Solutions to Common Video Surveillance Problems

March 11, 2016, Written by 0 comment
video surveillance problems

Perhaps you can still get a good view with your camera now, but will the surrounding foliage grow enough to block the view?

So, you’ve just purchased your first video surveillance cameras! The cameras are installed and all ready to go. But are they prepared to work to their fullest capacity? Many new surveillance camera owners are disappointed when theft or vandalism occurs and the video surveillance cameras they spent so much money on aren’t prepared to handle the task at hand. Here are some common video surveillance problems and how to handle them.

Blocked View

This occurs to far too many business owners. They install a video surveillance camera, everything goes smoothly for a long time. Then, there is a sudden break-in or vandalism. The business owner goes to check the footage from the video cameras only to find that the tree that had bare branches when the camera was installed is now covered in leaves that block the camera’s view. A big part of the solution to this problem is simply smart planning. Make sure not to have the surveillance camera installed where the view may be eventually blocked by growing vegetation or some other obstruction. Another way to solve this issue is to check your camera footage often. Even if no crimes have occurred, it’s a good idea to consistently check your surveillance footage to make sure it is working up to your standards. McEnroe Voice & Data offers video surveillance systems that you can easily check via an app on your smartphone, laptop, or tablet! Checking your footage consistently will ensure that if your camera breaks or is obstructed that you can fix the issue right away.

Too Few Cameras

This is a situation where your cameras are too few and installed too far apart. This means that there will be blind spots that aren’t covered by your cameras. Thieves who are looking for this mistake will see your incomprehensive camera coverage as encouragement to target your business. Or a vandal could unwittingly operate out of range of the camera’s vantage, giving them advantage. To avoid these video surveillance problems, make sure that you know exactly how wide the range of each of your cameras are. Check your camera footage immediately after your cameras are installed, and if you notice a blind spot, contact your installer immediately.

Improper Resolution

TV shows and movies often show detectives zooming in on video surveillance footage that get clearer and clearer until the culprit can be identified. In real life, video surveillance doesn’t work that way. The resolution and the recording time in many video surveillance cameras are linked. Many people set the camera to a lower resolution so that they will have a longer recording time. Then, when they need to check the footage, the resolution cannot be improved. To avoid this video surveillance problem, make sure to set your camera on a higher resolution if you have the option or simply purchase a camera with a higher resolution.

Low Performance

Similarly to setting a low resolution to increase recording time, some people will just buy a camera system that has a low resolution and install it themselves because it saves them money. However, when you actually need your video surveillance camera to perform, a cheap camera will likely disappoint. Money spent on something you can’t use is just money wasted. Spending the extra money on a professional like McEnroe Voice & Data to install a quality, high-resolution camera system will save you money in the long run when you need to look back on your camera’s footage. Having a professional configure and program your camera is also a foolproof way to know that your system will function properly and perform well when you need it most.

Contact McEnroe Voice & Data Today!

Are you interested in implementing or upgrading your video surveillance system to secure your business? Or updating your phone system to improve your customer service experience? Call McEnroe in Maryland, D.C., Northern Virginia, or Central Pennsylvania at 1-800-727-1607 or in Maryland or D.C. at (703) 903-9881, or simply contact us on our website! We offer a free consultation, so be sure to get in touch and take advantage of this free service. Want to keep up with the latest in voice and data news? Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, and Linkedin!