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Is Your Commercial Video Surveillance System Ready For Winter?

Is Your Commercial Video Surveillance System Ready For Winter?

When you’re a Canadian business owner, you have to be prepared for more than just theft and vandalism, you also need to fight off the cold. As if the long winter nights that give criminals plenty of darkness to sneak around in isn’t enough of a challenge, Canadian businesses also need to make sure their commercial video surveillance systems work well in the winter. Cold weather, sudden temperature changes, and the building snow and ice all threaten to interfere with the surveillance of your company space. Here are some ways to help keep your business safe and your security cameras working.

Protect Your Commercial Video Surveillance System From The Cold

Choose A Camera With Wires
Cold temperatures interrupt the electrochemical connection within batteries that allows power signals to transfer, leading to a quicker discharge and a greater chance that your camera will stop working in cold weather. Using a wired camera gives your commercial surveillance system a more reliable source of power. But wires aren’t totally impervious to cold conditions either. Snow and ice can fray wires and can even tear them. Although most modern wires have insulation on them, adding extra insulation or even a plastic sheet can help protect your camera wires from harsh weather.

Clear Ice And Snow
A commercial security surveillance system won’t be much help if the lens is obscured by snow and ice. While some of this can be prevented by the positioning of the security camera and by the shape (for example, snow will slide off of a dome-shaped camera), sometimes snow and ice accumulation is inevitable. Make sure a staff member checks that the camera is clear of all obstructions and that someone is able to clear the lens as needed. Another option is to invest in a camera with a built-in heater or to use heating tapes. This can help keep the lens clear and your commercial surveillance system functioning.

Use LED Lights
Unless you have a night vision camera, your commercial space should be well-lit, especially outside. Your space should be lit all the time or consider motion-activated lights, which have the added benefit of deterring thieves since the sudden light could mean someone is watching. LED lights, specifically, are beneficial for outdoor winter commercial video surveillance since LED lights last longer and don’t need time to warm up before turning on. If you want a space to light up the moment the motion sensor is triggered, LED lights are your best bet in a cold climate.

Speak To Local Professionals
Getting a commercial video surveillance system that can survive the brutal Calgary winters is possible when you partner with a security company that understands how snow storms and rapid temperature changes affect security systems. A local company will have an in-depth understanding of the weather conditions you need your security surveillance system to withstand. A local company will also have years of experience fighting the cold and keeping commercial video surveillance active in your city and will be able to offer quick assistance if your commercial video surveillance system stops working for any reason.

Prepare Your Commercial Video Surveillance This Winter

Whether you want to upgrade your current security system or you want to get commercial video surveillance for the first time, Frontline Security can make sure you get a video security system that can perform even in extreme weather. At Frontline Security, we understand the struggle of keeping your company safe during the long winter nights and cold Calgary winters because we, too, are a Calgary business. When you partner with Frontline Security, our team will ensure that your security cameras are prepared for the cold and are set up to be as effective as possible. To receive a complimentary quote from our security experts, call Frontline Security at 1-403-291-9311 or fill out the online contact form.


Many insurance companies offer adjusted rates for businesses with security systems that are installed and/or monitored by recognized security specialists. And in addition to those savings, you are less likely to experience the costs associated with inventory loss and fraud.

Yes, Frontline Security offers live video monitoring to keep your business safe 24 hours a day. Learn more by reading The Benefits Of Live Video Surveillance.

When you partner with Frontline Security, we will strategically position your security cameras so they can see all entry points and we will ensure you are using cameras that work well for your commercial needs. To learn more, read 6 Tips To Ensure Your Commercial Security Cameras Are Effective.

Get the Peace of Mind You Deserve

You’ve worked hard to build your business or buy your home. Now it’s time to protect them properly and give yourself the peace of mind you deserve. Our full-service security solutions can give whatever matters most to you the 360° protection it needs. Contact us today by calling (403) 291-9311 or by filling out the form below and put us on your frontline.

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