Securing your home or office is more than simply locking your doors at night. The right surveillance system equipped with CCTV cameras is a must to bolster the safety and security of the inhabitants and to prevent intruders from entering in and stealing or damaging your property.
Identify your security requirements before you set up the surveillance system
To ensure that your surveillance system functions effectively and offers the right protection, you need to make sure that the CCTV cameras are positioned in the right spot. Now, we come to the biggest challenge – the right spot is not the same spot for all buildings. It all depends on what you wish to accomplish with your surveillance system.
Security goals vary from one person to another, depending on the size of the building, neighbourhood, location and more.
Common surveillance needs include:
- Keeping an eye on suspicious activity, loitering by unknown persons around the perimeter of the building
- Preventing burglaries and vandalism
- Fortifying areas of the house that are rarely accessed like an outdoor shed
- Recording the image of every person who enters the building via the outdoor gate
- Keeping an eye on other entry points like backdoors, upper floor windows and more
- Seeing who is at the front door before you open it
As you can see, the positioning of your CCTV cameras depends on your security goals – what you wish to achieve from the system.
Check out a few guidelines on How to Mount CCTV Cameras to improve the effectiveness of your surveillance system:
- Mounting Height
The height at which you place the CCTV cameras determine the quality of the images recorded. Look to place cameras at a height of 10 to 20 feet above the ground. This not only gives you a wider angle of view but also prevents the camera from being vandalised or tampered with.
For offices, cameras positioned at 10 feet above the ground, not only captures the images of incoming customers with significant clarity but also captures the surrounding area well-enough. The same applies to homes. Make sure that the camera is positioned at least three feet above the front door and at other places around 10 to 20 feet above the ground.
- Mounting Locations
Front door, back door, ground floor and first-floor windows are the most common entry points for burglars. You need to ensure that you position a camera covering these likely entry points. Additionally, having a CCTV camera mounted above the front door is a great bonus. This helps you see who is at the door before answering.
While placing CCTV cameras above doors or windows, make sure that it is facing downward, so that it covers an adequate area around the door or window. When placing cameras outdoors, make sure that it is waterproof and has night vision, so that it can continue recording even when it’s dark outside.
- More Than One Camera
If you are looking to cover your entire perimeter, you are likely to require more than one camera. Only when you have an adequate number of cameras, you can prevent blind spots. Blindspots are zones in your home perimeter that aren’t covered by CCTV surveillance. If a burglar, identifies the blind spots in your property, he can go about his business, without getting caught on camera.
While installing CCTV surveillance systems with Eurovigil, our installation experts visit your property and figure out the ideal number of cameras required for your space.
- High But Not Too High
Very often, people assume that higher the camera is placed, the wider is the area covered. However, this is not true. While you may get a larger, wider view, it is of no use if the image of the intruder is captured in poor-picture quality. When the camera is positioned too high, you will not be able to identify the individual or track license plates and so on. You need to strike the right balance between image quality and area covered.
- Ensure that there is no room left for the camera to focus
Finally, the exact location of positioning the camera depends on the type of CCTV camera used. Cameras like the Eurovigil I View HD300, I View HD400 have a specific focus range and thereby should be aimed on areas like doors and driveways. On the other hand, cameras like Eurovigil I View IP 200, I View HD200 have rotate modes and should be placed in areas without any obstruction.
Check with your installer to find the right location for each type of camera you use in your CCTV security system.
Let Eurovigil handle the installation of your CCTV outdoor security cameras
Our installation experts customize your CCTV system to suit your specific needs and to match your building’s layout to ensure that you get the best coverage possible. We ensure that all your CCTV