Guidance on installing CCTV
Before you think about installing CCTV at your property you need to think about a few steps before installing cameras.
Think about the areas that you need the cameras to cover such as the main entrance to your property, any side access and any weak spots you have such as a flat roof would be good to have coverage and finally to the rear of the property covering any patio area.
It would also help to have a camera just near the door bell as intruders would normally send someone to check if anyone is at home. That way you would get a good picture of possible suspects without their masks on.
You also need to think about the coverage and where the camera points to ensure minimal intrusion in to neighbours and other people’s privacy. It’s always best to speak to your neighbour to ensure there are no disputes in the future or any allegation that you are trying to invade their privacy which obviously you are not.
The next most important step is to think about where you want to store your main DVR box. Obviously not in the obvious areas such as underneath your living room TV or somewhere it can be found as if burglars do break in they will also help themselves to the evidence so again don’t make this easy and best to hide it so can’t be found. Some users have their DVR boxed into a wall and only able to access the USB port for downloading but ensure there is room for ventilation as the CCTV DVR box does get hot. Think about how you can route your CCTV device to your broadband connection if you have one so that you can view your CCTV whilst you’re out. Most systems allow you to do this by following a step by step settings on your CCTV system. You can buy broadband boosters which is an Plug socket that connects the broadband using your electrical wires from the plug socket if access is difficult.
Once your up and running its best to program your system to do continuous cycle recording so it overwrites the old footage. Its best to see how many days you have recording so you can bear this in mind if an incident occurs. I would suggest to have a practice in copying footage from your DVR CCTV system onto a memory stick so if an incident happens you won’t have difficulties in copying the footage when needed and passed onto the Police.
There are many types of systems to go for. I would suggest to go with a CCTV that uses POE (Power over Ethernet) technology as those systems have better quality cameras and uses a single cable to power and connect whereas the older style uses analogue coaxial cable similar to your TV aerial and you have to have a separate cable to power the cameras.
Please see link below a useful article on CCTV.
I Hope you find this information useful but not too technical (Try to keep as basic as possible) and if you have any questions please feel free to reply to this message as I have dealt with many types of CCTV systems.
PCSO Ali Haq
Wigston Police Station