CCTV systems have become nigh-ubiquitous. In the UK, you may be seen by 70 CCTV cameras on a typical day!
A commute to work would involve surveillance cameras at railway stations, the train itself, and at a coffee shop or a bakery. As well as the streets you walk along.
With all this surveillance, most burglars try to rob places that tend to lack cameras – i.e., homes.
Luckily with the falling prices of CCTV systems over the years, home security is no longer a financial burden but a conscious choice for homeowners. Home CCTV cameras are becoming increasingly popular, and, again, much more affordable in recent years, with a variety of options to choose from.
In this article, we’re going to guide you through the basic features you should look for in a home CCTV camera, the benefits they provide you, along with our top picks.
CHOOSING THE BEST HOME CCTV CAMERA
CCTV cameras for homes are smaller and less complex than their commercial counterparts with many providing you with remote monitoring services as well.
According to The Guardian, ex-cons say they stay away from homes with CCTV cameras since their presence poses a great risk of getting caught.
All home CCTV systems work on the same principle: Using cameras and monitors to record events happening around the premises and displaying them in real-time for surveillance purposes.
With dozens of options to choose from, selecting the best one for your home security needs can be quite challenging if you are uninformed.
Here are a few factors to consider before deciding on the best CCTV camera for your home:
- Indoor or outdoor
The first thing that you need to consider is why you need a CCTV camera and where you intend to place it.
Indoor and outdoor cameras are both effective when used as a monitoring system with the primary distinction being the external factors, such as extreme weather conditions that the outdoor camera can withstand.
Outdoor cameras are made using more durable material since they are also prone to tampering, while indoor systems are smaller, lighter, and generally simpler.
- Installation positions
The positioning of the cameras is an integral part of your home security and placing them in the right places, at the right angles is necessary.
Certain areas might need CCTV cameras because of the following reasons:
- there is a risk of a break-in,
- there are valuables in the premises,
- or there’s a family member who needs to be monitored (kids and the elderly).
Typically, all the entry points of a house must be covered, including the front, back, and side doors and windows. Other outdoor areas that might need CCTV cameras are the driveway, shed, and other storage areas.
- Camera quality and resolution
Home CCTV cameras come in a range of resolutions ranging from 720p to 4K. The higher the resolution, the clearer the picture.
It’s no use if the footage being recorded on the CCTV camera is grainy to the point that making up the face of an intruder becomes a challenge; therefore, a minimum resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels is recommended.
- Power supply and battery
Wired CCTV systems work on direct electricity while the wireless version runs on batteries. Both are prone to stop working in the event of a power outage or battery failure.
Backup batteries are crucial for both systems, giving you confidence that your CCTV would be running at all times, and is a feature that’s worth considering.
- Additional features
There are additional, very handy features such as night vision mode, microphone and speaker functions, and facial recognition that can take CCTV monitoring up a notch.
Night vision mode is a very useful add-on that helps the CCTV camera record footage at night. Microphone and speakers can be used to communicate via the camera, such as giving an intruder a warning and possibly scaring them away.
Some CCTV cameras also offer pan/tilt/swivel features where you can remotely move the camera for the best monitoring angles.
Your budget is a huge deciding factor when it comes to choosing a CCTV camera for your home, but the good news is that CCTV systems are becoming affordable by the day, offering top-notch quality at great prices.
For instance, High Definition (HD) analogue cameras have tremendously increased their resolution and picture quality, offering the perfect balance of convenience and quality for homeowners, giving their more expensive digital counterparts a serious run for their money.
BENEFITS OF CCTV CAMERAS FOR HOME SECURITY
The increase in the accessibility and affordability of technology has led to more people investing in home security systems, such as CCTV cameras.
Home CCTV cameras are an important investment in keeping you, your family, and your home safe, and having them professionally installed by a security company is a smart move.
Here are the top benefits that home CCTV cameras provide:
- Crime deterrent
People tend to behave differently and are more likely to be compliant when they are being watched. Based on the same effect, burglars are less likely to break into premises with CCTV security systems owing to the fear of being watched, recorded, and possibly caught.
A burglar’s main ally is stealth and neglect. CCTV cameras make it nearly impossible to break in without getting noticed, making them one of the biggest deterrents for burglars.
Experts believe that as many as 67% of domestic burglaries could be prevented if people had CCTV monitoring.
- Recorded evidence
CCTV footage helps collect evidence in the unfortunate event of a crime such as a burglary. Suspects can be easily identified with the help of CCTV recordings and there’s a higher chance of the perpetrators being caught.
This ease of evidence and the trail that burglars leave behind can work to their disadvantage, should they try to burgle a CCTV monitored home.
- Monitoring family members
CCTV cameras offer more than just the protection of your property. They also allow you to monitor and check in on your family members while you’re away.
Leaving family members such as kids and elderly parents alone at home can become quite a predicament and is inevitable at times, such as when you’re at work.
CCTV cameras can be used to keep a check on them via remote monitoring allowing you to live stream the CCTV footage from your office computer, smartphone, or tablet.
They can be used to keep an eye on little kids and their babysitters, and your pets as well, making sure they’re not up to any mischief.
Knowing that you can watch them and ensure their safety makes a world of a difference and gives you peace of mind.
- Insurance deductions
In the unfortunate event of a burglary or theft, CCTV footage provides proof of the incident validating your insurance claim.
Also, insurers offer discounts on home security of up to 20% if you protect your property against burglary and fire with a professionally installed home security system
- Integration with other security systems
Home security systems such as CCTV cameras and burglar alarms work very well with each other. They provide double the protection by deterring criminals and recording evidence of any such intrusion.
When integrated, in the event of the CCTV camera detecting any suspicious activity, the burglar alarm would be automatically triggered, scaring away the criminals.
Another benefit is checking for false burglar alarms using the CCTV footage. This is particularly useful when you are away and receive a notification from your alarm via remote monitoring. You can log in to check the camera footage and determine whether the incident requires action or not.
BEST CCTV CAMERA FOR HOME SECURITY
Our top pick for the best CCTV camera for home security for 2020 is the Hikvision Turbo HD product series.
Hikvision is one of the world’s leading CCTV manufacturers providing a comprehensive solution for both home and business security.
The Turbo HD products provide a variety of systems including dome, half-dome, fixed, bullet, integrated cameras, etc., all designed with cutting-edge infrared supplementary lighting technology, suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
The latest iteration of the Turbo HD series takes things a step further and boasts having AcuSense – a smart VCA technology based on deep learning algorithms that detect vehicles or humans as well as false alarms triggered by animals, leaves, and other obstructions, minimizing costly, time-consuming manual checks – and ColorVu – 24-hour chromatic imaging making it possible to capture full-colour HD pictures night and day.
The three spotlight products of the series are:
2-MP ColorVu Fixed Bullet Camera
- 2-MP full-time colour bullet camera
- 24/7 full-colour imaging
- Warm supplemental light with 40 m range
- Clear imaging even against strong backlighting using 130 dB true WDR technology
- 3D DNR technology delivering clean and sharp images
- Water and dust resistant (IP67)
- 4 in 1 (4 signals switchable TVI/AHD/CVI/CVBS)
5-inch 2-MP 32X Powered by DarkFighter Analog Speed Dome
- High-quality imaging with 2-MP resolution
- Excellent low-light performance powered by DarkFighter technology
- Clear imaging against strong backlighting using 120 dB WDR technology
- Pan and tilt ability enabling the camera to change angles and monitor subjects of interest
- 32x optical zoom allows for closer viewing of subjects in expansive areas
- Water and dust resistant (IP66)
2-MP PoC Indoor Motorized Varifocal Dome Camera
- 2-MP high-performance dome camera
- Strong night performance, capturing images in ultra-low light down to 0.003 lux
- Clear imaging even against strong backlighting using 120 dB true WDR technology
- 3D DNR technology delivering clean and sharp images
- Lens focusing automatically when zooming in or out
- EXIR 2.0: advanced infrared technology with 40 m IR distance
- Water and dust resistant (IP67)
- Dual outputs (HDTVI and CVBS signals output simultaneously)
- Transmits both HD video and power over the same coaxial cable
The costs involved with installing CCTV cameras in your home should not be considered costs, rather an investment due to the plethora of benefits and long-term savings they provide.
Professional CCTV installation costs around £540-£660, including the cost for the cameras, recording devices, monitors, and labour charges for a 1-camera CCTV system, complete with DVR (recorder), monitor, wiring, and full installation.
Each additional camera thereafter would be around £120, so a 3-camera system, for example, would be roughly £780-£900.
Low prices might seem lucrative at first, but in the long-run, they cost more.
At Calder Security, we give you the most competitive prices in Yorkshire along with your money’s worth by providing you with state-of-the-art CCTV security systems with qualified security specialist engineers, SSAIB approved installers, along with maintenance and repair services.
CCTV monitoring works by sending the video data the camera picks up to a remote monitoring station via the internet. These monitoring stations are manned by experts trained to take rapid action and respond to any suspicious activity, protecting your home from all kinds of threats.
If you have a CCTV security system installed, you must have it monitored. You can check the recorded video later, but for real-time surveillance to keep your home protected, it is advised to opt for professional CCTV monitoring services. The average monthly charges for CCTV monitoring start from £12.
Maintaining your CCTV security system will ensure that your investment is working efficiently with minimal disruptions.
An annual service check is recommended to check all the equipment and cables, clean the lenses, cameras and housing, and test the system to keep your CCTV security system working as it should. On average, a maintenance visit would cost you around £75-£125.
You must regularly service the system yourself too by keeping it clean and dust-free. A simple wipe with a clean cloth would suffice. Don’t open the equipment since it might do more harm than good, and leave the professional servicing to the professionals.
Your CCTV security system can malfunction for several reasons such as bad weather conditions, power surges, or general wear and tear. Whatever the issue, you need to resolve them quickly by an engineer who knows what they’re doing.
CCTV repairing service would cost you around £92 on average. The total charges may vary depending on the nature of the fault.
WHY CHOOSE CALDER SECURITY FOR YOUR HOME CCTV NEEDS?
At Calder Security, we offer a comprehensive range of home CCTV camera services ranging from professional installation to monitoring, maintenance and repairs.
- We can design, supply, and install a range of domestic CCTV systems.
- We offer both analogue HD and IP camera systems and can advise on the best solution for your home.
- We have qualified security specialist engineers to help you every step along the way.
- We are SSAIB approved installers and follow all the best practices in the industry.
- We do not compromise on quality and ensure your utmost safety by installing only high-quality, state-of-the-art CCTV equipment from trusted brands such as Hikvision, one of the world’s leading CCTV manufacturers.
- We’ve been in the security industry since 1976 and are specialists at what we do.
- We provide full training on equipment provided. We won’t just install your CCTV monitoring system and leave. We always make sure our customers are comfortable with the equipment and know-how to use it properly.
- You can call us even if you already have a system installed. We can add additional cameras to your existing systems or reveal vulnerabilities.
- For our CCTV monitoring services, we use trusted Remote Video Receiving Centres (RVRC).
- We are experienced in repairing a range of CCTV systems.
- We can recommend and guide you to make improvements to your CCTV systems including better positioning of the cameras.
- We are experts in repairing both analogue and IP camera systems.
- We provide timely appointments to our valued customers. We would hate for you to wait.
- We are a Wakefield based company, covering the entire West Yorkshire region and beyond.
Contact us today for all your home security needs. we provide a comprehensive security system including not just CCTV cameras, but also burglar alarms, fire alarms, access control systems, and other locking and key mechanisms.
Keep in mind, CCTV cameras are an integral part of home security and soon all homes will come equipped with CCTV cameras ensuring protection and accountability. They are the top deterrent for burglars and an excellent way to monitor what’s happening both inside and outside of your house.
We are Yorkshire’s leading independent security company and our experienced engineers and locksmiths are here to help make your home secure and safe for you and your family. A safe home is a happy home.
We are just a call away! Call us free on 0800 612 9799.