When it comes to outdoor security cameras and systems protection, people often ask these common questions: how do people keep bugs or spider away from security cameras? how do people protect CCTV camera from rain or other elements? How do users protect outdoor security cameras from theft or damage? How do homeowners prevent outdoor surveillance cameras from fogging up or clouding? How to deal with security camera IR glare?

Today we share some easy fixes to these common issues and some great tips to protect your outdoor CCTV cameras, outdoor PoE cameras, or wireless outdoor video security systems.

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Question1: How to Stop Outdoor Security Camera Being Vandalized, Blinded, or Stolen

Outside CCTV or IP video security cameras are vulnerable to vandalism and theft because shrewd thieves or intruders try to cover their tracks by dismantling, blinding, damaging or stealing CCTV surveillance cameras or the NVR/DVR.

Solutions:

To prevent outdoor surveillance camera from being stolen, place it out of arm’s reach like up on the walls, soffit, the overhang of the roof, or under the eave, mount it into the wall with screw mount or security mount, use inside looking through the window. (Check out where to place/hide the NVR/DVR)

Outdoor Security Camera Installation and Placement

Or use surveillance camera metal housings/cover like this one, which helps protect the camera and lens, keep the CCTV or IP security camera clean, and prevent security cameras from being stolen.

To make outdoor security camera tamper-proof and avoid being blinded by flashlight or laser pointer, you could also use the spray paint like to hide it from sight, like one Reolink user did with his RLC-423 PTZ outdoor camera.

Reolink RLC-423 PTZ Outdoor Security Camera

Or using skins or camouflage cover for outdoor security cameras, for example, Reolink Argus 2 outdoor battery-powered security camera camouflage skin suit.

Reolink Argus 2 Outdoor Security Camera

Question 2: How to Keep Spider Webs, Bugs, or Insects away from Security Cameras

Outdoor security cameras for a home like infrared front door security camera, outdoor CCTV camera with IR night vision in the backyard or driveway sometimes come with an infrared light or floodlight at night, which will attract mosquitoes, moths, bugs or other insects over time.

Soon, your outdoor CCTV camera or external security cameras will be covered by spiderweb, dead bugs or insects.

And these obnoxious spider web & cobweb will start getting annoying for it not only blocks the external camera’s view but also triggers false alerts, especially for outdoor motion sensor security cameras.

Spider Web Ruins Outdoor Security Surveillance

Solutions:

To keep bugs away from your outdoor video surveillance camera, use bugs spray or insecticide like Bifen around the housing/cover of the camera might work. Alternatively, users could turn off IR LEDs or get external IR light/lamp like this one.

To stop the spider from making a spider web on the external security camera or system, some users do suggest using petroleum jelly on the area surrounding the camera.

Meanwhile, some natural insect repellents could also help keep spider from making cobwebs on the exterior camera, for example, citrus, eucalyptus, lavender, peppermint.

Spider/insect repellents for the camera, contact sprays, aerosol sprays and web eliminators around the wireless outdoor security cameras but not directly to the lens, for example, Permethrin, will help exterminate bug infestation.

Regular cleaning the camera exterior, housing, enclosures, cover, or shield with a soft-bristled brush also help keep the outdoor surveillance camera clean.

Question 3: How to Protect Outdoor Camera from Cold Winter, Hot Summer, or Rain

When you are in areas with very cold winter hitting below zero or hot summer hitting 105f, your video surveillance system or wireless outdoor security cameras could potentially suffer if they are not designed to work in sub-zero cold weather or scorching hot summer.

Besides, there are all sorts of weather conditions & elements that you need to protect your outdoor cameras from.

Solutions:

First of all, check outdoor security camera housing IP (ingress protection) rating, which indicates the ability to withstand elements.

For example, an outdoor surveillance camera with IP rating 66 can withstand the impacts from solid matter like dust and liquid-like rainwater, which could be rendered as completely water-proof.

And check the working temperature of the video surveillance cameras either CCTV camera or network IP cameras.

Many outdoor home security cameras, like Reolink RLC-410 outdoor security camera, normally works in temperature ranging from from14°F to131°F (-10˚c -+55˚c) with the humidity level around 10%~90%.

In addition, you could also get an additional security camera rain cover or housing/box/enclosure to protect outdoor home security cameras (wireless or wired) from rainwater, snow, dust, heat and other elements.

Apart from camera protection, when the wired outdoor cameras (PoE or CCTV) is out in the open like on a pole, deck, pier, or other outdoor locations, cables and connectors should be waterproofed with the cable connector waterproof lip or plastic conduit. And for outdoor cable, go for durable and outdoor-rated cables, for example, the gel-filled Ethernet cable is great for PoE IP cameras too.

[Updated] Besides, in extremely cold weather, it’s important to check camera enclosure and make sure there is no moisture or condensation inside the enclosure or put a packet of silica gel inside the housing case. Apart from the camera, cables and connectors can be protected from frost or snow, checking and making sure the cables and connectors in a good shape on a regular basis.

Question 4: How to Deal with Security Camera IR Glare & Light Reflection

When an outdoor-mounted security camera is pointing at the reflective surfaces, for example, ponds of water, glass panels or car windows, it will cause lens glare and obstruct viewing.

Sometimes, the window could be the culprit of obscurity or whiteout on your image when the camera is placed inside the house.

Solutions:

To avoid the snag, place your front door or back door security camera outside your house to achieve better viewing.

To prevent reflection of lights and infrared flare, it’s advisable to adjust your outdoor surveillance camera viewing angel or shy away from reflective objects.

Here are more great tips about using security cameras through glass or glass window, for example, using anti-glare film for windows, using external IR illuminator, placing it on the window sill.

Adjust the Camera Position to Get Better Viewing

Question 5: How to Stop Security Camera Fogging, Clouding, or Condensation

Security video cameras are normally sealed up and air-tight while being assembled, which surely reduces the chance of moisture seeping into the lens.

However, some users said their outdoor dome security cameras sometimes start fogging up at night and there is moisture, condensation inside the camera housing.

Clouding and Condensation Affects Surveillance Camera

One user said the driveway camera starts fogging up and obscuring the image in the early morning.

Solutions:

A fogging problem which occurs in the early morning sometimes will go away itself, so no need to clear the surface.

Sometimes, the issue stays for a long time, the solution to internal condensation would be placing a packet of silica gel inside the housing case.

Sometimes condensation happens because the outdoor dome camera is not well-sealed. Try cleaning the dome camera inside and out first and press the foam ring firmly against the glass.

Regular wiping the outer lens covers with a micro-fiber cloth will protect your external surveillance camera.

Question 6: How to Protect Outdoor Security Camera from Lightning and Thunderstorm

Think ahead before lightning strike ruins your valuable equipment.

Protecting Outdoor Camera from Lightning

Recently, one customer has shared her experience of her home being struck by lightning with security camera going berserk – video loss, electrical currents horizontal lines running across the screen (hum bars) or complete freeze or shutdown.

Solutions:

Avoid mounting WiFi outdoor security camera to a metal pole because metal could be highly conductive in times of power spike and use security camera weather shield.

Make sure your wired outdoor security system (CCTV or PoE security system) is grounded properly, which can minimize damage by redirecting immerse lightning current into the earth ground rather than discharging them by virtue of frying your security camera.

Lightning surge protectors will stop voltage spikes and surges by blocking voltage levels exceeding specific thresholds and channeling extra voltage into the outlet’s ground line.

UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supplies) units will ensure power supply for the camera when experiencing a power outage, mitigating concerns for camera power-off.

If living in areas where a thunderstorm is a common occurrence, you could learn more about how to protect outdoor security system from lightning.

Question 7: How to Avoid IP Security Camera Being Hacked or Watched

One of the vulnerabilities of network IP camera is the possibility of being hacked by ill-intentioned people either by jamming the wireless outdoor security cameras or decrypting your safety code.

Security Camera is Vulnerable to Hacking

Solutions:

The solution to the problem is to boost your network with WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) security protocol.

Changing your passwords frequently and making your passphrase complicated is vital to secure your outdoor video security system.

Updating your outdoor property security camera firmware frequently helps address the loopholes and vulnerability. (Learn more about how to update your camera firmware)

Find out more about how to secure your CCTV or IP security camera from hacking.

Problem 8: How to Deal with Outdoor Security Cameras Image Problems

If your security cameras like the wireless outdoor security camera and outdoor PoE camera constantly or occasionally experience some issues with the videos/images like video loss, no videos, images flickering, rolling lines on the screen, black screen at night, and etc.

Solutions:

Check outdoor security camera cables to see if they are in good condition and not damaged or frayed. Here are some common tips to troubleshoot security cameras like checking camera power/connections, rebooting camera, factory reset cameras, turn to their tech support.

Don’t mount your outdoor security cameras on a metal surface or conductive surface, for which will generate electrical interference that impacts camera videos and images. Try using a block of wood in between if you have to.

 

  • L Beghtel

    What can be done about a person that deliberately shines a ‘red pen light’ or bright flashlight into your surveillance camera to purposely ‘knock out the surveillance system’? I’ve had that happen at least 3-5 times by my neighbor and the last time he did it, it knocked out the surveillance for 1 1/2 hours!
    I’m trying to find ‘lenses’ that can protect the Camera lens from direct light, so he can’t do that any more. So far the Police just say to ‘keep moving the cameras…’ but they all come with just so much ‘cord length’ so that only works so far. And the area I need to survey is where he’s doing all this from.
    Catch 22
    Help?

    • Michael Harris

      I would buy multiple cameras and point them all in that direction, that way he can blank out one but can’t blank out the other 3 in different spots? Another alternative is use standard cameras or hide them, and or turn off the IR leds so no night vision, but then you install IR flood lights in different spots so night vision still works but he’ll be unable to stop that. Hope that helps.

  • KD

    Looking for a system to cover my business. What prevents a theif from breaking in and stealing the recorder thus losing the recording of the crime?