Security systems provide a great relief and peace of mind to home and business owners. They protect your property, you valuables and your loved ones. What if your security system itself is attacked? The very purpose of security will be defeated and your premises will become vulnerable. The additional costs of frequent repairs, to wiring and outdoor security cameras, will also deter you from investing in such systems.
However, there are ways of covering your security system through simple steps. A cut in wirings can damage the entire set up. Hence, wires should be installed inside the walls or protected through panels in case they are outside the walls. Power sockets should be well above the reach of miscreants. Outdoor cameras are can also be safeguarded in a number of ways. Let us explore a few ways of safeguarding outdoor cameras.
Materials Used for Outdoor Security Cameras and Casings
The material used at the outer surface of the camera makes a lot of difference. A metal surface can endure more attacks than a plastic one. Camera casings or camera housings can also be used to protect the camera. These are enclosures that are mounted on the cameras. Again, the material of the case will also determine the safety of your camera. Invest in good casings that can avoid damage to expensive cameras.
Placement of the Camera
If your camera is easy to reach, it can be easily attacked as well. You should try to place your cameras in areas which cannot be reached without a stool or a stair case. However, make sure that the placement is not so obscure that you yourself are unable to carry out maintenance activities. Also invest in cameras with good lenses as picture quality can get affected if the cameras are installed at high reach places.
To give you an example – let us take the camera at the entrance gate. If the camera is installed on the gate itself, it can get tampered very easily. Instead, you can have fancy poles that are at a slight distance from your gate and the cameras can be installed on top of these poles. It will give you a wide and clear view and will keep the camera safe. The other way is to mount your cameras inside the walls as far as possible (flush with the wall) to have the best protection.
Shape of the Casings
The casings that protect a camera should be of good material. Die – cast bodies made of aluminium are available in good vandal – resistant shapes. You should look for dome-shaped case instead of flat surfaces to have better protection.
Alarms to Prevent Damage
You can also have tampering alarms attached to your cameras that send a distress signal in case any force is applied on the cameras or if the functioning is tampered with. Such alarms will alert you at the right time before any significant damage is done.