Having a CCTV Camera Security System means you will always know who is or has been around your home, giving you peace of mind and security. Gone are the days of the old grainy, scratchy hard to see analog security systems. The latest standard is HD for all video security systems.
The new CCTV cameras give a minimum of 1.3 Megapixel and up to a 4K resolution, high definition video which is very clear, but can require a lot of storage over the full weeks recording, so you will use more disk space.
If you use a 2 megapixel camera that records at 30 frames a second, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week you would need 500 gigabytes of storage every 7 days.
*The information below is in no way advice on how or where to install your camera, for your individual circumstances you should always seek professional advise by a licensed CCTV installer
How to increase your storage capacity
To save disk space one thing that you can do is choose a lower resolution. This will increase the amount of video you can place onto a disk as your only recording as the size of the video will be smaller. When watching the playback you shouldn’t notice the difference.
The normal setting is to record full time, 24 hours a day, but often this is not needed. You can set the recorder to only record when the sensor detects motion. This would mean your security camera would only be recording when there is movement and thus reducing storage space. Keep in mind that sensors may not always pick up movement automatically.
The different settings can be set on a camera by camera basis, so you can have some areas being recorded all the time while others would be better suited to the motion detection mode. Doing this can not only save on the need for a large amount storage, but it makes viewing the video much easier and quicker.
Where some people haver had their CCTV Cameras Installed
All homes and properties are different, so one rule would not work everywhere, but these ideas will help you get the best from your CCTV Camera system.
There will always be some areas that could require a camera that are very difficult to run a cable to, so you might want to think about installing a wireless bridge to get the best position. Clearly visible cameras are a great deterrent, but it’s our customers tell us that often a good idea to have a few concealed cameras as well.
Exterior: Front Door
The front door is where packages are delivered to and collected from, so having a camera there is important. About one third of all burglaries and home invasions come at the front door, having a camera there allows you to see everyone who approaches and enters. Using a video doorbell is a great way to add an extra camera or it could be used as your primary one, depending on your situation.
Exterior: Back and Side Doors
Secondary doors that are out of sight can allow visitors, welcome or not, to enter undetected. Having security cameras strategically place to give the exterior of the home a complete cover will help you detect anyone who should not be there, such as a potential intruder trying to enter without your knowledge or permission.2
Exterior: Decks, Garage, Paths and Driveway
Having a camera or two directed at your garage and any paths, including driveways will alert you to intruders and keep a good watchful eye on your outside furniture, children’s play equipment, sports equipment and vehicles.
If your garage is attached to the home having is covered by a camera ensures his entrance way is covered too.
People often check places out before they break in, so having your yard and boundaries monitored with a high quality CCTV Camera allows you to keep tabs on anyone looking around your home or property. It is also a great way to see what the kids and any animals or workers outside are up to.
Interior: Common Areas
Having places where people usually gather like lounges and kitchen areas monitored not only helps with internal security, but allows you to see what your kids are doing and to check any repair people or household staff. Large windows are often targeted by intruders, so viewing them from a camera mounted at the opposite corner of the room allows you to see if anyone has tampered with them or tried to use them as an entry point.
Interior: Halls and Stairways
When you place cameras in the main thoroughfares in your home it makes it very difficult for anyone to travel around undetected. Normally bedrooms and bathrooms are unmonitored, so could be potential entry points. A hallway camera would catch them leaving these rooms. (A camera placed outside bathroom and bedroom windows without it being able to catch an interior view, is a good security idea).
Places Where You Should Not Place a Camera
All CCTV placements need to keep in mind the local privacy laws of where they are being mounted so an outside CCTV Camera probably should not be placed anywhere it violates a neighbours privacy, but it might be fine if your camera captures an area of your neighbours that is always in public view, like their front yard. Again check your local laws and also think about signage if required.
Bedrooms and Bathrooms
As a rule, it’s best not to have cameras in bedrooms and bathrooms again for privacy reasons. If you want to monitor babies the best choice is a baby monitor. Elderly people should have their own personal alert monitors or alert systems.
Optimising Camera Placement for Function and Visibility
To get the most out of your CCTV Camera System, you should think about optimising their positions for visibility and function. After you have made your choice on the best location to monitor for your overall security, you might want to form a strategy on where exactly to mount or install each of your CCTV Cameras.
Simple ideas to get the most out of your CCTV camera placement:
- 8 to 10 feet from the ground is the a good height to install your cameras as this is high enough to make it difficult for thieves and vandals, but close enough to get a good clear video coverage
- Avoid having your cameras pointed towards the sunlight as this can cause high contrast and glare in your videos making it hard to see the images. Consider where the sun is and it’s movements to decide the correct position you should place the camera
- Decide if you wish to go for the high profile visible camera approach or make them hidden. Being visible is a very good burglar deterrent, but they are more susceptible to theft or vandalism. Often a good approach is to do both, have some heavy duty cameras fixed in high visibility spots, then some concealed in highly vulnerable areas
- All cameras should be protected as much as possible from the elements, although the top outdoor CCTV Cameras are completely weather and waterproof, if possible place them under the eaves or protected area
- Interior cameras are best placed high in corners to afford the best view and vantage point
- Image quality is often degraded if the camera is pointed out or through windows. Light can reflect off glass and windows obscuring images, especially in dark conditions
- IR or infrared light technology is incorporated into some top of the line cameras for use in low light conditions
- Videos that look washed out or whitened are usually the result of reflections
- Direct light can have the effect of washing out videos so consider lights lamps and natural sunlight when placing the cameras
Security Installation Tips
Consider these tips to avoid problems and get the most from your CCTV Camera system:
Always test all your equipment before installing. Try a dry run first to ensure the system operates in the expected way with the expected results
- Is the Wi-Fi signal strong and adequate?
- Is the picture quality adequate?
- Are there any obstacles blocking your view?
- Be sure to anchor the camera in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
- Be aware that from time to time the lenses and whole camera will need to be cleaned and serviced so don’t make it inaccessible
*Most importantly of all, getting the most from your CCTV camera system involves having it installed correctly. If you don’t feel 100 percent confident installing your CCTV Camera System have it installed by a professional CCTV installer and you should not have any issues. Remember that all electrical installations must be done by a licensed electrician.