Is your CCTV Camera up-to-scratch?

02/03/2018 in Security

CCTV cameras are one the best security measures you can invest in for your construction business. Not only do they act as an effective deterrent for would-be thieves, vandals and arsonists, but CCTV footage also helps in identifying such criminals in the case of a successful break-in.

Moreover, with the advancement in technology, remote, wireless security cameras allow for 24/7 surveillance, meaning you can easily monitor your site out-of-hours and quickly respond in the case of an emergency.

Good lighting is key

But, even with the latest state-of-the-art cameras, the quality of your footage can be comprised, particularly during the winter months, when daylight hours are shorter and adverse weather frequently occurs.

As such, where natural light is not present, the best way to enhance the quality of your footage is to ensure there is good lighting available. Many new cameras have built-in infrared lighting to ensure cameras are able to operate effectively even when it is pitch black outside.

These are certainly better than traditional devices which emit ‘white light’ and therefore illuminate parts of your construction site, which some people have argued can actually help intruders spot areas to target.

Other ways to maximise CCTV effectiveness

Good lighting aside, there are several other ways to ensure that the footage caught on your CCTV camera is as clear as it can be:

  • Make sure your CCTV systems are installed only by a professional
  • Ensure checks and CCTV maintenance is carried out regularly
  • Review the placement of your cameras to avoid bad lighting, obstructions and blind spots
  • Consider investing in the latest technology, such as HD quality and infrared lighting

Above all, you should seek expert advice when investing in a new CCTV system. Millennium Security can help you decide on the best type for your construction site and send an expert engineer to set up and install everything for the highest quality coverage.