1. Review security lighting
Security lighting is absolutely pivotal during the winter months. It can make a huge difference to how effective CCTV is. With the winter weather often meaning low light conditions and the long nights resulting in the cover of darkness being even longer for intruders, security lighting is key to providing effective security.
Infrared (IR) lighting can be picked up by CCTV cameras, but is invisible to the naked eye. Meaning intruders are left in the dark but those monitoring your CCTV footage are not.
2. Check cameras are ‘all-weather ready’
Despite headlines seeming to, every year, claim that we will face months upon months of harsh weather it’s hard to predict whether we really will be in for tough slog throughout the winter. Either way, it’s important sites are prepared for the worst to make sure their security systems do not go down come torrential rain, high winds or heavy snow.
It’s essential that security systems are ready for any weather scenario. Make sure CCTV cameras are housed properly and that there is no risk of cameras coming loose or cables being disconnected.
Ensure the mechanisms of PTZ cameras are still functioning correctly. Keep an eye out for any areas that may not necessarily cause immediate issues but may be detrimental if winds pick up. For instance, look for any wear and tear on cables and ensure the camera is still stable.
3. Check perimeters
Last, but by no means least, check all perimeters of a site. It can be surprising what summer foliage can conceal, whether it’s broken perimeter fencing or items left near to boundaries that could potentially make it easier for intruders to enter sites. It’s crucial that you check perimeters year round but particularly as the seasons change.