Identify and eliminate the blind spots around the exterior of your house with the help of CCTV cameras and beams. Ensure you eliminate blind spots by trimming back trees and lighting darker areas. Also use burglar bars and security gates to deter a breach.
CCTV cameras are your eyes outside and are ideal for monitoring entrances from the safety of the inside of your home. If you have security cameras installed, keep the below tips in mind to ensure optimal functionality.
- Ensure your cameras’ field of vision cover all the vital entry points or vulnerable areas surrounding your house, like your driveway, garage, and front and back doors.
- Get video verification: Link your CCTV cameras to your alarm system to trigger recording and armed response when the alarm is activated. This also allows you to view what triggered the alarm when you are away.
- You want to ensure your cameras have a clear view, so regularly check that there aren’t any trees or branches obstructing its line of sight.
- Clean the lenses often to ensure clear footage will be captured. Use a soft, dry cloth to wipe away any dust particles, and stay clear of using water and cleaning agents.
- Sometimes, monkeys disrupt security cameras by climbing onto them or bumping into them. Ensure they are mounted securely and often check that they haven’t been damaged.
- Outdoor beams are weatherproof infrared detectors, similar to indoor passives, which will signal an early warning of an intruder on the property. These beams are mounted on building walls to detect movement up to ten meters away, within a 90 degree angle range. If triggered, the pulsed infrared light will sound the alarm system and alert owners to a presence in their yard.
- Point-to-point beams, also known as infrared beams, is a reliable and stable form of intruder detection. These beams are supplied in pairs – a transmitter and a receiver – that can be either mounted on walls or on brackets outdoors. The transmitter sends an invisible, continual pulsed beam of infrared light which is detected by the receiver. If an intruder or object such as a person, dog or falling branch breaks the beam, an alarm signal is generated. These outdoor beams are usually installed across a driveway or an entrance and around the outer perimeter of a property.
- A strip beam is another reliable outdoor intruder detection device that is mounted on the walls of a house, for example on either side of window frames, for an early warning system. Strip beams comprise of four strips of receivers and transmitters that generate an invisible pulsed infrared light, which detects movement and sends an alarm signal if the pulse is broken by an intruder reaching through the beam. These beams come in vastly differing sizes of up to ten meters.
- Housebreakers often enter homes through the roof. Place dual technology detectors in your ceiling to activate your alarm. They are optimised to detect movement and temperature change and therefore won’t be triggered by vermin.
- Assess all the entrances to your house, including windows, doors and the roof, and ensure they are adequately secured.
- Burglar bars form part of your layered approach to deterring criminals and is a psychological prevention tactic as they prefer to work quickly and quietly and avoid complications. Use this to your advantage and ensure all your windows are fitted with burglar bars.
- Invest in a good quality security gate that will buy you time in an emergency. Keep it locked and don’t leave the keys in a place where they are easily reached.
- Consider fixing additional locking devices, such as a safety chain or catch, to your front door to reinforce resistance. This will also lead to intruders spending more time on gaining entry, making more noise and alerting you to their presence.
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