HELP AND ADVICE

Camera location.

 

Once you have your camera, whether from SFP SECURITY or elsewhere its time to plan where you will fit it, three things should be taken into account, Practicality, View and Maintenance .

Practicality: Any camera will need to be powered from a convenient source, a wired camera will also require a cable to be run back to the recorder or monitor. This should not usually be much of a problem unless the camera and recorder will be located at different buildings then some extra planning will be required, perhaps even a wireless link between the two (Covered else where). Many camera’s fitted to private house’s tend to be fitted high up because of the ease of running the cable straight into the loft, this is not always a good idea depending on the purpose of the camera. Consider the type of view you need from the camera and why.

VIEW: The video you will want from the camera will depend on its purpose, a general observation camera for example might best be suited to be fixed at height giving a wide view over a large area. With an observation camera its purpose might be to only monitor the movement of people or traffic, no consideration need be given to identifying any individual person or vehicle, however if at a later date you might need to provide video that can positively identify an individual or vehicle the viewing angle becomes very important. A camera fitted at height looking straight down will not be able to see a number plate or face and unless you are lucky enough to have an incident involving a bald person not wearing a hat with a distinctive tattoo on their head its unlikely you will be able to provide any evidence to a court. While hard to give advice for every situation generally the further the camera needs to look the higher it should be and the closer the lower it should be.

Maintenance: Another factor in deciding where to place the camera is maintenance, so often overlooked the camera will need general cleaning and looking after during its lifetime and if positioned in a hard to reach place this becomes difficult and a job that might be left until to late and the video suddenly needed is unusable because of the built-up of dirt across the front glass or lens. All camera’s will give off some heat while operational and this plus the fact they stand away from a wall make them very good places for spiders. Once a spider has chosen your camera as its new home a web can appear in under an hour, possibly blocking the camera’s view and if using motion detection for recording using as much as 20 times or more the recording space you had planned. If recording space is limited its quite possible that an incident can happen and be overwritten before you have time to make a back-up, this why we always advise you to consider how easy it will be to reach the camera, if its outside it will get dirty and inside or out spiders, dust and dirt will need to be periodically removed from the camera.

Below is a short video hosted on YouTube showing the affect
of  spider webs in front of a camera