wide Angle Camera

This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to investing in CCTV, with the belief that a wide-angle camera will cover more ground. Wide-angle cameras actually spread their pixels apart very quickly as someone moves away from the lens, resulting in poor detail capture. Wide angle cameras are great to get a general coverage but should be used with narrow angle (close up) cameras for important areas like cars, doors, gates and face recognition.

Just Focus On The Front Door

There's no reason why you can't cover all bases with your CCTV systems. If you're installing a camera on the front of the house, it's also a good idea to place on at the back door as well as your car. Place a camera wherever there's an entrance to the house- including the windows!

Buy A Larger DVR Than You Need

Usually when someone invests in a CCTV system, they buy a DVR recorder that only caters for the 4 cameras. Later down the line, it's likely that another CCTV camera will be bought for another area of the home,and a new DVR will have to be purchased. Being savvy from the beginning, paying only slightly more and buying a DVR that is one size larger than you require, will easily allow you to connect another CCTV camera at a later date.

Use Just A Wide Angle Camera

This is one of the biggest mistakes people make when it comes to investing in CCTV, with the belief that a wide-angle camera will cover more ground. Wide-angle cameras actually spread their pixels apart very quickly as someone moves away from the lens, resulting in poor detail capture. Wide angle cameras are great to get a general coverage but should be used with narrow angle (close up) cameras for important areas like cars, doors, gates and face recognition.

Protect Your CCTV Camera From The Weather

It's important to protect your CCTV camera from the elements to ensure it works to it's best ability and doesn't get damaged or broken. Investing in an outdoor camera and weatherproof box for any outside connections should do the job just fine.

Attach Your Cameras To The Guttering

Although it might seem like a good idea, attaching your cameras to the gutter will actually expose them to poor weather conditions. It's also unlikely that your guttering will be able to withstand the weight of the cameras for too long anyway. Instead attach them to the facier or wall.

place your cameras at a reasonable height

People often think it's a good idea to place their CCTV cameras up high,where the wall meets the roof because they believe this is the best place to avoid the system being tampered with. The problem with doing this is that in reality you'll only film the top of someone's head,and will have to use a wide-angle lens. It's a much better option to mount some cameras up high and also some cameras further down to get the close ups you need, this way you'll film everything from up high and get the clean face shots from lower down. If necessary, you might want to install Anti Vandal cameras.

Cricklewood Electronics offer an extensive range of CCTV systems, DVRs, accessories and much more to keep your home safe and secure.