5 Things to be Aware of during CCTV Camera Installation

CCTV installations, though they may seem straightforward on the surface, could pose technical issues for many who undertake the job. Many people will assume they’re done installing their CCTV surveillance systems only to figure out later to have missed out on some critical aspects.

If you’re installing a CCTV camera in your premises, it pays to keep certain things in mind which can save plenty of hassles later on. Here’s some critical aspects of the process you should be aware of during your CCTV camera installation.

Technical Know-hows

Before installation, it’s important to understand the technical aspects of your system.

For starters, your system will either be a DVR or NVR so become familiar with how differently they process video. A DVR will process at the system recorder; if it’s an NVR, processing will happen at the camera then move to the recorder for storage. Each also supports different lenses, so you’d also want to get familiar with them.

Next, see what storage options the system offers like eSATA, Ethernet, USB, etc. Evaluate the storage duration to determine the number of days the footage will be stored. Lastly, discover whether your camera system offers remote access and viewing.

Surveillance Laws

Staying ahead of surveillance norms is vital. As per the law, it’s expected you will let people know they’re under surveillance, so ensure you put up signs notifying the same. Certain surveillance Criminal Codes also make it an offence to record footage of people in private areas like the bathroom.

During installation always check how the cameras are positioned such that they don’t breach any Criminal Codes.

Authorizations and Consent

Based on where you’ll be installing the system, you could be required to get permission from certain authorities. This can occur if your store or business facility falls next to a neighbour’s store or home. If that’s the case then do let them know in advance.

If it’s a residential premise then you may be required to take authorization from strata corporations or civic bodies before installation.

Equipment Protection

Protecting the underlying equipment and circuitry is just as important as protecting the camera itself. Intruders can tamper with your DVR or NVR, leaving you with a loss of your footage and money.

Other equipment such as cables should be secured against water, heat, snow, rain and similar phenomena. They should also be safeguarded against trespassers who may try to cut them off. Try encasing them in sheaths or hard covering or blending them with their surroundings.

Power Backup

Power cuts or failures can render security cameras useless so you will want to ensure there’s continual power supply to keep them going.

Invest in a reliable UPS that will guarantee long-lasting and constant power flow. And make sure you identify the necessary wattage requirements and runtime of your UPS before you do.

Now that you’re familiar with the most important things regarding CCTV camera installation, make sure you pick the right system for your premises.

Or better yet, outsource the installation job to experts like National Protective Services. Our experts will examine all parameters during installation and set up a CCTV surveillance system tailored to your needs. Please get in touch today.