Are Your CCTV Cameras Ready for Night Operation?

There's a reason many burglars choose to strike during the hours of darkness. Quite simply, they believe that poor visibility will help to shield their identity so that they can get away with their criminal activities and fade away into the night. Of course, security devices have been designed to counteract this threat and to provide you with essential proof to help apprehend this type of person, but you need to set up the devices properly in the first place. If you're not sure and need to check, what do you need to consider?

Advanced LED

CCTV cameras can be equipped with night vision that allows them to record a clear image of a potential subject. To do so, they make use of LED lights that emit an infrared signal, which cannot be detected by the human eye. Make sure that you choose a product that has an advanced capability here so that you don't end up with a blurry image.

Cleaning the Environment

When was the last time that you had a good look at your CCTV cameras? If it's been some time, then the lens could be dirty, or it could be obscured by a new bird's nest or a spider's web. This is quite easy to check and to rectify, so make a habit of doing so.

Avoid Interference

When you get a CCTV camera installed, it's best if you ask an engineer to check its capacity. Some of them can be affected by interference or nearby wireless networks, and if you discover a problem, you should go through a process of elimination to discover its source. Turn off any wireless devices in the area one by one until you get your answer, and reposition either the device or the camera accordingly.

Indoor or Outdoor?

Always read the box before you install a camera to make sure that it is designed for outdoor use. Some are best placed indoors, as they are not waterproof or could be adversely affected by humidity.

Angles and Distance

Don't expect any camera to be a miracle worker if you have not configured it correctly. Position each one so that it has the widest angle of view in open areas, and don't place a camera behind any windows or glass, as reflections could affect the quality of the image.

Setting Up Properly

Finally, ensure that you provide the right power source for each camera and avoid voltage drop due to incorrect cabling. These cameras will typically need copper cables to operate correctly, and this is another reason why you should get them professionally installed by a competent electrician.

To learn more about CCTV systems, contact a company like Watters Electrical & Solar.