One of the best ways to strengthen security in your home is by using CCTV surveillance. These cameras help deter thieves and also allow you to keep an eye on activities in your home. If you're new to CCTV systems, here's what to expect when you call a professional to install them for you.
Pick a Spot Where You're Going to Install the Cameras
You cannot just pick any spot and mount cameras. You need to think about the areas with the most visibility and where it's easy to install. Before calling the CCTV installation company, you need to identify strategic spots to install the cameras. For example, installing a camera outside your front door wall may be challenging when you think of how to route the cable from the camera to the DVR box. Instead, it would be better to mount it on the front porch's ceiling. This way, the cable can run through the porch's attic to the main attic and to the DVR box. If you aren't confident about choosing the most appropriate spots for cameras, share with your installer the blueprints of your home and let them give you some insights based on their experience.
After identifying where to mount cameras, the next stage is the installation of the cameras and DVR. The alternative to cameras that are linked to a DVR system is wireless battery-operated cameras. These cameras store their footage on the cloud, which means it can be assessed wirelessly. Wireless installations are simple and involve less cable. Many homeowners find wired cameras more reliable than their wireless counterparts. For the wired system, you'll need to connect the camera's power cable to a socket.
The next step is to pick a spot for the DVR system. It's recommended that you keep the system in a locked compartment. This is because the entire CCTV recording is contained in the DVR. Therefore, it's important to keep the DVR in a safe area that's difficult to access. Finally, you need to plan the path the cables will use from the cameras to the DVR system. The pathway should be discreet and safely protected with wire moldings.
After the CCTV system installation, power the cameras, the display, and the DVR. Make sure each camera feed is working and providing the appropriate viewing angle. The next thing you need to do is choose how to respond to alarming activity. If you don't have someone to constantly monitor the video feed from the cameras, you can choose a camera system that sends you alerts. These notifications can be sent to you and to a professional monitoring service.
The monitoring service will alert you about a security event and notify law enforcement. Choose a camera system that can send notifications through a smartphone application. This means you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere.