Any piece of equipment can prove inefficient if not properly implemented. Still, once you understand the problem points, it’s easy to minimize the so-called “x factors” that hinder security systems.
1 – The Angle and Location of the Security Camera
One factor that negatively affects the performance of surveillance video is the angle and location of the camera. If you’ve installed your cameras yourself, you may not have placed them at an optimal angle. In fact, improperly placed cameras may conceal crimes that lurk in plain sight. Expert installation is the best way to ensure that your cameras are doing what you want them to.
2- Improper Syncing
Improper syncing can also reduce the effectiveness of your equipment. A good surveillance system should correctly integrate with, say, a series of auto-lock mechanisms. A correctly functioning system will hinder or entirely exclude criminals during an incident. But what if it doesn’t correctly synchronize with your other equipment? You might as well not have it for all the good it will do you. A security system that doesn’t work as intended usually doesn’t work at all.
3 -Not Maintaining Your Video Security System
Skimping on maintenance is another element that can lead to decreased efficiency. When a single piece of equipment fails, it may render an entire system useless. Fortunately, a competent security company can regularly service your system, ensuring that it works when you need it to. After all, crime can occur at any time, and a security system needs to function 24/7.
4 – Falsely Triggered Alarms
Alarms that trip in absence of any actual security threat can do more than merely cause panic. Sometimes authorities will charge hundreds of dollars in fees or fines for false alarms, costs that quickly mount up. Usually false alarms happen because of human error, but other causes may include low batteries, motion sensors that are too close to air vents, loose contacts, and incorrect installations in general.
5 -Power Outages
Systems that weren’t professionally installed can often fall prey to power outages. Some may include backup batteries, but unless they’re connected to land lines or have built-in cellular radios, they simply won’t work when the grid goes down. A properly planned security system should take this into account.
6 – Lack of a Backup Monitoring System
Self-monitoring has become quite popular with less expensive, self-installed security systems. With these sorts of setups, the owner/decision maker alone examines any alarms, usually on a cell phone or tablet. However, it’s incredibly easy for busy individuals to miss intrusion alerts, particularly if they crop up during unusual times such as the middle of the night.
7 – Incorrect Programming Due to Changes in Building Layout
There’s a harsh old proverb that plays on programming language to highlight the importance of putting proper data into any sort of system. It states, “Garbage in, garbage out.” That saying holds doubly true when it comes to security systems. No matter how sophisticated, every system requires accurate information about portals and weak points that require monitoring. If a facility has undergone renovations and managers haven’t reprogrammed the security system to recognize them, they may find themselves facing severe security shortfalls.
8 – Incompatible Equipment
Upgrading a portion of a security system or picking up pieces here and there to save some money may seem like a smart idea. However, it often doesn’t work well in practice due to incompatibility issues. Not every piece of equipment works with products from multiple manufacturers and buying piecemeal is a surefire way to run into trouble later.
9 – Insufficient Amount of Sensors/Detectors
Failing to include an appropriate number of sensors in a particular property is every bit as problematic as not updating a security system after significantly altering a floor plan. Sensors function like a system’s eyes, and if there aren’t enough of them, they can’t “see” a problem when it invariably arises.
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These are just a few examples of the factors that can cause security-system failure. Overall, your video surveillance system needs professional oversight in order to really work. AT&I System’s has over 25 years of experience in this business and can design, install, and service a system that meets your security requirements.
The services of a professional security company will ensure that your system runs well today and for years to come. Please contact AT&I Systems today if you have any questions about our video security solutions.