In order to comply with European and British standards and to ensure that a CCTV system system remains reliable, it is vital that it is maintained regularly. Listed below are a selection of the checks that are carried out by us during a routine preventative maintenance inspection/service visit. Our inspection and testing procedures include the following:
- Check history of CCTV system since last maintenance service.
- Visual inspection of all major CCTV components including cabling & connections where accessible for signs of deterioration or damage.
- Check all CCTV control equipment (monitors, VCR, DVR, Multiplexer etc.).
- Check and clean cameras, lenses and housings as necessary.
- Check lenses for correct field of view and adjust as necessary.
- Check pictures for correct field of view and adjust as necessary.
- Check and test remote signalling equipment (where fitted).
- Check recording and playback quality.
- Check the satisfactory transmission of images to remote centre (where applicable).
- Repair any minor faults (where possible).
- Retrain the users on the use of the CCTV system (if required).
- Log all test results.
- Return the CCTV system to operational status.
- Retrain the users on the use of the system (if required).
CCTV systems are often disregarded after installation until information/evidence is required from them. It is recommended that your have your CCTV system regularly maintained to ensure that the system is still in good working order like the day it was first put in.
In most cases when an incident has occurred when the system has not been regularly maintained their maybe cases where the recorders hard drive has failed and images have not been recorded or because the cameras have not been cleaned and checked the images may not be clear enough to allow prosecution or the original design has now changed but you have not informed the security company of these changes which might result in cameras been obstructed etc. This is why CCTV systems should be regularly maintained.