Is your security ready for Winter?

Cold weather is settling in and dark nights are upon us. Autumn has definitely arrived and Winter is only around the corner. With the Met Office preaching storms, strong gales and future snowfall let’s get prepared for winter nights.

Exposure to the elements can affect the quality of the CCTV, the waterproof barriers and external equipment mounted on barriers or poles. Whilst most people are aware of the lower winter sun when driving, have you considered the effect on CCTV? Whilst we cannot control British weather – there are some things we can do to prevent damage to your security investments:

Checking current equipment:

  1. Check the IP Rating on your camera. Different cameras are optimised for different conditions including water immersion and dust exposure. Cameras need at least IP66 to withstand harsh weather such as sleet and snow.
  2. Check the seals are water tight. Alongside rain and snow, heat can cause condensation inside the camera – which could turn to frost causing damage to components.
  3. If you want the best images, check for sun glare during the day which could cause visibility issues. The lower winter sun may need you camera moving or tilting to avoid this.
  4. Look for temperature tolerant cameras. All cameras come with a temperature rating to specify how it manages in cold environments – Operating temperature is the air temperature of the environment when it is powered on.
  5. Make sure surveillance components such as NVRS and hard drives are kept in moderate environments.
  6. Clear any snow and sleet from around the Access Control barrier to prevent damage. Be sure to check external keypads too.
  7. Perform checks on your perimeter monitoring to ensure that the beams stays within range – no false alarms – no extra headaches for you.
  8. Book in maintenance visits to minimise potential problems before they happen.

Top tips:

  • Repair fencing to prevent further damage in storms and ensure that ladders and tools are stored safely.
  • Do you know where your spare keys are? Most insurance companies will not cover losses if keys are easily accessible through letter boxes or there is no sign of forced entry. Avoid storing keys under mats and plant pots. Either leave them with a trusted neighbour, or place them in a secure combination-lock box.
  • Draw curtains at night to avoid potential burglars eyeing up all the expensive new presents.
  • Be aware what is posted on social media – you never know who is watching what you own or when you go on holiday. Excessive posting leaves the best hints and tips for opportunists.
  • Darker nights been less visibility. Security lighting is a good way to solve this around your home or business premises. Security lighting can permanently light up your designated area of come on when the censors detect movement. This acts as a strong deterrent and a handy light for employees or family members.
  • Timed lighting appliances can be installed or used via a plugin that can be set to a specific time. Just be aware of time changes throughout the year.
  • Local police would always recommend a home alarm system. It combines door, window and infrared detectors to identify intruders. There are pet friendly systems too.
  • Visible CCTV systems are always a good deterrent. They allow you to record and manage your security remotely from the tap of your phone, PC or tablet. Some devices such as the Pyronix Smart Security Flood Light Wifi Camera LIGHT-CAM/WHT combines cameras and security lighting. Lock your windows and door – perhaps the simplest thing to do.

Hopefully we have provided some top tips that you can implement in your home to make sure you and your equipment are kept safe over Winter.

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