In today’s world, taking adequate security measures has become a priority for many people, with one of the most effective being CCTV cameras. When you want to install CCTV cameras around your home or business, there are two options. You can pay a technician to install them for you or you can do the installation yourself.
This guide will help you install your CCTV cameras by following these simple steps:
Before you start installing your new CCTV cameras you need to carefully plan the whole operation to ensure they will be effective and give you the best coverage. Choosing the correct places to mount the cameras is vital. You also need to consider the power supply, whether they are to be connected to your mains power, your emergency power backup system or if they will run on batteries.
You need to think about the cables needed to connect your CCTV cameras to your audio recording device, the security of the cameras and how you will go about doing routine maintenance such as cleaning and adjusting.
Consider these points:
- Position of the CCTV cameras
Choosing the right position is one of the most important aspects of installing CCTV cameras to maximize their coverage, they need to:
- To be mounted high enough so they cannot be tampered with, stolen or vandalized
- If they rely on a cable to deliver their captured video images to the recorder they should be positioned to minimize the length of cable required as this can affect the video quality
- Inside they should be mounted high in a corner so they cover any entrances or exits
- Outside they need to cover doors, windows, walkways and approaches as well as garages and parking spaces
- Ensure the CCTV camera is not directed towards lights or direct sunlight, often, it’s better to have lighting behind the CCTV camera
- If the CCTV camera needs to be wired for power ensure there are facilities to do this near the mounting position
Mounting the CCTV Cameras
CCTV cameras are expensive and can be relatively heavy, so they need to be mounted securely on a solid base so they are secure and not removed.
- Use the template provided or hold the camera in the required position while you place guide marks so you can drill the holes for the mounting bracket or screws
- Insert the screws and tighten firmly so the CCTV camera is secure
- Plug in the power cable and the video cables as well as audio if your CCTV cameras are equipped with this facility
Placing the Recording Device
Regardless of the type of recording device you are using, it needs to be placed as close as practical to the CCTV cameras for best results. It should also be in a strong locked compartment so that an intruder will not be able to locate it and destroy the evidence of their activities
Make a Systems Check
Start by turning on the CCTV cameras and your recording device, check the displays and follow the manufactures set instructions to ensure everything is working properly.
As CCTV cameras are complete units, they are relatively easy to install as long as they are mounted securely in positions where they offer the best coverage and cannot be tampered with.