CCTV and other video-based security systems have proven invaluable in protecting sites, properties and assets from a range of threats including theft, trespassing and criminal damage. Most advanced security systems now rely on motion detection to reduce the number of false alarms and the investment involved can be quite considerable, so it only makes sense that the system should be performing to the best of its ability, right? Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case, but the good news is that the solution can often be very low-cost and easy to implement.
In this blog, we will be looking at 5 simple ways to help ensure that your security system is functioning correctly, saving you time and stress, securing your assets and maximising your return on investment.
Motion detection will sense all kinds of movement and it may surprise you that one of the key causes for false alarms is simply overgrown foliage. This might sound strange, but overgrown grass, bushes and trees that are regularly blown around in the wind is the number one cause of false alarms in advanced security systems. False alarms aren’t just a nuisance, they can also drain system batteries quickly, resulting in an entire security setup going offline. This also makes it much harder for operators to separate actual security issues from false reports, particularly if foliage is causing hundreds of alarms each day.
We always advise our customers to monitor the surroundings of their site or property quite regularly to ensure that this does not become an issue. Our team will always advise our customers in the event of multiple false alarms caused by foliage so that this can be rectified quickly, ensuring that the system continues to operate efficiently.
Wildlife issues are similar to foliage problems where animals such as foxes, rats or mice can often trigger alarms, but is usually less frequent. This is often caused by overflowing waste or food debris around bin areas, which can be easily rectified. Simple actions such as keeping lids on bins, replacing broken rubbish containers and ensuring food waste is not easily accessible, can make all the difference and immediately improve the efficiency of your security.
If this type of problem becomes an ongoing issue, we would certainly recommend that you seek professional pest control advice to prevent this problem long-term.
Our operators have seen a wide range of objects that cause false alarms, but the more common miscellaneous causes are items such as flags, sheets or tarpaulin that constantly wave around when the wind picks up. By securing or removing these items, you can ensure that this isn’t causing any issues moving forwards. The easiest way to avoid this is to simply assess the areas that your cameras cover and look for obvious items that could be blown around in the wind or be subjected to regular movement.
If the layout of your site changes, the first thing that you should do is inform your security supplier so that they can check that the position of the system is still correct, and also that vision isn’t being obstructed. We have seen many instances where items have obstructed the camera’s vision through being incorrectly placed. Similarly, if high value assets are moved to a different area of a site, it just makes sense to ensure that your security coverage will now monitor this new space. If you’re ever unsure, then simply let your provider know and they should certainly take care of that for you.
Site Arming Practices
This problem is actually more common than you might think. We see many cases where the alarm key holder will leave site at a certain time and arm the motion detection system whilst workers are still on site. This then causes an avalanche of false alarms as people, vehicles and machinery go back and forth across the site for a number of hours while the system is active. We always recommend that the key holder should either be the last person to leave the site or make arrangements for multiple key holders to have access for this system.
Providing Real Solutions
We hope that this information has been useful. When performing site assessments, we will always take these factors into consideration and work with our customers to provide practical solutions for these types of issues. We also offer new customers a free onsite assessment to advise on the most cost-effective solution for their requirements.
As a leading provider of property and site security solutions, we can also offer accompanying services such as pest control, soft landscaping and clearance works to help remove these types of issues. By providing a one stop shop for our customers, we can make the process even easier for our customers and reduce costs further with a package of options.
If you would like to discuss this with our team, then simply get in touch and we will be happy to supply more information, arrange a free site visit or simply have a quick chat over the phone.
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