In 2013, it was stated by the British Security Industry Authority that Britain has a CCTV camera for every eleven people. That’s around six million cameras!
With such an expansive use and coverage of CCTV cameras, it is no wonder that the prices have gone down over the years.
Gone are the days when the systems were limited to just businesses and the wealthy. Advancements in technology have made CCTV cameras more affordable for the masses, with more and more homeowners investing in them each day.
Whether it’s to keep intruders and vandalism at bay, or just to keep a check on what’s going on at home in their absence, CCTV cameras have proven to be an efficient security measure that all homeowners must adopt.
As is obvious, the first question that comes to mind when deciding to install a CCTV system at your home is how much it would cost.
Read on to find out about the costs involved in installing a home CCTV system, the factors that affect the costs, the types of systems to choose from, as well as the benefits the system can provide to homeowners.
HOME CCTV INSTALLATION COST
Gauging the exact cost for home CCTV installation can be somewhat challenging due to the wide variety of options available, as well as other factors such as the size and type of the system, among other specifications.
To give a very general idea, a one camera home CCTV system, complete with DVR (recorder), monitor, wiring, and full installation would cost around £540 – £660. Each additional camera thereafter would be around £120, so a 3-camera system, for example, would cost roughly £780 – £900.
For a more definitive quote, you can call us and have our security experts pay a free visit to your property to assess the type and size of system required.
At Calder Security, we offer you the most competitive prices in Yorkshire along with your money’s worth by providing you with state-of-the-art home CCTV security systems, primarily HIK Vision CCTV equipment, installed by SSAIB approved security specialist engineers.
There are other costs involved with home CCTV installation such as monitoring, maintenance, and repair.
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 where the footage is sent to a remote monitoring station manned by certified professionals trained to take rapid action and respond to any suspicious activity, protecting your property from all kinds of threats. The average monthly charges for CCTV monitoring start from £12.
Maintaining your CCTV security system will repay your investment in it by working effectively with minimal disruptions. Annual servicing is recommended to keep your CCTV security system working as it should. You must maintain the system yourself too by keeping it clean and dust-free. On average, a maintenance visit would cost you around £75-£125.
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 it quickly by an engineer that 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.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE COST
As discussed above, the total cost of a home CCTV system depends on several factors such as the size and type of the system, along with other additional features. Let’s look at them in detail:
- Size of the system
The bigger the system, the higher the cost. A bigger system entails more cameras, which results in a higher overall cost.
To determine the size of the system required, you need to first look at the size of your home. Generally, the bigger the house is, the more cameras are needed to cover the entire property.
- Indoor or outdoor system
What exactly you’re using CCTV cameras for also affects the cost of the system. Whether it’s to just keep a check on family members or certain rooms of the house that contain valuables, to deter burglars from entering your home, or both. This will determine how much hardware is required and where to install it.
There are special CCTV cameras made specifically for outdoor use that are weather-resistant, and water and tamper-proof, and are generally a little pricier than indoor cameras due to the added characteristics.
- Camera resolution
CCTV cameras come in a range of resolutions ranging from 720p to 4K. The higher the resolution, the clearer the picture.
The area and subjects that you wish to monitor mainly determine the kind of resolution that would work for you. If you’re looking to monitor potential burglaries, identification is necessary and would be made easy with high-quality footage.
- Additional features
CCTV cameras come with special features such as motion detection, night vision, and pan/tilt/zoom. Quite obviously, these features come at an added cost but are well worth the investment.
But it is also worth noting that due to market competition, most manufacturers add the most features to their camera systems to help their products compete in the market. So, you are more likely to come across similar featured camera systems in the market.
These added features enable the system to work in even the most compromising situations and aid immensely in remote monitoring.
TYPES OF CCTV
The type of CCTV camera you choose, in addition to the aforementioned factors, will determine how much it would cost to install a CCTV system in your home.
There are various types of CCTV cameras available for homeowners to choose from, varying in their specific features and special options.
A good CCTV camera captures clear footage irrespective of the time of day, ambient light availability, or extreme weather conditions.
You must make sure to have the right kind of system installed in your home to guarantee its effectiveness and efficiency.
Here are the most popular home CCTV camera types:
- Bullet cameras
Bullet cameras are one of the most common types of CCTV cameras used. They are cylindrical and are highly visible to act as clear burglary deterrents. They are fixed in position and are resistant to harsh weather, making them suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.
- Dome cameras
Dome cameras get their name from the dome-shaped cover that the camera is in. They are mounted on the ceiling and offer a 360-degree rotation to enable all areas are covered in the surveillance.
- PTZ cameras
The PTZ (pan/tilt/zoom) cameras are ideal for when the CCTV system is being monitored since it gives complete control over adjusting the angle of the camera, as well as zooming-in capabilities to closely monitor any suspicious area or activity.
- Day/Night cameras
These cameras are ideal for areas of the house with varying lighting conditions. They enable clear recordings in dimly lit areas as well as direct sunlight, glare, and reflections.
- Network/IP cameras
These systems enable the camera footage to be shared online from absolutely anywhere. All modern CCTV systems use IP (Internet Protocol) cameras because of their ease of video sharing and remote monitoring.
- Wireless cameras
These are the wireless counterparts to the wired cameras, connecting over Wi-Fi instead of an ethernet cable. They take less installation time and are discreet due to the absence of excess wires, also making them look neat.
- HD cameras
HD (High-Definition) cameras provide unparalleled image and video quality, and are available in resolutions starting at 720p, going all the way up to 4K. They are available in almost all CCTV camera models such as the bullet and dome.
WHERE TO INSTALL?
Camera placement is key in ensuring the CCTV system is effective and efficient in protecting your home. Placing the cameras in the wrong places and positions is almost as good as not having them installed at all.
- Outdoor CCTV camera placement
The most common entry point for burglars to break into your home is through the front door, which is why having a CCTV camera at the main entrance is crucial.
In addition to the front door, the front area and the backyard must also be under surveillance for maximum protection and a complete view of the entire exterior of the property. This ensures that the potential intruders have no place to hide and can easily be caught on camera, irrespective of how they try to break in.
- Indoor CCTV camera placement
For indoor security, the placement of the CCTV cameras depends on the purpose of using the system. If the requirement is to keep an eye on kids or pets, it’s a good idea to have cameras installed in their bedrooms or the family room. Other areas that might need protection are rooms that contain valuables.
To prevent intruders from breaking into your home, in addition to the front door, it is advised to have CCTV cameras installed on all entry and exit points, such as the side and back doors, along with all the main windows.
For homes with attached garages, placing an indoor camera inside it can help monitor any unusual activity such as vehicle and equipment theft, as well as deter intruders to gain access to the house via the garage door.
BENEFITS OF HOME CCTV SYSTEMS
Now that you know about all the costs associated with home CCTV installation, is it all even worth it?
The answer is yes, and here’s why:
- Deterring crime
Experts believe that as many as 67% of domestic burglaries could be prevented if people had CCTV security systems. If that isn’t reason enough to have the system installed in your home, we don’t know what is.
CCTV cameras make it nearly impossible for burglars to break in without getting noticed, playing on their main ally; stealth.
Potential intruders and burglars stay away from homes with CCTV security systems owing to the fear of being watched, recorded, and possibly caught.
- Recorded evidence
Suspects of a crime, such as a burglary, can be easily identified with the help of CCTV recordings with a higher chance of the perpetrators being caught, and High-Definition (HD) CCTV cameras are built specifically for this purpose.
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.
- 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
When integrated, in the event of the CCTV camera detecting any suspicious activity, the burglar alarm would be automatically triggered, scaring away the criminals.
WHY CHOOSE A PROFESSIONAL CCTV INSTALLATION SERVICE?
Home CCTV cameras are an important investment in keeping you, your family, and your home safe, and regardless of the type and model of CCTV system, having it professionally installed by a security company is a smart move.
You might be compelled to pull a DIY, but we strictly suggest against it. There are so many things an experienced security company, such as Calder Security, can guide and help you with.
- 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 by someone else. 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 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 right away to speak to our experts and make your home a secure place for yourself and your family.