5 things you should know about CCTV for your home
If you’re choosing to invest in CCTV for your property, you’ll inevitably find yourself faced with a bewildering range of options. To help you choose a security system that perfectly fulfils your needs, Kai Stok, founder of Stok K9 Security Services, shares his expertise below.
1. Are my cameras connected to security personnel?
Cameras are powerful deterrents, but an effective security strategy shouldn’t just be about this. The purpose of your cameras is to capture anything of concern so it can be dealt with immediately – not after the event. For your CCTV cameras to do their job, they should be monitored by security personnel.
If you invest in the services of security providers, your cameras can be monitored by trained professionals. Then, if anything of concern is detected by your cameras, the professionals can respond in real-time. They will notify you, contact the emergency services or dispatch a response team immediately. Recording incidents is helpful, but it is managing these events that is invaluable.
2. Will my cameras be static?
When selecting CCTV cameras, ask if they are adjustable. If your cameras are static, they could miss something important happening just out of shot, making them pointless. Instead, consider cameras that can automatically zoom and realign to focus on detected movements. That way, nothing will go amiss!
3. Will my footage be good-enough quality?
You’re investing in CCTV to record footage which will protect you and your home. As such, settling for grainy, poor-quality recordings misses the point. If you’ve found a camera that you think fulfils your needs, ask to see example recordings to judge their quality. Detail is crucial, so make sure you’re able to see faces clearly. And ensure that the camera’s structure will stand up to harsh weather. After all, rain is inevitable in the UK!
4. How many cameras do I need?
Your cameras should cover your home’s entrances and exits, plus any other points of interest. For example, if you’re road-facing it’s helpful to have a camera focused in this direction. If you have areas such as an annex or garage filled with expensive equipment, ensure these areas are covered too.
5. Are there different designs available?
CCTV cameras come in different shapes and colours, but prioritise efficiency. Speak with the provider to make sure that an attractive design doesn’t mean you compromise on the camera’s quality or longevity. Ultimately, every CCTV camera is small and unintrusive so no design should ruin the look of your home.
Protecting your property is a priority that you can’t afford to overlook and CCTV should lie at the core of your efforts. Take time to do your research and make sure that your technology is efficient and high quality. And, if you’re uncertain, speak with an expert! We’re here to help.
About Stok K9 Security Services: Stok K9 Security Services provide tailored security solutions to help protect businesses, homes and properties.
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