If you are considering beefing up your home security, you may be considering installing a CCTV system. CCTV allows you to both actively monitor who is at the door of your property and passively record images and video which may be useful to the police if someone does attempt to break into your property. Below is a guide to CCTV.
Standard and remote monitoring
Before you begin installation of CCTV, you should decide how you wish to monitor the system. You may wish to only actively monitor the system from a TV within your home or you may decide that you wish to be able to monitor it from a remote location. Your choice will impact the type of system used and how it is installed.
A standard CCTV system is connected to a digital video recorder (DVR) which can store digital recordings of any events that the CCTV captures. If you wish to monitor your CCTV from a remote location, you will have to install an internet-enabled DVR.
Camera types and location
Once you have decided how you wish to monitor the images from your CCTV security system, you should decide on the number and location of cameras you wish to use. An electrician from a security company will be able to wire in traditional CCTV cameras around your home. If you wish to install wireless cameras, you should be aware that it will still need to be located near an electrical point so it can be periodically charged.
To decide the location of the cameras, you should study a plan of your property. You should consider the likely approach routes of any intruders and make note of rooms which contain valuable items such as jewellery and expensive electrical goods as these are good locations for CCTV cameras. It is also important that once the cameras are installed you check for any blind spots in which an intruder could hide. If you are installing a wireless camera outside, you should ensure it cannot be easily reached as an intruder could simply remove it from the wall so they are not filmed.
Installation of a CCTV system
You should have your CCTV system and cameras installed by a professional electrician from a security company. They will be able to ensure that the system is properly configured and will also be able to return and carry out routine maintenance on your CCTV cameras.