Suffolk Lock & Security specializes in CCTV security surveillance systems that range from stand-alone security cameras to fully integrated security control centers and beyond. Today we are faced with an explosion of new security technologies that are revolutionizing the way we view and interact with CCTV security systems. At Suffolk Lock & Security, we are committed to understanding and recommending the right CCTV security solution for our customers on Long Island. Our professionals will customize a CCTV security solution that will not only meet your current security video requirements, but will also grow into a converged platform for the future. Why waste time and money on a limited video surveillance security system only to replace it shortly after? Suffolk Lock & Security believes that your CCTV security system should scale with your organizations growth for the future.
Suffolk Lock & Security Professionals, Inc. can supply you with a variety of CCTV Systems. We stock Cameras, Enclosures, Mounts, Integrated Video Access Systems, Switches, Splitters, Multiplexers, Time Lapse Recorders, Digital Recorders, and Remote Viewing Systems.
If you have a CCTV system that isn’t monitored or used frequently, odds are good that you’re in the same situation, and will end up finding out the hard way – when you desperately need video – that your cameras are down or your system isn’t recording properly.
Common mistakes people make with their existing CCTV systems?
1. Not monitoring cameras frequently enough.
Most CCTV system owners don’t utilize their cameras day-to-day. Typically they only touch their systems when they’re trying to pull post-incident video of some kind.
If your cameras aren’t monitored you should be checking them a few times a day and running them through their paces to make sure they’re all connecting and functional. PTZs should be tested to make sure that cameras can still move around and zoom. At least once a week or so, it’s also a good idea to make sure that your system is recording. Camera settings should be checked regularly and adjusted when needed.
2. Not budgeting for maintenance.
Even the most well-designed and expertly-installed systems require service. Cameras will efficiently operate longer – up to 10 years in some cases – than other parts of the system. A recording unit like a DVR or NVR, for example, will typically need to be replaced or restored sooner, somewhere in the range of five years. That may seem like a relatively short lifespan, but keep in mind that recording units today are essentially computers that are running constantly.
Budgeting for maintenance is a smart move no matter how you look at it.
3. Not conducting physical inspections of your system.
It’s important to physically inspect the cameras themselves, along with any other system components. Generally this should happen at least once per month.
Look for any visible damage that may have occurred to any part of the system. Outdoor cameras and their housings are exposed to the elements each and every day, and can have their functionality compromised.
Are all camera lenses and domes clean and intact? Is there any dirt or condensation compromising the camera view? Are there any environmental issues? These are all very basic but important steps in ensuring the overall health of your system. Catch any problems early on by conducting regular inspections and keeping them from becoming more detrimental. Even just a little condensation inside a dome, for example, can cause damage. Check cabling to ensure that all connections and terminations look good. Look for rust, corrosion and other signs of possible damage. Equipment rooms or network closets, along with any hardware racks where system components are kept, should be clean and free of dust, and should be kept cool and dry, much like a server room.
Other electronic components of a CCTV system may also need regular inspections. If your system is equipped to provide power during electrical outages, you should be checking battery levels frequently, and making sure the unit is in good shape. Most power supplies also serve to protect the more expensive and delicate equipment from electrical spikes, such as those caused by lightning strikes. So ensuring they’re in good shape is critical.
Overall, it’s important to remember that a CCTV system requires continued maintenance. Should you need any further information, or would like to speak to one of our specialists about your CCTV system, or would like one installed, call us at 631-957-2227 today.
Below are some examples of the CCTV Systems we can supply you with for your business in Nassau or Suffolk counties:
- CCTV Cameras
- Covert Cameras
- CCTV Enclosures
- Tempest Digital Video Recorders