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How to Get the Most Out of Your CCTV System

by Samuel Hayes

Closed-circuit television (CCTV) is one of the most popular home and business security systems. However, most people are unable to make efficient use of CCTV equipment. More often than not, the cameras are poorly installed and maintained, thus reducing their effectiveness. If you have a CCTV system, below are a few tips on how you utilise the system to its full capacity. 

Proper installation

When buying the CCTV cameras, ensure that they have a high resolution. Today, you can install a CCTV system on your own since there are many DIY guides available on the internet. However, it is best to hire a qualified CCTV technician to fix your system. The technician knows how to position the CCTV cameras to ensure that every inch of the premises is covered. Besides, he or she will know how to eliminate blind spots, glare and reflection. Outdoor cameras should be fixed a bit high on the walls to prevent them from being vandalised or manipulated. 


The primary goal of installing the CCTV cameras is to monitor and record what is happening on the premises. Modern CCTV systems allow people to access footage remotely. As such, monitor your home on a regular basis to spot unusual occurrences. Regular monitoring also enables you to detect glitches in the system. CCTV cameras installed on business premises and in public places should be monitored on a 24-hour basis.


Regularly clean the cameras. Wipe off any grime, foliage and dust that might have accumulated on the cameras' casings and lenses. Use a damp cloth if the cameras are not waterproof. Inspect the system's wiring for frayed cables. To protect the CCTV cameras from being hacked, enhance your security protocol and regularly change passwords to the system. Do not forget to adjust the position of the cameras if you change the layout of your home or business. 

Integration with other security systems

CCTV systems work best when integrated with other security systems. For instance, they could be part of gate security if you have an automatic gate. You could also incorporate the CCTV system with motion detectors and alarm systems. In such a way, if a motion detector or alarm goes off, you can check what is happening on the CCTV monitors. CCTV systems installed in public places can have facial recognition software that can help identify suspicious characters on the premises.

To get the most out a CCTV system, buy high-quality equipment and engage a technician during installation. Regularly monitor and maintain the system. Consider integrating it with other security systems.