PROTECT YOUR HOME
An individual has the right to protect their property, the best way being CCTV. However, the Surveillance Camera Commissioner recommends that users of CCTV systems should operate them in a responsible way to respect the privacy of others. Full Domestic CCTV guidance can be found on the gov.uk website.
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CCTV FOR YOUR HOME
There are a wide range of CCTV products available and suitable for your home, so many this can be confusing if its your first time buying these systems. To help we have put together the following guide to choosing the right equipment.
CCTV used to be wired over coax but this is no longer the case. Being in the age of the internet, CCTV systems can have their own structured network.
To start you will need a Network Video Recorder we shorten this to NVR. This is an integral part to your system as this is where all of your footage is recorded too. Some things you should be looking for when buying one is:
Amount of storage required - This will depend on how many cameras you want around your home and how long you want to store your images.
How many channels are available - Each camera requires its own channel. the amount of channels on an NVR can range from 4 to 256. Typically you will need between 4 - 16 channels.
User friendly - You want a system that you can easily configure, navigate and understand.
The next step is choosing the right cameras for you home. You need to think what the cameras will be used to view and whether the camera will be indoors or outdoors.
If the camera is for outside use then obviously the camera needs to be waterproof. If its being mounted lower then it needs to be vandal resistant. An external camera will usually have a IP rating stating it resistance to the elements e.g. rain or dust.
For internal use the camera obviously wont need to be any of these things. They usually come as cube or box cameras.
The quality of your camera means the better the image will be, but this will depend on your budget.
IR technology will allow you to see images in the dark, this can be built into the camera or not. Effective IR will be limited depending on the quality, of the camera, always check the specifications.
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