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How much do CCTV systems cost?

So many systems & such varied costs - how does one choose?

You could spend £30 or £1,000 on a single camera. A DIY CCTV kit could cost you as little as £100 while a professional will charge more. Needless to say, you get what you pay for.

What to do next? 

We have a UK-wide network of reputable CCTV installers. Contact us and we will arrange to put you in touch with a number of them.


Top 10 things to know before installing CCTV

Make sure that you're informed before you get a CCTV system. Ask your installer if the system they quoted for you covers the points below. If not, ask for a different system.

All CCTV systems are not created equal: CCTV systems vary greatly in terms of ease of use, reliability, capabilities, budgets and maintenance costs. Choose the one that is most appropriate for your needs. Taking time to consider your requirements and perhaps spending a little more may make the difference between having the evidence for an incident and looking at a blank screen. 


NVR/DVR: An NVR/DVR records and holds your camera footage. However, NVR/DVR technology is archaic and is not too dissimilar from a VCR. It takes a long time to find footage. You have to rewind/fast forwarding for hours to review and/or to find an incident.  Security and reliability are also significant issues  with traditional NVRs/DVRs.


Footage Backup: NVRs/DVRs store footage from your cameras on the hard drive built into them. Burglars often take the NVR/DVR with them, or damage the hard drive to destroy the evidence. Sometimes hard drives fail on their own. It is advisable to get a system that lets you back up your footage in a remote cloud location. While this does have certain cost implications, there are some budget friendly options. 


Maintenance Fees: When something goes wrong with your CCTV system, you may need to call an engineer to fix it. Call out fees tend to cost £150-£250. Get a system that gives the engineer the ability to troubleshoot remotely so that he doesn't need to charge you a full call out fee. Also, consider a maintenance contract that includes site visits. 


Easy Updates: Most CCTV system you buy today will be outdated a year from now. This could compromise your security and force you to purchase a new system earlier than you expected. A prime example of this is hacking. Hackers constantly devise new ways to access information, so your system can become vulnerable very quickly. Choose a system that is either easily updatable or better yet, updates itself. 


Cameras: High crime/vandalism area? Get a vandal proof camera. Need to see what happens at night? Choose an IR camera. Large area? Go for wide angle. Monitoring a door or a cash register? A 60 degree angle will do. Consider your budget, indoor/outdoor, existing cameras, etc. A cameras' security is equally important. Are they susceptible to hackers? Ask your installer!


Security: Stories about CCTV hacking and abuse have emerged in recent years. Intruders hack into cameras via the internet or local network access. Foreign entities get ahold of IDs/passwords of authorised systems users. Authorised users misuse their system access privileges. Most often, no one knows about. Get a system that detects these things.  


System Reliability: Most don't look at CCTV footage until something happens. Too often, footage isn't there because something was wrong with their CCTV system. A camera stopped working, someone unplugged the NVR/DVR, something went offline. No one knows about these things until it's too late. Make sure you choose a self monitoring system with error notifications. 


User Access: If you're installing in a commercial setting, you'll want to limit who sees which footage. For example, for a chain of stores, a local manager will only see his local store; regional manager will see some, or possibly all of the stores. A local employee will see a few of the local cameras. Choose a system that lets you limit/monitor what each user sees. 


Legal requirements: Are your cameras recording the public? System usage compliant with regulations? What about "grey areas" like sound recording? Professional security installers advise on local legal requirements, recommend appropriate actions, systems and camera positioning. Government authorities can impose hefty fines for violations and it is well worth the extra expense to seek professional advice.  


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