The world is a dangerous place. It’s difficult to go outside and not worry about how your home or business will be affected by weather, animals, and vandals. Camera surveillance is one of the best technologies we have for protecting our properties from intruders. This blog post outlines how to protect your cameras and keep them in good condition so they can do their job even if someone tries to destroy them!
Why protecting your cameras is so important?
Cameras are an important part of how we protect our properties from intruders. When you have a camera outside, it is there to keep your home or business safe and secure when no one else can be around to do so. Unfortunately, even though cameras work hard to keep us safe, they cannot always prevent themselves from being damaged by unforgiving weather conditions such as rain or snowstorms, in addition to animals that may damage them while trying to get into your property. The last thing anyone wants is for their expensive security system equipment purchase to just go down the drain because someone vandalized it! That’s why protect your outdoor security cameras with these tips that will help ensure that your loved ones, property and investments stay safe.
## Protecting the system from the elements
The harshness of the weather spares no one, be it man or man-made objects. Your camera equipment and its accessories should be able to withstand various weather conditions like rain, snow, ice, heat, etc. With proper weatherproof housing or an ingress protection (IP) rating number, you can protect your cameras from the many elements.
First and foremost, look for how much it can withstand moisture and how well its seals are made. Outdoor security camera systems with an IP score should be waterproof as long as they’ve passed certain standard tests that determine how well their cable connectors handle water exposure and how far submersion in water will go down into them without causing damage, etc. But there’s always better safe than sorry, so if possible, invest in those with high scores.
##Protection From Dirt, Dust, Animals & Bugs
Besides inclement weather conditions, outdoor surveillance equipment also can be damaged by dirt, dust, animals and bugs. Pests can be a real nuisance to outdoor security cameras by interfering with the lens or damaging other components. Bugs are especially harmful because they can leave spots on lenses that obscure your view of what you’re monitoring or cause damage to the camera’s mechanics. So how do you protect against them? Three things that you can do are: screens (mosquito nets), repellents like sprays containing chemicals that annoys pests’ nervous systems without harming humans and traps – sticky boards covered in syrup that trap small insects when they come flying towards their tasty looking dinner.
## Protection From Vandalism
Having an expensive system be vandalized is heartbreaking, really. But how are you to protect something that is supposed to protect you from vandalization from being vandalized? The answer is to invest in a security camera that can detect motion and send alerts when something suspicious happens. Cameras with these features are more expensive but not prohibitively so.
You can also use other techniques to stop them from getting into the hands of vandals, like keeping them high up and out of reach, camouflaging the cameras. Hence, they blend in with their environment better and have proper positioning.
## Proper Positioning
The positioning of the camera is important not only for its protection but also for better viewing angles and how many features you can use.
Before mounting the camera, check how much space is available and how it will be mounted. You should make sure that no wires or other things are blocking its view of the area where they want to install the camera.
In addition, power cables need a way out, so you need to have enough room for this when considering placement options. When placing cameras outdoors, remember not only about the weather but animals as well, like raccoons which may try to climb up on them trying to reach the food inside your house if left outside overnight!
When possible, mount fixed dome security cameras with built-in infrared LEDs high up with at least 15 feet above ground level (so away from low tree branches) pointing downwards.
Make sure to seal around any wires properly before mounting the camera to provide maximum protection from water.
## Wired or Wireless?
You need wired connections between devices to the DVR or wireless connections using either a WIFI network or radiofrequency to send data between devices.
Nowadays, most security cameras are wireless which is much easier and convenient as hiding security camera wires outside can be a hassle for some.
However, there are some disadvantages too – like how to power outdoor security camera? A wired outdoor security camera will give you more resolution (1080P vs 720P), for example, but they do need a power supply while wireless ones don’t.
Remember that if your surveillance system includes a remote monitoring option, it can be easily hacked into even with an encrypted connection, so make sure to protect it by changing the default password immediately after installation!
We hope this guide helps in you safeguarding your systems and if you still have any doubts, feel free to contact us at CCTV Monitoring, and we will guide you in the best possible manner.