Why DIY Security Camera Installations Are A Bad Idea

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Security cameras are a great way to enhance your home and office security. They record and display everything that’s happened on your property, which serves as evidence for the police and proof of intrusions, thefts, and vandalism when claiming insurance. However, as modern security cameras can be a costly investment, many homeowners and small businesses decide to cut costs by installing their cameras on their own.

Unfortunately, what they don’t realize is that there is an art to installing security cameras. If done improperly, it can lead to ineffective recordings, additional expenses, and a high possibility of injuries. To give you an idea of what exactly could go wrong while installing your security cameras by yourself, Canadian Monitoring Services has explained three reasons why DIY security camera installations are a bad idea.

1. High risk of falling
When installing security cameras, the best angles to place them aren’t always in the most convenient spots. Most of the time, these spots are located high up and beyond easy reach. In some cases, special ladders and equipment are required to fit the cameras into place. Juggling all of these components when at a height can be tricky, especially if you are unaware of what you’re doing. If you make one wrong move, you could have a severe fall and sustain significant injuries.

2. Financial implications
Security hardware isn’t cheap, which means it must be handled with care. If not, once installed, they may not work or deliver the clarity you expected. Similarly, in the event of damage, you may need to replace the components that are ruined. This can be costly to do, especially if the warranty of the product doesn’t cover damages during installation.

3. Damage to your property
Another mishap that could occur during a DIY security camera installation project is damage to your property. This may be challenging and costly to fix. One of the leading causes of unnecessary property damage is when the installation is done incorrectly, and you face difficulty with the router networking for setup. Another reason additional damage may occur is that you may have chosen the wrong cameras for your needs. In case you have to replace them, you will damage the walls and ceiling by drilling through them once more to remove the existing product and install the replacement.

Do things right - Hire a professional!
To conduct the installation of security cameras, one of the basic requirements is a low voltage license. That way, you have some knowledge of electricals, construction, and standards. If you do not possess this certification or have the training required for the job, it’s best to seek the services of a professional.

An expert who is experienced in the field of security features and installation will help you select the perfect camera for the right viewing angle, at the right distance, and with the right lighting conditions. Usually, many DIY systems are a one-size-fits-all solution that has blind spots and isn’t as efficient as expected.

To find a suitable professional for your needs, you can either enlist a security company or CCRTV installer to assist you. Their charges tend to vary depending on the installation, but it averages out to about $75 to $100 per camera for installation including labor, the cable, and miscellaneous supplies.

For the best home and office security system, installations reach out to Canadian Monitoring Services. We are a home and business security company serving clients from Chilliwack to Burnaby, BC. We have over twenty-five years of combined industry experience and a team of knowledgeable staff and technicians to help you out as and when needed. Together we guide you to identify your needs and develop a system that will secure all the weak areas of your property.

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