A guide to CCTV camera maintenance
Why is CCTV camera maintenance important?
Keeping your business safe and secure at all times has never been easier, as the increasingly popular CCTV system is being recognised as a significant crime deterrent, using high-tech video analytics to catch any suspicious activity. However, if this security technology isn’t maintained, it can lead to serious consequences and counteract the whole purpose of installing it in the first place. Every business should be prepared for a break in – even if it seems unlikely – and ensuring that your CCTV camera is in proper working order could avoid potentially devastating, long-lasting effects. So, what are the relevant maintenance steps to take? We’re here to run you through everything.
Check for lens damage
For your CCTV camera to record footage, it’s essential that the lens is checked regularly for any signs of damage, such as scratches, cracks, or general dust and grime. If you have an outdoor CCTV camera that will be constantly battling against the elements, it’s possible that gusts of wind may cause objects, such as leaves, to prevent a clear image from being captured. Be sure to wipe down the lens regularly and carefully using a microfibre cloth or a specialist lens cleaner solution to prevent any further damage, ensuring that it’s clean and dry afterwards.
Allowing your CCTV camera to capture a clear image also comes down to its surroundings, so be sure to check that nothing is obstructing the view. Alongside keeping it nice and clean, it’s highly likely that outdoor cameras will be surrounded by trees, with new growth potentially causing its current positioning to be insufficient. You should double check that your CCTV cameras are pointing in the right direction, at the right height, in a way that will deter or record criminal activity, which is particularly relevant if you’ve experienced any structural changes. Double check the business CCTV camera placement guidelines for further advice.
To guarantee that your CCTV camera is running correctly, you’ll need to make sure that the picture is clear, double-checking that the contrast settings and brightness are at an appropriate level. Another factor that is often forgotten is setting the correct date and time, which is crucial for reporting any criminal activity to the authorities. Having incorrect settings could be inadmissible by court of law, so it’s important to double-check this.
Certified CCTV installation and maintenance experts
Here at Expert Security, we don’t just help with security system installation. We want to give you total peace of mind that your business is kept as safe and secure as possible for years to come, which is why we also provide security system maintenance. All of the products that we supply come with a 12-month guarantee, which will cover you in the case that you should experience any damage, misuse, vandalism or faults to your equipment. In the rare scenario that this does happen, our team of security professionals will provide you with a free consultation and quotation, providing a speedy yet reliable service that will get your systems up and running again in no time.
Have a chat with a friendly member of our team and contact us today to see what else we have on offer. Let us know what your business needs, and we will aim to provide you with the best security solution.