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Installing a CCTV system is a great way to keep your premises secure, but if you fail to maintain it, you might find yourself in a sticky situation later down the line! Like all technology, CCTV cameras can fail if they're not looked after. Unlike your computer or your TV, CCTV cameras are often out in the elements 24/7 (not to mention the vandals that try to destroy them) which makes them even more prone to damage than almost any other piece of security kit.

Why is security camera maintenance so important?

Your CCTV cameras are there to do one job - keep you safe. If over time, CCTV systems aren't maintained properly and stop working then they won't be able to do their job properly. Therefore, it's important to consider the value of things you're protecting. Is your CCTV system installed around your business premises, your home or your garage? A faulty CCTV system will leave these spaces vulnerable to crime!

Maintaining your CCTV system is also vital if you want to make a claim on your insurance later down the line. An insurance company might not want to deal with your claim if you've not maintained your security cameras properly. This is definitely worth bearing in mind if your CCTV cameras are protecting valuable goods. 

CCTV maintenance: What do I need to check?

So, how do you actually go about maintaining your security cameras? There are a few things that you should check on a regular basis to keep things working smoothly.

Cables

Being outside, wiring and cables can become damaged. They're exposed to the weather but they're also prone to becoming loose and detaching from the wall. Eventually, loose wires can fray and cause the picture quality and sound to be compromised. So, you see any problems with the feedback from your cameras, it could be a wiring issue. Make sure you do a good visual check of the wiring every few months.

Camera Lens

Problems with the camera lens will make it very difficult to see events in the view of the camera. As you can imagine, this makes the CCTV cameras fairly useless if you're trying to identify specific people or events that led up to a crime. 

Again, being outside can cause problems for the camera lens and a tiny bit of dirt can look like a huge smudge when you take a look at the footage. Keeping the camera lens clean is vital if you want a clear view of the area. A few other things that can affect the view through your camera lens are:

  • Overgrown foliage
  • A camera that's slipped and no longer looks in the right direction
  • A motion detector that's stopped working

Control Equipment

Finally, you need to make sure your control equipment is maintained so that you can watch and store the footage & access it whenever you need to. This involves checking that your CCTV monitors and control panels and working as they should be. 

Check that the cameras are recording footage that's clear, bright and not too oversaturated. Check that the monitor is showing the right date and time and generally clean down the control room/equipment so that dust & dirt doesn't build up. 

Our Maintenance Contracts

If you're planning on installing a new CCTV camera system, we highly recommend looking into our maintenance contracts. These contracts provide you with the reassurance that one of our professional engineers is on hand at any time - night or day - should a problem with your CCTV system occur.

When you notice a problem with your CCTV system, all you have to do is call our team on 029 20 753 251 and we'll send an engineer out right away to deal with the problem. That's why we recommend our maintenance contracts for people with CCTV cameras in challenging/crime-prone areas. We'll also carry out any routine maintenance that your CCTV system needs to keep it running smoothly at all times. 

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If you'd like to find out more about security camera maintenance, or if you'd like to enquire about our CCTV systems for your home or business, give us a call on 029 20 753 251.

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CCTV cameras are a tried and tested method for protecting business premises. Not only is CCTV an effective way to deter (and capture evidence of) criminal behaviour, modern systems can also be tied to smart systems that will trigger facilities like lights, doors and gates to give you extra peace of mind.

If you're beginning to think about installing CCTV cameras, it's important to know the basics of where to place your cameras in order to make the most of your security system. Placing cameras in the wrong points may render your security system useless, so make sure you have the right number of cameras in the right places!

Where to place your CCTV cameras

Here are our recommendations...

Anywhere past break-ins occurred

Looking at the history of your building will make it easier to identify and monitor potential weak points. If intrusions have occurred in the past, it's important to increase security at the break-in point(s) to make sure lightning doesn't strike twice.

Easy targets

Spots like the front door, back door and ground-floor windows represent very obvious access points for burglars and trespassers. These are key places to consider when installing CCTV cameras, as the majority of break-ins occur in these vulnerable spots. Nearly 75% of thieves come in through the front door, so this is a particularly important spot to monitor.

Places with valuable items

Locations where high-value items are kept (e.g. garages, till points, offices housing large amounts of cash) can be an attractive target for criminals. Placing CCTV cameras in these high-risk areas should help to keep your most valuable assets safe.

Blind spots

Even a small blind spot can present an opportunity for a crafty criminal. Use multiple cameras to cover multiple angles and eliminate blind spots - make sure there's nowhere for would-be thieves to hide!

Communal areas

Hallways, kitchens and communal work areas are ideal places to install CCTV cameras. Remember to ensure that your CCTV cameras aren't monitoring other people's properties or private areas like restrooms.

IDS Security's expert security engineers have been installing CCTV cameras for years - we can carry out a survey of your premises and design a CCTV camera system that's ideal for your requirements.

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If you’re a home or business owner, one of the things that you would have no doubt considered is whether or not you need a security system in place and what are the pros and cons of getting one installed. Well here at IDS, we believe that there should be no doubting such thing and that in order for your home, business and valuables to be safe, installing an appropriate security solution should be one of the first things you do once moving into a new home or setting up a business. One of the most common and effective forms of protecting yourself is through the use of security cameras, so if you find yourself asking ‘do I need security cameras?’ Read on and find out why you do!

 

Advantages of Security Cameras

The security camera is one of the many wonders of modern technology, used within a home and office settings across the globe. Gaining huge popularity as an effective security solution due to the array of benefits that it offers. As with everything else in the world, they have their pitfalls but these are outnumbered massively by the advantages that they bring. We take a look at a number of these below:

Prevent Crime

The biggest and most obvious advantage of getting security cameras installed within your home or business is their ability to prevent criminal activity, or at least go some way to minimise it. Just the sight of a camera looking at them and the thought of getting caught red-handed is enough for most criminals to stop and think about breaking any sort of laws, as they know that their actions and sometimes identity will be captured. The presence of a security camera empowers you as a home and/or business owner and prevents your premises from becoming an easy target.

Gather Evidence

By placing security cameras in strategic areas, you are able to monitor both the actions and words of individuals during the occurrence of a specific event, as many modern security cameras are able to also pick up audio as well as high-quality video. Clear images alongside crisp sound make security cameras an efficient tool in gathering evidence that occurs within an important happening such as a legal scenario. Authorities are able to review the footage that a witness or person of interest may have either forgotten or missed.

Monitor Activities and Occurrences

Linked with the previous advantage of gathering evidence, security cameras have the ability to be placed in an abundance of places, meaning they are able to capture many activities that occur in and around your home or business. As they come in many shapes and sizes, they can either be placed so that they are hidden or within vantage points. Both will result in rich recording data that can keep tabs on an individual’s activities and are a great way to spot suspicious behaviour.

Correct Conclusions

The footage captured by security cameras has the ability to aid in making the correct decision if you find yourself in a dispute, whether domestic or professional. This could involve settling an argument with a family member, customer or employee. Doubts can be squashed with a simple review of what your security camera has recorded. Untrue, made-up and inappropriate claims made by members of staff, customers or others can be quickly found out with the help of a security camera.

Keeping Records

Another benefit of installing security cameras is that because they are systematically and continuously recording footage at your home or business, you always have a record of the happenings that occur at these places. If for any reason you require to review footage, you have the ability to check your records and gather the information you need.

These are just a few examples of how you can benefit from the installation of security cameras. We believe here at IDS, that whenever you ask yourself ‘should I get security cameras’, the answer should be yes, as it’s always better to be safe than sorry! We specialise in bespoke security systems for both your home and business, so no matter what you would like, we are able to provide the security solution that you need. To learn more about our CCTV Security Systems or to contact us to inquire about your security system, simply click below.

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Security cameras are an excellent way of offering you peace of mind; the reassurance of an active security camera means you know any potential intrusions or security risks will be caught on camera. Security camera installation is arguably as important as having the security cameras in the first place; it is critical cameras are installed professionally and positioned to effectively monitor the largest area possible to provide you with the best surveillance. Luckily for you, IDS Security Systems are something of a pro when it comes to security camera installation and we can provide this service as part of a package when you purchase security cameras from us. 

Why is security camera installation important? 

Having a professional install your security camera(s) is of paramount importance - from positioning the camera, to the wiring and set-up, it is essential these tasks are undertaken properly so that your security camera system is fully functioning. The trained engineers from IDS can provide this service to ensure your security camera installation is done properly, and efficiently. 

What do we consider when installing your security camera? 

When installing a security camera system for our customer, we consider the following things to guarantee they are getting the most they can from their security cameras. We are experts in our field with a lot of experience under our belt, for more information on IDS and our team, visit our about us page!

Positioning

Where a camera is positioned is one of the most important parts of security camera installation - our expert engineers will be able to seek out the best position for your security camera. During the installation process, our engineers will consider the footage the camera will capture (dependant on the angle), how high up it is secured, and whether it is displayed discreetly or obviously. We are happy to work to your specific needs when installing your security camera(s), so whether you want your camera somewhere obvious, as a deterrent, or somewhere less obvious - IDS can meet your needs. 

Technicalities 

Here at IDS we know our security cameras inside out (literally), so when handling a security camera installation we can worry about all the technical stuff, so you don't have to! IDS will handle the wiring of your camera(s) and expertly select the most logical power source for your security system. We'll think about your local area network (LAN) and give you suggestions on what we think is best. With an IDS security camera installation, you can rest assured your security is in good hands. 

If you are interested in our security camera installation services, please feel free to get in touch with us today. You can give us a call on: 029 20 753 251 or email admin@ids-securityltd.co.uk. For more information on the security cameras offered by IDS please press the button below, and get your security system underway!

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Home security cameras

Everyone should feel safe in their own homes, but often it is the case that we have to take some extra precautions to ensure the safety of ourselves and our properties. Here at IDS Security, we offer a range of security systems that are designed to keep your home safe - to learn more about the home security we provide, click here. One option for home security is the installation of home security cameras.


Home security cameras not only deter crime, but in the event a crime is committed you can be assured that it has been recorded as evidence. This not only makes it far more likely any criminal will be caught by crime enforcement officers, but also that any of your property can be retrieved in the very unfortunate event it has been stolen.


Home security cameras can provide invaluable security for your home. We offer a range of different cameras so that we can help you create a home security system that best matches your requirements.

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The surveillance equipment that we provide includes:

  • PTZ Cameras - Pan, tilt and zoom functions for wide coverage and great detail.
  • IP Cameras and Surveillance - Secure and efficient surveillance camera network with additional management systems.
  • External CCTV Detection Units - For adaptable outdoor event footage.
  • Digital Video Recorders, NVR & Hard Drive Recorders - Providing efficient recording methods to suit your surveillance system. 


If you want to secure your house today with a home security camera do not hesitate to get in touch. We can help make sure that you have chosen the best security solution for your property, so contact us here for a quote.

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