Are you thinking of installing an outdoor security camera? This is a good read for you.
When you put up an outdoor wireless security camera, you will see people approaching your home. You can also find out whose dog keeps ruining your garden.
It can also be a deterrent to trespassers.
So how do you go about doing this?
Indoor Versus Outdoor Security Camera
The first thing you need to know is this: there are differences between an indoor and an outdoor security camera.
They may look the same, but they have different features.
An outdoor security camera is made with sturdier materials. It needs to be strong enough to withstand weather changes.
You can expect it to be heavier and difficult to remove to survive strong winds. It is usually enclosed in a casing.
Indoor cameras, on the other hand, are usually smaller and are of lighter weight.
Setting up an outdoor security camera takes a lot of work.
Some of the tasks are easy, such as moving the cameras and the wires. But some can do permanent damage.
What if you made a hole in the wall and later realize it’s not a good spot?
Avoid these kinds of mistakes by planning carefully. Especially because outdoor cameras usually need to be mounted.
When you drill holes for your outdoor security camera, be extra careful.
Make sure the power is shut down before drilling the holes.
Do an inspection before making a hole. You need to identify which parts of the wall don’t have pipes or electric wires.
It is safe to put together your security system cable with other low voltage wirings such as the ones for your phone or audio/video system.
Drill holes at the center of a joist or stud. The holes should not be bigger than 40% of the size of the stud.
Connect Your DVR (Digital Video Recording) to a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply)
In case the power goes out, a UPS ensures your security system continues running. This guarantees there won’t be a downtime to your security.
Keep it Safe from Theft or Vandalism
To avoid theft, position the outdoor security camera out of arm’s reach. Place it in the overhang of the roof, high up in the wall, or under the eave.
Mount it safely into the wall with a security mount so it’s not easy to remove.
Keep Bugs Away
Bugs are attracted to light. And an outdoor security camera comes with an infrared light.
This draws in moths, all sorts of bugs, mosquitoes, and insects. Eventually, your outdoor security camera becomes a home to them.
This becomes a problem when it gets in the way of your outdoor security camera’s view. It also damages the sensors or causes false alarms.
Keep bugs at bay by applying a bug spray around the housing of the camera.
If you have peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, or citrus plants, you can also use them as a bug repellant.
Clean your outdoor security camera regularly to remove dead bugs or dirt that can obstruct your view and cause damage if left over time.
You can use a cloth or soft brush to clean the cover of the camera.