From cutting wires to spray painting over your outdoor security cameras – thieves have long found ways around getting caught by surveillance cameras and home security systems. With more Americans incorporating home security equipment and monitoring into their lives, it’s worth mentioning the steps to take to keep your equipment tamper-free.
Officer O’Neill of the Oakland Police Department suggests you mount your camera as high as possible and install a good security camera cover to make it less convenient for the thief or vandal to access. Officer O’Neill explains: “The harder it is to access quickly, the less chance it will be tampered with or damaged. No thief wants to be seen by neighbors on a 10-foot ladder fiddling with a security camera. They’ll pass and go find a house without one.”
The best way to protect your surveillance cameras is by hiding them. If someone is hell bent on destroying a visible camera, keep another camera hidden so you have the evidence. The latest styles are so small they can be installed in a plant or other location and go undetected – just be sure to position the lens to still provide a good field of view.
Protective housing can help keep your camera from being vandalized or damaged. Invest in a quality security camera cover or draw inspiration from these DIY security camera enclosure ideas:
- Create a box with chain link fencing material to protect the camera.
- Convert a beautiful outdoor lantern into a DIY security camera enclosure.
- Build one out of PVC pipe and glue.
- Convert a birdhouse into a security camera cover.
Cutting wires is the easiest way a trespasser can stop your security camera from working. Skip wired systems and go with the latest wireless security cameras. They’re small enough to place anywhere, affordable and easier to install than wire surveillance cameras.
Most internet-based (IP cameras) offer live video feeds you can access remotely. But this makes them vulnerable to hacking and digital snooping. Make sure to:
- Purchase a camera that supports wireless security protocols like Wi-Fi Protected Access 2 (WPA2) for stronger data protection
- Change your camera’s default password and use a strong password that’s hard to guess
- Enable data encryption when setting your camera up
- Keep the software up to date
When shopping for a security camera, choose one with tamper detection. IP cameras with this security setting will send you an alert if the camera is tampered with. Some events a camera can detect include:
- The camera lens is covered by spray paint or objects.
- The camera is hit with an object or moved.
- The camera’s focus is obscured.
- Someone powers off the camera.
An extra set of eyes in the form of neighbors is an added protection. Your neighbors are just as interested in securing their property as you are, so teaming up to create a neighborhood watch is helpful.
Looking for more security camera resources and tips? Check out our Home Security Camera Installation Guide, which will help you decide how to select, install and position your cameras for best results.