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Are Your Security Camera DVRs Secure?

May 25, 2008
After installing everything in your home from the hot water tank to a surveillance system with security camera DVRs, it's time to take charge of their maintenance if you don't want you and your partner squabbling over unnecessary expenses caused by laziness and negligence.

Budget and Surveillance

The budget is king, and any deviation can set off tempers and sour relationships. If you knew that your shower head was going bust yet you didn't do anything until it fell off, then you're one of those people who need to know how to mend anything from leaky faucets to faulty security camera DVRs. Not that you're an expert, but you can prevent your gadgets from retiring early with proper care and maintenance.

Admittedly, a surveillance system does not come cheap, including those security camera DVRs, but you justify the expense to your partner that it is better to be safe than sorry. With a home surveillance system now working round the clock, you'll have to learn how to maintain the system or where to get technical assistance when the system needs periodic checkup.

These tips will help you secure your security system:

* Measure the area eyed to contain your surveillance system (indoors and outdoors).
* Get a stand-alone DVR system if the floor area covered is small and a PC-based system if you need more coverage.
* Your purchase should come with a warranty.
* Get the number of the supplier in case you'll need some technical adjustments.
* Check out the product manual.
* Have a trial run of the system when installed by a technician.
* Ask about spare parts.
* Ask the supplier if their other outlets will honor your warranty.

The right choice for your specific surveillance validates your purchase in terms of efficiency and cost-savings efforts. Now it's time to know how to care for your security camera DVRs. Here's how you can get maximum satisfaction from your surveillance system:

* Check the overall system before installation.
* Periodically check the security camera DVRs for some loose connections.
* Outdoor cameras should be protected from the elements with hoods and customized mounts.
* The moment images are blurry, call the technician to check the cameras, the video capture card, or the cables.
* The cameras should be dusted regularly to prevent dust build up.
* Use the proper cleaning cloth or blower brushes for your cameras.
* Check the camera lenses for irregularities.
* Keep the cameras and the system out of reach of curious children.
* Use the right cleaning cloth or blower brushes for your cameras.
* Train the people handling the surveillance system to spot irregularities.

The proper care and maintenance of your household gadgets contributes to stretching the budget. Like your car, gadgets need immediate attention before cracks widen or knobs fall off. In the case of your surveillance, you can't afford the system to go bonkers when you need it most.

Allocate a maintenance budget for all your gadgets, and in case something threatens to go bust, money is available for minor repairs before it becomes too expensive to patch up. You'll have peace of mind knowing that everything including your security camera DVRs are covered. You'll need all the recorded files you can get stored safely and for long periods of time.
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