How To Make The Most Out Of Outdoor Security Cameras

July 25th, 2019

Outdoor security cameras are often one of the best first-lines of defense for protecting Peoria property, whether it’s home or business. Because these are cameras that are always watching, they record, with photographic precision, all the visual characteristics of people that come into their field of view, with a timestamp to indicate when it happened. When this is combined with the fact that security footage is also admissible court evidence, it’s easy to see why cameras are such a good deterrent.

But outdoor security cameras are only effective if they are effectively installed and deployed. If you want to make sure you’re getting the most from your outdoor security cameras, here are a few things to keep in mind.

Motion Detection Or Not?

One factor that you can consider which will affect the amount of footage your camera records is whether to implement motion detection as a condition for the camera to start recording. Because an outdoor camera is not performing a responsibility such as monitoring shoppers for shoplifting, there may be long stretches, perhaps even weeks, or months, where the camera doesn’t see anything notable.

With a motion detecting camera, this means that any footage you review is there for a reason; something moved into the range of the motion detector. This means being much more efficient with footage review, whether it’s a rodent like a squirrel, a scavenger like a raccoon, or a burglar wandering into and out of evaluation range.

Consider Your Environment

Another major point to think about is the climate in your area. People with outdoor security cameras in Florida, for example, don’t have to worry about sub-zero temperatures and snow. Meanwhile, people in Nevada don’t have to worry about tsunamis, flooding, or torrential rain.

Your camera, to provide you with reliable operation, must be durable for the kind of environment you’re going to put it in. Always look for models that will tolerate the worst weather conditions your area has to offer.

Night Image Clarity

If you are interested in seeing images from your security camera at night, this means you have three options. You either keep lights on in the field of view of the camera all night, which will raise your electricity costs, tie camera and/or lights to motion detectors, so it only goes off when something moves into the field of view, or, if you don’t want lights at all, get a camera with night vision capabilities. 

Get The Right Field Of View

A camera is only as effective as the area it protects. The most important thing you can do when getting an outdoor security camera is making sure it is positioned in the right areas. If your camera is pointed at places where potential thieves would normally hide to stay out of view of Peoria homeowners, you’re taking the right approach.

If you’d like the peace of mind that comes from having a professionally installed outdoor security camera system, Infinite Systems can help you. Get in touch with us, and we give you a system with all the outdoor coverage you need.