How much security is too much? There isn’t a definitive answer to this, but it can be subjective to your needs. However, convenience doesn’t halt at the installation of security surveillance as it is just the nook of a huge security ecosystem that one needs to be well versed with. The very industry of security surveillance has transcended from being analog to cloud-based with remote access. This boom of coming-of-age surveillance does have a flip side like increasing vulnerability to being DVR hacked, data theft, security breach, and video footage leak. So, where does one start from? Planning strategic installation!

Location Is Everything

Ideal positioning of outdoor security camera can be leveraged to use the surveillance at its full potential. Some of the most ideal and common places to install security cameras are: front entrance, backdoor, off-street view, driveway, basement, and garage.

A security risk assessment before starting the installation can help you identify the security goals. Is your outdoor security surveillance aligning with your security goals? Assessing the answers to these questions is important before installation.

Identify the Blind Spots

Getting 360-degree view is a bit tricky with outdoor security camera, but more often than not it is faced with certain exposed blind spots. Following the risk assessment, a trial is usually run. During this trial, you will be able to spot the unmarked areas or blind spots once you receive the footage. First, identify the Field of View (FOV) of the camera lens, e.g. a 4mm lens would have an 80-degree of field view; beyond this view, the areas are blind spots. Do you need to cover those areas? Readjust the camera. Perhaps, a checklist of the coverage of camera lens, wide area view, exposure to the public etc. should be assessed before installation.

Out of Reach from Intruders

Vandalism is unpredictable and so are accidents. Should your outdoor camera be in full view of the public? Well, it does act as a deterrent of crime, but it shouldn’t be accessible by anyone. The appropriate estimated height to place a security camera is 9 feet. This keeps it away from stray animals or intruders who may intend to damage it. The height also offers a wide range of view without any obstruction.

A number of other factors like lightening and rain should be kept in mind as these tend to distort the camera footage. Assistance for installation can be taken from the company representatives who have experience in setting up the surveillance system.