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Table of Contents 5 Practical Steps to Follow For an Effective Security Camera Installation 5 Must-Have Elements of an Effective Security Alarm System Best Practices You Need to Know in 2019 Unusual Tricks You Haven’t Thought Of Understanding Your Wireless Camera’s Range What Does A Wireless Camera Range Imply? – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Security Camera Installation Guide

  • Security Camera Installation

Table of Contents
  • 5 Practical Steps to Follow For an Effective
    Security Camera Installation
  • 5 Must-Have Elements of an Effective Security
    Alarm System
  • Best Practices You Need to Know in 2019
  • Unusual Tricks You Havent Thought Of
  • Understanding Your Wireless Cameras Range
  • What Does A Wireless Camera Range Imply?

5 Practical Steps to Follow For an Effective
Security Camera Installation
  • Drilling holes through walls and arranging cables
    to connect various security devices seems like a
    tall order. Nonetheless, modern security camera
    systems are modified in a way homeowners can
    install the devices without hassles and
    professional skills. A full security camera
    system includes cameras, cables, storage device
    (DVR) and a monitor to display the surveillance
    videos. The complexity of the devices will depend
    on your preferences and needs. Without further
    ado, follow the following practical steps when
    installing a security camera(s) in your home

  • Preparation
  • Preparation involves planning the surveillance
    areas and buying a security kit. A plan
    determines the kind of camera system to purchase
    for your home or business. Undoubtedly,
    monitoring every square meter of your house will
    prove power-inefficient and utterly expensive.
    Hence, its critical to determine the key areas
    that you want to monitor throughout. Its
    advisable to draw a rough sketch of your house
    and pinpoint the area of camera installation.
    Subsequently, purchase the appropriate package to
    suit your surveillance needs. A basic system
    comprises a DVR, suitable cables, one to three
    cameras, and power cords.
  • 2. Install the Cameras
  • The best security cameras offer a wide angle of
    view. Mount your indoor cameras near the corners
    of your rooms. Some cameras come with sticky pads
    to attach on the walls, but its best to screw
    them in place. Mount your outdoor camera at least
    10 feet high on the wall to prevent easy access
    by intruders.
  • Moreover, ensure that you install the camera near
    a power socket. Subsequently, attach your cameras
    to a power source. Each camera comes with a power
    cord that can fit in the standard power sockets.

  • 3. Install the DVR
  • You will need a DVR (digital video recorder) to
    store the surveillance footage. A DVR receives
    video feeds from the installed cameras and then
    broadcasts the feeds on a monitor which can be a
    small TV or personal computer. DVRs have varying
    memory capacities which affect the length of
    stored videos. Placing the DVR inside a
    protective compartment is essential. This
    prevents a burglar or an intruder from tampering
    with the device or deleting the recorded videos.

  • 4. Connect Your Camera to the DVR
  • Conventionally, BNC connection is used to connect
    security cameras to the DVR. BNC cables have
    identical ends and are easy to use. There is a
    BNC port in the DVR for each security camera you
    install in your home. However, you find that your
    camera cables lack a BNC connector.
  • Consequently, purchase a BNC adapter online or
    from nearby hardware. During the connection, plug
    one end of the BNC cable to your cameras output
    and the other end to the DVRs input port. Ensure
    you lock the BNC in place by turning the small
    nut at its end.

  • 5. Attach the DVR to a monitor
  • The step completes your camera installation. The
    monitor displays the feeds from the security
    cameras with the help of the DVR. BNC cables are
    commonly used to connect a DVR to a TV monitor.
    Nonetheless, you may use a VGA or HDMI cable to
    connect your storage device to your computer.
    Lastly, troubleshoot your camera system and power
    all devices.
  • As you can see, security camera installation
    isnt that hard. Before buying your package,
    ensure that you have a plan that outlines all key
    areas that you want to monitor. Then, proceed to
    buy a package that suits your needs and as per
    your house blueprint. Subsequently, follow the
    steps outlined above to complete the installation.

5 Must-Have Elements of an Effective Security
Alarm System
  • Installing a security alarm system is a
    fundamental step to protect your home, family,
    and business from a variety of threats. The
    security assurance comes with peace of mind,
    allowing you to concentrate on your day-to-day
    activities with the knowledge that your home is
    under watch. Additionally, its now possible to
    monitor the situation at your home remotely with
    the incorporation of smart security devices. This
    said, an effective security alarm system should
    have the following elements

  • 1. Control Panel
  • The control panel serves as the brain of the
    security system. The control panel determines
    when to sound the alarm or contact an emergency
  • Moreover, cables running through your system
    enter and leave the panel. Typically, its
    installed in a secure place such as the basement
    or a utility closet to prevent any malicious
    tampering. Besides, the package consists of a
    circuit board and battery pack, all put in one
    box. Notably, several security companies have
    evolved their services to incorporate online and
    remote control, consequently, eliminating the
    need to install an on-site panel.

  • 2. Sensors
  • A sensor detects a threat and sends a signal to
    the control panel which determines the next
    appropriate action. There are several types of
    sensors that you can employ in your system. Door
    and window sensors will trigger an alarm when
    someone opens your door or window. Additionally,
    you may consider adding a glass break sensor to
    detect vibrations and noise of glass shattering.
    Its recommendable to connect the smoke sensor,
    motion detector, and water sensor to your alarm

  • 3. Keypad
  • A keypad offers you essential control over your
    alarm system. You should use it to deactivate or
    activate the system. Moreover, a keypad features
    a panic button to summon the monitoring company
    immediately. Its highly advisable to install
    more than one keypad in your home. This will
    allow you to control your system from several
    sections of the room. Additionally, several data
    input devices ensure that you still have control
    over your system when an intruder tampers with
    one of them.

  • 4. Output Devices
  • The conventional output devices for security
    alarm systems are the strobe lights and
    siren/horn. A horn serves to alert your neighbors
    about an emergency in your home and also scare
    away burglars and intruders. Strobe lights can
    also notify your neighbors about the activation
    of your alarm system. Besides, strobes are
    fundamental visual devices to warn people with
    hearing impairments of a security breach. Hence,
    you may install a strobe inside or outside your
    home, depending on your intended purpose.
    Nonetheless, consider mounting a siren/horn
    outside your home.

  • 5. Central Monitoring Service
  • An alarm company offers central monitoring
    services to enhance the effectiveness of your
    alarm system. The service comes between your
    system and the emergency authority and serves to
    assess and verify alarm triggers before
    contacting the authorities. This helps to avoid
    contacting authorities in case of false alarms
    which can be caused by user error.

Best Practices You Need to Know in 2019
  • You have managed to buy the surveillance system
    that you have always wanted. Now, you are
    thinking that the hardest job is behind you.
    Well, its not. For most people, the biggest
    challenge is the installation. From deciding how
    youll mount the security cameras to how youll
    run the whole system, its never easy. You need
    to observe the best practices. While prioritizing
    on monitoring your premise, you also have to
    prioritize on securing the devices.
  • Generally, here are the top 6 best practices for
    2019 you should know

  • Physical Security
  • One major thing that thieves and vandals target
    when they invade a property is the surveillance
    system. So, theyll probably attack the cameras
    if they are within reach. To ensure that this
    doesnt happen, you need to physically secure
    them. You may choose any of these approaches
  • Securing them in tamper-proof enclosures
  • Installing them at higher points
  • Integrating the camera system with the alarm

  • 2. Cyber Security
  • Just as much as its important to physically
    secure your surveillance system, its also
    important to protect it from cyber criminals.
    This protects the information captured by your
    cameras. Its also important in preventing
    unauthorized persons from accessing your system.
    Some of the things to do include
  • Password Protect your surveillance system
  • Always update your operating system
  • Invest in the right cloud-management solution
  • Ensure your system is protected by firewalls

  • 3. Power Backup
  • Its not unusual to suffer power surges,
    blackouts, and other power issues. All these are
    interruptions to your surveillance system and may
    compromise your security. So, you need a backup
    plan. One thing to consider is buying a UPS
    (uninterrupted power supply) machine. Itll
    provide power backup in case of a disruption.

  • 4. Proper Placement
  • Whether you decide to mount your CCTV camera on
    the front door, on the gate or on the wall, you
    have to ensure that its well positioned to
    provide the best coverage. Here are some of the
    things to do
  • Position the camera at eye-level
  • Ensure they are not obscured
  • Target high-traffic areas like the balcony, the
    front part of the house, and the main gate.
  • Cover the corners and all possible blind spots
  • Position the cameras away from direct light

  • 5. Camera Storage
  • Its very important to consider the storage of
    your CCTV footages upon installation. If you are
    installing multiple cameras on your property, you
    need to ensure that you have enough storage to
    accommodate the daily recordings. Sometimes, you
    may have to backup past recordings on an external
    source like a CD or DVD. The whole idea is to
    ensure that you never run out of storage memory.

  • 6. Hiring a Certified Installer
  • Lastly, you can save yourself a lot of trouble by
    hiring a certified installer to install the
    surveillance system for you. The expert will help
    you in the following ways
  • Picking the right mounting surface
  • Adjust the angle of view
  • Facilitate remote monitoring
  • In general, the performance of your security
    cameras depends on the practices that you
    observe. So, to get the best performance, you
    have to leverage the best installation practices.
    It starts with the above ideas. They are
    instrumental in securing your property as well as
    the devices themselves.

Unusual Tricks You Havent Thought Of
  • Over the last decade, the installation of
    security cameras in homes has improved
    significantly. This has seen the rate of home
    break-ins go down. However, theres a challenge.
    Burglars are becoming smarter by the day. They
    know that theres the possibility of being
    watched and so these devices are the first thing
    that they target. They either destroy them or
    avoid facing their direction. So, what should you
    do when you really want to catch burglars?
  • Its simple you have to change your strategy.
    The cameras shouldnt be fitted in obvious
    places. You need to mount them in unusual places
    and use unusual hacks to disguise them.
  • Here are 6 installation tricks you havent
    thought of

  • 1. Mount on a Plant
  • Whether its potted plants inside your house or
    trees outside, they are all unusual places to
    mount security cameras. Since burglars are always
    in a hurry to invade and steal, they wont have
    the chance to check the plants, especially if
    they are many. Before they know it, their faces
    are caught on camera.
  • 2. In a Bird House
  • Do you have a birdhouse at home? Its a great
    surface for mounting your outdoor security
    camera. Hiding your camera there allows you to
    catch burglars when they sneak into your
    compound. You just need to place the birdhouse
    strategically so that the camera can have better

  • 3. Under Your Ceiling
  • There are a number of mini cameras in the market
    that you can use at home. Such options are easily
    mountable under the ceiling. Most of them come in
    colors that easily blend with the ceiling. You
    are required to position the camera at the end of
    the ceiling to ensure wide coverage. Besides, if
    the ceiling is raised, chances are that burglars
    wouldnt raise their head to see the devices.
  • 4. On a Photo Frame
  • We all love photo frames at home. They are not
    just a great décor but also remind us of memories
    that we hold profoundly. You can take advantage
    of their existence to mount mini home security
    cameras there. When the burglars look at the
    frames, all theyll see are beautiful photographs
    that are meant to improve the appearance of your

  • 5. Behind Glass
  • Glass windows can disguise security cameras
    really well, more so when they are a little
    darker.. But you should be aware that motion
    sensing and night vision can be affected. But
    still, the footages that you get are enough to
    launch an investigation into the burglary.
  • 6. On an Electric Outlet
  • The last place that a burglar can check for a
    security camera is an electric outlet. So, its
    always a smart place to disguise your camera. The
    installation can be done both indoors and
    outdoors. It depends on where the electric
    outlets are situated and how many cameras you
    want to install.
  • Clearly, it takes unusual strategies to keep your
    security cameras hidden in the eyes of burglars.
    Let them not suspect that they are being watched.
    This is how you improve the chances of catching
    them and seeking justice if it ever gets to that.
    You can start with the above tricks.

Understanding Your Wireless Cameras Range
  • Home security is no longer a luxury in todays
    world. According to Safewise, a burglary takes
    place every 18 seconds in the United States. This
    translates to 200 per hour and about 4,800 per
    day. While a security system will do nothing to
    avert crime, it acts as your eyes and ears when
    you are away or asleep. A report by the
    University of Carolina showed that approximately
    60 of burglars tend to avoid homes with security
  • With this in mind, it is important now more than
    ever, to have a working security system as a home
    or business owner. One of the elements that make
    up a security system is a wireless camera. Having
    a security camera means you rest easy knowing
    your family or office is safe at all times.
    Today, there are numerous options to choose from.
    Lets talk about a wireless cameras range. What
    is it and how do you know the right one for you?

What Does A Wireless Camera Range Imply?
  • Wireless security cameras are the most preferred
    option for many homeowners because they are not
    only easy to install but are cost-friendly as
    well. However, a good understanding of the range
    of a wireless camera is an important factor of
    the installation process. Ideally, every camera
    has a standard range that ensures a clear line of
    sight from the receiver. The minute the camera
    approaches the edge of this set range, youll
    start to notice errors on the camera feed. Before
    you purchase a CCTV wireless camera, you will
    need to keep the distance in mind. For a larger
    property or room, you might need to go with a
    longer range wireless camera.
  • Speaking of security camera installation range,
    there are two categories, you should be aware of

  • 1. TVL and IR range
  • If you walk into a security camera shop now, the
    salesperson is likely to quote two figures to
    you the IR range and the number of TVL. This is
    sometimes referred to as the night time range. IR
    range concerns itself with the distance from
    which the cameras infrared can be detected by
    the camera. In essence, these values have nothing
    to do with the best distance for capturing
    sufficient detail.
  • 2. Optical range
  • This refers to the specific distance at which
    adequate detail can be captured. This isnt
    necessarily the number of TVL the camera has or
    its brightness it depends on the kind of lens
    fitted on the camera. A standard DVR stores
    images as pixels or tiny dots. For instance, a D1
    resolution gives you about 400,000 pixels for one
    image frame. Therefore, a wide-angle lens causes
    a rapid spread of pixels as you move further from
    the camera which means less detail will be
    captured. In contrast, a more telephoto lens
    gathers pixels and hence captures plenty of
    detail further away from the camera.

  • Bottom-line
  • The security camera installation range is the
    parameter used to quantify details in wireless
    security parameters. Some systems can adequately
    capture great detail even as far away from the
    camera as possible while some are ideal for
    smaller properties. Choose a system depending on
    your specific needs at hand.
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