Surveillance systems instill a sense of safety and security. Thus, a big chunk of the population gets them installed in their home and office premises to keep off potential thieves and vandals. Besides installing high-quality CCTV cameras, it is also important to maintain them to prevent them from a possible hack or break-ins, jeopardizing the security and leading to hefty replacement costs.
Here is a preventive maintenance checklist to keep your CCTV systems in the best of the condition.
- Check all fixtures and fittings in order to ensure that everything is properly secured in place. If the camera is installed outdoors, regularly check for any signs of physical damage or corrosion. If anything is damaged, get it repaired at the earliest.
- Do a comprehensive cleaning of the lenses used in cameras and their housings. Use a can of compressed air and microfiber cloth for cleaning.
- You need to ascertain that the lens is properly focused on the area you need to monitor. You also need to ensure that the perimeter you need to monitor is within the camera view. If any foliage is obscuring its view, you need to get it trimmed.
- If your CCTV system has any motion detection sensors, you need to ensure that they are working properly. Also, check the functioning of zoom, pan, and tilt features.
- Loose wires, weak connections or any kind of wear and tear in wires can lead to the system behaving erratically. So, ensure that there is no such issue. If there is any issue, get it rectified immediately.
- Once you are done with camera maintenance, focus on the monitor and recording equipment. There should be a clear transmission of the captured images with no distortion. If the picture is not clear, then adjust the contrast settings and brightness.
- The monitors also require physical cleaning of dust and grime that settles over in due course of time. You can make use of a weak cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth.
- It is also important to see if the correct time and date stamp is getting displayed on the recordings.
Preventive maintenance goes a long way in keeping your CCTV system in the best of the condition, thereby preventing or reducing the probability of any failure or malfunction. It also ensures optimum performance of the system. You can carry out the basic maintenance like keeping the CCTV cameras clean and free of dust, but for any technical maintenance, you should call a technician.