CCTV is a common security feature of many Essex homes. Fortunately, the cost of CCTV installation has come down considerably over the years, and many savvy homeowners are having it installed along with other security features such as burglar alarms and security lighting which helps prevent burglary, trespass and vandalism.
Unfortunately, CCTV is not ‘set it and forget it’ CCTV systems are subjected to outdoor conditions, so ongoing maintenance is required to ensure it functions optimally.
Maintenance is simple and can be periodically carried out by the homeowner.
Here’s how to do CCTV maintenance yourself.
Check For Obstructions
Obstructions can obscure CCTV cameras rendering them useless. When your CCTV was fitted, the engineer would have set the camera in the correct position, monitoring vulnerable areas. Make sure nothings been placed in the camera’s view. If trees or hedges have grown up in front of the camera trim them back, move any objects in the way. If an immovable object (such as a new shed) obstructs the view, then you’ll have to get the camera moved to a different position.
Check Cables And Connections
Check CCTV cables, and connectors for signs of wear, rodent damage, weather damage, corrosion and cutting (some burglars cut CCTV cables prior to a burglary) Replace damaged cables and connectors if necessary.
Check The Camera
CCTV cameras are waterproof, the seals on old cameras can wear away letting water in. Check the camera for signs of water entry or condensation. If you feel waters getting in it may be time to replace the camera.
Clean The Lens
Lenses exposed to the outdoor elements get dirty quickly. A dirty lens prevents clear filming, regularly clean the lens. Use an air blower to remove dust and debris and finish with a lens cloth and lens cleaning solution.
Make Sure Lightings Adequate
Test the camera at night make sure the lightings good enough to capture the surveyed area in the dark.
Look after the DVR
Although indoors, the DVR (digital video recorder) will get dusty, clean periodically. Also, check the DVR records property and is set to the correct date and time (essential if you ever need recordings as evidence)
Clear The Hard Drive
Keep an eye on the storage space of the hard drive. Hard drives fill up quickly when recording 24 hours a day. A full disk won’t record.
Following these quick and easy steps will keep your CCTV functioning and your property secure at all times.