Have you ever asked yourself this question, “Why are so many homes, offices, supermarkets and other retail outlets, still burglarised even with the presence of security cameras?”
The one-word answer to this question is “Blind Spots.” When you install home security cameras either on your own or with the help of an inexperienced firm, you’re likely to have blind spots around your perimeter.
A blind spot is an area(s) that isn’t covered by the peripheral vision of the installed CCTV camera. All CCTV cameras including the most advanced ones have a pre-set range. This means a single camera cannot cover your entire perimeter. You need more than one camera to cover your entire field and to avoid these pesky blind spots.
Burglars typically examine your perimeter scanning for any blind spots. Once they find one, they take advantage of these and enter your property and escape with your valuables, even when you have wired or wireless home security cameras monitoring your property.
How to Find Blind Spots?
The first step in finding blind spots is to find out the field of view (FOV) of your camera. This depends on the lens type. For instance, if your camera uses a 4mm fixed lens, it has a viewing angle of 80°. The areas beyond this are blind spots and aren’t captured by your camera.
The best way to identify blind spots is by conducting trial runs. Ask your spouse/kid to enter your house through various ways. Imagine you’re a burglar and come up with all creative ways to enter into your property.
You can try the:
- Front door
- Various ground floor and upper floor windows
- Other entrances like back door, garage doors, and porches
While you’re conducting these runs, monitor your home video surveillance simultaneously. Today, most security systems allow you to watch this directly on your mobile device. This helps you to find blind spots and take corrective measures.
Here are four handy tips to Eliminate Blind Spots
Tip 1: It all depends on the Location
By working with a professional security expert like Eurovigil, you can eliminate blind spots right during the installation process. This is because professionals are more experienced and are likely to provide with a security system that gives you complete coverage.
Tip 2: Consider using a Wide-Angle Security camera
A panoramic fisheye lens or a PTZ camera will be able to cover wider areas thereby reducing the chances of blind spots.
Tip 3: Don’t fail to consider External Factors
Sometimes a harsh wind is enough to relocate your camera by a few inches thereby creating new blind spots. So, make sure that your CCTV cameras are designed to withstand forces of nature as well as acts of vandalism.
A CCTV camera for home that offers complete coverage is a MUST to protect your loved ones and precious assets. Make use of these handy tips to improve the security of your home and eliminate blind spots.