While security cameras are great for capturing criminals and ensuring justice is served, they’re often placed in the wrong spots. No matter how great the video quality is, if your surveillance camera is placed in an obvious position, it can become vulnerable to vandalism.
This of course depends on how aggressive the criminal is. But taking a chance is out of the question. So what are some of the ways you can protect your camera from vandalism? Here’s what you can do:
‘Proofing’ Your Cameras
The first thing you should know is that ‘vandal proofing’ does not completely guarantee that your camera won’t be broken. But it does lower the chances of a thief damaging your camera beyond repair.
EN 62262 is a European system that was developed to reduce the impact of damages incurred. This helps reduce the impact of steel-based materials as well. This also depends on the ranking of your camera. If it’s IK10, it can survive anything the thief throws its way.
Elevate the Camera:
One of the ways to protect your security camera is to place it in a high spot. If it’s 20 feet above your head, you won’t be able to break it with a baseball bat. Secondly, it would be difficult to spot in such a high position.
When cameras are installed in obvious places, it becomes easy to detect and damage them.
Clever Camera Placement
Never underestimate your foe. Criminals are good at what they do. They’re not foolish like the burglars in the Home Alone series. When they decide to invade a house, they plan everything out.
Therefore, in order to beat them, you have to outsmart them. Statistics published by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors show that 34 percent of criminals enter homes through the front door. The same report shows that 22 percent enter through the back door.
Therefore, if your camera is placed in an obvious angle, it can make it vulnerable to damage. Make sure you place them in areas that aren’t obvious. You can install them inside the front door or inside the vents of your home. Another place to install them is the hatchet that leads to your basement.
Furthermore, seek help from a professional security camera installation company. They will install cameras properly and can offer advice on how to hide your cameras in different, creative ways.