Having good outdoor security cameras monitoring your house gives you peace of mind. However, some unexpected incidents, such as security camera theft, bugs, will pop up occasionally, triggering false alarms or unsettling your nerves.
Today we share some helpful solutions to protect your outdoor CCTV cameras, PoE outdoor cameras or wireless outdoor video security systems.
Outside CCTV or IP video security cameras are vulnerable to vandalism and theft because shrewd thieves or organized crime groups will try to cover their tracks by dismantling, blinding, damaging or stealing CCTV surveillance cameras or the NVR/DVR.
To prevent outdoor surveillance camera from being stolen, place it out of arm’s reach, mount it into the wall with screw mount or security mount, use inside looking through the window. (Find more on how to place your CCTV/IP security camera)
Or use surveillance camera metal housings/cover, 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 to hide it from sight, like what Reolink user did with his RLC-423 PTZ outdoor camera.
Or using skins or camouflage cover for outdoor security cameras, for example, Reolink Argus 2 outdoor battery-powered security cameras.
Outdoor security cameras for home like infrared front door security camera, outdoor security camera with IR night vision in the backyard or driveway sometimes come with an infrared light or floodlight at night, which will attract mosquito, bugs or other insects over time.
And most external cameras are being sheltered under eaves will become the hotbed for nocturnal buds and other night-time flying insects that are drawn to lights.
Soon, your outdoor CCTV camera or external security cameras will become a hotbed for bug-eating spiders.
And these obnoxious spider web & cobweb will start getting annoying for it not only blocks the view but also triggers false alerts, especially for outdoor motion sensor security camera.
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.
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.
When you are in areas with very cold winter hitting below zero or hot summer hitting 105f, your video surveillance system or 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.
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 outdoor security cameras, normally work 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
One user said the driveway camera starts fogging up and obscuring the image in the early morning.
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.
Think ahead before lightning strike ruins your valuable equipment.
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.
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.
One of the vulnerabilities of network IP camera is the possibility of being hacked by ill-intentioned people either by jamming the operating device or decrypting your safety code.
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.
Find out more about how to secure your CCTV or IP security camera from hacking.
Firmware might sound foreign to you, but IP security camera is manufactured with firmware which is a program that runs the camera, similar to software for the computer.
However, if the firmware was not updated regularly; some loopholes in the firmware undermine that performance and pose threat to the stability and security of your surveillance system.
You might have reservation about updating your firmware either due to inconvenience or uncertainty, but the firmware is crucial to the well-being of your home or business security system.
Thus, it’s essential to secure your sophisticated surveillance camera by updating the firmware on a regular basis, for example, once every 2-3 months, depending on the latest version available.(Learn more about how to update your camera firmware)
Normally, you can check the latest firmware version on the product website and find your matching model. Before upgrading, read the information carefully.