Here’s why your home video surveillance system is messed up

The debate on home video surveillance system for residential and business centers goes almost unquestioned. And unless you’ve been out of this planet for the last decade or more, you must’ve taken note of this hi-tech and smart invention.

Although many of us have come to accept and use surveillance equipment, both covert and overt systems, we still face some serious issues with our security systems.

After many years of studies, security specialists have discovered that although security cameras can prevent crime, poor arrangement and other common mistakes we commit can allow criminals go away with crimes undetected.

In this article, we’ll look at five common mistakes made with security cameras and how you can prevent them in your home and guarantee yourself the best security.

More cameras in here please…

home indoor security cameras

Not installing sufficient video security cameras to cover your premise is by far the most common mistakes for many home and business owners.

This is not surprising especially when buyers try to cut cost on their home video surveillance systems. You have a large house, couple of entrances that are far apart coupled with many rooms that need to be covered, yet you have insisted to only install a two-camera video surveillance systems.

Truth is, you know those cameras are insufficient, you really do not need to be told, yet you have successfully convinced yourself that “it really doesn’t matter, these are enough, we don’t need to cover everywhere.”

No, you DO need to cover more cameras!

There are many cheap and effective security surveillance systems up for sale and you really do not need to have high-end cameras.

Oops! These angles and areas ain’t covered

These angles and areas ain't covered

This is similar to not having enough cameras to cover your premises. For the average Joe and Jane, fixing home video security camera is just a matter of placing it here, there and perhaps over there.

Setting up your cameras need some patience. If you are using a dome or bullet cameras and not a smart pan-tilt-zoom camera that are motion-activated, you need to spend a little more time setting up your cameras to make sure that they’re facing the right angles, and the areas of interest are effectively covered.

Most new home video surveillance system cameras can be viewed out your mobile phone. So it will help to let your mobile phone guide your camera placements. It’s like tuning your television set using an outside antenna many years ago.

As you turn, rotate and tilt your bullet or dome cameras, look at the video feeds on your phone and see where the cameras are facing and the effective coverage areas. Make sure all angles or areas of interest are well covered.

For example, you want to make sure that your video camera installation is facing the front door and the door and surrounding are well covered. So that when you’re viewing the video feeds remotely, you will be able to see anyone coming in or standing anywhere near the door. Point here is, check your camera placement to prevent or reduce any blind spot.

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Would you please stop procrastinating?

Would you please stop procrastinating

So you have your home video surveillance system setup, you’re excited, you clapped your hands feeling good about the new security you’ve set up. You inserted a 64GB SD Card or a large 750GB hard drive for the recording. Kudos to you my friend!

But wait a moment, when was the last time you reviewed your video footage? Do you even have backup of your video recording? Do you know if your camera storage is overwriting your previous recording? Have you checked that everything is actually normal and nothing fishy has been caught on cameras?

Without reviewing your recorded video feeds periodically, you will never be able to detect any anomaly going on right under your watch. Like any other gadget, we have to play our part to make sure our surveillance systems protect us.

It’s very important to do your part: periodically reviewing the tapes, changing batteries and checking to see that all is in good working condition.

Everyone has a different schedule, so while some may have many hours a day to fumble through channels and catch different views of their homes, others may only get to see the monitor before bedtime. However your work schedule is, make sure you review your security footage at least once every three days.

This doesn’t mean you must sit for 72 hours. I fast forward the recording of my camera security system to 2x its normal speed and watch; if anything comes up I simply pause, rewind and play at normal speed.

This way nothing is missed and my time is spared. Just as you should check up on the footage at least once every three days, you must also check that your security cameras are in good working condition.

So you share access to your home video surveillance system?


Wait, wait, wait a moment my friend. Are you saying you neighbor has the password to your video security systems? Even your cats and dogs can punch in your passwords? Man, that’s messed up!

It’s very important to safeguard and carefully select who has access to your home security footage.

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There have been too many cases of robberies by guests and other person’s given full access to properties for this simple rule to be over-looked.

As tempting as it can be to flaunt your home surveillance system, it’s equally important to use it as a hidden power.  Anyone who has access to your security system can disable, erase or tamper with your security camera in many ways to aid a break in.

So keep your doors open to friends, family and other acquaintances, but keep the codes to get access to your surveillance footage locked up at the corner of your mind, somewhere.

Get some lighting in here please!

Get some lighting in here please

Another important thing to take note of is lighting. Have you seen a video footage online that looks like it was shot in the tunnel at night without any light? Yeah, it’s like one of the horror movies when something nasty is going on at night. Yikes!

Cameras are light-sensitive so it’s crucial to watch where and how a camera is fixed.

For example, fixing a camera to face a light source will make it go black, most security experts advice that cameras should be fixed under a light source and not above or opposite it.

We have all tried to take pictures with our cellphones outdoor sometimes. You don’t want to face the sun directly when taking pictures. You as the photographer would want to back the sun and let your subject face or side-view the illumination from the light source. It’s the same for video security cameras.

If you choose a home security system with light sensors, obviously you wouldn’t need to concern yourself with this. But if your security camera doesn’t come with light sensors, pay particular attention to the placement of your camera and the source of light.

Did I miss something?

I might have missed something important here. Share your thoughts in the comment below. I look forward to reading your comments. If you do have a home video surveillance system installed, tell us something interesting you’ve found.





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