What to Consider When Installing a CCTV System

CCTV surveillance has gained popularity not only in office buildings but also in Australian households. Since CCTV systems are now affordable and easily accessible, many people are using them to improve the security of their homes. If you want to join the growing number of CCTV secured homes, use this checklist before installing the system.

Identify Areas That Should Be Monitored

There are many types of security cameras, but before installing a surveillance system, think about your specific needs. You need to start by identifying the areas you want to be monitored. In addition to exit and entry points to your home, you should consider areas such as your garage, driveways, side passages and pools.

It defeats the point to install a system that does not perform the job it was intended for. For example, if you want to place surveillance on a corner with limited visibility or lighting, a badly installed camera will be useless. Consult a CCTV expert to help you identify strategic points to fix your cameras for effective surveillance.

Find an Appropriate Recording Management System

Video surveillance requires a reliable recording management system. CCTV systems can record to either a network video recorder, digital video recorder, or a memory card. A network video recorder has a larger storage capacity compared to the other options.

You should also think about how you will review the recordings. With a digital video recorder, you will be able to view unusual movement from a secluded safe house. However, a network video recorder allows you to access video footage remotely through your phone or smart device. Do not forget to use an encrypted connection if your camera supports Wi-Fi.

Know The Legal Requirements

The use of CCTV systems must comply with Australian laws. There are serious legal implications for infringing on another person's right to privacy by installing CCTV cameras. If you are not sure, you should seek legal advice to ensure any cameras installed comply with all the legal requirements.

For example, in Queensland, it is an offence to place camera surveillance on people without their permission. Video recording people in private places in an office building like the bathroom, bedroom, and change room is an offence. For households, it is important to check the position of your cameras to ensure they do not focus on your neighbour's property. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the Criminal Code and Invasion of Privacy Act for your particular region before installing CCTV surveillance.

For more information, contact a security system service.