SentryPODS: Why Your Security Camera System is Failing


With the amount of high-value items lying around at construction sites, security cameras are a necessity in order to deter thieves and vandals. But depending on the type of construction project that’s in process, the need for setting up a security camera system can change and fluctuate. And if not addressed or installed properly, unforeseen issues may pop up, rendering your security camera system obsolete or ineffective.

With that in mind, here are a few reasons why your security camera system may be failing you.

Ineffective Lighting

It’s much easier for nefarious deeds to proceed uninterrupted in low-lit areas – whether the lack of light is coming from the job site itself, or from a lack of street lights surrounding the area. With low light comes a decreased level of performance from your surveillance system, since darkness impedes a camera’s ability to pick up on crucial details of trespassers such as defining facial features, license plates, and vehicle makes and models. And while it may be hard to believe, this is true even of some infra-red devices, as dark conditions limit their ability to pick up on fine details in the distance.

With sufficient light added into the equation, the likelihood of thieves and vandals targeting your job site can drop and, on the off chance that they do target your site, the chances of their deeds being caught on camera are improved significantly.

Not Enough Power

It may seem like a no-brainer, but ensuring that surveillance systems are hooked up to a constant and reliable source of electricity is crucial. However, determining the best way to obtain that power can be tricky as it depends on the construction project at hand.

Options for high-rise commercial or residential builds include mounting surveillance systems atop on-site trailers or installing cameras at all four corners of the site. For low-rise residential builds, a few options exist: mounting the system onto a trailer; mounting it onto a temp pole; or mounting it onto streetlights. While each option presents unique challenges regarding ensuring the surveillance system receives enough electricity, it’s worth researching each option and consulting an electrician when possible. Our SentryPODS are ideal for any jobsite as their hot swappable batteries allow them to be placed anywhere.

Poor Coverage

While surveillance systems are a boon to deterring theft and vandalism from occurring, the placement of a security camera can affect the quality of surveillance coverage received. And if things aren’t planned properly, a surveillance system can be rendered ineffective.

Considering where security blind spots might be, understanding the distance between the camera and the area it is surveilling, and not skimping on the number of cameras used to watch over a job site are all factors that will ultimately result in a higher quality of surveillance received.

Lack of Complementary Security Measures

While surveillance systems are effective tools, if basic safety measures are not taken every day at a site, there’s nothing that a world-class surveillance system can do to deter theft. Between making sure that gates are locked at the end of each day and removing valuable personal items like laptops and cell phones from the site, complementary security measures may seem like common sense but they will help maximize the efficacy of a surveillance system.

If you’re in need of rugged, reliable security cameras for your jobsite, our line of SentryPODS cameras and equipment is sure to have exactly what you need.

Brent Canfield Owner of SentryPODS Surveillance Cameras

Brent Canfield

CEO and Creator of SentryPODS

Brent Canfield, CEO, and founder of Smart Digital and SentryPODS, founded Smart Digital in 2007 after completing a nine-year active-duty career with the United States Marine Corps. During the 2016 election cycle, he provided executive protection for Dr. Ben Carson. He has also authored articles for Security Info Watch.