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How to Choose the Right CCTV System

Considering adding or upgrading the CCTV system to your property can be a daunting experience, as there are so many options out there. There are a few factors to consider, when choosing which system will work best for your home or business.

CCTV System Choosing Tips

1. Invest in Quality: it can be tempting to go for the cheaper, unbranded camera or system, but that would be a mistake and actually cost you more if it doesn’t work out and you have to replace it. It is much better to invest in a reputable security company or brand. If your budget is tight, start with a small, good quality, entry level system that has the capacity to add more cameras later on.

2. Check Warranties: a reputable security company will most likely sell CCTV systems with a warranty of up to three year and installation options. Unbranded cameras may only come with a six month product guarantee, which may even prove difficult to access, if the equipment were to fail, within that time.

3. Research Basic Camera Capabilities: consider what lens size, wide angle degree and memory storage you will require. Wide angle will capture a larger area but be less focused. For every millimetre of lens size, that is basically how far away, in metres, the camera can view. There are also three types of camera on the market: entry level analogue, High Definition (HD) and the high-end Internet protocol (IP).

With a bit of research and consideration as to what the camera needs to see, what positions or areas the camera needs to look at, installation costs and the need for support lighting, you should be able to use these tips and possibly additional advice from a security professional to help you decide on the best CCTV system for your needs.

CCTV Placement: Things to Consider

Premise security is very important and ensuring that you are taking advantage of as many theft deterrents as possible, will help keep your property safe. Besides having good quality doors, locks and security alarms, another excellent option is installing a CCTV system. To ensure the optimisation of your CCTV system, you need to consider the best placement of the cameras.

CCTV Placement

• Do some research- speak to previous owners or landlords and find out which areas of the property could have previously experienced break-ins or theft attempts.

• Consider vulnerabilities- assess which areas you think are the least secured, most hidden from public view or not well lit, which potential thieves might consider an easy target.

• Protection from the elements- ensure that your security cameras will be sheltered from bad weather, so as to prolong their life. Also consider if any vegetation will conceal the view of the camera or if a bright glare from the sun will disturb the images.

• Extra camera features- some cameras may have the option for night vision and weather proofing which enhances the effectiveness of the camera, so be aware of any additional camera needs that are associated with these features.

Properly Maintaining Roller Shutter Doors to Ensure Their Security

Roller Shutter doors are an excellent security feature that offers long-lasting protection, but to keep them running smoothly, they do need a bit of TLC now and then. Doors that are properly functioning and well maintained will offer better security and fewer maintenance costs.

Roller Shutter Door Tips

1. Firstly, the most important thing is that when choosing your roller shutter doors, you consider this as an investment, not an expense and you choose the best materials from the get go.

2. You should also conduct regular cleaning of the surfaces including the railing, tracks and rollers so that they continue to perform without issues.

3. Be sure to lubricate the moving parts on occasion to keep everything functioning smoothly. Be sure to choose an oil that also protects from rust and do not oil too often.

4. Be sure to notify your security door professionals of any damage, problems or concerns. They will be able to advise and assist you in any situation to ensure maximum protection.

Tips and Best Practices for Event Security

As with any project or event, the best and first thing you should do is PLAN! Plan for what you do know, plan for what you think you know and plan for the unknown. The more you put into it, the safer the guests, crowd and venue will be.

To help you plan your security strategy:

• Know the venue inside and out- understand how ‘porous’ the venue is, referring to ways that people could gain access without using a typical entry point.

• Gauge attendee risk- are any of the guest speakers/performers a higher risk, with a controversial history. Also, look into suspicious activity such as bulk ticket buying.

• Control the crowd- keep guests away from crowding exit points, keep guests away from restricted areas and ensure entry is kept organised.

• Assess potential for large-scale attacks- bags should be checked upon entry and any weak points where someone could affect large amounts of people easily, should be monitored and controlled.

• Keep communication tight- constant comms are necessary and if using a professional security detail, ensure they have communications with the rest of the staff.

Why are mobile apps so important for home security systems?

Apps are incredibly important in our lives. We use them to access our bank accounts, share photos, watch videos, read the news and send messages. That said, apps are constantly evolving and they’re extremely important in the home automation sector. You can use your mobile phone to shut your curtains, turn the heating on, and switch on lamps. These aren’t always necessary for every type of homeowner and we understand that, however, CCTV monitoring should be!

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