Taking Care of Your Investment

Well you finally decided to go ahead and make that investment and have that new CCTV system installed, now what.

Well, there are a lot of people that think once it is installed, that is all you have to do. And for the most part, it is. There are a few things that I would suggest so that things don’t get out of hand all at one time. If any of your cameras are located near trees or any other kind of landscaping that might still be growing, be sure to set a schedule and keep them trimmed back ahead of time. It would be a shame to need to go back and find a piece of video only to find out that a tree branch had finally gotten big enough to block the camera view that you need to see. The best way that I have found to make sure this kind of thing does not happen is to set a day once a quarter and check for this sort of thing. Other good things to do and look for at this time include cleaning and lenses, check to make sure any camera housings are still weatherproof by opening them up and making sure there is no water or condensation in the bottom of the housings. Also check any exposed wiring to make sure the insulation is still in place and in good condition. If the wire is in conduit, make sure all the connections are still connected and all boxes still have covers on them. These are just a few things I would suggest you put on that schedule. I’m sure if you set down to make a list, there are other things you can add to the list to help protect your investment.

  1. Anthony FostFebruary 15, 2011   

    That’s definitely what surveillance is, an investment.

  2. CCTV-TECH-GUYMarch 25, 2011   

    You can buy some seal grease at Home Depot, this was always helpful in maintaining the box camera housings. Box cameras can come with a nice price tag, when you place a box camera in a housing after a 6 months you need to check the seals to make sure they are not cracking or drying out. If they are cracking put some grease filler in the groves to help seal the camera back up and prevent any water or moisture from getting into the housing anf ruining your camera.

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