10 Common Mistakes to Avoid During CCTV Installation for Your Business


CCTV cameras are a convenient and cost-effective security method for your business. They can offer peace of mind and deter thieves and vandals. However, security cameras are only effective when installed and maintained correctly. To give you the highest levels of security you can rely on, here are 10 common mistakes to avoid during CCTV installation for your business.

Choosing the wrong lens

Knowing which type of lens will suit your business’s security needs can be confusing. If you choose a high-definition camera, you may end up paying more than you need to. Alternatively, a low-resolution lens may mean your footage is too blurry to be useful.

At Elite Sec, we have an extensive range of cameras to capture the image quality you need. If you’re unsure of specifications, our knowledgeable team is on hand to advise you on the ideal solution.

Installing an illegal system

It’s essential that your CCTV equipment complies with the Data Protection Act. If you don’t double-check that your security system isn’t in breach of any elements of GDPR, you could receive a fine or criminal record. Support from a professional security company can help you avoid future issues.

For advice on CCTV installation around Essex and London, you can discuss any legal concerns with our experienced team.

Creating CCTV blind spots

When installing security cameras, it’s a good idea to check the coverage and adjust if there are blind spots. If criminals realise there are areas the CCTV doesn’t catch, they will likely exploit that.

Depending on the area you’re monitoring, some blind spots may be inevitable. We can discuss available camera options to ensure as much coverage as possible. You may wish to try a wide-angle fish-eye security camera to cover a greater area with a single device.

Poor positioning

As well as avoiding blind spots, accurate CCTV camera placement and angles are crucial. If you’re looking for coverage of an entrance, for example, direct focus on the centre of the area under surveillance is vital.

Whether you’re looking to reduce criminal activity, identify footfall trends, or improve safety, a professional security company can guide you through where best to position your commercial CCTV cameras.

Covering infrared lights

If you want CCTV coverage in dark areas or overnight, you’ll need a camera fitted with infrared lights. These red lights allow the camera to pick up footage without any other light source. However, because the infrared lights are visible to the human eye, many business owners block them so that would-be criminals can’t see them.

Unfortunately, all cameras need some form of light in order to capture images. When the red lights are blocked, the CCTV system won’t be able to see anything.

Not weatherproofing cables

For capturing footage outside, it makes sense that electrical equipment needs to be waterproof. Although many camera units may themselves be suitable for outdoor use, the cables and wires that connect them to recording units and other systems aren’t.

You can get dedicated covers and boxes to keep your security camera connections dry and protected.

Not purchasing from a reputable company

It can be tempting to buy a cheap CCTV camera online. While this can save you money initially, it may cost more later on if anything goes wrong. Purchasing CCTV equipment from a well-esteemed security company can help you feel confident that, if you need any support in the future, somebody will be able to help.

Our expert Elite Sec engineers also offer CCTV repair and security maintenance services to manage any issues quickly and effectively.

Not choosing professional installation

Alongside buying a cheaper CCTV camera online, you might think it easiest to install it yourself. Proper installation is key to making sure you get the best from your equipment. Professional support can save time and minimise frustration.

If you’re looking for CCTV installation in London, Essex, and the surrounding areas, we’d be pleased to discuss your security requirements.

Not integrating CCTV with other security systems

CCTV cameras can be helpful in a variety of workplace settings.

However, they do have limitations. For truly secure monitoring of your business premises, other security systems are available too. A combination of methods, such as access control systems, intruder alarms, and perimeter detection systems, can ensure staff and customers feel safe.

Only setting up one camera

The number of CCTV cameras you require depends on the size of your premises and how many areas you need to survey. Businesses with larger sites or several spaces to be monitored may require multiple cameras to ensure complete coverage.
Our comprehensive collection of CCTV systems ranges from simple, single-camera installations to large-scale, multi-camera systems to suit all needs.
For professional commercial CCTV installation and customer care you can rely on, contact us now to request a free quote.

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