The cost of installing a CCTV system depends on a number of factors, such as the number of cameras being fitted and how advanced you want the system to be. There are several different CCTV systems you can choose from, all of which are suited to specific jobs and come with their own unique benefits and features. Before you purchase a CCTV system for your home or your business, consider these important factors that will determine the installation cost of your surveillance security system.
What features will your security cameras need to have?
CCTV installation costs are, like most technologies, influenced by the quality of the product and the selected features. We offer a few different types of CCTV cameras, all of which are tailored towards different needs and locations.
We offer both internal and external CCTV recording systems, both of which can record high-quality colour footage. Generally, black and white cameras are cheaper we don’t sell black & white only cameras), as they are easier to produce than colour cameras. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean they offer a lower definition image.
Our cameras also include day-to-night infrared technology, making them perfect for external use after dark, or for poorly-lit rooms. The infrared light spectrum is invisible to the naked eye, but can be picked up by the camera to provide some light, which can make your CCTV system more expensive, but it is undeniably worth the increased price to ensure adequate coverage in low light situations.
In some cases, it can be more beneficial to opt for a separate, higher quality camera specifically for night/day time use. Cameras with a higher-quality video resolution will give a clearer image, but will obviously cost more than lower resolutions ones.
Where will you be installing your cameras?
The resolution you choose should depend on where you want to install your camera and what you will be recording. For example, installing a CCTV camera in a long hallway in an office building will likely need a higher resolution, which will allow you to zoom in on specific areas if required. Ideally, you should be looking at a resolution of 1080p or higher to produce the clearest images.
Of course, a higher resolution usually equates to a higher price. However, a CCTV security system that will cover just a specific nearby area, such as above the front door to a building, can work with lower resolution cameras which can ultimately reduce the overall cost.
Privacy is another factor that comes into consideration. Many standard cameras can be spotted easily. If you want a more discreet CCTV system, you should consider opting for a covert camera (which means that the camera will be hidden out of site and it won’t be visible which way the cameras lens is facing), which could increase the total price. It is more difficult to see where a dome style camera is pointing, but this hidden level of surveillance sometimes increases the price in comparison to a standard CCTV camera.
External cameras are usually more expensive than internal cameras, due to the cost of ensuring that the hardware is weatherproof. In order to keep your costs low, consider what parts of your building will need CCTV and whether you can keep the cameras inside rather than outside. Hiring an accredited and reliable security company like Bridger to schedule a free security onsite survey of the premises should always be the first step as it’s never advised to undertake any DIY solutions.
How long will you need to keep CCTV footage?
How long you decide to store CCTV footage can affect how expensive the system is, as can the location of the stored footage. Unless you specifically choose to, cameras no longer record straight onto tapes or DVDs. Instead, they store information on a server or a hard drive for increased convenience and faster access to data. The length of time you opt to keep your recordings will influence the cost of storing the data. For example, storing a week’s worth of footage at a time will cost less than storing a month’s worth, so you should only keep your recordings for as long as you need to.
Once the storage device is full, the oldest footage is automatically erased, allowing for the new footage to be recorded and ensuring that you won’t use up more space than you’re paying for. If you want to install a home CCTV system, you may find that you only need to keep the footage for a week before it is deleted, which can reduce your costs. However, businesses may need to go back further than a week when it comes to reviewing security, which will unavoidably cost more.
In order to stick to your budget, you will need to carefully think about your specific security needs and the required features of your CCTV security system. Such decisions though are not to be taken lightly. Enlisting the services of an accredited security company is necessary to avoid compromising the security of your property. Bridger offers a free, no obligations onsite survey during which one of our highly-trained security engineers will audit the premises and suggest a plan of action that is tailored to your needs.