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Keeping security equipment safe
One simple rule can help keep your cameras safe, said Spears, no matter where or how you mount them. That rule is: If a camera is mounted low enough that a thief or vandal can reach it easily or hit with a stick to turn it to the side, then use a dome camera.
“A dome camera isn't mounted on an arm that can be turned away from what it's looking at or broken. You can't hang a cap on it to block the lens. And spray paint doesn't stick to the polycarbonate domes very well at all. Most other types of cameras have glass in the front, and paint sticks to glass a lot easier,” said Spears.
Keeping a DVR (Digital Video Recorder), safe requires some extra thought about where to put it, noted Spears. Consider using:
- A closet that can be locked
- A locking cabinet
- A steel DVR cage
However, said Spears, if you don't have a safe place for the DVR, then find a brand of DVR that supports recording to hard drives that are placed elsewhere in your facility. This feature is called NAS, or Network Attached Storage. That way, if your DVR is stolen, your recordings and archives will still reside elsewhere on your network.
“We do not recommend storing recordings to the "cloud" (Internet) because the internet is too slow to transfer anything but a few pictures a minute, and then add in the fact that your Internet may slow down quite often, and in some cases, out of service altogether,” said Spears.