Security Cameras

Get the big picture on security cameras

Security cameras are the basis of almost every good security system. They see the things you just cannot and give you solid assurance that if anything happens, you’re covered. 

As part of the security consultation we provide we rely on CCTV cameras a lot. But there’s a little bit to understand before choosing your security system.

What is a security camera?

There’s a lot of terminology floating around in the world of security. It gets a little confusing for those stepping into it for the first time. 

The term security camera covers the use of CCTV cameras to prohibit or capture criminal behaviour, and convey that footage or data to a hub computer for viewing and recording. The terms security camera and CCTV are interchangeably used now.  Whether it’s IP CCTV or wired CCTV, they are all providing the same security service.

The other term often used is surveillance camera. This has a subtle difference in meaning - surveillance cameras are used to identify and record the behaviour of certain individuals, rather than overall security. 

At CCTV Solutions we’re CCTV experts advising you on how to integrate security cameras, CCTV technology, and other security tools into your workplace or home for maximum effect. 

How do security cameras work?

A CCTV security system is a network of cameras that capture video and send them to a recorder (generally a DVR), either via wifi or cable wiring where the videos can then be viewed.  

Surveillance cameras transmit video as well as audio back to a DVR where these signals can be viewed and recorded by security staff. 

These recordings allow you to review unpleasant behaviours happening on your premises, whether it’s criminal activity, customer activity or staff.

Which security camera is best?

There is no one answer to that question - we advise on a range of different brands we believe do the job best. Which brand and security system will depend on your site, staffing, the outcome you’re wanting to achieve, and of course budget. 

key brands we recommend

Security cameras for home

CCTV home security cameras are becoming increasingly popular and there are many DIY models on the market. But while they may act as a deterrent, their quality and setup leave a lot to be desired. 

Our CCTV systems are specialist models, designed for commercial purposes and adapted for home use, to give you the higher level of security you’re looking for.

Security cameras for business

There are a lot of CCTV security systems on the market, and some amazing new technologies that can change the way you do business. But which is going to do the best job for you and your team? 

We need to talk through what you’re wanting to achieve from your commercial CCTV system before we can help you make a decision and show you the possibilities.

Night vision security cameras

Under the shroud of darkness is a pretty obvious time for underhand activity to occur. So do you still have CCTV protection when you need it most?

Video surveillance systems with night vision almost come as standard. Though the level of night vision video quality does vary.

We can recommend which CCTV camera is best for night vision based on your home or business space - lighting, blindspots, traffic footfall and high risk zones are all taken into consideration.

frequently asked questions

Do security cameras deter thieves?

Studies of convicted burglars show that for both home thieves and car thieves, the biggest deterrent was CCTV cameras. Based on evidence from multiple studies, they estimated that for every 100 crimes, 16 were prevented with CCTV. Whether CCTV security cameras are a deterrent to crime or not, they certainly record evidence of criminal activity which can then be used in arrest and prosecution.

How long does footage stay on a security camera?

Most security camera footage is stored for 30 to 90 days. Banks keep security camera footage for up to six months to comply with industry regulatory requirements.

Is PoE CCTV better?

Power over Ethernet (PoE) CCTV cameras are a wired CCTV source, rather than transmitting data via Wifi. Technically they do provide better clarity of CCTV video because they’re not reliant on internet speed. But they do have limitations - wired internet can only go where you can wire it to - CCTV wifi cameras can be placed anywhere on the grounds of the property within coverage of the wifi network.

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