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3 tips for choosing a CCTV camera system

Keeping a sharp eye on things

Closed Circuit Television or CCTV is a system of security cameras linked to a central monitor. They’re a lot more affordable than you may think which is why they have become incredibly popular as additional security in homes, businesses and even entire neighbourhoods. This watchful method is proving highly effective with residents’ associations as they are turning to CCTV cameras as an integral part of the overall community watch campaign. Here are 3 tips to help you when purchasing your CCTV camera system:

1.  Evaluate first – What are your needs? In other words, what do you want your CCTV camera system to do for you?

  • Do you want it to monitor the comings and goings of the people in your neighbourhood or at your place of business?
  • Or keep a close-up eye on merchandise, faces and suspicious behaviour?
  • Will the system be working inside or outside?
  • Will it be wired or wireless?
  • How many cameras do you need?
  • Where will the cameras be positioned?
  • What are the lighting conditions like in the environments where the cameras will be set up?
  • How much are you willing to spend?

2.  Select your equipment carefully – Once you have decided how your CCTV camera system will be used, you need to choose the most appropriate equipment. Consider these things:

  • The various CCTV camera options such as standard wired cameras with infrared, affordable wireless cameras offering flexibility or IP (internet protocol) network cameras with remote capabilities.
  • The more costly CCTV cameras provide high resolution images and good quality imaging – if budget isn’t an issue make sure the camera contains a high quality CCD imaging chip rather than a CMOS chip.
  • If the CCTV cameras are going to be used in a low lit environment then choose a system which records in black & white - colour cameras can only be used in well-lit areas.
  • Choose a monitor that works with your CCTV camera system – the resolutions should match.
  • When it comes to the recording device, choose a DVR (digital video recorder) as it records onto hard drives.

3.  Check security company credentials – To ensure you end up with a good quality CCTV camera system you should think about employing the services of a credible security company specialising in CCTV systems. Ask for references, credentials and compliance certificates. An above-board security company will have no issue presenting you with these.

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