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.