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