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Home CCTV systems

Here you will discover:-
  • How a CCTV system can help protect your home from the threat of crime.
  • How home CCTV systems work, from the different types of cameras to storing images.
  • Privacy issues you’ll need to consider when installing CCTV camera’s outside your home.
  • Where you can go to get FREE help and advice on the best system for your needs.
Security Cameras have been a common fixture in shops, pubs, car parks and other public places for years. Now, thanks to easier installation and falling prices, it’s becoming an increasingly popular choice for security-conscious home owners. Sales of home CCTV equipment has jumped by 70% in some areas of the UK.

Home CCTV Home CCTV systems are becoming increasingly popular

A recent survey of 2,071 'Which? on-line panel members' recorded that 82% of current or potential CCTV owners said that they use it or would use it to monitor the outside of their property, while 50% use it or would use it inside the house.

CCTV and privacy

If you're thinking of getting a home CCTV system for the outside of your property, you must comply with privacy laws. This means making sure that your cameras are not pointed at public spaces or other people's houses or gardens. If you require any clarification on the privacy laws do not hesitate to take advantage of our FREE advisory service on 0800 2942169. Our 'friendly' security experts are waiting to help with your enquiries.


For clarification on the privacy laws use our FREE advisory service


CCTV is just one line of defence against crime, and works best when combined with other measures, such as door and window locks, keeping trees and foliage cut back, security lights and a burglar alarm.
Home CCTV CCTV works best when combined with security lights.

How does a home CCTV system work?

Wireless home CCTV systems

Images can be transmitted using analogue or digital technology. Wireless systems can suffer from interference from devices such as PC Routers, cordless phones and microwaves, and can be blocked by heavy masonry or metal objects.

Outdoor home CCTV cameras

If you’re using CCTV camera’s outside your home, make sure they are weatherproof – an IP (International Protection) rating of 66 is recommended. Wireless cameras are available, but you’ll still have to run a cable to a power source. Position camera’s where they can not be tampered with but can be accessed for maintenance and cleaning.

Indoor home CCTV cameras

Indoor CCTV camera’s come in three types: wired, wireless and powerline networked (these plug into your electrical sockets and transmit images to a storage device). Wireless camera’s are not recommended inside the home unless the signal can be encrypted, as anyone within range and using a suitable receiver would be able to view the images.

Storing CCTV images

Home CCTV Most home systems use a PC hard drive or standalone digital video recorder (DVR). The main advantage of PC-connected systems is that they often come with software to view the images. Some DVR-based systems have this facility. Make sure that your system allows you to store images in a widely used format, such as Mpeg – otherwise there may be problems if images need to be downloaded and viewed on other systems, such as those used by the police. Some CCTV systems allow you to check images over the internet.

Remote access

Some home CCTV systems let you check images over the internet using a PC or smart phone. Other options include email or text notifications when camera’s are activated.

Night vision

Monochrome (black and white) CCTV cameras tend to be the most effective in low light, particularly when used with integral infra-red illumination – a feature found on some camera’s. It is possible to use CCTV camera’s that will film in colour during the day and switch to monochrome when it gets dark.

Home CCTV camera’s with motion detection

Some CCTV camera’s have a sensor that turns them on when they detect movement. This can be handy if you want to reduce the amount of footage you’re storing.

CCTV footage resolution

High-quality images are needed if CCTV footage is to be used as evidence in court. However, for the best detail a high resolution is required, and this can take up a lot of storage space. The minimum recommended resolution is 352x288 pixels. Also ensure that the date and time used to ‘tag’ images is set accurately.

Conclusion

Everybody’s home is different. Yes you can buy 'off the shelf' CCTV systems that are specifically designed for home use. But if you are not sure then you can always call our FREE advisory service on 0800 2941269 and one of our security experts will guide you to the best home system for your specific purpose, it won’t cost you anymore but you will get a system that’s going to do the job.

Information

Did you know that home CCTV systems can be used with your existing Television? And can be multi roomed? Or you can have it with its own monitor. The cameras are not too big and ugly but still have a deterrent affect.

Here at Crimewatch Security Limited we can pre-build a home CCTV system for you and program the basic settings into your DVR. The systems come as kits that can easily be installed by you or you can take advantage of our professional installation service for a nominal charge.

The cabling we use is 'unique' and is a small diameter cable that is easy to get from inside to outside your home without drilling massive holes like you would have to with standard CCTV cabling.


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