In-Depth Guide to Securing Terraced Homes in the UK with CCTV

In-Depth Guide to Securing Terraced Homes in the UK with CCTV

Overview Terraced homes, ubiquitous in the UK, present unique security challenges due to their structure and layout. Positioned in a row with shared walls, these homes typically have both public-facing and more private, vulnerable areas that require careful consideration. This guide delves into the most effective strategies for securing terraced homes, focusing particularly on the back gardens and rear access points that are often targeted by intruders.




 Securing Terraced Homes

1. Understanding the Layout:

  • Front Exposure: Generally facing a street, the front is more public and often less at risk of break-ins due to higher visibility. However, it should not be neglected.
  • Rear Vulnerability: The back of a terraced house typically includes a garden and a back door, which are less visible to passersby and neighbours, making them more appealing to intruders.

2. Security Measures for Rear Access Points:

  • Fencing and Gates: Ensure that all garden boundaries are secured with fencing that is difficult to climb or breach. Gates should be robust, ideally made of metal, and equipped with a high-quality lock.
  • Lighting: Install motion-activated floodlights that cover the garden and rear access points. Adequate lighting is a significant deterrent to intruders.
  • CCTV Cameras: Place CCTV cameras to cover secluded entry points and the garden. Ensure cameras are visible, as they are a strong deterrent, and consider models with night vision capabilities.
  • Alarms: Fit a comprehensive alarm system that includes contact sensors on all ground-floor doors and windows. Alarms should be professionally monitored to ensure a rapid response.
  • Locks and Security Bars: Upgrade locks on all rear doors and windows to high-security models. Consider adding security bars to lower-floor windows or those hidden from street view.

3. Integrating Security Systems:

  • Smart Home Security: Implement a smart home security system that connects alarms, lights, and cameras, allowing for remote monitoring and control via smartphones or computers.
  • Neighbourhood Watch Schemes: Engage with local neighbourhood watch schemes to enhance community security awareness and response.

4. Regular Security Assessments:

  • Professional Security Audits: Periodically have a security professional assess your home to identify vulnerabilities and suggest improvements.
  • Self-Checks: Regularly inspect your security measures, ensuring everything is in working order and updating systems as needed based on new security technologies or emerging local crime trends.

    Understanding CCTV Legal Considerations in the UK

    Adhering to legal requirements is essential for CCTV users:

    • GDPR Compliance: Ensure your CCTV system does not invade public or neighbour privacy. Homeowners must have clear signage indicating CCTV use.
    • Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018: Register your CCTV system if it captures images beyond your property, such as adjacent streets or neighbouring houses.
    • Lawful Recording: Use CCTV footage for security purposes only and ensure stored footage is secure and accessible only by authorised persons.

    For a complete understanding of GDPR related to CCTV, visit the UK Information Commissioner's Office.

    Learn more about the Data Protection Act regarding CCTV at UK Government Data Protection.

    For best practices on home CCTV installation, consult Police Advice on CCTV Installation.

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    Setting Up the Dahua DMSS App on Your Smartphone


    • Ensure P2P (Platform Access) is enabled on your NVR and is online.

    Initial App Setup Using P2P Connection

    1. Install DMSS:
      • Download DMSS from Google Play (Android) or the App Store (iOS).
      • Install the app on your smartphone.
    2. Add a Device:
      • Open the app and tap the "+" icon.
      • Select "SN/Scan" to scan the QR code from your NVR interface (Main Menu > Network > P2P) or the device's box.
      • If QR code is unavailable, manually enter the serial number.
    3. Device Configuration:
      • Choose the device type (e.g., NVR, DVR/XVR, or Wired Camera).
      • Enter a relatable device name and the admin password.
      • Tap "Save".

    Event Notification Setup

    1. Subscribe to Notifications:
      • On the Home page, tap the three dots next to your device.
      • Select "Device Details".
    2. Enable Notifications:
      • Tap "Notification" and switch it on.
    3. Configure Alerts:
      • Choose the events for alerts, such as AI Analysis features (e.g., Tripwire, Missing Object).
      • Select the channels for each feature and save the settings.

    By following these steps, your DMSS app should be configured for remote access and event notifications.

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    For a visual guide, watch the following YouTube video:

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    How to update the time and date on your CCTV recorder

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    Changing the Time and Date on a Dahua DVR

    Steps to Change Time and Date

    1. Access the Main Menu:
      • Right-click on the screen to bring up the context menu.
      • Select "Main Menu" from the options.
    2. Navigate to System Settings:
      • In the Main Menu, select "System" to open the system settings.
    3. Open General Settings:
      • Within the System settings, click on "General" to access general configuration options.
    4. Adjust Date and Time:
      • Locate the "Date & Time" section.
      • Modify the date and time fields to the correct values.
    5. Save Changes:
      • Click "Apply" to save your changes.
      • Click "OK" to exit the settings menu.
    6. Restart the DVR:
      • For the changes to take effect, restart your DVR by navigating to "Main Menu" > "Shutdown" > "Restart".

    Watch the Setup Video

    For a visual guide, watch the following YouTube video:

    By following these steps, you can easily update the time and date settings on your Dahua DVR to ensure accurate recordings.

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    How to turn on Smart Motion Alerts in DMSS

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    Turning on Smart Motion Detection (SMD) in the DMSS App for a Dahua DVR


    • Ensure you have a Dahua account.
    • Install the DMSS app on your smartphone.
    • Add your Dahua device to the DMSS app.

    Step-by-Step Instructions

    1. Launch the DMSS Mobile App:
      • Open the DMSS app on your smartphone.
      • Go to the "Device" page and tap on the three dots next to the device you want to set up notifications for.
    2. Access Device Details:
      • Tap on "Device Details".
    3. Multi-Channel Alarm Subscription:
      • Tap on "Multi-channel Alarm Subscription".
    4. Enable SMD:
      • Enable the slider at the top right to activate notifications.
      • Tap on "Period Settings" to adjust the times you want to receive notifications.
      • Select the type of alarm event you want notifications for (e.g., Motion Detection, Intrusion Alarm).
    5. Select Camera Channels:
      • Check the boxes next to all the camera channels you want to receive notifications from.
      • Tap the back arrow at the top left when done.
    6. Save Settings:
      • Verify the number of channels selected appears next to the alarm type you selected.
      • Tap "Save" at the bottom of the screen.

    Watch the Setup Video

    For a visual guide, watch the following YouTube video:

    By following these steps, you should have Smart Motion Detection enabled on your Dahua DVR via the DMSS app, enhancing your security system's capabilities.

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