The main benefits of creating a CCTV maintenance checklist is to create a regular routine to ensure all component parts of your CCTV system are inspected and are operating effectively. This will help to prevent system malfunction or failure and ensure your buildings are always protected.
Maintaining systems regularly will ensure CCTV systems are working to their optimum performance and that images recorded and stored are fit for purpose, are of evidence quality and could be used as admissible evidence for purposes of investigation or for use in courts of law.
Preventative maintenance is an essential part of ensuring continuous surveillance and helps to deter break-ins, theft and the overall security of the area(s) being monitored.
To avoid any lapses in surveillance monitoring, CCTV system maintenance is usually carried out whilst all devices are still in operation. This regular inspection should be planned as part of the overall security system maintenance checklist requirements of the business.
It is also a good idea to organise the inspection date so that any spare parts that may be needed are readily available.
In summary, preventative maintenance increases confidence in the entire security scheme, and is often a written legal requirement as well as a condition of commercial building insurance.
Our recommendation is that a visual inspection is carried out at least once a month to ensure that all equipment and cameras are functioning properly and keeping your property protected. This helps to ensure the camera lenses are clean and not obscured by trees or other objects.
Depending on the size of your site, a good starting point is to create a checklist for each area and within each area create a list of each device. You can also then use the checklist to record the date and times that you have carried out an inspection and any findings or maintenance actions carried out.
At Tecserv UK, we believe that an ongoing programme of maintenance inspections, sometimes referred to as planned preventative maintenance (PPM), should be part of your operational strategy to ensure the optimum performance of your fire, security alarm, access control or CCTV surveillance systems.
We can carry out most routine maintenance and inspections whilst the equipment is still fully operational and therefore surveillance continues uninterrupted.