CCTV, which stands for closed circuit television, is defined by the fact that it shows and records what is seen through the cameras directly connected to the system. A CCTV camera kit allows visual TV monitoring and recording of activities through a series of cameras at one’s home or business property. Security of person and property is the primary reason for the popularity of these CCTV kits.
Wired or wireless options are available and in very general terms includes one or more cameras, a recording device and a means of connecting the camera to the recorder, whether it be a digital video recorder or other system. The first consideration is to set up the cameras at strategic locations to send the live feed to a TV monitor and recording device such as a DVR or in older models, VHS. Records of anyone moving in view of the camera are recorded and can be used as evidence in the courts if necessary. Where the system incorporates a person or people actually watching the feed through TV monitors, immediate action can be taken from a safe location if there is criminal activity going on in view of the camera.
Before installing your security system, consider a basic blueprint for placement of your cameras, and a room for your monitor and recording equipment. Having a well thought out schematic for these important items will help you cover the property you wish to secure in the best way possible. CCTV camera kits should help you to feel safe, so be sure to get as many cameras as you need to cover the whole property including the driveway, front and back doors as well as long views of all sides of the house to record activity around low windows that are not easily visible.
Once you have purchased your CCTV kit, many systems are actually quite easy to install at your home or business. Most of the skills and techniques you will need are common to many popular tech devices. It should be fairly easy to understand for those who are familiar with computer, printers, digital cameras and the like. Each kit comes with handy instructions that you should of course follow; study the terms for each piece of equipment and get an idea of how it is assembled. Get familiar with the parts and be ready to use your handy power screwdriver.
That said, if you are not that familiar with this kind of equipment, hiring a professional security firm will be the best course of action. Some however will only install their own kit so you may have to turn to a tech savvy handyman to help out. The one key area where many of us might need some additional help will be with wired systems. Running cable throughout the home can be a risky and difficult task if you don’t know what you’re doing so again, it might be useful to turn to professional help for this element of the job.
Set up is much easier with a wireless CCTV camera kit. This means no drilling holes or need for hundreds of feet of wire running through your attic to connect your cameras to the monitors. Camera images are simply sent by a wireless system to the monitor. Just set up the cameras according to your blueprint, covering the driveway, doors and windows as you determine. The cameras can be hidden under the fascia or soffit boards as long as the view towards the area you want to cover is not blocked by anything such as bushes or tree limbs.
You may want to put cameras inside of the house pointing through a window towards a door or pathway. Wireless technology lets you experiment with camera placement without having to move wires or drill new holes. This is easily worth the slightly higher cost, although it is often offset by the cost of installing wiring with a wired system. You may temporarily set the cameras up in various places to see the image they send to the monitor and consider points of securing your property.
Motion detection cameras are a feature that allows activation only when movement is detected within the areas you want to secure. This would save recording space on the DVD or VHS by activating only when necessary. Additional functionality allows you to set up your computer with a software program to send an alarm, linked to the motion sensor, via SMS message to your cell phone when you are away from home.
There is also the option of adding dummy CCTV cameras to your system. Whilst is clearly will not provide any evidence or forewarning of a break-in, a dummy CCTV camera can have a strong deterrent effect on would be intruders.
Setting up your CCTV kit is need not be a long and complex project, especially with the wireless system option. It will give you the added peace of mind in knowing that you can monitor your property and surrounds in real time as well as record activities while you are away.
Further useful information on wired and wireless surveillance systems and alarms includes,
- Detailed information on alarm monitoring services and how to choose the best alarm monitoring company. This includes a look at some of the alarm monitoring software now available to enable wireless communication with your phone for example
- Features of Lorex Security Cameras, a leading brand of home surveillance camera.
- A guide to the best home alarm system.
- Further information and features of a motion activated security camera.