CCTV Positioning Tips

CCTV Positioning Tips

CCTV Positioning Tips

CCTV Cameras Installation Tips

So you’re thinking about having CCTV cameras installed to protect your property and looking for some top tips from the experts on where to position your cameras to give the best view. Mint Security Systems have been installing CCTV systems for over 15 years so we can point you in the right direction for help with positioning and installing a CCTV System. 

Camera Positioning.
It is vital that you position cameras to cover all the key access points to your property; this would generally include covering the front, sides and rear of your property. Normally overlooked the front is a vulnerable area with most potential burglars knocking on the front door prior to breaking in to a property to check if anyone is home. Also the drive is another key area to cover to provide a view over your car.

Front Elevation.
Our recommendation for the front of the property is one camera adjacent to the front door to give a good quality facial image of anybody approaching your door, this camera can be set up with line crossing detection to send a screenshot alert to your smartphone when anybody approaches.

The next camera location to consider should be to cover the drive and your car (area as per camera 2 in the example below). Vehicles are a target to thieves parked up overnight on a drive so a darkfighter or similar low light CCTV camera is recommended to give a colour image even at night.

Lastly on the front a high level camera under the soffit is recommended to give an overview of your front garden and road area (as per camera 3 in our example below), this shows any suspicious activity as they approach your property, any vehicles they may be using, direction of travel and also any noticeable features like clothing or footwear.

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Side Elevation.

The side elevation of the property needs covering with a CCTV camera at both sides of the house if access is possible. With the side of the property generally being narrow we recommend using a varifocal camera so the image can be adjusted to just focus on the path area and not the house wall or neighbouring property, if the camera can see too much brickwork the infra night vision will bounce back at night giving useless image. The camera should ideally be positioned on the rear corner looking back to the front to give a good image of anybody hopping over the gate or fence.

Rear Elevation.
The rear elevation can generally be covered using a camera positioned under the soffit to give an overview of the rear garden. If you have an extension or conservatory an additional camera should also be positioned to cover any blind spots. See cameras 4 and 5 in the example below.

A camera looking back towards the rear of the house always provides a good view and can be positioned on a shed or tree at the top of the garden. The cable can be run in some flexi conduit or if you have power in your shed the camera can connect back to your recorder over Wifi. Potential burglars don’t always notice looking back towards the house so can catch them unawares with their hoods down, the camera will also give a good view of your back doors and windows.

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Notes
We always recommend using a professional NSI accredited company like Mint Security to install your CCTV system. We can provide a site survey to discuss camera positions and cable routes in the Worksop, Retford, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster and Nottingham areas.

Also remember to discuss with neighbours if any cameras are likely to be overlooking their property, you will normally find that they are fine with this as it provides them with some protection. If they do have an issue you can pixelate out any areas of their property from the DVR. 

We do understand that people like to install CCTV systems so we hope you find this camera positioning guide helpful.

Burglar Alarm vs CCTV

Burglar Alarm vs CCTV

Burglar Alarm vs CCTV

With an 8% increase in theft during the last year alone many businesses and homeowners are looking at different ways to protect their properties and the main question asked is should we install a Burglar Alarm or CCTV System? In this definitive guide we look at both options for securing your property and provide some insights you may not have considered..

Burglar Alarms should be considered as your first line of defence, if you have a Burglar Alarm armed (set) and an intruder breaks into your home the alarm will sound and the fact is most burglars don’t want to stay in a property where an alarm is sounding. 

A monitored alarm system will give you extra peace of mind as it is linked to an alarm receiving centre (ARC). Once sensors have picked up 2 notifications the alarm will be activated as confirmed, the ARC will contact the Police and contact you or the relevant contact on the list of keyholders you supply.

Police monitored alarms

Also consider the fact that if all properties around you have alarm bell boxes installed and yours doesn’t this will make you more of a target to potential intruders, this is also true of older looking bell boxes, chances are that if your bell box looks old your alarm system is too and a burglar is more likely to take a chance that your alarm will not operate if he breaks in. 

Most modern Burglar Alarm bell boxes have LEDs that pulse from side to side and some sounder’s are illuminated, this provides an excellent visual deterrent to warn off potential burglars before they even chance their luck.

Mint Security Bell Box

With the advances in wireless alarm technology the installation process of having a Burglar Alarm installed is now less stressful and systems can be quickly installed in your home or business with no detrimental effect to your decorating and no need for carpets being lifted.

Wireless alarms can be installed usually in one working day and the average cost for a professionally installed system in a standard detached home is around £800. This is a small price to pay to protect your home or business.

CCTV Cameras provide an effective way of monitoring your home or business while you are away and with Smartphone remote viewing Apps you can check-in at any time to see what’s happening.

Smart Alerts like motion detection, line crossing and tripwire can be setup to alert you when someone approaches your property. These alerts are sent to your Smartphone as push notifications with an image attached showing the moment the alert was generated.

CCTV Smartphone APP

Most CCTV systems are able to record footage to a computer style hard drive this allows you to playback recorded video from the previous 30 days and this can then be downloaded to a USB memory stick.

Seeing in the dark is now a standard feature on CCTV systems and some cameras can even see in complete darkness while remaining in colour such as Darkfighter cameras.

car theft CCTV

Police can gain crucial details from your CCTV system such build, size and clothing of burglars and this could be linked with footage from neighbours systems, obviously they are able to use the CCTV for looking at other incidents.

Cabling for CCTV Systems generally needs to be installed as wireless cameras are very power hungry so batteries would constantly need replacing, a professional installer can normally make light work of this task.

The average cost of a 2 camera CCTV system is around £900 so the price is very comparable to an Alarm System.

So to sum up Burglar Alarms should be considered essential for protecting your property, CCTV is more for reviewing recorded footage after the event and keeping an eye on your property.

We do recommend having your Alarm or CCTV Cameras installed by an accredited installer such as one approved by the NSI (National Security Inspectorate) or SSAIB (Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board).

Dark Nights are Coming… 5 Home Security Tips

Dark Nights are Coming… 5 Home Security Tips

Dark Nights are Coming… 5 Home Security Tips

Top 5 Home Security Tips to Protect Your Property.

You may have heard that burglaries are more likely to occur during the daytime than at night… and that’s actually true! According to The Office for National Statistics states that burglaries do happen in daylight, at a time when homeowners are more likely to be out at work.

However, at this time of year, when the dark nights start to roll in, it’s important that we take measures to protect our home in the evenings as the reduced visibility can make it harder for ourselves, our neighbours, and passersby to detect that something isn’t right.

Here are 5 experts tips for protecting your home over the winter months:

1. Leave Your Lights On
Research shows that almost all thieves want to avoid meeting homeowners during a burglary, so one of the best ways to protect your home is to make it appear occupied. If you’re heading out for the evening, consider leaving your lights on, although this can prove to be costly. A great alternative is to look into installing timed lights which mimic motion throughout, making it seem as though people are walking around the home.

Home Security Floodlight

2. Turn Your Lights OFF
One of the biggest problems with turning lights on at night is that it can be very easy to forget to turn them back off in the mornings, especially as the sun comes up and makes it harder to tell that lights are still on. The issue with this is that lights that are left on constantly can indicate that there is no one home to control them. We recommend dusk-till-dawn lights, which automatically switch themselves off under well-lit conditions.

3. Secure Entries/Exits
Burglaries are very seldom conducted randomly. Homes are targeted either because they appear unoccupied, or because an easy entry/exit route has been identified which can minimise disturbances. To protect your home as best you can, ensure that you’re not accidentally offering thieves an easy way in or out. Check all windows and doors, as well as alternative entry points such as adjoined garages or outbuildings.

4. Install CCTV
CCTV not only acts as a deterrent for burglars, but also helps you to collect evidence should thieves manage to access your property. The Government confirms that CCTV footage can sometimes be used as court evidence in these situations. At Mint Security, we’re home CCTV specialists, offering a range of digital CCTV recorders that enable remote viewing of your cameras from any location using the ProControl+ mobile app.

Home CCTV APP

5. Restrict Access
Despite best efforts, burglaries can and do happen, but it is possible to minimise the impact. Research suggests that ‘high value’ areas of the house are often targeted first. High value rooms are mainly located on the second floor, such as bedrooms and studies which are more likely to contain small, easy-to-carry items such as jewellery rather than larger items like TVs. If possible, keep these doors locked to restrict access.

For more security tips and to protect your premises, contact us today.

Keepsafe Security Merges with Nationwide Security Giant

Keepsafe Security Merges with Nationwide Security Giant

Keepsafe Security Merges with Nationwide Security Giant

Keepsafe Security Merges with Abel.

The local security industry was dealt a fresh blow last year, when Keepsafe Security, who had been serving local businesses and homeowners for 25 years, became part of the nationwide Abel Alarm Company. In Spring 2018, Director Kevin Vardy announced plans to merge with the security giant, citing a desire to grow the firm alongside a like minded, family-run organisation who had adopted a similar customer-focused drive.

The Abel Alarm Company was launched in 1965, specialising in intruder, fire, access, and CCTV systems. Headquartered in Leicester, the firm offers an almost nationwide coverage, from Bournemouth to Glasgow, from Peterborough to Taunton, and many places in between.

Now, more than 12 months in, how has the merge affected clients?

There is little doubt that the merger has provided former Keepsafe Security clients with many benefits, with the small team expanding their expertise through increased manpower and the in depth technical knowledge exhibited by the ready-formed and highly experienced Abel team. However, some clients may have struggled to adapt to having their needs met through a large nationwide provider, especially when they had become accustomed to working with a small, local team heavily focused on their area.

Geographical location is commonly cited as a vital factor when choosing a security company, whether for home or business needs. Not only can local firms often respond faster to urgent or time-sensitive events, but the extensive knowledge of the local area can also make a significant difference to how well a firm is able to respond and take action. Proximity is a driving force behind business/client relationships, facilitating improved communication and understanding, and offering greater peace of mind.

That’s why, at Mint Security Systems, we believe that it’s essential that we’re not only close to our clients, but that we’re also familiar with our client’s areas and environments. Based in Nottinghamshire, we work with local clients across Chesterfield, Sheffield, Mansfield, Nottingham, Matlock, and Bakewell to offer a specialist, local service.

Alarm installer Alfreton

For former Keepsafe Security customers who are amongst those who have failed to see the benefits of the merger with the Abel Alarm Company, it is important to understand that there are alternative options available that continue to offer a small, local, friendly, and highly personalised experience. As an NSI-approved installer, we operate a 24 hour call out service and respond within 4 hours, offering our clients complete peace of mind that we’re just a short distance away when they really need us the most. Get in touch with us to find out more.

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How to Contact Newark Alarms

How to Contact Newark Alarms

How to Contact Newark Alarms

Newark Alarms Taken Over by John Moore Security

Following a spate of acquisitions within the security industry recently, the team at Mint Security Systems is sad to hear about the loss of yet another local business. Newark Alarms, which has been serving homes and businesses in Newark-on-Trent and the surrounding areas from its headquarters at the Newark Business Park on Brunel Drive, has been taken over by John Moore Security Ltd. based 60 miles away across the Humber.

Known for its supply, installation, maintenance, and servicing of a wide range of both commercial and domestic security systems, reputable Newark Alarms had successfully built a strong client base across the local area. Following the acquisition, the needs of these customers will now be met by Hull-based John Moore Security, headquartered on Anlaby Road, which covers an extensive area throughout the Midlands, including the counties of Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and Nottinghamshire. The growing organisation specialises in intruder alarm systems, CCTV, and access control systems.

However, the news has undoubtedly been met with some frustration and anger by long term Newark Alarms clients, who have unexpectedly had their service provider’s location moved from their local market town to a city situated a 90-minute drive away.

These feelings of uncertainty have been heightened by the fact that John Moore Security spans such a wide area, leaving some clients concerned that this extensive coverage does not facilitate the development of strong working relationships with experienced, local service engineers who can attend incidents quickly and efficiently. Additionally, clients may be concerned over a lack of familiarity with the Newark area.

Newark alarm installer

And the benefits of working with a local security firm don’t end there. Along with area familiarity and speedy responses to potentially urgent events, the proximity of the firm can also help to drive a better understanding and improved communications between client and business, enabling the organisation to better meet client expectations.

The good news, however, is that former Newark Alarms clients who do not wish to have their service moved to long distance to John Moore Security can begin looking into more local alternatives. Located roughly half the distance of John Moore Security Ltd. you’ll find us – an NSI accredited installer with more than 15 years experience in working with clients across Chesterfield, Sheffield, Mansfield, Nottingham, Matlock, and Bakewell. Specialists in home and business systems, ultra HD 4K CCTV, door access, and fire alarms, we’ve installed more than 5000 systems in and around Nottinghamshire.

Why not get in touch to find out how we can help?

CCTV: Top 5 Tips

CCTV: Top 5 Tips

CCTV: Top 5 Tips

An increasing number of homeowners are choosing to install home CCTV in a bid to protect their properties… and rightly so! CCTV can act as a major deterrent, making homes less likely to be targeted and better prepared to manage the aftermath of theft.

However, it’s important to remember that even the best CCTV system isn’t a magic solution, and that security cameras are only as good as their installation. A camera pointing directly at the floor, for example, isn’t likely to capture what you need it to.

So here are our top 5 CCTV tips that we use ourselves when installing client systems:

1. Consider Location-
There’s no ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to CCTV location. However, there are some places where cameras are more likely to capture activity. Police research shows that most thieves enter through the front door, so this is usually a good place to install a camera. However, also consider placing cameras near off-road access points (such as windows in an alleyway), and in ‘high value’ rooms such as second floor bedrooms.

2. Install at Optimal Height-
There’s a common misconception that installing CCTV at the highest possible height is best, giving the widest view of the premises. The problem with this, however, is that the further from the ground, the more difficult it is to identify facial features. Instead, we recommend installing at around a 9 foot height to minimise tampering. For outdoor cameras, installing lower, under a porch, can reduce the risk of weather damage.

Low Level CCTV camera

3. Check Visibility-
Even a camera installed at the right height and in the best locations will fail if it’s unable to produce visible images. There are two important aspects to be aware of. The first is to opt for infrared systems if installing cameras in dark areas, or cameras that are operational overnight.

The second is to consider wide dynamic range (WDR) options for interior cameras pointed at exterior locations to control brightness and contrast.

4. Choose the Right Camera for Your Needs-
Does your home need a static camera or one that can be manoeuvred? Does it need to record and backup constantly, or only during periods of movement? In order to derive the most value from a home CCTV system, it’s vital that the system meets the individual needs of the property, and of the homeowner. If you’re struggling to make sense of all the possibilities, speak to the Mint Security team for help and assistance.

5. Keep it Legal-
Did you know that if your CCTV camera collects and stores images of public land, such as your street, you need to be compliant with GDPR regulations? Laws state that it is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that their system is installed correctly and that they are compliant with data protection. Therefore, we advise always working with us here at Mint Security for complete peace of mind that your systems are up to scratch. Get in touch to find out more.