alarms_fire_security_surveillanceWorried that an intruder might find his way to your treasured possessions? Although you can insure almost anything and everything today, what about beautiful memories like photos or gifts from loved ones? Can you put a price on that? Losing a memory or a family heirloom could be both tragic and frustrating. However, with the right steps, it could be avoided.

So the question is, can your security system keep an eye on your home when you are not around? If you hesitated in answering that question, then you should rethink your strategy.

Surveillance systems, as the name suggests, are designed to keep an eye and cover blind spots in your house or workplace. These systems primarily consist of security cameras that generally include the following components:

  • Cameras – the surveillance unit
  • Cables– wires to connect cameras with monitors and power adapters
  • Power Distribution Block or Power Adapter–power supply unit
  • Monitors– screens for surveillance
  • Video recorder (DVR)–hard drive for storage

The cameras perform different functions depending on the type of surveillance system being used. Some provide real-time feed, some record and store all the footage while others provide a combination of both.

CCTV Cameras –Up Close and Personal

CCTV or Close Circuit Television cameras are one of the most popular security systems that can be used in a variety of settings. Be it your home or office, this security system is designed to provide surveillance footage in the form of videos or still images. These cameras are connected to a monitoring and recording system through a secure wireless connection. CCTV systems essentially work as your security guards keeping an eye on everything.

Types of Surveillance Cameras

There may be different types of surveillance cameras for different requirements, but they all serve a single purpose; keeping an eye. Some of the types are mentioned below:

  • Brick/box Camera- For indoor use only, removable and replaceable lens makes it useful for multiple surveillance purposes.
  • IR bullet cameras- use infrared (IR) LEDs which turn on automatically in low light. Can be used both indoors and outdoors.
  • Spy Cameras- these are covert cameras that record images or footage without being visible.
  • Vandal Resistant Dome Cameras- for both, indoor and outdoor use. Come with a weatherproof casing.

Positioning is the key!

When you have decided to invest in a surveillance camera, you need to point it in the right direction. You do not want the camera pointing in the wrong direction; it’s like having an umbrella and not using it when it’s pouring. Here are a couple of tips that could help you get the most out of your surveillance system:

  • Always point at the asset. If you have a camera in the garage, point the camera where you park the car.
  • Cover all the choke points. In other words, the camera should cover all entry and exit points.
  • Mounting your camera on an outdoor lighting post could give you a clear view of the street.
  • Protect your camera from rain. Cover it so that the footage or the camera doesn’t get ruined.

Although some surveillance systems are easy to install, it’s always wise to get help from a professional. Especially, if it’s your first time. These professionals, also known as security consultants, should have ample experience in setting up surveillance systems. Listening to their advice and taking advantage of their experience could make all the difference in the end.