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How to Maintain Your Security System

How to Maintain Your Security System

How to Maintain Your Security System

Maintaining your security system is one of the most important things you can do to help increase the longevity of your system. Treat your system like you would treat your car, regular maintenance is required for it to work properly and effectively. Below is 11 steps on How to Maintain your Security System.

  1. Clean your Cameras: Its recommend to clean your cameras monthly or quarterly. By removing access dirt and water spots from your camera view will ensure you get the best video results possible for those cameras. Dirt and water spots have a negative impact on cameras with infrared. You can experience over saturation in your cameras field of view during nighttime operation since the infrared will reflect off the dirt and water back into the camera lens causing a white blown out image at night making it hard to discern what the camera can actually see. Windex is a fine solution for most cameras since they are glass.

  2. Trim Landscape:Once a quarter you should review all the cameras on your system to ensure no trees, vines, foliage or bushes have gotten in the way of your cameras field of view. It’s very important to keep your landscape trim back so it does not negatively impact the cameras field of view. The biggest issue aside from the cameras field of view being blocked by landscaping is if you own infrared cameras, bushes, tress vines anything leafy will also absorb your cameras night vision limiting the distance the camera can actually see at night.
  1. Perform Quarterly Inspections of your Security System: It’s important to check the integrity of your indoor and outdoor cameras, look for cracks in the lenses of your cameras, ensure all video and power connectors are securely fastened to each camera, remove animals nests near your outdoor cameras, remove any spider webs that may have formed on the exterior cameras, spiders love infrared, they are drawn to it as are most bugs, They will turn your camera into their personal hunting ground , so keep a close eye on them. Spider webs can impact your cameras ability to see during nighttime operation so dust them off.

  2. Check your Cameras Power Supplies:If you have individual power supplies be sure to check that they are securely plugged into a surge protector, if you own a power box for your cameras open up that box and make sure all the power leads are securely fastened down to the positive and negative terminals in the box. Power cycle your power box to ensure its working properly.

  3. Check Your DVR and Clean it: Review your DVRs Event log to pinpoint camera issues, hard drive issues and overall health of your DVR. The event log with normally tell you what cameras have lost video, when they lost it and when the video was reestablished, this could mean the camera is failing and needs to be replaced. If you see your DVR is constantly rebooting you may have a mother board issue. So always review your event log of the DVR. It’s good to power down your DVR and power it back up, be sure to have a can of air handy and blow out all vents on the DVR to ensure good air flow circulation to the DVRs mother board and hard drive. Keep your DVRs in temperature controlled rooms if possible and if you’re putting it in cabinet or anything with doors be sure the DVR can breathe, if it can not breath well cut a small hole in the cabinet and you can attached a small PC fan to allow for circulation or just put a screen cover over the hole.

  4. Replace Camera Connections when Needed: Nothing lasts forever. Be sure to inspect each of your cameras video and power connectors. If you see corrosion or if the connector is loose on the cable replace it with a new one

  1. Check your Cameras Cable Lines: It’s always good to check the cameras cables to ensure no animals have chewed them up, if you find a cable that has been chewed be sure to lay down traps to stop the pest. I recommend re-running the entire line instead of splicing the line to ensure a healthy and working system long into the future. Make sure cable is being run through dry areas and not over the top of light fixtures. Light fixtures can cause impedance on your video signal giving you a grainy image or rolling image.

  1. Replace Bad Cameras: Individual camera prices have come down significantly over the past 10 years in the security industry. Be sure you are replacing grainy cameras, cameras with failing night vision or cracks in their lenses and cameras with broken mounts. Cameras with cracks in their lenses should be changed out quickly since they are no longer weatherized. The lenses can become fogged up, particularity in the morning during the spring and summer time, this will normally clear up as the day warms up but for several hours you will have no usable video footage from said camera.

  2. Security Lights: Security lights are a great tool for homes and business to help deter crime, but they can blow out a cameras image at night. Be sure to check your nighttime footage of your cameras near security lights, be sure the camera is not looking directly into the light, instead the camera should be utilizing the light to allow for it to see further at night, meaning the camera should face the same direction as the light.

  3. Camera Angles /Focus/Eves and Metal Buildings: It’s always good to review your cameras angles to be sure they are covering what you intended, if they are not simply adjust the camera in the direction you want. Most cameras have set screws that need to be loosened before you can move the camera, most cameras set screws are Phillips or various Allen wrench sizes, if you have an Allen wrench kit this will normally work on most cameras since it comes with multiple size Allen wrench heads. If you have cameras that have vari-focal lenses its always good to go through any of the cameras and clear up the focus. I recommend doing all of your focusing and camera adjustments in the evening, this will ensure the best possible image quality of your cameras. Watch out for house eves because the IR can reflect off the interior of the eve back into the camera lens and blow out the image so be sure to angle your camera down more if this happens, you can even purchase specific mounts that will lower your camera off the eve 3 to 4 inches. If your camera does not have that option you can use a 4×4 cantex box or 2 by 4 piece of wood to help lower said camera below the eve. If your cameras are mounted on a metal buildings they will lose focus quicker if they are vari-focal cameras because most metal building structures vibrate from the wind which causes the camera to lose focus over time because the set screw will undoubtedly loosen from the vibration. If you notice rolling lines in your camera on a metal building it most likely because the camera is mounted directly to the building. Since the camera is metal and the building is metal it can cause video issues, just remove the camera off the building by a 4×4 plastic cantex box and mount the box to the building where you want the camera and bring the video line through the box and mount the camera to the front plate of the cantex box, then make up your camera ends in the cantex box and screw the front plate on, put some silicon around the edges of the cantex box to help keep moisture out.

  4. Passwords for DVRs: All DVRs have the ability to change passwords, please keep your passwords in a secure spot. Be sure to remove previous employees who had access to the security system that are no longer with your company.

How to choose the right GPS Tracker

What is a GPS Tracker?

A GPS Tracker is a Global Positioning System Tracking device. It is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites.

What is the difference between Passive & Active Tracking?

Passive GPS is a GPS device that is placed on a vehicle then retrieved after a period of time. Once it has been retrieved it can be plugged into a computer to show where the device has been since you placed it on the vehicle. This is an after the fact unit. It is used to check up on someone to see where they have been.

Active GPS is a real time GPS tracker. These devices allow you to track the vehicle in real time while the device is still on the car. These devices can be wired directly into the car so it is always powered while the car is turned on. They also have battery operated units that can be recharged and can be moved from car to car. Real time trackers also have the ability to show past history of where the vehicle has been as well as where it is currently. These are great for fleet vehicles, personal vehicles you own or other service vehicles. Active trackers do have a monthly fee associated with them no different from having a cell phone subscription plan.

GPS Tracker for vehicles

What Can You Do With a GPS Tracker?

  • Use GPS to instantly locate anything that matters to you. Get the instant answers and peace of mind you need — all in real time.
  • Track your family members, your nanny, your valuables or any car in seconds. And get real-time location information via text or email to any computer or smartphone.
  • Know when your 5th-grader leaves his school — and when he gets home — automatically and in real time. “Geofence” alerts instantly notify you via text or email when a person, vehicle or object enters or leaves any area you select.
  • Get the locations of a single car—or an entire fleet of vehicles. Find out in seconds where a car or truck is right now, where it’s been and where it’s headed.
  • Worried that your teen is driving too fast? Get an instant message when his/her car exceeds a speed limit you’ve selected in advance. 
  • Track any object that has personal or professional value to you, from works of art to jewelry to business inventory of all kinds. Any “asset” you need to monitor can be instantly tracked with GPS. Get text or email alerts when an object moves — and follow its path wherever it goes via Spy Centre Security’s powerful GPS monitoring platform.
  • Get real-time and historical location information anywhere you have Internet access — including any computer, tablet or mobile device.

Monitor your company and staff with a GPS Tracker