How do I choose a CCTV Camera?
The fight against crime is unfortunately a threat to our way of life. The UK home office regularly carry out a survey called (Commercial Victimisation Survey), the survey was put in place to monitor crime trends and to identify areas of improvements. In addition to improvements made by the home office, for additional peace of mind business owners can install CCTV Cameras to improve security on the premises. So, How do I choose a CCTV Camera?
(Due to the pandemic the most recent survey shows results from 2015 – 2018)
As you can see, the diagram shows some areas are more affected than others however, the information should make you acknowledge the need for additional security to protect your business. In this article we will discuss CCTV Cameras.
What is CCTV?
CCTV (closed-circuit television), also known as video surveillance. The video cameras are used to transmit video signal to a specific place on a limited set of monitors. CCTV’s can be used to monitor activity at home or business. Prior to the advancement of technology, the footage was recorded to VHS. New digital technology allows you to store the video footage on a hard drive or cloud storage. In addition, the new technology allows you to link the CCTV footage to your mobile phone or laptop. This feature has been extremely beneficial to consumers, allowing property owners to check up on their property while away.
Types of CCTV
There are several CCTV’s available, each CCTV camera is design for a specific requirement. For example, Infrared/night vision cameras have the ability to capture footage in complete darkness. This type of camera may be useful to banks, farms, and manufacturing plants. Although there are a lot of options in terms of which camera to choose, they all work on similar systems. IP Cameras, Wired system, and Wireless system.
Other types of CCTV Cameras
- Bullet CCTV camera
- Dome CCTV camera
- C-Mount CCTV camera
- PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) CCTV camera
- Day/Night CCTV camera
- Network/IP CCTV camera
- Wireless CCTV camera
- HD (High Definition) CCTV camera
CCTV Camera Systems
Wired Systems: Commonly found in large premises such as warehouses, shopping centres and stadiums. The wired system runs off a mains power supply, this CCTV system will connect a camera directly to a recorder, the recorder is then connected to a router which transmits the video signal to its required destination. Furthermore, the signals can be transmitted internally and externally.
Wireless Systems: A Wireless system is often used in homes or small businesses. As the name suggests all connections are wireless. The cameras transmit video signals over radio bands to a receiver with an inbuilt hard drive, additionally, sine receivers will upload directly to the cloud. Monitors connected to the receiver can display live feeds.
IP Cameras: IP stands for Internet protocol. IP cameras are designed similar to a standard webcam. The camera receives and transmits video data over a network or the internet, in some cases it’ll use both. The difference between a webcam & IP camera is an IP camera operates as a standalone device with a unique IP address. Lastly, its important to realise that both these cameras can be used on a wired system or a wireless system.
As demonstrated above, the list of available options can be quite daunting for a new consumer. However, the headache of making that decision is worth it for the sake of protecting your business or family. To maximise your safety, you can look into other forms of security such as access control and intruder alarms. Combined with CCTV you will decrease the likelihood of theft. Below is a list of questions to consider before deciding on which CCTV Camera to purchase.
- How clear must the footage be?
- Is the area to be monitored small or large?
- Camera placement (Indoor or Outdoor)?
- Do you want it to be visible or discreet?
- Do you want the camera to be fixed or 360 view?