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How And Where Should You Install Your New Video Surveillance System?

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There are thousands of articles and user reviews discussing the best and most state-of-the-art surveillance systems to prevent theft and vandalism of your home or business. However, there seems to be less discussion about the best placement of cameras and other monitoring equipment -- even though the most high-tech camera may be rendered useless if it is pointed the wrong direction or a nearby light casts too much glare to be able to identify a potential intruder. Read on to learn more about surveillance camera placement and what factors you may need to consider.

High or low visibility?

The first issue to be evaluated is whether you'd like to make your cameras obvious to passersby, or keep them more concealed. Either choice has its advantages, but here are a few things to keep in mind.

Highly-visible surveillance cameras are often an effective deterrent -- but if you own a business or live in an upscale neighborhood, they may detract from the appearance of your home or even steer people away from your business. Keeping your cameras visible can also make them a prime target for burglars, who can render them useless with a quick smash of a baseball bat or crowbar.

Hidden surveillance cameras don't have the same deterrent effect, and are less obtrusive, but are also more prone to being blocked by flowing curtains, delivery boxes, or other items that are inadvertently placed in their line of vision.

One compromise is to have one or two visible cameras and additional invisible cameras. If burglars decide to avoid or destroy the cameras they see, it's unlikely they'll continue to look for hidden ones.

Focus on faces

Although many obvious surveillance cameras are mounted from above, pointing downward, if you're interested in identifying your thief, you'll likely want to place the camera at a lower level, facing straight forward. Wide-angle lenses are good for identifying faces, even at an angle. You may also want to place one or two cameras slightly below face level, pointed upward, around windows or doors.

Do a test run

Many potential obstacles to getting a clear field of vision aren't detected until it's too late. Do a test run by having yourself or a friend dress in all black and approach your home or office building from several angles. By doing this during different times of day, you can get an idea of what potential complications can be present (for example, a glare that obscures faces when the streetlights come on in the evening) and adjust accordingly.

For more information, contact a security company like Alliance Appliance Of Rockland & Authentic Alarm.