Vandalism Concerns

by in Q&A
March 1, 2018

Q. While we know there is no sure way to completely prevent camera vandalism, what are the steps to take in order to minimize the chance of something like this happening?


Safeguarding Vandalism

Thief about to vandalize a security camera

Dear Safeguarding Vandalism,

You are most certainly correct, camera vandalism is an unfortunate reality of today’s society and therefore something that needs to be addressed and acted upon properly.

The scene is set, your security system is in place and working flawlessly and then gets vandalized and puts your security system down and your entire organization at an increased risk. Of course the ideal clean up to a mess of this magnitude would be a security integrator that is known throughout the industry for rapid turnaround times.

With that said, it is not our goal to push AISG but to inform our reader on the necessary steps we take in our approach to minimizing the chance of camera vandalism. In order to give you the most accurate information, we spoke with our director of technicians who agreed that there is simply no way to get rid of camera vandalism in it’s entirety but that a few careful steps can drastically reduce the likelihood of camera vandalism occurring.

For starters, we evaluate the location. Depending on whether the location seems prone to vandalism, we consider things like vandal resistant housing as an option. At correctional facilities for example, the damage incident rate jumps up to the 5% to 8% range as opposed to the typical 3%. Another reality in areas that are more likely to be subject to vandalism is that cameras simply to need to be swapped out more often. The understanding and knowledge that a camera can get vandalized and put out of commission is a big step in understanding the importance of getting a replacement in quickly, the worst thing you can do is leave the area under no surveillance.

One simple step that results in drastically reducing the likelihood of camera vandalism is mounting cameras higher up and thus out of reach. As a general rule of thumb, if cameras are mounted between 10 and 15 feet, they are able to be high enough to be out of reach but still low enough to provide a good angle from a surveillance perspective.

The interesting aspect about camera vandalism is its actual occurrence rate. Camera Vandalism, when it does it occur, almost always garners a lot of media attention which is one of the reasons it is so frequently talked about. IPVM actually conducted an interesting survey in which they asked 100+ security industry professionals their experiences with customers having issues with vandalism and the results were quite interesting. A whopping 84% of the people surveyed responded that vandalism of their customers cameras was rare or never an occurrence (Erenthal, 2017). A mere 7% responded that vandalism of their cameras is a major concern so while camera vandalism is by all means devastating and something that needs to be addressed, it is important to recognize that it’s occurrence is likely not as frequently as we think it is or as the media often portrays it. With that said, the best practices again to minimize camera vandalism are

  • Mounting the camera high and out of the way
  • Using devices like domes instead of more traditional box cameras
  • Understanding the surrounding area and deploying vandal resistant cameras as needed

We hope we have been able to answer your question in a manner that is both helpful and informative. Have a question for us? Send it over to and we will look to feature it in our next performance magazine!

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