Outdoor Security Camera System
Outdoor security camera systems have become the foremost defense when it comes to protecting your business or property, providing assurance that anybody trying to access your property will either be recorded doing so or deterred by the presence of visible surveillance. Below we cover the benefits to introducing outdoor security cameras, and we discuss the important system factors that should also be taken into account.
The Benefits of Outdoor Security Camera Systems
- Act as a physical deterrent to prevent crimes from happening
- Recorded data can be used to provide police with valuable information
- Ability to ‘keep an eye’ on children or pets when they are outside
- Added security helps save money on insurance
Key System Features
- Weather resistant cameras are vital for capturing quality footage without interference.
- Motion detection allows for cameras to only record when the sensors are triggered, saving energy and server space.
- Cameras act as a physical deterrent but image quality is vital in helping identify intruders.
- Night vision is essential for cameras as this is the time when homes and businesses are most vulnerable.
Key Outdoor Systems Aspects
Cameras undoubtedly play a vital role in the collection of data and deterring of criminals, but there is much more to an effective security system than just cameras. Cutting corners with other aspects of security systems will often have its consequences. Here are some of the key areas worth taking into consideration:
Cabling – the majority of cameras on the market are analog and use transmission cables to transfer data to a DVR. As well as outdoor cameras being exposed to the elements, so is the cabling. Typically cables use galvanized iron which doesn’t rust easily, but it is important to make sure you use high quality cables that won’t deteriorate under extreme heat or cold. Wired systems are known for being more difficult to install and having to replace low quality cables is an issue best avoided.
DVRs – an obvious point but worth saying, DVRs should be kept indoors in a safe location, not only to prevent tampering but also to keep recorded footage in a secure and only accessible to you.
Camera Angles – if you are going to install a security system then it is worth doing it correctly, this means choosing the appropriate number of security cameras. If you have a large angle that needs to be covered then several bullet cameras can be strategically placed to give good coverage or a single fisheye dome camera can also be used to provide a wide angle and lessen the number of cameras needed.