There are many advantages to having a closed circuit security system installed in your home or your place of work. Closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras are adept at protecting properties of all kinds as they can monitor both inside and outside buildings during the day and in the middle of the night, capture video and record images of what has happened in the past and what’s happening in real time, and in the case of IP security cameras, even connect to the Internet so you can watch the feed from your smartphone or laptop from anywhere in the world.


While CCTV systems are a great option for any home owner or business owner, there are some things that you should keep in mind when it comes to installing a closed circuit security system. Here are some common dos and don’ts you’ll need to know if you’re installing your own home or business security camera system.


Things You Should Do


When mounting your cameras outside, ensure that you choose spots that are well out of reach of anyone without a ladder. This means that you should choose high up on walls and on roofs to provide maximum security. Just make sure that they’re highly visible so anyone outside your property can see them clearly – this lets your cameras act as a strong deterrent to would-be thieves or mischief makers.


If you want to keep your home or office secure at night but you don’t have proper lighting, think about getting an infrared security camera that can record in even the darkest of conditions. IR cameras with multiple LEDs are usually best.


Meanwhile, ensure that any exterior cameras you place on your property are going to be able to stand up to the elements. Security cameras have an “Ingress Protection” number that shows how resilient they are to inclement weather; an IP code of 55 or higher is usually ideal.


Things You Should Not Do


Whatever you do, don’t leave any exposed wires coming into or leaving your cameras. In the event that someone who wants to gain access to your property sees these exposed wires, they may attempt to cut them – this will quickly render your CCTV system useless.


Furthermore, don’t leave any of your doors or first-floor windows without proper coverage. This means ensuring that there are cameras that clearly cover every possible entry and exit point that’s easily accessible, including locations such as terraces, patios, or external entrances to cellars and basements.


Finally, don’t go through with a closed circuit security system without help from a professional installer. Unless you have experience in the kind of work both an electrician and a hardware technician do on a daily basis, you should consider having someone qualified help you with any parts you’re unfamiliar with.


These are just a few of the most important things to keep in mind when it comes to installing your own CCTV system at your home or office.