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Guide to Closed Circuit TV (CCTV)

So would you like to play "Spot the CCTV Camera?". Eagle eyed visitors may recognise the profusion of street furniture, surrounding a single heritage dome camera keeping watch over part  of Londons' prestigious Oxford Street shopping area.

Covert Cameras in the Countryside - continued

Then again, if you use artificial plastic Ivy to cover it over (and a couple of adjacent similarly equipped trees using real bird boxes), I bet you wouldn’t spot it!!

Using covert cameras outdoors is relatively straightforward, with a wealth of different opportunities for disguising the camera, but it is vitally important that whatever enclosure is used, it has to be fully weatherproofed, and depending on the time of year, able to ensure the cameras stable operation under extremely low / high temperatures (not to mention the risk of attack from bugs!).

In fact Doktor Jon can say with absolute certainty, that most cameras which give up the will to live, do so simply because they’ve been left unprotected to cook in the sun, without any real regard for their general welfare (aaaaahh .... how sad).

Whilst the same rule applies for all covert operations - the further away from the target area you place the camera, the better; the main problem with outdoor surveillance can be the weather.

At any distance over 25 - 50 metres, there's an increased risk that heavy rain or fog, will seriously impair the picture quality. If you happen to live in a semi arctic or desert location, then blizzards & sandstorms can each create their own unique set of challenges.

In practice, the application of external covert cameras is generally less about criminal investigations, but more to do with protecting properties and individuals against an unknown threat. Particularly in rural locations, highly visible ‘overt’ cameras can attract attention to the property, and are themselves vulnerable to attack.

In some locations, a lack of cameras would in itself appear suspicious, and so a balance of using overt cameras (occassionally dummy housings), supplemented by strategically placed covert cameras, can provide an ideal means of enhancing security.

Additional techniques such as Video Motion Detection and movement sensors, will increase the effectiveness of the system, and could provide just enough extra time to allow a rapid response from the local constabulary (unless of course, you happen to live on a secluded offshore island!).

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