A security camera system is one of the most effective tools a business manager or homeowner can have when protecting their property. Still, such technology is only effective with the right mindset. After having your surveillance installed or even if you’ve had it for years, there are specific actions you can take to make it far more effective and secure.


Best Tips to Secure your Surveillance

A security camera system is one of the most effective tools a business manager or homeowner can have when protecting their property. Still, such technology is only effective with the right mindset. After having your surveillance installed or even if you’ve had it for years, there are specific actions you can take to make it far more effective and secure.

With this article, you can see the most common questions surrounding surveillance practices and how to effectively keep your security camera system secure. After reading this article, you should have a better understanding of securing your security cameras and recorder!

How do you secure surveillance?

When it comes to surveillance, a homeowner and business manager can take similar steps to secure their security camera system. However, while surveillance is a tool that can benefit your personal safety and security, it can also be taken advantage of by nefarious parties to steal personal information or compromise a given network. To counteract such malicious intent, a given security camera system owner should:

  • Apply complex passwords
  • Integrate alarms
  • Implement remote viewing
  • Restrict system access
  • Practice regular viewing

These habits provide you with the best outcome when installing a security camera system, acting as a basis for securing your surveillance apparatus. Most importantly, you should personalize your system with passwords that you can remember but others cannot easily guess. Furthermore, you should not share the system with everyone, but only those that need it or have earned access. This sets up a secure connection for you, especially when you regularly employ remote viewing, allowing you to view your camera stream anywhere. When viewing regularly, you can easily see your property and when something is amiss.

How do I protect my outdoor camera security wires?

How do I protect my outdoor camera security wires?

There are a few methods to keep your outdoor wiring safe from notice or tampering regarding surveillance. Whether it is from power over ethernet source or transformer, these methods include:

  • Camouflage
  • Coverings
  • Drilling
  • Paint

In essence, camouflage and paint are entirely similar in their approach to concealing your outdoor camera wiring. As most cables can be implemented along a wall without worry of environmental factors, a coat of paint or hiding it in plain sight can be an effective measure. However, implementing cover for cameras with PVC piping or a more durable material is a better option to deter and even prevent tampering. Best of all, installing security camera and drilling holes through the walls for the wiring is the most effective way to keep outdoor camera cabling safe.

Can wired security cameras be hacked?

Depending on your wired security camera system, you may have near-complete immunity from any sort of cybernetic threat or strong resistance to it. Indeed, most analog security camera systems cannot be hacked simply because they do not rely on digital signals. However, you will have to be mindful when connected to a router for wireless capabilities because it is a vulnerability for your surveillance. If hacked, someone can access your analog or digital system through your router. The same is true for an inherently digital security camera system.

Due to the nature of hardwiring digital devices like IP cameras, wirelessly hacking a given system or device is incredibly difficult without the link to your system along with the username and password. Alternatively, the other way to hack either wired security system is to gain access to the router. If the router is entirely secure along with the password and username being personally configured, there will be no chance of hacking without physical access.

Avoiding cyber threats and hacking with wireless cameras

Avoiding cyber threats and hacking with wireless cameras

As detailed in our guide covering wired vs wireless security cameras, such devices can indeed be hacked remotely. Furthermore, wireless security cameras naturally require more specialized configuration to attain reliable security due to how they are designed. Like before, the best method is the proper configuration of each device with a personalized username and password while securing the local router.

Furthermore, wireless security cameras that use firmware can be regularly updated to maintain increased security. A fully up-to-date wireless security camera with a good password and username is far more difficult to breach. While A1 Security Cameras prefers wired over wireless products, brands that offer wireless security cameras make sure to provide an effective method to restrict access to the owner. This way, they are an entirely capable option for surveillance.

How can I make my IP camera secure?

When directly wired, IP security cameras are one of the most secure types of surveillance on the market. These devices feature a wealth of functions that can allow for enhanced performance of any surveillance apparatus across the board. However, when someone opts for a wireless connection instead of a wired should personalize each device with a personal username and password. While this type of camera may be more advanced, they are still similar to the wireless variant above and should be treated as such. Furthermore, while these devices might have the capability to connect directly to a router, a security camera system owner should always use a recorder as a go-between, in this case, a network video recorder. Directly connecting IP cameras to the router removes a barrier of security a recorder provides and makes port forwarding unreasonably complex.

How high should security cameras be mounted?

As explained in another A1 Security Cameras article titled “The Best Locations for Outdoor CCTV Cameras,” a security camera should generally feature a vantage point that provides it with an appropriate view of an area while being out of reach. However, a security camera system owner is not necessarily free to place security cameras in any location after purchase. Most are confined to areas within wire or wireless network range and near a port to plug in the transformer.

Indoor camera placement is similarly restricted, needing to be near a port and within range of the router. However, homeowners and business managers may enjoy enhanced opportunities when placing indoor surveillance when it comes to getting creative. Hiding security cameras is an effective way to maintain surveillance while providing an environment everyone can feel comfortable with. That way, you can provide anyone the opportunity to relax while enjoying the security surveillance grants.

How can I prevent my security camera from being stolen?

How can I prevent my security camera from being stolen?

The most effective way to keep security cameras from being stolen is to properly install them at a height that cannot be easily reached without added equipment. Whereas a person might be able to apply security cameras with adhesive or without a mount, a mount should be used in this regard. This process then includes correctly implementing that mount onto a wall and security the device onto it. By itself, removing a camera from a mount can be a chore. However, the camera can remain safe from thievery when placed at the correct height or around ten to twelve feet high.

Can thieves disable security cameras?

As explained in another A1 Security Cameras article titled “Do Signal Jammers Work on Cameras?” thieves can disable security cameras through the use of jammers. While illegal, these devices do effectively overload a cellular or WiFi signal leading to a specific device and causing it to become temporarily inoperable. However, an easy method around this nefarious device is by hardwiring a security camera from the getgo. Jammers do not work on hardwired devices and will still provide full functionality even if one is present. In cases where one is used against your entire system, federal law enforcement often becomes aware of it, especially when the criminal individuals using the device do so multiple times.

Should security cameras be visible?

According to the statistics and studies cited in our deep dive titled “Property Crime, Burglary, and Surveillance,” visible outdoor cameras statistically do deter criminal activity from any household or business. Specifically, a location with visible security cameras has a 50% greater chance of having criminals avoid committing a crime in general due to being within view of surveillance. That number goes up by a large margin when integrated with alarms and other security measures. Furthermore, an area where surveillance is prevalent has a strong effect on criminal activity in general, forcing those likely to do so to reconsider.

Is it weird to have cameras in your house?

By no means is it weird to have surveillance on a given household. While security cameras are liable to make people uncomfortable, they are effective in reducing crime towards a household and a given area. Popularity for such devices is also constantly on the rise, with a significant percentage of home-owning Americans having implemented it by 2020 and many renters doing the same with smaller-scale options. It should be noted that most providers of surveillance are hesitant to offer audio surveillance due to the inherent liability and laws surrounding it. While A1 Security Cameras offers it, most of our own installers will only offer one way if granted the ability to do so.

Which is better, CCTV or video doorbells?

Which is better, CCTV or video doorbells?

When compared to each other, traditional security cameras will most often best video doorbells out every time. In a past article titled “Home Security Cameras vs Ring Doorbells” we highlighted the common problems found in the most popular video doorbells. However, that is not to say that they are entirely ineffective. On the contrary, when used alongside traditional security cameras, video doorbells are an excellent addition to a given security camera system. The improved interaction a person can have with the device can drastically improve the safety and security around each entrance.

What can block a camera from recording?

When it comes to outright thwarting the camera from recording, the only methods that can stop a security camera are damaging it, cutting the transmission, or cutting the power. Unfortunately, when it comes to simply block its view, many things can affect it. As referenced in another A1 Security Cameras title “NVR and Motion Detection Recording,” a camera can be blocked by bugs, trucks, people, and more. Motion detection provides you with a warning when something is inhibiting the view of your camera, but by that point, you might have to remove it physically.

Where do you put a security camera recorder?

Proper placement of any DVR or NVR most often is within wired connection range to the router unless it will not feature any sort of wireless features. Security camera recorders should be placed in a central location that can be temperature regulated and easily secured. When it comes to further security, a lockbox can be placed around it for added protection in the case of intrusion.

Should you hide your DVR?

In the case of intrusion, hiding your DVR or NVR provides you with an added measure of security. While it can be stolen, the greater worried is that the device is disabled and stolen. A1 Security Cameras does offer lockboxes like those mentioned above to prevent direct damages from being inflicted without active measures being committed.

Can DVR be hacked?

Like analog cameras, a digital video recorder is much more difficult to hack. While it can be effected through the router when directly connected, that is generally negated by applying an effective password and username. A network video recorder is slightly more vulnerable in this regard, being digitally based and providing multiple more features that utilize wireless signals.

Keep your security camera system secure!

There are several given ways to secure your security camera system, whether through the various options available to you here or those left unmentioned. At the end of the day, modern surveillance is fast becoming more and more digitally based and will feature more vulnerabilities as time goes on. However, that also means that there will be just as many techniques that allow the owner to keep that same system and greater apparatus secure. For further information on what you can do to protect your security cameras and recorder, our professionals are always available. Contact A1 Security Cameras today!

Feb 23rd 2022 Wayne Hahne

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