A CCTV Security System is one of the most important measures you can take to protect your business and keep your property safe. Although it is a long-term investment, there are a few signs to look out for that point to your CCTV not working as effectively as it should be. An outdated or broken security system can leave you vulnerable to thieves.
Use of Old Wired Technology
Business security systems now make use of advanced cloud-based solutions meaning you can access them remotely from your home laptop or smartphone. This is a great feature that allows you to have increased visibility of your premises. An old wired system is not as useful as you have to review footage from inside the building itself.
The easiest factor which alerts you to your system needing an upgrade is the quality of the footage it records. CCTV systems today have far advanced what was installed 10-20 year ago. A good indication of quality is clearly being able to identify people’s faces, clothing, colours, and the overall setting. A blurry or grainy security system is almost as bad as not having one at all, and if you need to evidence the cameras for any reason it will not be useful.
Blind Spots and Less Coverage
It is important to ensure that all important areas both in the interior and exterior areas are adequately covered by CCTV cameras. CCTV cameras today can react to movement and zoom in clearly on areas making it easy to see exactly what has happened. Having an old CCTV system likely means that there are a limited number of cameras – not enough to cover a 360-degree view – and therefore the possibility of missing key information.
Limited Storage Issues
Another sign that your security system needs updating, is the amount of historic footage the system can store. Older CCTV solutions are usually limited in the amount of storage they have meaning some only keep a few weeks or even days of footage before it is overwritten. Most then require you to manually download the footage and store yourself locally before it is permanently deleted. New CCTV cloud-based solutions mean that it is automatically backed up and stored with a much larger memory meaning you can reference as far back as required.
Limited or Expensive Repair & Support Options
The older your system is, the chances are that the cost of repairing the system will increase as parts become rarer and more obsolete. CCTV companies may offer a discounted rate for the maintenance of newer solutions as there is less risk of them breaking down. In the case an older system does break down, you could be left without one for a length of time.
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