The closed-circuit television cameras or CCTV has over the year played key roles in enhancing security and combating or reducing the threats of theft of merchandise from your store. The CCTV no doubt can contribute enormously to your security concerns but you must never take it for granted and should regard it as complementary and strengthening other necessary security measures. Eventually, the CCTV should form a part of your integrated security system. In fact, the CCTV enables your security personnel for greater flexibility in monitoring the security systems as CCTV observes certain areas from a specific location and in the cases of multiple cameras it performs the observation of several areas from different locations.
The CCTV systems are expensive and important. Therefore, you should design and install them carefully by qualified CCTV engineers or technicians who will ensure the necessary standard of reliability. They know how to plan properly and the exact specifications of quality, type and installation of the CCTV devices. If you do not install it appropriately and further do not maintain it properly you may probably do not get your intended purpose and land in problems. Sometimes the small problems ignored may turn to be major complications requiring expensive check and repair.
Negligible problems like too long or short cables may result in improper functioning such as not recording of videos, not saving snapshots or clips etc. of your CCTV system. Sometimes the manual provided by the manufacturers turn to be poorly written and the technicians do not understand it properly. In those cases your CCTV may counter technical issues leading to non-function of your surveillance devices. Come common problem s CCTV cameras include problems with establishing the port forwarding link to the router, the lens of the camera improper for certain scene etc.
In order to maintain your CCTV devices appropriately, you need to first prepare a checklist of dos and don’ts. The checklist should contain aspects like regular cleaning of lenses, trimming the landscaping, checking the camera’s housing, checking for corrosion, ensuring the cables particularly their secure connections, checking the power supply, dusting the DVR, emptying the hard drive, verifying the recording functions at regular intervals like weekly verification, reviewing the camera position set up periodically, checking of the lighting, inspecting for any posters or banners and removing them if they obstruct the view of the camera, setting the correct date and time, maintaining professional signage etc. Placing the maintenance activities in the checklist is not enough unless and until you put them into practice.