Home security systems have become a necessity in modern homes these days. They do not only keep properties safe but also allow people to keep a check on them even when they’re away. This is why video surveillance is considered one of the most important components of a home security system.
Based on Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras and advanced video recording equipment, maintaining a video surveillance system the right way is crucial to keep things up and running. So, if you’re looking for some guidance in this regard, you have made it to the right post. In this blog, we are going to give you a detailed CCTV maintenance checklist.
Let’s get the ball rolling!
Top Things to Include in Your Preventative CCTV Maintenance Checklist
Looking for the best ways to maintain the CCTV camera system in your home? Follow these tips in a step-by-step manner:
- Check Your Cameras
- Check the Wiring of Connections
- Check Your Video Recording Equipment
Check Your Cameras
Let’s begin with the list of tips to maintain a CCTV camera security system, we’ll first talk about the cameras and their maintenance. Take a look:
- Check whether the focus of your camera lens is adjusted properly.
- Auto iris lenses, which allow CCTV cameras to adjust their vision according to the varying lighting condition, should also be adjusted properly.
- Check if the camera is covering the targeted field of view appropriately. If not, then make necessary adjustments.
- The glass on the lens of your camera needs to be clean and dust-free, both inside and out.
- The interior of the camera housing should also be clean and dry.
- Make sure the motor attached to the camera housing, which moves it in different directions, is also working fine.
Check the Wiring of Connections
The wiring is one of the main components of your security system. This is why we have importantly included it in this CCTV camera maintenance checklist
- Check the wiring and cables connected to your security camera system for any signs of wear and tear.
- Make sure all the cables are covered in necessary protective layers.
- Thoroughly inspect your CCTV camera system and check all the connectors and joints on wirings for any loose fittings or connections and fix them right away.
- Check if your installed cables are appropriately supporting audio/video signals.
- Distortions in signals may raise security concerns so make sure there aren’t any and the condition of your cables is up to the mark. It is one of the most essential tips to maintain a CCTV camera security system.
Check Your Video Recording System
Your CCTV camera security system is incomplete without a properly functioning video recording system. So, here are some key pointers to help you with its maintenance:
- All the monitors connected with your CCTV camera surveillance system should be free from picture burn-in and have clear display without any distortion.
- The contrast, brightness, and colours (if required) should be adjusted properly.
- A malfunctioning video recording equipment could ruin the entire system and efforts, so keep a regular check on it to make sure it is functioning properly and that the videos are being recorded distortion-free.
- One of the most important CCTV maintenance tips is to inspect the equipment that controls the movement and functionality of cameras. Make sure all the switchers for the proper sequencing of videos and multiplexers for timely encoding and decoding of signals are operational.
- For retaining crystal-clear display and properly functioning equipment, you also need to clean all your display screens, equipment on control panels, and keyboards. You can use a diluted cleaning solution for this purpose.
- Check whether all power connections are intact or not and ensure that AC plugs are properly installed.
Tips for CCTV Camera Installation
Whether you are a homeowner or someone who wants to keep their business premises safe, here is a list of the best places to install security cameras
From the security point of view, these may be the important parts of your property where you should install the CCTV cameras:
- Boundary walls (this is only essential properties with large lawns and backyards)
- Main entrance
- Back and side doors
- Garages and car porches
- Common areas (living or TV rooms)
- Main entryway, stairway, and hallway
Things to Remember When Installing a CCTV Camera
Here are a few important things to remember when installing CCTV cameras:
- Be very careful with the positioning of your CCTV cameras. They should not, in any way, evade your neighbour’s privacy.
- You should never install CCTV cameras in places like restrooms or bedrooms.
- The height of your installed CCTV cameras should be 8 to 10 feet above the ground, enough to capture a decent view.
- Avoid facing your CCTV camera directly towards the sun as the glare of the sunlight would affect its visibility.
- Corners are usually the best places to install security cameras as they can give you a wide-angle view of the targeted area.
- One of the most important tips for CCTV camera installation is to choose cameras that have a wide dynamic range (WDR), which are easily available these days.
Now that we have discussed all the useful CCTV camera maintenance tips, it’s time for us to wrap up this piece. We hope this blog has provided you with all the important information in this regard. If you have any queries or feedback, please do not hesitate to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
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