One of the most effective ways to protect your home and family from vandalism and theft is to have security cameras professionally installed on your property. However, what you might not realize is that when it comes to security cameras, which seem very straightforward, there are mistakes you can make during installation and while using the system. Here are a few simple security camera dos and don'ts to keep in mind.
Don't Install the Security Camera System Yourself
There are several inexpensive home security systems available at home improvement stores that seem easy and straightforward to install. Unfortunately, many of these systems are not truly wireless, meaning that you will still need a dedicated power source to run the cameras. Additionally, these more cost-effective systems will not have the same picture quality as a system that is installed by a professional.
For these and many other reasons, including proper camera placement and ensuring the system is running properly, it is always best to purchase your security camera system through a professional and have the system installed by a qualified technician.
Do Have the Cameras Installed in the Right Locations
Installing a camera at your front door is the best option because it is the most obvious point of entry and allows you to protect your home from possible vandalism and theft. However, there are other places throughout your property that should be monitored by cameras. Here are a few spots around your home's exterior and property that you should consider having a camera professionally installed:
- Above your backdoor and side door
- Above your garage doors
- Over windows that do not face the street
- Above outdoor stairways
In addition to proper placement, it is important that the area surrounding the camera is well lit. For example, consider installing motion detecting lights on the areas that are being surveilled by the cameras.
Don't Leave the System's Wires Exposed
Finally, one of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is to allow the wires connected to the cameras to be exposed. In addition to being vulnerable to damage by the elements, such as rain and snow, exposed wires can easily be cut by a would-be intruder, which will render the system useless. Check the cameras periodically to ensure that the wires are not exposed.
Having a professional home security system, complete with cameras, installed on your home is one of the most effective ways to protect your property and family. If you have any more questions about security cameras, don't hesitate to contact a professional with all your concerns.
To learn more about security systems, reach out to a company like FAIRFIELD ELECTRIC COOP INC.