How to Set Up a Video Surveillance System

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Burglar alarms, triggers, and smoke sensors help protect a property, but they represent only the first step in protecting a facility. Adding additional video surveillance provides real-time protection and detection, and allows facility managers the ability to call for help as the damage may be occurring if caught on monitored cameras. Additionally, video recording allows preservation of evidence that becomes useful for subsequent prosecution after the fact. As a result, knowing how to set up a video surveillance system can be a very beneficial skill for a facility manager or owner.

Instructions:
1. Review camera surveillance systems available in your area or on the Internet and decide which kind of video surveillance system you wish to purchase. Consult with a salesperson to get specific information and answers about system differences. Corroborate the information gained with independent data from Internet searches. Confirm the system or cameras chosen include infrared ability to view images in low light or at night. Purchase the system and make sure to include cameras, a signal-sending system (wireless or wired), a central control unit, a recording unit and extra cables.
2. Unpack the various components on a large table. Locate the instruction manuals on each part. Review the manuals carefully and identify the various connection protocols between the different system parts. Locate a spare computer or television that will be used as the monitor display of the camera data feeds.
3. Map out the facility area that will be monitored. Choose the locations for camera installation and make sure to install the cameras at a far enough height that will provide sufficient coverage. Additionally, measure the height to confirm an intruder can't easily tear down the camera standing next to it. Run the various wiring along the walls and back to the central unit if the cameras are wired and not wireless.
4. Connect the camera feed wires to the central unit. Connect the surveillance central unit to the display monitor or television. Turn on the system and cameras to confirm they are working and the video data is feeding correctly to the monitor display.
5. Connect the system to a computer with an Internet connection if your system offers such a feature. Run the cable from the control unit to the appropriate jack on your computer. Find the compact disc that comes with the system package, insert it into your computer, and load the related system management software. Confirm the program software installed correctly and can locate your system hardware via the computer cable connection.
6. Check if the video surveillance system installed works correctly if it includes the option to send you an alert via your cell phone. Find the feature in the system and turn it to active on your system menu selection. Trigger the feature by turning on the system and then moving in front of it. Wait for the alert to be sent to your cell phone. Perform the same procedure to activate an Internet alert and monitoring if your system offers a similar feature.
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