Protect Your Security Camera

Any security camera becomes useless if it cannot take extreme weather events. You need to make sure that your surveillance camera is going to protect you even in case of hurricane, snowstorm, rainstorms or earthquakes.

Let’s go over some of the extreme weather conditions that may require extra attention from your part when it comes to your security cameras.

Protect your security camera from lightning

Protect your security camera from lightning

The rule of thumb in this case is not to ever mount your security camera to metal. A direct lightning may strike and damage your camera for good. In addition, the lightning may also lead to a power surge that fries your DVR or NVR.

You should use power supply panels as they’re going to give individual power supply for your NVR/DVR and cameras.

Get a security camera that is also waterproof, not only weatherproof

Just because a security camera is sold as weatherproof, it doesn’t mean that it’s also waterproof. You need to make sure that your security camera is waterproof, especially if you live in an area with constant rains. IP66 rated housing is going to do it for protecting your camera from pouring rain.

Waterproof security camera

If you live in Canada, US, UK or Russia, an IP 65 rated security camera is going to be enough for the severe winter and occasional strong rain.

There are security cameras that protect themselves from rain, snowstorms and other weather conditions so you don’t need the extra housing. The price is fine for the quality you get and you should be able to afford them.

Tip: Take a look at the camera’s warranty time and the before/after sale services too. You don’t want to get cheap with your security camera as you’re going to spend more afterwards for protecting it against the bad weather. Pay upfront the extra buck as it’s going to worth it on the long run.

Play it safe and get IP66 Rated Outdoor Cameras right from the start

You can find security cameras that are able to take the elements, tornados, snow storms, heat, cold and even hurricanes.

They are safely enclosed in a weatherproof metal aluminum casing which protects the camera from the extreme weather. You’re not going to worry in case of rain, snow, sleet or even fast-moving wind.

The IP66 security cameras are quite affordable and there are plenty of options to choose from. They’re made to last and to take the use in challenging environments.

Step up your game and get IK10 Rated Dome Security Cameras

In case you want to install dome security cameras with dome cover (typically it’s made of glass), you should look for a camera which is IK10 rated (in addition to the IP66 feature).

IK rating refers to the level of protection that the housing of your camera may offer against the external mechanical impacts.  The IK10rate is the highest level out there and it means that your camera is going to be protected in case of impact of elements from extreme disasters.

Protect the camera from storms

Fast wind and thunderstorms may take your security camera away. You need to mount them very securely so that no fast wind or hurricane knocks them down later on.

You can find security cameras that offer additional security mount, protecting your security camera against the extreme weather and various natural disasters.

Get a custom-made enclose to protect your security camera

Another way for protecting your security cameras is to use custom enclosures. A glass-fronted bird box is a great choice to protect your camera against extreme weather. An acrylic dome for your camera is another option so keep it in mind when preparing for the worse.

Truth be told, it’s cheaper to design your own housing than getting a high-end weatherproof security camera. Keep in mind that the custom enclosure may not be rugged or tough enough to protect your camera so choose wisely.

Get more housing for protecting your camera

If you think your camera isn’t protected enough, you should go the extra mile and get some weather protection housing. You can get special housing for your security camera, even if it’s IP 66 rated. You can never be too sure, right? An additional weatherproof housing is going to protect your security cameras even better.

No snow, no rain, no sunlight on your Security cameras wires either

You should protect the wires of your security cameras, especially if there are exposed to the elements. The best way to protect them is you use a conduit. Here are some tips to keep in mind when doing it:

  • UVs may ruin plastic conduit in time so check the UV resistant specification of the conduit so that you keep sunlight away from the wires
  • Glue the conduit joints very well. You can also use watertight connectors so that you reduce the risk of water intrusion at minimal.