Installing CCTV can give you ultimate peace of mind when it comes to safeguarding your property and your home. It also deters thieves. The key is to make sure that you have the right cables for the job.
For most CCTV systems, the industry standard is the RG59 Siamese cable which consists of positive and negative elements ie: one video cable and one power cable.
Choosing the right location for your CCTV is also important – there is no point in fixing up a camera focused on an area where there is not likely to be any action should a break-in occur. Specialist CCTV design software is available to help you decide. It is possible to use an IP Video System Design Tool to do this by importing the floor plans of your property and adding cameras so that you can see the sort of coverage it gives and the potential angle views.
In most instances cameras are installed in areas where the roof and the walls of the structure meet. This has additional benefits; it means that your cameras receive some protection from the weather and choosing a location high up means that it offers a wider view as well as being more difficult to vandalise.
Before you start the installation it is important to gather all of the equipment necessary for the job so that you can safely work at height. A step ladder is the obvious choice but often it might be better to choose equipment with a sturdier platform to work from such as a mobile scaffold tower or a low level platform.
Fixing your CCTV camera where the walls meet the roof will also make it easier for you to access a point of entrance such as the loft space to run the CCTV cables into the building.
Next you can run the cables through the attic and into the room where the monitor is located and connect it to the DVR. (You may need to purchase additional connections for the cables).
To avoid potential damage, it is important to ensure that the correct DC voltage is supplied to your cameras. If in doubt, make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions. It is also recommended that the DVR is plugged into the monitor before you switch on the power supply.