With the rapid evolution of security cameras, a growing number of home security systems incorporate them to protect property, disincentivise thefts and gather evidence that can be taken full advantage of later.
However, when setting up your camera system it is incredibly important to ensure that every entry point has complete coverage, as a camera’s blind spot can be exploited by a burglar and can waste the potential of your camera system.
Here are some top tips for avoiding security blind spots.
Research Your Property
Put yourself in the mind of a thief and carefully “case” your property. Take photographs and look around your building for entry points, potential security camera locations and whether you need to factor in any blind spots
Look for any locations that could help protect your camera from vandals and the elements as well. Feel free to get some expert advice to make the most of your camera system.
Know Your Angles
Placement is key to effective surveillance, but it can be made easier by opting for wide-angle or 360-degree cameras, as they reduce the chance of blind spots caused by a limited field of view.
Alternatively, Pan-Tilt-Zoom (PTZ) cameras can help surveil a wide area and can be controlled automatically or via a smart device to get the best angle on a particular location. Try out different locations and cameras and see the difference for yourself.
Consider External Factors
Try to factor in circumstances beyond your immediate control in the placement of security cameras.
Try to make sure they are not within immediate reach of potential intruders, as they can be vandalised or even destroyed to reduce the amount of evidence available. Vandal-proof cameras or cameras in vandal cages are an option if you cannot keep them away.
As well as this, consider whether nature poses an obstacle, whether the movement of the sun creates shadowy blind spots and ensure that your cameras are sheltered from the rain and snow to avoid obscured vision.