A CCTV monitoring system is more than just a TV system that picks and records videos. If set up properly, a CCTV monitoring system can be a great crime deterrent. Here are 10 simple ways you can do to make sure your CCTV is properly set up and its performance optimal for your advantage.

  1. Have the best type of camera for the system.  You can find lots of CCTV monitoring camera types in the market. Be sure that you get the best one (quality and suits your place’s monitoring requirements) to avoid wasting money on buying something that you won’t benefit from.   
    To find it, you need to determine if you will be monitoring an indoor or outdoor area.  If you will be monitoring an outdoor area, then it is not good to purchase any type of CCTV camera. Some of this type doesn’t function well on night time or doesn’t function at all. The best solution is to choose night vision Cameras or to install additional infrared LEDS in order for CCTV cameras to see at night.
  2. Get the right cables.There are many types of cables you can find in the market, but RG59 Siamese Cable is the industry standard type of cable used for most CCTV installs.
  3.  Find the best location for the camera.The location of the camera is a vital thing as it will greatly affect the camera views.  To do this, you just need to determine which parts of the area you want monitored and where they can be monitored best. Do this while taking into consideration the light condition. 
    For most homes cameras are installed where the roof meets the walls of the house. This is a good location because it shelters the cameras from the elements (Wind, rain, snow and sun) as well as provides a wide area view.
  4. Equip your camera with motion sensors and thermal sensors.A camera with motion and thermal sensors will start recording when something moves or is emitting heat.
  5. Choose vari-focal lens over fixed.This type of lens enables zoom in and zoom out so you can get larger and clearer versions of your monitoring subjects.
  6. Consider the Light condition.Never set up a camera where there’s a direct source of light as it will cause shadows making it difficult to get clear images of the monitoring subject.
  7. Consider the distance to the monitoring subject. While it is important to take the light condition into consideration, the distance to the monitoring object is equally important. There are many different types and focal lengths of lenses; your selection will depend on light condition and distance from the camera to the monitoring subject.
  8. Get a HDD with higher capacity. The higher the memory of your drive, the longer you can keep your video data.
  9. Bring all the RG59 lines into that room from the attic. If you purchased the RG59 cable with BNC connections already attached then at this point you would connect these to the DVR.
  10. Get a room for your DVR and Monitor to be placed. This room should be comfortable enough for you to sit and do your monitoring work and must be dust-free to protect your electronics and must be cool enough to avoid your electronics from overheating.
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