Things to Consider when choosing a CCTV Home Security System
- Find out how home CCTV systems could help to protect your home from the threat of crime
- Get the lowdown on how home CCTV systems work, from the different types of cameras to storing images
- Privacy issues you’ll need to consider with outdoor CCTV systems
Home Security CCTV Systems
CCTV has been a common fixture in shops, pubs, car parks and other public places for years. Now, thanks to easier installation and falling prices, it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for security-conscious homeowners.
CCTV & Privacy Laws
If you’re thinking of getting a home CCTV system for the outside of your property, you must comply with privacy laws. This means making sure that your cameras aren’t pointed at public space or other people’s houses or gardens.
It’s a good idea to discuss any CCTV plans with your neighbours first.
CCTV is just one line of defence against crime, and works best when combined with other measures, such as door and window locks, keeping trees and foliage cut back, security lights and a burglar alarm. Most insurance companies currently offer a discount to customers with a home CCTV system.
Outdoor home CCTV cameras
If you’re using CCTV cameras outside, make sure they’re weatherproof – an IP (International Protection) rating of 66 is recommended. Wireless cameras are available, but you’ll still have to run a cable to a power source. Position cameras where they can’t be tampered with but can be accessed for maintenance and cleaning.
Some home CCTV systems let you check images over the internet using a PC or smart phone. Other options include email or text notifications when cameras are activated.
Home CCTV cameras with motion detection
Some CCTV cameras have a sensor that turns them on when they detect movement. This can be handy if you want to reduce the amount of footage you’re storing.
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