Surveillance cameras can be invaluable in the event of a break-in, accident or theft in your home. But your surveillance cameras can only be of help if you take care of them. Should someone tamper with or disable them, or should a severe storm take them out, all of your important footage could be gone – or you may miss an important incident entirely.
Don’t let that happen! Keep your cameras in tip-top shape by following the tips below.
Require a Password for Each Login
You’ve likely noticed that after inputting the Wi-fi password into your phone or laptop the first time, you don’t need to do it subsequent times—your device just remembers that password. Your surveillance cameras can do the same thing, but that’s not necessarily a good thing! Adjust the security settings such that a password is required anytime someone wants to use the cameras or review the footage. This can stop criminals from deleting the footage of the crime they just committed in your home.
Add Password Encryption
You can also add WPA2 encryption to your cameras, to stop local hackers from deciphering your password. And, naturally, you should have a password that is hard to guess. If you use your birthday, child’s middle name, or some other personal piece of information, it can be very easy for a burglar to figure this out.
Update the Firmware
Don’t keep pushing “Remind me later” when your surveillance system tells you it needs a firmware update. Some of these updates exist to resolve security issues within the system, so it’s important to do them regularly.
Switch Off Remote Monitoring When Not In Use
One of the best features of a wireless security system is that you can check in on your cameras and watch archived footage from your smartphone or other device, wherever you are. In order to do this, you need to turn on the remote monitoring feature. But leaving that feature on 24 hours a day can leave your system vulnerable to hackers. Check in on your surveillance remotely, but turn off the remote monitoring setting as soon as you’re done.
Don’t Go Rogue on Your System
While the shop on the corner might advertise an extremely low-cost surveillance system, they may not be trustworthy. You put a lot of trust and power in the hands of the person or company who sets up your surveillance system. Your best bet for safety is going with the surveillance system offered by a trusted security company.
Cover Your Cameras
If you can, conceal your cameras so that outsiders don’t know they’re there, but they can still record all activity. You should put your camera inside of metal or tamper-resistant housing, too. But if burglars know cameras are there, they’ll try to avoid the view of the camera, or just cover it up. The smartest route is to keep the cameras concealed and protected by durable housing.
Invest In Uninterrupted Power Supplies
If a storm takes out your power, your surveillance cameras might be off for days or if a burglar intentionally cuts your power, you won’t catch them on tape. Invest in uninterrupted power supplies (UPS). These make sure your cameras are powered at all times, even if the rest or your electronics aren’t.
Keep Bugs Off Your Cameras
Yes, we mean actual bugs, like spiders and flies. The heat emanating from your cameras can attract spiders looking for a warm place to build a web. Make sure to clean lenses off regularly, as well as apply some insect repellent to your cameras to keep the bugs away.
Check the IP Rating
IP stands for Ingress Protection and it essentially tells you how much severe weather your outdoor camera can sustain. If your surveillance cameras are built for the outdoors, they should have a high IP rating. An IP rating of 66 is pretty great—that camera can survive being hit by solid matter like hail or snow.
If you want your surveillance cameras to take care of you, you have to take care of them! Besides reviewing security footage often, you want to do everything you can to make sure they’re working properly and prevent any potential tampering. In case of an emergency, you’ll be glad you!