It’s an issue that oftentimes isn’t given the attention it deserves but when fitting security cameras you have to make sure they aren’t going to get stolen.
There are a couple of ways to do this we have gone into below, for the most part, you should be fine with a bit of common sense and some critical thinking. However, depending on where you are in the world and what the crime is like in your area, it might be prudent to spend a bit of extra time securing your devices as best as possible.
Preventing CCTV cameras from being stolen
In order to prevent security cameras from being stolen, you need to be very aware of the risks to your device when placing it around your house or business. There are many ways that thieves can get their hands on these devices, and once they do, they’ll use them for criminal purposes. This is why you should take steps in advance so that if a thief does steal it then there will be no footage available for them.
Use security screws on the camera so that it cannot be stolen with a screwdriver
Don’t leave any cords or cables laying around where they could easily be stolen. You can use twist ties to bind them together and ensure nothing is left out in the open for thieves to take. This will also decrease your chances of tripping over them and breaking the camera
Put your cameras in inconspicuous locations so they don’t stand out or look like a target for theft. Don’t place them directly outside of your home, as thieves know that is where security devices are usually located
You should also invest in a top of the line alarm system for your house if you don’t already have one installed. Alarms are very important since they can alert authorities to any security breaches or just let you know if someone is in your building
Keep in mind that some cameras are easier to take down than others. If you are planning on placing your camera outside, consider the weather in that area before buying anything
You can also use a hidden security camera to monitor what goes on in private areas without raising any flags or suspicion since these cameras can resemble something like an air purifier unit.
Ensuring you have a cloud storage backup of all footage is also very important, if your camera ever is stolen, you will still have access to the footage and may be able to respond in time. Especially as a lot of cameras use motion sensors so you would be notified once the camera moves that it has been taken.
Purchasing an anti-theft CCTV camera can be very effective, with a lot of companies developing more and more solutions to prevent CCTV theft. These cameras often times come with a stainless steel chain attached to the wall where the camera is mounted. They also tend to have an alarm system which means whenever the camera is removed from the wall, a loud siren plays.
Depending on whether you bought a smart camera or not, you can also get notified whenever there is any motion detected by the camera.
You can also cross the view with another camera, having two or more cameras all with eyes on each other helps to keep your place safe whilst also immediately showing if your camera is being taken. This can be a very effective strategy when the ideal location for your camera is one that is out and easy to see. In this case, hiding another one with a view of the 1st allows you to keep an eye on it just in case of any issues
The SimpliSafe 13-piece security system is a system capable of bringing a lot of security features to your home or office… If you are willing to pay the monthly fee.
SimpliSafe is a trusted provider of security systems and they have often been top dog when it comes to their products, this is no different with a lot of value to those looking to really secure their home
The SimpliSafe 13-Piece security system is an all in one burglar alarm plus camera security system for installation at homes and businesses. In relation to how much burglar alarms typically are, you can expect to be paying a pretty penny for this kit, for the price though you do get 13 individual components of an all in one security system.
SimpliSafe has long been the top dog when it comes to supplying security alarms and other security products, they have a wide range available on their website. Taking a look online, we can see the amazon reviews for this product come to a 4.2 stars out of 5, not bad but where do the strengths with this product lie.
Well, for the price you are certainly getting a lot, as listed above all of the components of the system are easy to install and operate with fairly minimal setup time or effort. We did have a few issues trying to get the base station to connect to each component initially but this turned out to be a wifi issue so can’t slight it in this regard.
The SimpliSafe base reminds us of Amazon’s Alexa and looks very sleek
All of the devices in the SimpliSafe pack are able to seamlessly connect to one another through the base station, this also houses a 95db siren in case of any issues where an alarm needs to go off. This isn’t the only alarm in the pack but it is useful when a signal is sent to the station to have it ring off on its own in case of any kind of disruption to the burglar alarms elsewhere.
Through our testing we didn’t notice any sudden drops in connection, it seemed pretty consistent all throughout, whilst it is difficult to test 100% of the time whether everything is connected, at least for us it worked well. We didn’t find a limit to how many different devices you can connect to the base station as all the devices in the pack were pre-paired but presumably you could add more if you wanted.
Now this is where the package let us down somewhat, there is a monthly fee you pretty much have to pay in order to access all the features of your devices. Without the monthly subscription you might as well have just bought a few alarm sirens, however with it you have access to a lot more features.
The two on offer here are the pro and pro premium for £12.99 and £19.99 per month respectively. Realistically you are going to want to go for the pro premium option, whilst you are able to get away with the pro version, the premium offers police dispatch, arming from your phone and unlimited camera recording.
It feels a little cheap of SimpliSafe to charge a hefty chunk right out the box and then again every month for the smart features that should realistically come with the base devices. Things like the police dispatch are understandable to have on a subscription but unlimited camera recording should be by default when you purchase the product.
If you do get the pro premium however you do have full control of the security of your home from anywhere so you do get a good deal, with instant alerts from an app, seeing the status of all your sensors and anything else, there is a lot you get in the package.
All in all we didn’t find any issues when it came to our testing of the product, we enjoyed a pretty smooth system installation and whilst disappointed by the monthly subscription, it undeniably does what it says on the tin.
We didn’t have any issues with sensors going off so can’t verify the claims about the calls from Securitas but it can be assumed that this works just as well and reading online reviews it seems to back this up.
The burglar alarm system industry is a competitive one and SimpliSafe definitely has some quality alternatives, but how does this particular system stack up to the other options? Well, according to safehome.org, the two biggest alternatives to SimpliSafe are Frontpoint and ADT, both offering their own wireless security systems in their own rights.
Frontpoint offers more features than SimpliSafe, with differing options for indoor and outdoor video monitoring, whilst both companies produce high quality products, SimpliSafe is definitely the better option for the more budget conscious consumer. This is due to Frontpoint’s monthly subscription costs, the extra features you derive from their products bring a much higher monthly cost that isn’t necessary at all.
With respect to ADT, they are one of, if not the biggest name in security products, with their famous blue signs being found all over the place, they offer some seriously quality security products. They also boast a higher price tag, if you are looking for a more premium security offering and aren’t so much worried about the price, we would definitely recommend taking a look at their site for more details around this.
We are very pleasantly surprised by this set of products, smart homes are becoming more prevalent these days and so adding to these with an all in one smart security system is a logical step. This is definitely a product for people who just want a one time setup of a reliable system which covers most aspects of house security, not having to rely on multiple different alarms and alerts.
Use: All in one smart security system for smart homes
Ease of use
Extremely easy to setup and use out of the box, all pre-paired which is a bonus
The initial cost is alright but let down by how you have to pay a monthly fee.
Tons of really useful features which are sadly locked behind a paywall
✔ Easy setup
✔ Comprehensive kit
✔ No downtime
❌ We didn’t like
🚩 Monthly subscription
This is a set of products that is absolutely worth it for those interested in establishing or bolstering their smart home with premium, quality security products able to be controlled all from your phone.
The QVIS P400 CCTV Camera is a budget CCTV camera that can really help to bolster an already fairly robust CCTV system.
This also works as a standalone CCTV camera for those interested in starting off their system, with it being fairly easy to install and having an attractive price tag however, you can only expect so much.
This smart-looking unit comes with a 4mm metal casing and a vandal-proof design, meaning it will be able to take a few blows from vandals trying to take it down without the risk of internal components being damaged or broken.
The included mount makes positioning easy and you won’t have any problems fixing this into place using standard tools, making installation quick and simple!
In addition, if you were ever in a situation where your device was stolen, there’s no need to worry as the product doesn’t house the recordings on the camera itself but instead, on the DVR you connect it to.
The resolution of this camera is a standard 1080p at 2.4mp, which is fairly common in this price range. This does mean you can watch your recorded footage on a large screen TV or monitor without it looking pixilated or blurry though which is a bonus.
The image quality is very good as well, with the ability to see objects clearly from far distances. Sometimes when the night vision effect increases too much, the picture becomes grainy and hard to distinguish lines and shapes near the end of the night vision range (in my experience).
That wasn’t a massive issue with this camera and I could make out details and colours fairly accurately. I had my doubts about the infrared night vision because I thought it would be rubbish, but it actually produced very clear footage.
The camera is quick at picking up movement. You can have this set to start recording when an object moves inside its field of view, or you can have the camera set to begin recording when it notices a change in lighting in that area which is great for saving memory.
Unfortunately, there’s no option for choosing what type of motion will trigger the recording so if something small like a fly goes wandering past, you might end up with it being recorded. This is only a problem though if you are using the ‘motion detected’ mode instead of ‘schedule’.
The camera does have a 2.8-12mm Varifocal lens which means it can record at a wider angle or zoom in to see more detail.
This is really helpful for getting the right recording without having to worry about the lens being fixed with only one setting. It has an IR range of 50 meters, which makes it possible for you to view an area with this camera even in low light conditions, but if your goal is seeing things clearly then I recommend using this during the day or perhaps bringing some additional lights closer so that you’ll be able to pick up more details at night.
When you set up your camera you will be able to see it with an app on your smartphone. The QVIS camera is not WiFi enabled so you will need to use the cable in order to connect it, however, if you are using this outside then this might not be possible. You can however turn off the recording function when you want to detach the camera, making it easy for you to take down whenever needed.
The camera’s main objective is security and not motion detection, so what I found works best is setting up a schedule instead of motion detection since there isn’t really any customization available for the latter option. This way you wouldn’t waste battery power by recording things that aren’t necessary or send unnecessary alerts for objects that don’t need your direct attention. Just be careful where you point the camera as you can be liable to data protection laws if you are capturing footage of people or property you don’t have explicit consent from
If you’ve been considering a CCTV camera for your home or business, we would recommend the QVIS P400. It offers great features and is very versatile which means that it will be useful in most situations. The price point is also competitive with other similar models on the market so it won’t break the bank to purchase one of these cameras. Let me know if you have any experience with this model or other brands!
Use: Outdoor surveillance in harsh weather conditions
Ease of use
The camera has a really easy setup process which makes getting into it very convenient
The price is very reasonable considering what you are getting for it
Somewhat lacking but useful as an addition to your CCTV system
✔ Varifocal Lens
✔ Easy setup
✔ Quality material
❌ We didn’t like
🚩 No WiFi
🚩 Lack of features
If you’ve been considering a CCTV camera for your home or business, we would recommend the QVIS P400. It offers great features and is very versatile which means that it will be useful in most situations. The price point is also competitive with other similar models on the market so it won’t break the bank to purchase one of these cameras.
However, we should also consider where we can place these camera systems so that they don’t invade people’s privacy and hopefully limit the number of allegations flying around about misuse of CCTV surveillance. In this article we are going to take a deep dive into all the legalities surrounding CCTV, explaining them and offering solutions to those who might be concerned they are breaking the law.
Do I need permission to put up CCTV?
Generally speaking, no, you do not need permission to put up CCTV, however, this is dependent on the situation you are in.
If you own the property you are putting the CCTV in then you can do this without any kind of repercussions as long as you are filming just your space and no areas which could encroach on other people such as public footpaths.
You are also legally allowed to use security cameras at any public space that you would otherwise have permission to film from.
However, if you are filming anything that is beyond your private boundaries then your footage will be subject to data protection laws, it’s important to note that just filming these areas is not illegal in itself.
When filming anything you don’t explicitly own you are therefore considered a “data controller” and as such are subject to certain data protection laws.
The gist of the data protection law states that for whatever device you are using to capture footage, in this case, a security camera, you must have a legitimate, justifiable reason for doing so.
This obviously varies from place to place but as an example, you may run a bar and want to install CCTV just outside the front door monitoring the entrance. You have done this due to several bar brawls which happen outside your doors.
This would be a justifiable reason as it is used for a purpose that isn’t directly tied with gathering other peoples data but is instead used to protect your property.
You also need to make sure you stay on top of your CCTV footage, deleting it when it no longer serves its purpose. In this case, you might have an auto-deletion set after 6 weeks of recording footage as, by that point, any events which might have occurred on CCTV footage would have already been dealt with.
Can I put CCTV up outside my house
You are allowed to put CCTV up outside your house, however, you have to make sure you are recording only property that you own else you would be subject to data protection laws.
This is due to the fact that you would be recording information you don’t own, such as your neighbour’s house or people passing by on public footpaths, and as such would be classified as a data collector. You would also need to make it clear to everyone that they might be caught on CCTV, usually, this is done through the use of signage around your house.
Using CCTV as part of a business
There are several laws associated with the use of CCTV as part of a business, a lot of them coincide with the data protection laws that homeowners also have to abide by when using CCTV.
We are aware that CCTV can be pretty expensive on a larger scale such as for a business with several offices or a large construction site, therefore, making sure you are compliant with various laws is incredibly important
Below we discuss several aspects of using CCTV as a business and how you can make sure you stay in the legal green.
Employee’s have several rights when it comes to CCTV and your collection of data on them, these include but are not limited to:
Having the right at any time to request the data held on them and why it is collected
Ensuring all CCTV monitoring is appropriate and not excessive (i.e. monitoring them in inappropriate places)
Employers must not act in a way that will destroy or damage mutual trust with the employee
Making sure you are open and upfront with your employees about the CCTV you have installed and working in your business is the easiest way to avoid any legal issues.
Any requests for access to the footage should also be duly noted as the DPA requires you to record all access to CCTV footage.
Discreetly filming your employees should be avoided at all costs except in exceptional circumstances. These would be where you can decidedly and justifiably prove that you would need CCTV in these areas.
As an example, if you have experienced break-ins in the past in a given area that might intrude on employee rights, ensure they are explicitly aware of where you are putting the cameras and why you are putting them there.
Otherwise, you need to make sure you check that where you are putting up cameras does not intrude on their human rights to privacy, without the proper due diligence you could easily see a law suit coming through the door.
Consequences of breaking the law as a business
There are serious penalties for breaking the law as a business when it comes to CCTV filming, due to several acts including the DPA, the FOI, the POFA and the HRA you could see fines of up to £500,000 and jail time.
In these instances you would also have tarnished the reputation of your business as it is a serious and egregious violation of your human rights, preventing other people from working with/for you.
If you have any other thoughts on CCTV laws or any specific experience with them in the past, let us know in the comments down below!
Spiders are a big problem for security cameras. They’re small and hard to see, and they can cover your camera lens or crawl on the inside of your casing and short circuit it. It’s important to know how to stop them before they take over! In this blog post, we’ll show you 6 easy ways that will keep spiders from covering your CCTV cameras so you don’t have to worry about what might be crawling around in there.
Bonus: If you are looking for a CCTV camera that fits the bill, check out our review of the QVIS P400 CCTV Camera
1. Clean up all the clutter around the house so spiders can’t find a place to hide
This is an important first step, clutter and rubbish has a tendency to attract insects which, subsequently, have a tendency to attract spiders. If there’s no food or shelter, spiders are more likely to look elsewhere, this obviously helps you to ensure your CCTV won’t be covered.
2. Spray your CCTV camera with peppermint oil, which is known for its repelling properties
Spiders, for whatever unknown reason, don’t seem to like peppermint oil. It has been suggested that peppermint oil not only repels spiders, but mosquitoes too. It doesn’t actually harm spiders but they “smell” through their legs and as a result it is theorised that peppermint oil is far too strong for them and can overwhelm their senses.
3. Place spider traps near your CCTV camera
Spider traps are obviously designed with their namesake in mind. They’re very easy to use and will do exactly what you want them to do without fail – kill spiders! You can buy a pack on Amazon for just £7.
Or if you prefer something more natural, mix equal parts of sugar and borax then place some on a small piece of card and tape it under your CCTV camera overnight. The next morning, remove the mixture and discard it somewhere far away from your house
4. Place a cloth drenched in vinegar next to the camera
Since spiders hate vinegar as much as they hate peppermint, placing a cloth drenched in vinegar near your CCTV camera can help it stay free from those pesky eight-legged pests. Plus, even if the spider(s) don’t mind the smell of either peppermint or vinegar (which isn’t likely), what’s one more deterrent? It certainly can’t hurt!
5. Use sticky tape around the rim of your CCTV camera housing
This might be a bit more of a “get your hands dirty” type of solution but using sticky tape or some level of sticky surface will help to stop spiders from getting in front of your CCTV and spinning webs, covering them up.
6. Get rid of any plants or flowers near where you’re installing your CCTV cameras because they attract insects and bugs, which in turn attract more spiders
Spiders are known to appreciate dark, dank areas, full of moisture. If you’re installing your CCTV cameras near plants or flowers, there will always be many insects and bugs around. According to an article on pestworld.org, spiders are “preserved as natural biocontrol agents because they prey upon other unwanted arthropods.”
This might be difficult as a lot of CCTV is installed outside potentially near plants and bushes, this can incentivise spiders to make webs around your CCTV cameras so cutting down the bushes and moving plants is best in this situation. Just make sure when cutting down bushes that may obscure property that you don’t end up filming someone else’s property as that could cause a lot of legal issues.
We all love our houses, but spiders can be a nuisance. They are hard to get rid of and difficult to keep out once they have made their way indoors. But it might take some effort at first, it is worth the end results – no more pesky spider webs or unwanted guests! Have any other tips for keeping them away? Let us know in the comments below!