High-quality video cameras are being installed worldwide, and many of them are being installed in public places. Choosing the proper placement for the camera ensures that no one can damage the unit, nor can it be disabled or easily circumvented.
Pros and Cons of Installing Cameras in Public Places
Cameras are becoming more popular in local streets, and there are pros and cons to this trend. Let’s take a look at the benefits and disadvantages of CCTV cameras being placed in public locations.
- Public Safety: The presence of cameras lowers security threats to the public. If people know that a camera is present, they’re far less likely to break the law.
- Objectivity: If a crime of some sort does occur, cameras do not lie. The footage will act as undeniable proof of the events leading up to an action, such as an attack or accident.
- Security: In bus stations, train stations, or large parking lots, security cameras help create a sense of safety. The safety and security that the camera provides is unmatched and help reassure the public that these areas are safe.
- Fear: Some people have a phobia that cameras are constantly monitoring them. These individuals may opt to avoid going to places where these cameras are present.
Additionally, since the camera is in public view, there’s always the risk that tampering will occur. However, if you choose the correct, private position, it will be much easier to keep a close eye on an area while reducing public fear and potential camera tampering.
Locations to Install a Spy Camera
High-quality spy cameras can be placed in numerous locations, including:
- Fake light fixtures where the camera cannot be located
- High up in trees out of view
- Locations where the camera can be angled for maximum coverage
When placing cameras, they should be placed in suitable locations. For example, the camera can be positioned near doorways or in the corner of a living room or warehouse where it’s possible to cover the entire space with one camera.
Fuller surveillance coverage is ideal.
Many security experts recommend placing the security camera in plain sight. When a camera is hidden in plain sight, no one will suspect that it’s present. You’ll also want to consider lighting because all cameras do require sufficient lighting to capture clear images and video.
How to Pick an Indoor/Outdoor Camera?
Whether you’re purchasing a PTZ SDI camera or other high-quality digital video cameras, you’ll need to determine whether you need these devices for indoor or outdoor use. Why? Indoor cameras aren’t designed to withstand the elements: extreme heat, rain, or snow will damage the camera.
Some models are universal and can be used indoors or outdoors.
Often, these are the best options for security cameras because you need the freedom to place the camera in areas where theft or risk of issues is high. A few tips on choosing the right camera are:
- Night Vision: Security never sleeps. If you want to find the best security camera, you need to consider night vision. Not only should the camera have good night vision, but it needs a decent range when night vision is active. Anywhere around 30- to 50-feet or further will be a good night vision range.
- Range: Overall range is also essential. How far will the camera be able to capture footage? Some models will have ranges of 30- to 300-feet. Choose the one that’s best for your use.
- Audio: Do you want to hear audio? Do you want to have two-way audio where you can talk to the potential threat?
- PTZ: Some high-end security cameras offer pan-tilt-zoom options that allow security teams to have greater control over their monitoring.
- Storage: What type of storage do you need for your footage? Some models have built-in storage, while others can easily connect to your network and store it on a wide range of network devices.
For larger setups, you’ll also want to consider emergency connectivity. For example, if the power goes out, you’ll still need the camera to remain operational.
Now that you know how to pick a camera and where to place it, all that’s left to do is purchase the camera and install it.