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IFPD Encourages Regular Maintenance on Security Cameras

Idaho Falls

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The following is a news release from the Idaho Falls Police Department.

IDAHO FALLS -– Security cameras can be great tools to help identify and catch criminals. But, only
if they’re functioning properly.

Therefore, residents and business owners are encouraged to conduct regular maintenance on
security cameras. So, when and if the time comes to catch a criminal in the act, there’s a better
chance of doing so.

The Idaho Falls Police Department offers the following tips to help maintain security cameras:

1. Trim landscaping. Take a look at your outdoor camera locations and make sure each camera has
a clear view. Keep vines, brushes, trees and other landscaping near cameras neat and trimmed to
prevent camera obstruction.

2. Keep camera lenses clean. Check your indoor and outdoor cameras to makes sure lenses are
clean. Look for dust, smudges, water spots and other undesirable elements on your lenses. If lenses
are dirty, you won’t get a clear shot, even if you have a high resolution camera. Clean your camera
lenses regularly to ensure optimal image quality.

3. Check camera housing. You’ll need to periodically check to ensure the camera is properly being
housed. This helps protect it from damage caused by outside elements, including water and dirt,
and keep it properly functioning.

4. Make sure cables are connected. Check all your cable connections, including those connected to
your security cameras, DVR and monitor to ensure all your cables are securely connected and
receiving power. Take a look at connectors for corrosion too. Corroded cables may cause the
camera to short out.

5. Make sure the camera system is working. Security cameras are pretty much worthless if they
aren’t properly functioning. Periodically check to see if the cameras are recording and what they’re
recording. Also, make sure you thoroughly understand how the system works. Keep manuals onhand
to help answer questions or troubleshoot problems.