CCTV is designed to protect you, how do you protect your CCTV?
CCTV or any kind of video surveillance is designed to protect you, but how do YOU protect your CCTV? Interestingly enough, many strange things often happen that affect your CCTV surveillance systems both indoors and especially outdoors; anything from interference noise on the image, to the system completely stopping and never to work again.
Why does this keep happening? Well....interference can be caused by a multitude of elements, from other electrical equipment nearby or even natural occurrences which can arise from many sources - cosmic noise as well as lightning and other atmospheric types of noise can all contribute. This is known as EMI (Electromagnetic Interference) or also called RFI (Radio-Frequency Interference).
So to sum this up in to simple terms, it is an unwanted signal at the signal receiver end that causes a level of unwanted interference. So as our homes and business’s become filled with more electronic technology and gadgets, the likelihood of electronic interference increases, making your own items more susceptible to damage.
So ask yourself “Am I putting my valuable cutting edge technology at risk from surges and other energy phenomenon”
There are many parts within the CCTV cameras themselves that are susceptible to surges, spikes and transients; even the recording devices that the cameras plug into or the monitor / screen that the recording device is displaying on, the list is endless...
Any sort of power surge is more than likely enough to disable your equipment altogether, so really your system needs surge protection.
Most of us plug our household electronics into a power strip, but be aware, not all power strips are surge protected to a great standard, if they are even protected at all – and we wouldn’t want you to lose that expensive 3D HD television you just bought! Well with all this in mind, you should apply the same principle to your CCTV surveillance system which is a much larger investment.
Quite a lot CCTV systems will not just be plugged in, unless it’s wireless (remember just because it is wireless still does not mean you are out of the woods; sockets will still need protecting).
If you have a typical installation where your surveillance system is connected to your building’s electrical service panel, data lines and coax cables are ALL equally vulnerable to surges and/or transients. This can be as a result of induced surges from closely run power cabling.
Your entire CCTV system could be compromised without any surge protection installed. Surge protection devices need to be installed on every component you have that is connected to any wiring entering or exiting your building.
Remember, any electrical equipment or device that is connected to your building’s main electrical service panel is potentially at risk, and therefore should have some sort of protection. It is best practice to install surge protection devices on the electrical service panel itself and also to any of your other equipment, including inside CCTV cameras, lighting, sockets, routers, coax cables, etc.
For protection and peace of mind get surge protected today! After all, installing surge devices nearly always outweighs the expense of replacing damaged equipment.
Can you afford not to have it?