Surveillance cameras offer home and business owners peace of mind, knowing that their property and valuables are protected from criminals. In addition, the surveillance footage is useful in conducting investigations. However, these cameras are meant to only deter crime, and cannot prevent attacks. There are two major threats to security camera systems, namely, vandalism and hacking.
How to secure your surveillance cameras
Criminals have become very bold, as is evident from the many reported cases whereby criminals vandalize or tamper with security cameras before or after attacking homes or business premises. Users can secure their surveillance cameras from vandals in two major ways:
- Restricting Physical Access: CCTV cameras and equipment should be installed in locations and heights that are not easily accessible.
- Vandal-proof Casing: Providing reinforced casing, especially for outdoor cameras, is an ideal way of preventing vandals from tampering with the cameras. Indoor cameras such as Dome Cameras come with reinforced glass, which protects the camera from tampering. These casings are also useful in protecting the cameras from unfavorable elements such as dust, rain and hail.
Unauthorized access and viewing of the security camera feed is another big challenge that users have to deal with. Standalone security camera systems are relatively easy to secure since they can only be accessed from within the building. As such, restricting physical access to the CCTV cameras and equipment is sufficient.
IP surveillance systems on the other hand, present users with a variety of challenges. IP Cameras can be accessed both locally and remotely. For this reason, it is not enough to secure the CCTV cameras and equipment only, but the entire network as well. Fortunately, users have a range of options that they can use to protect their IP networks and by extension, their IP surveillance camera systems.
- Passwords: Password systems are very useful in ensuring that only authorized personnel can access the IP security cameras, as well as other devices on the local network.
- Firewalls: These are necessary in preventing unauthorized access to the local network. As such, users can keep out hackers from their computers and other devices on their network, including surveillance cameras.