DIY Security Camera Installation? A DIY Don't

Posted by Kevin Cameron on Jan 28, 2020 11:21:38 PM


Every year, there are over 2.2 million burglaries in the US. This means if you're a home or business owner, you may be targeted sooner or later.


Perhaps you've already thought about this, and want to be proactive about safeguarding yourself and your family, or your business and customers.

Are you thinking of having security cameras installed in your business or home? Then make sure you don't DIY it.

Here's why you should leave security camera installation up to the professionals.

Camera Systems Have Evolved

Back in the day, security camera systems were incredibly simple. This made it entirely possible for everyday home and business owners to install them all on their own.

However, as you may have noticed, technology's evolved significantly. With the advent of Internet of Things (IoT) and other technological advances, you can now connect your cameras to a plethora of other tech, such as smart video doorbells, sensors, alarm systems, and more.

As you can imagine, this takes a lot more know-how to design, set up, and use. The more tech you're using in your security camera system, the more need you have for a professional to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

How experienced are you at Wiring?

Unless you're a professional (and experienced) cabler, you probably aren't too skilled in wiring. Even if you have prior experience rerouting a wire or two, that doesn't necessarily mean you're well-equipped to handle the entire wiring system of your property.

Every property will have its unique cabling requirements, so it'll most likely take you quite some time to figure out. And even if you do, you may not be 100% correct in wiring the security systems correctly.

They Get the Best Angles

Let's say you manage to actually pull off installing all the security cameras on your property. They're all working properly, but that's only part of the equation.

The other part? Setting them up in the best angles possible. They're practically useless if they're not capturing the prime areas, after all.

You may think you know your home well and can predict where thieves will try and enter, so you point your home cameras in those spots. But burglars are much trickier than you might think.

If you don't have much experience (or none at all) with thieves, then you might be going about everything in the wrong way. Not only are professional security camera companies skilled and experienced at installing equipment, but they're also knowledgeable in all the ways burglars try to enter all sorts of properties.

They'll work with you and inspect your property to make sure that all vulnerable angles are properly monitored. As a result, any weak spots are "fortified" with the presence of a security camera. And if any thieves pop up, they'll be caught on tape in the best ways possible.

They Know the Best Placement for Your Cameras

Not only do professionals know the best angles for your cameras, but they also know the best placement. You may be tempted to have one or two cameras in every room of your home or business, but that's probably going overboard.

Once the professionals have analysed the layout of your property, they can best determine how many cameras you need and where they should go. They'll have the skill and knowledge to suggest the minimum amount you need.

You Want to Keep Your Warranty

Even if you feel confident installing your security cameras all on your own, the camera manufacturers may have other ideas.

For instance, for many business CCTV systems, they require that only professionals install your cameras in order to have a valid warranty. If you try to go it yourself, you may break the intricate parts; in that case, you're out of luck.

Ask yourself: do you really know security cameras that well? It only takes one wrong move to break a vital piece of that equipment, after all.

If you have a professional perform the installation process, not only does that take the responsibility off your hands, but if they end up breaking your cameras, they'll be on the hook for it, not you. That way, your warranty isn't voided and you can actually get some monetary help to get it back up and running again.

Reduce Your Risk for Insurance

This goes along similar lines as with a warranty. If you have an insurance policy for your property, the insurer will want to make sure all your actions produce as little risk as possible.

For that reason, many will require that if you want to have security systems on your property, you must have it done by a professional. If you end up messing up the installation process by DIYing it, it may render the cameras inoperable and unable to do their jobs.

Your insurance company wants to see that your security cameras are properly set up, and there's no better way to do so than with a professional.

And if you're thinking of putting up fake cameras all on your own to deter thieves, you might want to think again. If someone robs your property and you had dummy cameras up, this can hurt your insurance claim and most likely, it won't get paid out.

It'll Save You Time

Whether you're a home or business owner, you probably have your hands full with a busy schedule. You might think you can save a little bit of money by performing a security camera installation yourself, but you know as they say: time is money.

Assuming you're inexperienced at the installation process, it'll probably take you hours upon hours to complete the entire thing. On the other time, a professional can do it quickly, in just a fraction of the time it'd take you.

Save yourself the effort and time by calling a professional straight off the bat. They can get those security cameras all set up promptly while you utilize your time better for more important matters.

They Can Help You Get the Most out of Your Security Cameras

Sure, maybe you can handle the security camera installation all on your own. And sure, you can read the handbook thoroughly so you're 100% sure you're getting the most out of your news security cameras.

But have you heard what they say about street smarts vs book smarts?

You can read up on everything you can, but that may not help you much when it comes to real-world situations. Professionals are savvy because they've spent years on the job and have seen with their own eyes how burglars operate.

When you have a professional come do a security camera installation for you, not only can they take care of that, but they can also best advise you on how to protect your property and the people within it. This will benefit you in two ways: it'll keep you as safe as possible and will ensure your cameras (and property) are best used to withstand the tests of time.

For example, you may think a window is foolproof against unwanted visitors. But with their trained eyes, professional security camera installers can tell right away if there's an inherent flaw. This may make all the difference between keeping out a thief or enabling them to get in and steal your valuables.

Get Help Whenever You Need It

In the unfortunate circumstance where your security cameras malfunction, you can always count on the professional to return and make it right. The repair may even be covered under their workmanship warranty.

If you install the cameras on your own, the blame's completely on you. You'll have to shell out extra money to fix anything that goes wrong.

Also, if your cameras get damaged in the process of attempted robbery, they can also repair them and restore full function promptly.


Get Professional Security Camera Installation Today

As you can see, security camera installation is a complicated process that home or business owners shouldn't handle all on their own. Considering this is what's protecting you from the elements and/or unsavoury characters, this needs to be something performed by professionals, and only them.

By getting it right on the first try, this ensures that your property is optimally monitored, in case any emergencies ever happen. So forget about saving a few dollars by making this into a DIY project; consult with a professional instead.

Ready to get started on the security camera installation process? Then get in touch with us today. We always customise our solutions to best fit our customers' individual needs.

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