CCTV cameras being sensitive electronic devices are subject some common threats which can stop them operating as required. The following are some of the most common threats and suggestions on how to mimimise the risk:
Sometimes an element of society just can’t resist the urge to vandalize things and CCTV cameras can be a target. Often when people are trying to commit criminal acts they will try and destroy CCTV cameras so there is no record of their action, such as spray painting the lens or hitting the camera.
The solution is to mount your CCTV cameras, high enough so they are out of reach and ensure they are enclosed in a protective cage that is securely mounted
- Storm damage
Outdoor CCTV cameras a made to be waterproof, but severe storms can contain very heavy rain and high winds which could damage exposed CCTV cameras. If mounted on a pole or tower, they may also be vulnerable to lightning strikes.
The solution is to mount your CCTV cameras in place where they have protection form inclement weather conditions, such as under roof eves or in specially made housings. Making sure the area the CCTV cameras are mounted on is nonconductive and there is adequate grounding will reduce the possibility if lightning strikes
Modern wireless CCTV cameras are connected through an IP network that can be hacked so it’s vital that you install adequate cybersecurity defenses and upload the latest firmware, CCTV camera security updates sent from the CCTV cameras manufacturer and have completely random passwords that are changed regularly
- Insects or spider webs
Because many people have their CCTV cameras partially concealed in inaccessible places and they are often sheltered by canopies or are in the corners, they are also very attractive places for insects and spiders to hide make their nests. This can cause the lens to be partially obscured or set off the motion detectors.
The best solution is to regularly clean CCTV cameras with a soft brush and apply insect repellant around the CCTV cameras
- Glare and light reflection
Reflected light and glare can cause your images to become unreadable or unclear. This can happen from sunlight entering the lens or lights mounted in places that allow them to affect your CCTV camera’s view. Reflections from surfaces like windows, water in ponds or pools or even water collecting on surfaces after it rains can affect the quality of your images.
The solution is to ensure your CCTV cameras are mounted so they do not catch the reflection from reflective surfaces and are at such an angle that they cannot be affected by sunlight or lighting. If your CCTV cameras are in an area where there is a lot of reflective surfaces, then the use of an appropriate lens filter is advised
Your CCTV cameras are the eyes of your security surveillance system and need to be mounted securely at a height and with enough protection so they are not vulnerable to attacks by vandals or criminals trying to avoid detection. Having your CCTV cameras installed by a qualified technician will help overcome most of the common problems people have with their CCTV cameras. This is because they are trained to mount them in the best positions to provide maximum vision and security for the units.