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In years gone by, homeowners didn’t even give security measures such as CCTV a second thought because they were under the impression that ‘it wasn’t necessary.’ However, escalating crime rates have made additional measures such as these an essential part of a home’s security and monitoring system.
When the topic of Cardiff County home CCTV surveillance systems used to arise, it was also normally associated with tiny black and white screens and one or two cameras placed in a few locations around a home that would provide the property owner with a few fuzzy images on what was happening when they weren’t around. However, these camera and video recordings would not have been clear enough to help identify an intruder – which is why most property owners never bothered with them.
Fast-forward on a few years (no pun intended) and the quality of these systems have improved substantially. In fact, even a few of the entry-level cameras are now able to provide virtually crystal clear images that can be saved to a DVR and viewed at a later date if required.
Gone are the days where home CCTV cameras were only able to record images that were directly in front of their lenses. The PTZ (Pan Tilt Zoom) range of cameras there are available these days have the ability to not only record what is in front of them; these units have the ability to move around up to 360° (depending on the model of camera chosen) and zoom into areas where any form of motion or activity has been detected.
Another factor that will affect the cost of a CCTV installation is whether you want to install a standard wired system or wireless units.
Standard wired CCTV installations in Cardiff County will normally be cheaper to purchase than a wireless system. However, labour costs to install them will be significantly higher than for wireless options because cables are needed between each unit, and in some cases, from each unit back to the DVR as well. In cases where IP systems are installed, these units are wired back to a dedicated network switch.
Although most homeowners think that a wireless system will be entirely wireless, this is not the case. While the camera units themselves are entirely wireless, some wiring will still be required for the DVR unit and the monitors or screens where activity will be viewed.
While the labour costs will be significantly lower when performing a wireless CCTV installation, keep in mind that the cost of each camera will normally be significantly higher than that of the regular camera units.
Although saving money may not be your first priority when having CCTV installation performed, you may find that your insurance company will be willing to discount your monthly or annual premiums for having this done – especially if footage is able to be recorded or saved on a DVR unit.
A qualified and experienced CCTV installer is able to place these units in such a way that the blind spots around your home will be able to be monitored from indoors. This means that if you hear unusual noises on your property at night, you will not have to set foot outside, only to be confronted by a potential intruder. Some of the CCTV cameras have infrared vision capabilities as well, meaning that you will be able to monitor who is at your door during the day or night if someone comes knocking.
Having an indoor and outdoor surveillance system like CCTV need not only be used as a preventative system in and around your home; it can help monitor areas around your property as well. In the event of another incident occurring in the vicinity of your system, you can supply any recorded footage to the relevant authorities so that they can use it to help identify the culprits involved.
After you have had a CCTV network installed, it will act as a tremendous deterrent to criminal elements, especially where premeditated crimes are concerned. This means that your home will be far less likely to be targeted by intruders than those where no form of security system has been made visible to the public.
When searching for "CCTV installation Cardiff County near me", too many homeowners try to choose the cheapest options possible. This often results in poor quality cameras being supplied and substandard levels of workmanship being performed by non-qualified or experienced people.
We have several qualified and experienced installers on hand who will not only be able to supply a high quality level of service and up to date products; they have also been carefully pre-screened to ensure that they adhere to all currently required industry standards. This will ensure that you are able to enjoy a hassle-free installation as well as after sales service if or when required.
Where possible... aim for the highest possible recording resolution in order to get a clearer recorded picture. 1080p is classed a full-HD and could be the difference between identifying someone up to no good!
If you're using a closed circuit camera in areas that have uneven lighting, then a wide dynamic range will help you achieve a clearer picture. This can be particularly useful for outdoor cameras.
Motion sensors are found in many models to alert you to any movement within camera range. Additionally door sensors and window sensors can detect any opening and closing, then linked to your security setup.
Night vision is used when fitting outdoor cameras on your home. Infrared lights can illuminate potential intruders and unwanted guests without them even knowing, and can provide crucial detail (though not colour).
Many home setups can now be monitored from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet. Instant notifications are also a useful way to alert you to any potential problems. You can even check up on your pets!
You may want to install a complete home alarm security solution consisting of external alarms, movement sensors and home CCTV cameras. You might even want to introduce cameras to your home automation setup.
There's no escaping the popularity of DIY home system installations, and there are many on the market. The most popular as of October 2020 are listed below. You may choose to install these yourself, or for a more professional setup we suggest chatting to the security experts on our network who may offer a better solution for safeguarding your home. It's worth noting that these are less likely to offer the same level of security as a professional setup.
100 decibel siren controlled via the app, rechargeable internal batteries (so no need to replace) and seamless pairing with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for voice control makes this offering from Swann a popular option for many.
Clear 1080p footage, 2-way communication via an internal microphone, manual and automatic siren activation and instant mobile alerts via the Ring app result in this video camera being a popular choice for Welsh residents.
Weatherproof (outdoor model), built in speakers and microphone to enable 2-way communication and personal alerts from the Google Home Nest mobile app are just a few of the reasons why the Nest Cam Security Camera is so popular.
Rechargeable internal battery (so no swapping batteries), 100 decibel siren (activated by motion or the app) and the ability to pair with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for hands-free voice control makes this a popular choice.
Another home device that is relatively new to the market are doorbell cameras. Increasingly popular with Cardiff County residents they can offer additional peace of mind and increased security.
Though there are a few models available on the market, the most popular at the moment seems to be the Ring Video Doorbell.
The device works with Alexa devices to enable real-time video and lets you see, hear and converse with visitors to your door. It also comes with movement activation sensors and can even work in low light due to infra-red sensors. If you're interested in this additional layer of security, then chat to a professional on our network.
As with installing any other form of home security system, the price of a CCTV system will depend on the type and quality of cameras you select, the DVR that is being installed and the distance that cable will need to be run for before a suitable power point is located.
If you would like to obtain further information or quotes from pre-screened CCTV installation companies, all you need to do is complete our quick and easy contact form. Once your information has been received, you will be contacted by up to four different qualified, pre-screened and experienced installers, all of who will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have at any time.
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