A closed-circuit television (CCTV) security system is a serious investment, but one that can significantly increase your home or business security. With the cost of equipment, installation, and management, it’s important to get all the details before installing a new camera system. Here are six questions you should ask before CCTV installation.
1. Will the Cameras Integrate with Your Existing Systems?
Do you already have an alarm, intercom, or access control system? Ask if they can integrate with your new CCTV system. When they work together, security systems become greater than the sum of their parts.
If you already have a CCTV system and want to add equipment, make sure the new cameras will cooperate with your current system. If not, you might have to replace your existing cameras. Tearing down hardware, swapping wires, and replacing software can easily double your investment. It’s easier (and cheaper) to make sure everything plays nice before installation.
2. Will the CCTV System Work for Your Potential Scenarios?
You want a CCTV system for a reason. Maybe you had a break-in. Perhaps you’ve noticed some items moved around in your back yard. Either way, you know what you want your cameras to do, so make sure they can do it!
Run through potential scenarios with your security provider and see what they think. They might have some ideas on camera placement or helpful software/hardware upgrades to strengthen your security for specific events.
3. Can You Add Equipment After the Initial CCTV Installation?
Things rarely stay the same. Families grow, and businesses expand. It’s just the way of the world. So, make sure it’s also the way of your CCTV system.
Ask your security company if the system you’re about to install can scale with your needs. How difficult is it to add hardware? Will the software work with other brands of cameras? If you want to expand your system after CCTV installation, which is quite possible, make sure it can handle it. Otherwise, in a couple of years, you might be stuck with a system that no longer fits your needs.
4. What Are the Monthly Costs?
When pricing security equipment, it’s easy to focus on equipment costs and forget about maintenance. Some CCTV systems come with monthly contracts for cloud storage, system maintenance, or software licensing. Make sure you understand all the costs associated with your CCTV system to avoid any surprises and help you budget more accurately.
5. Who Will Manage the System?
Security systems require maintenance. They also tend to be on the technical side. Between hardware upkeep and software updates, you need to have someone who can manage the system. If no one in your family or staff can handle it, it might be best to hire a CCTV maintenance professional.
This question is much better to ask before CCTV installation than when a problem appears and no one is around to fix it.
6. Is There a Warranty?
Many CCTV systems come with a warranty that covers the hardware and/or software. Make sure you understand the warranty coverage before installing a new system. And once you get the warranty information, put it in a safe place. You might need it in a week, or you might need it in a few years.
Some installation companies offer service and training as well. Find out what support options are available in case you run into trouble down the road.
Four Walls Security: The CCTV Installation Experts
Deciding to install a CCTV system in your home or business is a major investment, so it’s essential to perform your due diligence. Do the research, ask the questions, and find the perfect system that’s right for you.
The experts at Four Walls Security are standing by to answer any and all of your questions about CCTV installation. We have years of experience serving Brisbane area homes and businesses, helping them feel safe and secure. Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote on any of your security needs today.