If you or the company you work for owns and operates a CCTV surveillance security system in PA, you’re surely already aware of the system’s many benefits. Closed circuit television security cameras are well known the world over for their ability to reduce and even deter crime. They can be used in both internal and external environments, even in instances of extreme weather. And because CCTV cameras are so omnipresent in our environment, the criminals or vandals whose images and actions are captured by the closed circuit cameras are often not even aware of the system’s presence.
But just like any other technological device, CCTV systems can fail. We hope, of course, that you’ll never actually find yourself needing to review your footage. But should an unexpected, unwelcome or illegal event take place on the property of your home or business, you’ll want to be completely confident that a system failure won’t have occurred at the same time.
What’s the best way to ensure that such a system failure never occurs? It’s simply, really: Conduct regular maintenance checks on your cameras and the system’s equipment. In other words, don’t leave anything to chance.
Holicong Security offers maintenance checkup plans for security systems in PA that we’ve been told are worth their proverbial weight in gold, especially for the peace of mind they provide. The following, however, is a list of maintenance tasks that you or your staff can, and should, perform regularly on your surveillance system. For details about our full CCTV maintenance service, which can be adjusted to provide for businesses of any size, get in touch with us at your earliest convenience.
Maintaining Your CCTV System’s Cameras and Housing
- For all cameras in your surveillance system, verify that the lenses are in proper focus, and that the auto iris of each camera is properly adjusted.
- Each individual camera’s field of view is a critically important feature, and every CCTV system owner has differing field-of-view needs. Do some of your cameras need to capture wide-angle shots? Should some capture close-up shots exclusively? Since any camera’s field of view is capable of falling out of focus, this is something that needs to be adjusted properly on a regular basis.
- Both the camera’s housing (its exterior components) and its viewing window need to be kept clean and clear of debris at all times. If the housing develops even seemingly insignificant scrapes, dents, or cracks, your entire surveillance system could become compromised. And surely we don’t need to tell you why the viewing window needs to be clear of obstructions. For cameras situated in exterior locations, these particular check-ups need to be performed very regularly, without fail.
- Even in interior settings, camera lenses can develop dust buildup with surprising speed. Verifying that all camera lenses are dust-free should be a critical task.
- If you or your employees are capable, regularly checking that the interior of a camera’s enclosure is clean and dry is a task that could save you enormous amounts of money. A wet camera, after all, will very soon become little more than a broken and inoperable machine.
- In your control room, regularly verify that the pan tilt and zoom focus operations of your cameras are operating normally and properly.
Maintaining Your System’s Wiring and Cables
- Regularly check your camera’s wiring and the cable harnesses for any signs of wear and tear or fraying. You never want to be stuck in the cost-prohibitive situation of having to replace multiple units at the same time.
- Regularly verify that no loose wiring is present in the connectors or the cable entry points.
- Make sure all your cables are properly dressed. They should be neatly lined up and arranged, that is, and should never resemble the dreaded “wire spaghetti” that is so often present in IT hardware settings.
- Verify that the coaxial cable is transmitting a video signal that is entirely free of distortion, tearing, rolling, and so forth. Any of these faulty signals could be a sign of a larger and more serious problem.
Maintaining Your System’s Control Equipment
- Are your monitors free from distortion? Are the monitors’ contrast and brightness properly calibrated? In instances off criminal activity, having monitors that display colors properly can be very important indeed. Regularly verifying the contrast and brightness of your monitors is also an important task.
- Make sure your recording devices are operating properly, and that any recordings they make are free of distortion.
- Regular and proper cleaning of your system’s control equipment should also be a standard task. Monitor screens, keyboards and control panels can all be wiped with a diluted cleaning solution on a regular basis.
- Never forget the simple things when performing a maintenance check. If you’ve unexpectedly lost power, for instance, check all your connections to make sure your AC plugs aren’t loose. Check your coaxial connectors as well for loose connections.
To be certain, this list is neither complete nor definitive; there are various necessary maintenance checks that are simply too complicated or technical to delve into here. If you happen to be in charge of a substantial CCTV security system in PA and are in need of a full maintenance service, don’t hesitate to contact Holicong Security. The technical expertise of our staff and the various professional certifications they hold allow then to provide you with the full complement of cutting-edge technologies.