In 2013 there were more than 20,000 reported burglaries in the state of Oregon alone, which may leave you wondering what you can do to protect your business. You can make sure your doors and windows are locked, request a security check by law enforcement or install an alarm system, but one of the most effective ways to deal with theft is to install a security camera system to deter potential thieves and easily identify anyone who manages break in. Security camera systems are affordable, accessible and user-friendly. If you do decide to install security cameras at your business, here are some suggestions:
Develop a Plan
If you’ve decided to install security cameras, make a diagram or overhead map of your building. This way you can easily identify the most strategic places to place your cameras and decide how many to purchase. It’s important to recognize where your most valuable assets are stored and ensure the security cameras will have these places in their line of sight. You’ll also want to locate all potential entry points. Entrances and exits that can be broken open by force — this includes windows that can be shattered — are ideal locations to monitor. You must also take into account that most burglaries will take place at night, so consider placing IP cameras with night vision capabilities in any locations that will not have a solid light source.
Once you’ve identified the places inside your building that are most important to monitor, there are a few technical aspects you’ll want to take into account before installing the cameras. Keep in mind that the further away you place your camera from the viewing or recording device, the higher the quality camera and cable must be. Keep your cameras as close to the power supply as possible so they receive optimal voltage. The last thing you want is for your cameras to turn off due to power failure. Make sure you install your cameras out of arms’ reach, as your security camera system will be rendered useless if intruders can easily pull the cameras down or destroy them.
Check to see that all power cables are not exposed to the elements. If you know your cameras will be placed in precarious weather conditions, check their IPR (Ingress Protection Rating) which classifies the device’s water-resistance capabilities.
To get the best quality picture, don’t point your cameras directly at a light source. This goes for the electric lights as well as natural light coming through windows. It may seem like a good idea to point a camera at a glass window, but if sunlight floods through you’ll be left with a poor image and glare.
Once you’ve identified important locations and taken into account the distance from power supply, environmental factors and lighting dynamics, you’re ready to set up your system. Before screwing in the mounting bracket and placing your camera for good, check the image on the screen to verify you see a crisp and clear picture. This way you’ll know for sure each camera is installed in the perfect location.