One of the worst times to discover that your security system isn’t up to snuff is when you really need it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take a lot to cause a surveillance system to fail and many business owners realize this far too late.
Here are three problems that you should be on the lookout for.
1. Poor camera placement
Even if your cameras were installed and set up properly, there’s no guarantee they’ll remain that way. Anything from extreme weather to deliberate interference can render your entire surveillance system useless if the cameras’ view becomes obstructed.
Make certain to check cameras routinely to ensure they aren’t obstructed. It’s also important that you have enough cameras to monitor the entire property. Trying to cover too much ground with not enough cameras is another common reason why security systems fail.
2. Outdated equipment and software
Your security system relies on the smooth operation of more than just the cameras. Monitors, recording devices, backup power sources and software are all crucial to the security of your property, and if one link in this chain breaks, the whole system could become useless. For instance, failing to test backup power sources could leave your surveillance system vulnerable to a simple power failure. Similarly, skipping a software update may introduce weaknesses into your system that impact the recording device or other components of your surveillance system.
3. Communication problems
Integration is a crucial aspect of designing an effective surveillance system, and failing to ensure that each part of your system can communicate with all the other parts is a common way to reduce its effectiveness. In fact, communication problems can even render your entire security system useless.
Communication issues can be the result if the system isn’t designed with integration in mind and components are added over time with little to no concern for how they’ll work with the existing system.
In other cases, poor integration between the security system and other building systems, such as the access control system and surveillance system, can cause one or both of them to malfunction.
Security solutions in Calgary and Lethbridge
One of the best ways to ensure your surveillance system doesn’t fail is to get it inspected regularly by a professional. Luckily, Guardian Security Solutions has you covered. We provide a full range of residential and commercial security solutions, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or want to make an appointment with one of our experts.