It’s important to place your NVR or DVR in a safe and secure place in order to prevent it from being stolen. Your whole CCTV security system may be easily compromised if the recorder is in plain sight. Imagine if the intruders are able to snatch your recorder, you won’t have any video proof or evidence. In this article we will share a few to help CCTV enthusiasts, homeowners (or business owners) decide where to place/hide their DVR/NVR, how to secure the NVR/DVR and prevent the machine from being stolen.
Where to hide you CCTV recorder to prevent theft
Many intruders or thieves target NVRs/DVRs because they want to destroy the evidence incriminating them. That’s why it’s important finding a good place to hide and secure your CCTV DVR or NVR. So where’s the best place to put a DVR/NVR system? Where can you hide NVR or DVR to prevent them from being stolen? Below we have listed a few useful ideas.
1. Hide DVR or NVR in a lock box or safe box
A CCTV DVR or NVR safe box or locker can lock the device up in a safer box that is molded with gauge steel and hinged to withstand brutal force or mishandling. For example this NVR locker. A few installers bolt them down to make them more resilient. Fixing the DVR lockbox or NVR security box to the wall or hiding them in secret places will prevent surveillance system recorders from being damaged, destroyed or stolen.
2. Place the DVR or NVR on an attic or ceiling
One recommended hiding spot is to put the CCTV DVR or NVR in a drop ceiling or even an attic that is out of intruders’ reach. The wiring could be a tricky part unless your attic is wired, find professionals or friends help to set them up.
Many people put the NVRs up at a hard-to-access spot which requires a ladder to get to and criminals don’t have that much time available while they’re committing a crime. It’s important to keep the attic where you put the DVR recorder or network video recorder in ventilated with fans or a box equipped with fans, especially during possible temperature spikes in summer.
3. Hide the recorder inside walls
Fake walls or even a locked safe inside of a wall that can be covered by a picture frame is helpful to hide where the video recording device like DVR or NVR is hidden. This might entail some remodeling on your house but can be done with an extra bit of help.
Disguising the DVR or NVR in a covert place minimizes risks of being stolen and losing all your precious recording or videos that might assist police investigation and substantiate break-in or other illegal activities. Having a complete security system with alarm systems will deter possible break-in or intrusion in the first place, consequently eliminate further concerns.
4. Place the recorder inside a closet
Hiding the video recorder (DVR or NVR) in an uninteresting closet, for example, on a high shelf with some clothing or boxes in front of it, will make your security video recorder much safer. Another possible solution would be decorating your real CCTV DVR and NVR with some tablecloth or decorative artificial flowers, concealing them from the sight of intruders or burglars.
5. Hide the recorder in a bookshelf
Putting CCTV surveillance systems in the bookshelf could help cover the device up with piles of books, which normally will be the last place that thieves are targeting due to the common belief that physical books are bulky and heavy to carry. And it’s a fact that most of the thieves don’t like to read books that much.
6. Hide the recorder in a crawlspace
A crawlspace is another interesting idea. No burglar is going to take the time to crawl on his knees in a dark, dirty crawlspace
How to better secure the CCTV recorder?
1. Get a WiFi NVR or DVR
A standalone WiFi video recorder is flexible and movable to accommodate different monitoring needs, for example, outdoor surveillance, indoor monitoring, driveway or basement checking.
More importantly a WiFi CCTV system kit can easily be stashed against petty thieves. Some wireless video recorders are not entirely wire-free and still need to be powered by one cable. Alternatively, a backup or battery NVR can offer power supply uninterrupted when power is off. No more grappling with running cables through walls or troublesome rewiring to the router, a WiFi NVR won’t be easily accessed by thieves. Do your research before going for a wireless CCTV system, there’re a few cons that you need to go through.
2. Secure the wires
Intruders and thieves are likely to track down cables to snatch the standalone surveillance video recorder. Nevertheless, it’s important to hide the cables to your CCTV system. Before threading your wires, get familiar with the wall layout, you can call professionals to run the wiring and secure cables to the wall or baseboards with a staple gun.
3. Use dummy recorder
Deceiving the thieves or invaders requires you to go extra miles. But the extra inventive solutions will pay off considering the importance of your home security system. One possible solution to trick the thieves is to put out a dummy DVR or NVR that looks similar or identical to the real device in an obvious spot while hiding your real DVR recorder or NVR. You can get some used DVRs from hardware stores or the online market.
4. Record to the cloud
Thieves may snatch your physical recorder but you don’t have to worry, your footage is saved in the cloud. Many CCTV systems offer such a solution, however, it may get quite expensive. The more cameras and the higher the resolution, the most expensive the overall CCTV system. Or you can try to record in the cloud only certain and important cameras. It’s a nice solution that could save the day.
5. Backup videos to a microSD card
Normally, IP security cameras with built-in microSD card (slots) can store motion-triggered recorded videos or images but not 24/7 video. For example, some IP PoE security cameras or WiFi surveillance cameras are outfitted with a 64GB (or 128GB) microSD card.
6. Backup the footage to a Network Attached Storage (NAS)
Data storage NAS devices like Synology, QNAP can also be used to store video recording for a longer period of time. Many IP security cameras are compatible with Synology NAS, for example. You can take advantage of this feature and have the footage in your NVR and NAS at the same time. If something happens to the recorder, you’ll have the footage saved in the NAS.