Security Cameras South Africa
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More than three quarters of farmers report having been victims of crime over the past 10 years. Police say one of the most effective solutions is farm surveillance using security cameras.
Deciding to install security cameras on your farm is a no-brainer if you’ve been a victim of theft – but which camera should you buy and what are the essential considerations within a rural setting?
How do they work?
Remote outdoor security cameras consist of a camera and motion sensor in a weatherproof case.
Modern closed circuit televison cameras (cctv) are robust and are perfect for the farming and agriculture industry. They come in a variety of sizes, and run on batteries or they can be connected to a small solar panel.
They don’t require any wiring and can be mounted anywhere (although it’s advisable not to mount them where there’ll be too much movement, for example on branches that will wave in the wind).
When the camera senses movement (humans, vehicles or animals) it takes a photo or video. Images can be taken even in total darkness using infra-red LEDs.
Images are either stored on an SD card for download when you visit the site, or in areas with 3G coverage. Images can be beamed instantly to your phone.
Choosing the best farm security camera for your purpose
The best starting point is clearly defining your purpose – what problem are you hoping to address by installing your farm security camera?
This will help you make the right decisions about position, camera size and whether you’re looking for higher resolution images or a faster reaction time.
You’ll also need to consider where you’ll be mounting your cameras – do you want them visible as a deterrent, or hidden to secretly monitor activity?
Farm security hot spots – it’s all about location, location, location
Farm security cameras can serve a variety of purposes, from monitoring for intruders to protecting fuel storage and water supplies to monitoring employees and even livestock movements.
Commonly, farmers might install cameras near gates to monitor people entering and exiting the property, and around equipment and fuel storage areas.
If you’re concerned about trespassers or vandals damaging fences and allowing stock to escape, consider monitoring the points in your fence line where you’re most vulnerable.