A closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera is designed to provide a high level of security and protection for a home, business, or property. For the best results, you need to take into consideration the area you want to monitor, as well as how visible or invisible you want the entire system to be to prospective intruders. While CCTV is generally used outdoors for residential properties, you can increase safety by using one indoors too, most often for commercial buildings in this case. Noting your specific needs is the first step to finding the right indoor or outdoor security camera system to work for you.
One option is a multiple camera system and there are some great 4 camera CCTV kit packages available at a good price and which allows you to cover in most cases all approaches to a property. Equally, used indoors, it is a good option if you wish to monitor a number of different areas simultaneously. Top of the line models include an audio receiver. This feature allows you to hear whatever is occurring, as well as to see it. Almost all models also include a recording feature, normally now a digital video recorder. If you are concerned about possible illegal activity in your home or business, this will provide the additional benefit of having proof of the activity in case you have to contact the police.
A negative aspect of any system but especially multiple camera models is how it can affect individuals who have a legitimate purpose in a business, home, or on the property. If everyone is aware of its existence, it can feel like an invasion of privacy; family members, guests, employees, or other people know their every movement is being monitored. For this reason, if this is the style you are considering, you might want to consider choosing an unobtrusive camera system, and place them where they will not be noticed. This way, you will have the benefits of a sound security system without affecting people in their everyday lives. Of course though, one benefit of camera surveillance is the deterrent effect they bring, so you will need to weight up the pros and cons based on your personal preferences and requirements.
A colour CCTV camera kit can be purchased with individual or multiple cameras. With many different brands and models to choose from, being able to view activity in colour is an added bonus and will tend to help in the identification process of a criminal. These kits are available in indoor and outdoor models.
Models also come with night vision capabilities, although an image taken in darkness will not be in colour. The benefits of having 24 hours rather than only daytime monitoring of immediately obvious but might not be relevant for some.
As a variation on a the theme, a wireless CCTV camera kit is another option to consider and very easy to install. It can usually provide effective transmission up to one hundred fifty feet. Some models can work up to two hundred feet. Operating a wireless model is quite simple. When you have chosen the location you need to monitor, the camera provides the appropriate surveillance, while the receiver brings the images and sound directly to your own television set. If you do not wish to use your television for this purpose, you can select a model that works equally well with a computer instead.
Another option you might want to look at, especially if an unobtrusive system is important to you is choosing a compact-sized mini camera.
Before you reach your final decision, you should check the specifics of the CCTV camera kit. For example, some systems are weatherproof, while others are not. Weatherproof cameras are obviously a must for outdoor use, while this feature is not necessary if you are planning to use a camera indoors. Another good option is a vandal resistant camera. If the business or property is located in a high-crime area, this style is an excellent choice.
A factor most CCTV camera kits have in common is they are relatively easy to install, even the wired variant. You do not have to be an expert, or hire a professional, to have your new system in working order in a short period of time. Simply note everything that is included in your package, and follow the instructions for installation. The key elements will be fixing the camera/s in place and finding a suitable spot for your monitoring equipment. You are pretty much ready to go if you’ve chosen a wireless system. If not, you will need to hard wire a connection from camera to recorder. If this final element proves a bit tricky, you might want to consider hiring a professional for this part.
Your house, property, or place of business can be safer than ever before. It could very well be the most important investment you have ever made. There is no substitute for the peace of mind you will have when your CCTV camera kit up and running and playing an active role in keeping your home or business environment safe and secure.