While most people know about CCTV (closed-circuit television) that’s used for security in businesses, a lot are not aware that you can actually get home CCTV kits. This will allow you and trusted people to view video surveillance of your home. It’s simple to purchase and install digital cameras that are set up on a network so you can build your own CCTV system, but there are some companies that make kits which will make this process even easier for you. Some insurance companies may even give a discount on your premium if you have this sort of system installed in your home as it’s a great way to defer theft and monitor problems. There are a number of things to consider before purchasing home CCTV kits.
Know Your Budget
As with any purchase, it’s important to sit down and draw up a budget that you’re comfortable with before buying any equipment. Purchasing more than one camera will automatically increase the price that you’re paying, but if you need multiple cameras it’s best to look into a kit. This is a great way to get all of the equipment you need at a fraction of the cost of buying everything individually.
You can get a CCTV kit that has just the basic features, but if you’re looking for something with night vision or a higher resolution then you will need to narrow your search. These features won’t come standard on every camera that’s available, but may be important to you. If they are, begin your search with them as criteria, and be aware that every special feature will impact your budget’s bottom line. Another consideration is how far your camera will be able to see. Larger homes or ones with a lot of property to monitor will need cameras that can see farther than will smaller ones.
Storage and Connectivity
When you buy a home CCTV kit you won’t have to worry so much about getting storage for your video, as some sort of storage will be provided in the kit. There are multiple options for this, and they depend mostly on your personal preference. Video can be stored in a cloud or on SD, NVR, or DVR storage. Your preference will influence which kit you buy. If the kit you buy is wired your connectivity and setup will be a lot different than one that is wireless. If you think you will be moving your cameras around your house regularly then wireless is the better option, but with that convenience does come the ability for people to hack into them if wanted since they are not as secure as wired CCTV kits.
There are a lot of considerations before you go and buy a CCTV kit for your home, but this is one investment that is worth the legwork. Once you know exactly what you want you should easily be able to find a kit that meets your needs. Then it’s the simple matter of setting it up and watching what goes on around your home.