Don’t Take Shortcuts When It Comes to Security
A modern CCTV system will protect your property, while adding value and reducing insurance costs. But only if it is properly installed.
External and internal video surveillance systems are among the most effective ways to monitor and protect property. Today, such surveillance cameras are widely available and are a common sight in both domestic and commercial settings, particularly in London and the home counties.
If you are planning on adding CCTV to your home or business, there are companies who specialise in CCTV installation in Essex and will ensure that you are getting the very best out of your system. System installation involves four key steps. Let’s take a look at each of them in turn.
It is impossible to provide high-quality CCTV at a home or business without first performing a proper assessment. When on site, a specialist will be able to identify the best layout and the optimum features. For example, by examining a room’s layout he will determine the type of camera, the number needed and the best locations to cover the widest possible viewing angle.
Each CCTV system is unique and every site is going to have subtly different needs. However, there are some principles to keep in mind that you will wish to discuss at this initial stage. For example, a camera at a main gate should be able to capture the registration numbers of cars coming and going, and ideally the faces of their drivers. In poorly lit areas, you might choose a camera with infra-red illumination.
When discussing the choice of camera, consider the number of frames it takes per second and resolution of video it produces. This is not an easy decision for the non-professional to make, so ask your engineer to talk you through the different options and offer his advice.
After the initial assessment, your CCTV expert will prepare the final plan. Run through it together in some detail and make sure you are satisfied that it meets your requirements, as well as your budget.
When everything is agreed, you can get started on the installation itself. This stage involves laying the necessary cabling then installing the cameras and connecting them to a central control centre.
Different systems have their own peculiarities and characteristics, so to ensure optimum performance, this is definitely a job best entrusted to the professionals.
When everything is in place, it’s time for the big moment. Fire up the system, test out all the cameras, complete the final adjustments and set the passwords. Congratulations, your new CCTV system is up and running!
As with any electronic equipment, CCTV cameras and their control auxiliaries require periodic service and maintenance to ensure their reliability and durability. Make this a regular event and ensure that the servicing and maintenance is signed off by a professional. That way, you can rest assured that your home or business is enjoying the best possible protection and you will also have the comfort of knowing that you have added value, as well as security, to your property.