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Why Is My CCTV Footage Poor?

Despite all the fantastic technology now used within CCTV cameras, why on earth does the footage released after a robbery at a local petrol station look like it was filmed in the mid-90s??

Many companies don't upgrade their CCTV security systems to save them money or instead they do upgrade their system, but instead opt-in for a system with a low-resolution, resulting in footage that is barely useable. Today we will give you a few steps you NEED to take, to ensure that you capture high-quality footage that is actually useful when it comes to protecting your business.

Old Equipment - If you cannot remember the last time you had your system upgraded, or it's been ages since it was installed, then you are probably struggling to capture high-quality footage, right? If this is the case, then you probably need to start thinking of upgrading! After all, how would you feel if your business was broken into, and you could have done something prior, to catch the criminals who did it?

Storage - Storage issues are another key factor when it comes to poor quality CCTV footage. In general, the higher-resolution recordings your CCTV records, the more storage space it is going to use up. To avoid this, many business owners often choose to store a lower-quality version of their CCTV footage, however, this results in grainy surveillance. Even though video recordings can be compressed to use less storage space, you should be aware that the footage saved may become useless when you require it at a later date.

Lighting - This is an explanation that isn't the CCTV systems fault. You could find that the amount of light your cameras are exposed to could have positive and negative impacts. Poor lighting can leave your cameras unable to record clear footage, meaning that if you need to use it at a later date, you could find that it is unusable. However, excess or direct lighting can leave you with washed out footage that is equally useless. To avoid this, you should place your CCTV cameras in areas where the light levels are high enough to produce usable footage. Keep your cameras away from a direct light source, and if you do have to place one near a store light, for example, ensure the camera is below the light source to prevent glare. Be aware of placing cameras near entryways and exits where bright sunlight can produce streaking. You can also have an infra-red camera installed for those areas with extremely low light.

You need to understand the risks of how having a security system with poor-resolution footage could become useless when you need it the most. CCTV is one of the most important factors you need to consider when running a successful business. For more information, give us a call on 01604 259467 or email us by clicking here and make sure you take a look at our Security page before you go.