According to recent statistics, approximately 2.4% of Australian households have experienced a break-in. It can be attributed to the fact that most homeowners do not have security measures in place to protect their property while they are away. However, homeowners should invest in security cameras. The devices are arguably the best burglar deterrents for securing a home. However, security cameras are only useful when installed correctly. This article highlights essential considerations when installing security cameras on your property.
One aspect that most homeowners do not understand is that every home has a blind spot. A blind spot or dead zone is not covered by a security camera's field of view. Notably, it is easy for burglars to gain access to your property if it has one or several blind spots. Therefore, it is essential to survey the blind spots around the perimeter of your home when installing security cameras.
For instance, a 4mm fixed security camera covers a viewing angle of about 800. The area outside the 800 angle constitutes a blind spot, and burglars that know their way around security cameras can easily spot this. The best way to eradicate blind spots is to use several cameras to ensure an entire perimeter is within the field of view.
Position of the Sun
Another common mistake that homeowners make when installing security cameras is ignoring the sun's positioning during the day. When direct light hits a camera lens, it becomes difficult to capture images or video streams. Ideally, a camera lens should face away from direct sunlight to avoid glare and high contrast footage that is unreliable. Therefore, set aside an entire day to track the sun's trajectory around your home and note areas that receive direct sunlight.
What is the need for security cameras if burglars can easily grab them by hand? This is what happens when you install security cameras very low, and you should avoid it as much as possible. On the other hand, installing security cameras too high reduces the field of view, thereby increasing the possibility of blind spots. Therefore, it is crucial to find the best height for your security cameras, and experts agree that 9 feet is the ideal elevation for mounting CCTV equipment. The height is sufficient to deter vandalism but retains a clear field of view around your home. Besides, the height is convenient for repair work.
For further tips on installing security cameras, reach out to a local security company.