Checklist for CCTV Camera Installation and Commissioning

By Jonathan Ratcliffe

When installing a CCTV system, it is always best to follow a few procedures to ensure that your CCTV equipment is safe and working efficiently. Here is a short checklist to bear in mind when installing your CCTV system: A large harddrive When running a business, you won’t have time to keep deleting the previous ... Read more


When installing a CCTV system, it is always best to follow a few procedures to ensure that your CCTV equipment is safe and working efficiently.

Here is a short checklist to bear in mind when installing your CCTV system:

A large harddrive

When running a business, you won’t have time to keep deleting the previous days footage to make room for more film – it would then be a burden to have a CCTV system rather than a benefit. Choose a CCTV system which has a large drive capacity and allows for at least 7 days worth of filming, without having to delete any footage.

Monitor and camera

If you are purchasing your cameras and monitor separately, you will need to purchase good cameras with an equally good monitor. HD cameras will only be of real benefit if your monitor is high speed and can process live action without the picture breaking up or producing low quality images.

Security

When setting up a CCTV system, ensure that the device is locked away to prevent it getting stolen. Realistically, there is no point in having a CCTV camera catching evidence if the device itself could be stolen by thieves.

Location

Ensure that the location of your cameras are in areas that need to be monitored at all times. For example, areas of your building where there are expensive possessions or above entrances to assess who is entering the property. It would be advised that cameras be placed in as many areas around the property as possible, so that suspicious activity can be noticed immediately.

Maintenance

Once your CCTV cameras are installed, it would be advised that you check they are in full working order on a regular basis. Your cameras may be working absolutely fine, but a fault in the monitor may mean your entire system is pointless. Keep on top of the maintenance, otherwise you may be at risk from crime if criminals are aware your system isn’t in working order. If you are in any doubt about how to maintain your system, it may be worth hiring a CCTV specialist to inspect your system at least once a year, so it is working at its optimum performance.

Notices and signs

One of the legal requirements of having a CCTV system on your property, is that you will need to state that the cameras are in operation. This is down to the fact that people have to be notified that they are being filmed. Although it may seem a strange law to make, making outsiders aware that an expensive piece of equipment is on the property may in fact act as a deterrent to criminals.

Light levels

Once your CCTV system is up and running, make sure you are aware of the light levels in order for your camera to pick up clear footage. Light levels are usually measured in lux on CCTV cameras, therefore if you choose to locate a camera in a location with a lower lux number, you will need to choose a system that records in extremely dim lighting.

Contact us for specific advice about prices and packages on 0800 211 8310.

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BY Jonathan Ratcliffe

Jonathan manages Marketing at CCTV.co.uk - with over 15 years experience in CCTV Installation - he writes as an Expert in CCTV Systems, News, Crime Rate Analysis and other FAQs