Is it worth getting CCTV for your home?

Is it worth getting CCTV for your home?

No matter where you live, home security is always a concern as we want to keep our family and valuables as safe as possible. Although solid doors and windows and good locks are the primary ways to stop intruders, it’s wise to implement extra security measures for peace of mind.

One such measure is CCTV. But with the cost and hassle of installation, is it worth getting CCTV for your home? To help you decide, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of CCTV and things to consider before installation.

The benefits of getting CCTV

First, let’s begin with the benefits that CCTV can bring to your household. The most obvious of these is being able to sleep easier at night, safe in the knowledge that cameras are watching over your home.

Knowing that you’re doing everything you can to protect your family is a big benefit, but there are others.

While CCTV alone can’t prevent crime from happening, it can act as an effective deterrent. Burglars like an easy target and don’t want to get caught, so a home that looks secure and has visible cameras, isn’t going to be an appealing prospect.

The other main benefit is that increased home security should help lower your insurance costs. So, although there are some initial costs for installation, you should find CCTV saves you money in the long term.   

Considerations when choosing CCTV

There are two main types of CCTV system: wired and wireless. The wired system is physically networked using wires such as Ethernet while the wireless version uses your Wi-Fi to send and receive signals.

If you’re keen to minimise cabling and keep your installation simple, then you might be best going for a wireless system that uses battery rather than mains power. However, wired systems are a good option for households with patchy internet connections. This might be the case in rural areas and when you’re positioning cameras on outbuildings away from the main house.  

When you’re thinking about installing CCTV, you need to work out which areas of your home you want covering. This will help you decide on the number of cameras you’ll need.

It’s also a good idea to check and compare each camera model’s field of vision and easy they are to control as this can affect the number of cameras you’ll need and their suitability. For instance, C-Mount cameras can generally see much further in the distance while PTZ cameras typically have a wide field of vision. If you’re unsure of what will work best for your home, a professional installer can take a look at your home and advise you.

Although installing CCTV costs around £350 for the average home, this can vary depending on the size of your home and what you want out of your system. For example, if you have a large home with multiple areas to cover, such as external doors and garages as well as rooms inside the house, then your set up costs are going to be higher. And some systems come with apps for easy use but these may be subject to data storage costs and monitoring subscriptions.

Features to look out for

If you’ve made up your mind to get CCTV installed in your home, there are a few handy features it’s worth looking out for.

Picture quality is one of the first considerations. As the most common time for burglaries to happen is after dark, CCTV with night vision is the first feature you should consider. A high resolution will also give you clearer pictures, making it easier to monitor the inside and outside of your home.

Another useful feature to have is motion sensors. This means your cameras only start recording when movement is detected rather than continuously recording. This is going to save you from building up hours of footage. But even with this, you might want to look for a system with good storage capabilities.

Finally, a system that allows remote monitoring is particularly handy for those who want extra peace of mind when they’re not at home. So, no more worrying while you’re on family holidays. There are different options for remote monitoring, such as alerts for when the cameras detect movement and the ability to check footage via your phone or tablet.

Other security measures for your family home

Of course, CCTV isn’t the only technology you can use to help protect your family home. So, you might also wish to consider some other security measures. Like CCTV, burglar alarms alert you to an intruder and act as a strong deterrent. Some smart burglar alarms can be integrated with CCTV cameras, meaning you can run one combined security system. But to make sure this is set up properly, it’s best to get this installed professionally.

Another good security solution is to install outdoor lights with motion sensors. Again this is a good deterrent as intruders want to stay under the cover of darkness.

If you’re worried about who’s coming to your front door when you’re at home and away, you might wish to install a smart doorbell. These come with an integrated camera but if you’re looking to combine this with security cameras and lights, then you’re best going for a complete smart system to make this easier to do.

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