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6 Security Camera Installation Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Published May 19th, 2021 by Secure IT Securities Corp

According to the FBI, there are over 1 million burglaries per year in the USA. If you want to keep your home or business safe, one of your best options is to establish a surveillance system.

Installing security cameras is the backbone of any functioning security system. They act as your eyes when you're not around and give you accountability when you need it most.

That said, there are many common camera installation mistakes that can make or break your surveillance system. Read on to find out 6 camera installation mistakes to avoid when setting yours up.

1. Choosing the Wrong Locations for Cameras

When you install cameras, one of the most important factors that influence their effectiveness is the locations you pick to mount them. If your cameras don't have a clear line of sight to areas of interest, they will be useless.

Line of sight isn't the only thing you need to think about. You may want to have some visible cameras to dissuade intruders, as well as some more discreet cameras to monitor them without them knowing.

These 5 best places to install cameras outside of your home will give you some ideas to work with when picking your camera installation locations.

2. Having the Wrong Cameras

Not having high-quality cameras is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. If your image quality is too grainy to see what's going on, you might as well not have a camera at all.

3. Having Bad Security Camera Software

Your security cameras and your surveillance system, in general, are only as good as the software that runs them.

If your security camera software is outdated or uncomputable with your cameras, it doesn't matter how state-of-the-art your system is. Without the right software, it will be useless to you.

4. Putting Cameras Too Low

Everyone has seen the movies where a criminal uses black spray paint to blackout a camera from seeing what is going on. This is a real technique used by criminals looking to disable surveillance systems.

The easy solution? Put your cameras too high for people to black them out without the use of a ladder. Bringing a ladder to burglary is cumbersome and by putting your cameras out of reach, you dissuade opportunists from trying.

5. Not Having a Backup Power Source

When power outages happen, crime and burglary skyrocket. Keeping your security cameras online during your property's most vulnerable moments should be a priority.

Make sure to install a backup power source when installing your cameras to avoid leaving your property at risk.

6. DIY Camera Installation Mistakes 

Most camera installation mistakes happen to people who attempt to install them by their own hand instead of calling a professional.

From mounting them incorrectly to not configuring them properly, there are tons of mistakes a do-it-yourself camera installation can lead to. Calling professional camera installation services is always your best bet to avoid this.

Keep Your Property Safe

Installing security cameras is one of the best ways to keep your property safe. The best way to go about doing this is to call a pro. Otherwise, you may make these common camera installation mistakes.

When you are ready to increase the security of your home, contact us today. We can get your security camera system set up the right way, so you don't have to worry about it.


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