As a species, mankind needs to feel safe, not only from outward threats like animals and weather but also from each other, as disheartening as that is. It can be hard sometimes to feel safe, even in your own home. This goes especially for the night and evening times. If the worse happens, then it can be hard to figure out exactly what has happened, and it can sometimes be impossible to figure out the culprit and bring them to justice. This is a common occurrence and can be very scary for those involved. That is why a solution was created – this solution is called CCTV systems. CCTV systems can help families as well as neighbours feel safer and more secure at night, knowing that potential criminals will be deterred or that they will be caught should something happen (this is a worse case scenario however and it is not something to worry about). However, knowing what CCTV systems can be difficult and there can be many confusing choices and cameras to choose from. Installing them can also be difficult and often require professional help. This is something that most people will wish to avoid due to unnecessary cost. This article aims to help those who are having trouble with their potential CCTV systems and to list all the best tips and pieces of advice.
The first general tip is to have sensible and reasonable expectations of your possible CCTV systems. It will be limited, and it may well be expensive, and it will not be able to deter or stop all amounts of crime. There will most likely be a very low resolution to your camera and not everything will be clear, and the colour will not be fantastic or completely vivid – this is just the typical drawbacks of CCTV systems. The sunlight can also dilute the quality and vision of the camera, if the light is too bright or too dark. And unless you have a camera on absolutely every corner in your house, there will likely be blind spots that seasoned criminals will be able to manipulate.
Another top tip is to not spend too much time trying to find the best frame rate. For CCTV you do not need the fastest frame rate out there – you are not trying to win an Oscar for cinematography after all. A lower frame rate is all you need for motion capture and a clear image, do not let salespeople trick you into cashing out for more than that.
It is also highly recommended to minimise the amount of length on the cables that come with your camera. There are minor interference problems and it is best to make sure that you are getting the best type and quality of cable available – you do not want to have picture problems due to faulty caballing in the future. This is something to keep in mind as another good tip is to avoid wireless cameras as a general rule.