Whether at work or at home, safety is everything.
A CCTV security system can help provide peace of mind, no matter where you are. They can act as a deterrent for criminal activity and can help improve home and property insurance costs. You can also live stream or playback footage of your property in high definition and from any angle via your monitor, tablet or mobile app.
Most CCTV cameras are equipped with automatic night vision, motion detection, are IP67 water-resistant, and also allow for one-way or two-way audio communication. They can also keep a record of who comes in and out of your property and help you collect evidence in the unfortunate event of a crime. CCTV systems are also designed with longevity in mind, requiring little to no maintenance other than the occasional tune-up. With a CCTV security system, you will always feel in control.
There are several things you should consider before finding a CCTV security system that meets your needs:
- Size: The bigger your property, the more you’ll need. Larger areas will also require cameras with higher resolution and depth of field
- Number: You might decide on a couple of cameras inside or have 360° coverage throughout the property
- Inside or Outside: Indoor security cameras are weatherproof and are usually less expensive than outdoor cameras
- Monitoring: Some security systems might require a monthly fee and other upgrades for 24-hour monitoring.
You should also consider whether you need a CCTV security system or an Internet Protocol (IP) system.
CCTV systems are affordable and work independently from the Internet. Footage can be monitored locally or be stored on a Digital Video Recorder. But despite their large storage capacity and high resolution, a CCTV system may be prone to hacking when connected to the Internet.
Internet Protocol systems, meanwhile, are expandable and can be easily configured. Like many security systems, they include high definition recording and night vision. They connect directly to the Internet, broadcasting footage over a local network, which can be stored on the cloud or on an external storage drive. Even though IP systems are perfect for DIY installation, they can also be susceptible to hacking and power outages.
Other types of security systems include:
- Dummy Cameras:
Designed to look like a real camera in order to deter theft
- Hidden Cameras: Made to fit in small spaces like a smoke detector or a photo frame
- Bullet Cameras:
Commonly found in most stores and public spaces
- Dome Cameras:
Are mounted to the ceiling and offer a wide range of field
- Box Cameras: A standalone camera located outside the property that allows users to angle the lens without having to replace the entire camera.
It’s also important to think about whether to choose a wired or wireless CCTV system. A wired security system will need to be installed by a licensed CCTV technician, which can cost an estimated $60-$87.50 an hour, though this can change depending on how many cameras you need. However, a wired security system’s power is built directly into the system and is less likely to be hacked.
Installation costs for a wireless security system, meanwhile, can range between $50 for a single camera to more than $500 for a high-quality device or a multi-camera kit. At Vista Security Solutions, we offer CCTV kits from as low as $1099 for a basic two-camera pack to 4K IP systems valued at $4490.
With no direct power source, a wireless camera requires little effort to install and almost always offer remote access. However, because of this, the system must be installed within range of your home or office’s wi-fi in order to work. Wireless cameras can also have lower resolution compared to a wired security system and may be subject to hacking and signal interference.
Since 1990, Vista Security Solutions has helped thousands of customers find the CCTV security system that’s right for them. With our certified experts, we can help you choose from a range of products, including CCTV security packages of two, four or eight cameras, all of which come with three years parts and labour warranty. All CCTV systems can be installed within 4 hours or a maximum of 2 days (depending on the size of your property and the number of cameras being installed). As one of Melbourne’s most trusted names in security, we pride ourselves on delivering only the best.
Make sure that your home or business is never at risk. Contact Vista Security Solutions today for an obligation-free assessment.