How much does it cost to install CCTV?
A new CCTV Camera System is a great way to keep you and your family and your home well protected – and it doesn’t cost nearly as much as you might think!
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CCTV Camera System Cost Summary:
a) Price Range – £30 to £60 per camera / £592 to £1,826 installation
Benefits of Different CCTV Camera Systems
- Outdoor Cameras – these must be weatherproof and robust enough to last outside. There are also vandal resistant cameras available, if you believe them to be necessary for your property. Other things to consider are protection from sunlight and careful placement to ensure that the cameras aren’t damaged or tampered with and are also accessible for maintenance and cleaning.
- Indoor Cameras – you can choose between a hard wired or wireless indoor cameras, as well as ‘powerline’ cameras which plug straight into the sockets, transmitting images to a storage device. Popular types of indoor CCTV include dome and covert cameras which are discreetly hidden in typical home appliances such as clock radios. The date and time should also be visible on all indoor footage.
- Storage Units – a means to store CCTV footage is obviously essential to monitor anything unusual and provide evidence for your home security. You can use either personal computer hard drive storage or standalone DVR or digital video recorder storage – both are useful. If, however, there is limited space, files would need to be updated regularly to make sure new footage can be stored. An example of a type of technology you could use to cut down unnecessary footage is motion sensors on cameras, which only record when the sensor is activated. It is also wise to make sure your footage can be used in various widely used video formats, in the case where evidence is being summoned.
- Night (Infra-Red) Cameras – night footage, especially outdoors is best recorded in monochrome, which most colour cameras still have the function to do and may automatically switch to when light conditions are not so good. Infra red however is another way to enhance viewing quality in low light, but be wary as poor IR cameras may not produce good enough quality footage.
Cost of Installing CCTV Cameras
To help give you an idea of the different kinds of CCTV camera systems the UK market has to offer and the different cost of CCTV installation, we’ve outlined some of the most popular camera makes and models, detailing all their major features and how much they might set you back:
- For small residential properties – from £592.00
- For large residential properties – from £1,340.00
- For small commercial properties – from £911.00
- For large commercial properties – from £1,826.00
These CCTV installation prices are just estimates based on a single online source; for more accurate and comprehensive information about other home CCTV systems, you should get in touch with a number of different cctv companies and compare a whole host of quotes and prices between the models that suit you.Your final CCTV installation cost will nevertheless depend on a number of different factors, including the number of cameras you want installed, the quality of the models available and how you can best tailor your new system to your home’s security needs. It might be tempting to go for the cheapest option (and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t shop around for a good deal), but you should also think carefully about what you’re buying – after all, you can’t put a price on the protection and safety of your home!
*All prices rounded to the nearest pound for clarity; prices don’t include installation fees. Accurate as of March 2013.