There are many things to think about before you go ahead and get a CCTV system installed in your home such as camera resolution, form factor, data storage and more, all of which, can be quite overwhelming for a first time buyer. However, to get the most out of your CCTV installation, having a sound understanding can make the difference in whether you catch that criminal or not.

Installations should be quick, simple and looking clean. Our installers are professionally licenced electricians and are experts in home security installations. If your installer isn’t well versed in home security camera systems, your setup may be inefficient resulting in you paying more for less.

Here are just a few things you should be considering when getting professional security cameras installed in your home.

What sort of coverage do you require?

Do you need to cover long alleyways or wide open spaces? Depending on what sort of coverage you need, the type of camera you need will be different. Bullets generally have longer range but have a narrower monitoring angle, and are ideal for situations where you need to cover larger areas such as your front or backyard. Dome cameras are the other common option and are generally ideal for indoor use due to their wider monitoring angles and vandal-resistant properties, as well as looking less intrusive. Take into account these options and consider the coverage you require for your home and discuss with your installer what sort of camera they recommend.

Is your security camera durable enough?

The durability of your security cameras is important as there are many factors that can affect performance in outdoor settings such as rain, dust, sunshine and of course, vandals. Depending on where your installer will be placing the cameras, they will need to decide what would be the most appropriate housing or form factor. If the camera is going to be installed in a spot where it is easily accessible, perhaps a vandal-resistant turret or dome camera will be more suitable compared to a bullet camera. Taking into account outside factors such as weather will help you decide what sort of camera housing will be best and will last you long term.

Do you have enough resolution, or too much?

If you want the best of the best, there is nothing stopping you from getting the highest resolution cameras available, and you will definitely see their benefits, but you will also be paying the highest price. Unless you own acres and acres of land, most residential houses will only need a 4MP security camera system to see clear images and faces. Getting an 8MP setup is fine, but you would be receiving diminishing returns on investment. Most installers will recommend a 4MP CCTV system for residential homes, as they still can view amazingly clear footage and don’t have to pay top of the range prices. Lower resolution cameras can still get the job done, but if you want clear, reliable footage that will make you and your family feel safer, then 4MP cameras or above is what we would recommend for residential homes.

So no matter what security cameras and system you decide to go with, make sure your installer carefully plans out your setup and keep in mind these things to avoid inefficiencies in your house camera system.