Bespoke Business CCTV Installations: 24 Hour Security
In an ever-changing world, we have seen the evolution of simple access control and security systems that use CCTV systems that now use IP CCTV security systems as an advanced security measure.
It is no surprise that more businesses are installing CCTV systems, especially when you consider the statistics.
According to the FSB’s statistics, traditional crime costs UK businesses £14,000 over two years. The same statistics tell us that the most reported business crimes include:
- 42% robbery and burglary
- 36% criminal damage
- 38% theft
According to a well-known security company owned by Amazon, employee theft and stolen products cost businesses on average a whopping £190 million a year across the UK. Imagine how much businesses could save with security systems set in place!
What is an IP CCTV Camera?
When browsing the online world for reliable security systems, you will come across mention of IP CCTV. What does that mean?
For starters, IP CCTV stands for Internet Protocol Closed Circuit Television. Therefore, an IP CCTV camera is a digital camera, sometimes referred to as an internet protocol camera. These devices are used for surveillance, using their own IP address, and they only require a fast internet connection to capture and transmit data.
These camera systems will record using a digital video recorder, known as a DVR. With the information saved on the video recorders, you can access data or evidence after the event has happened. This has often helped in anti-social behaviour cases and even theft that has occurred on the premises.
IP cameras offer network video recordings, NVRs, so that you can transfer data using a digital signal and an ethernet cable connection. An IP camera will have a unique IP address, and people will be able to watch things live as the event happens from the main system or remotely via a linked device and dedicated app.
An IP camera system offers high-quality imaging and can transmit data or footage worldwide – you could be on holiday in Australia and still check in on your property’s security. The data is safely stored using a cloud storage system, although there are systems that provide local storage.
The benefits of IP CCTV camera installation
The benefits of having an IP CCTV system are many. Consider the advantages of IP CCTV systems below:
- High definition recording – no hard drive required
Having the benefit of an alarm system that uses IP cameras and records data in high definition and does not rely on a hard drive to store the information gives you peace of mind. In addition, the functionality of this type of intruder alarm is of high quality with high-definition megapixels, so the images and recordings are crystal clear.
- Nighttime vision and recording is no problem
A good quality IP CCTV system offers infrared night vision IP cameras. In addition, these cameras have built-in LEDs, which act like the cameras’ own light bulbs, to be able to record in the dark. This helps capture instances of theft and vandalism which occur at night in the pitch dark. So how does the camera night vision work? With a built-in CCD or CMOS sensor, an IP CCTV camera can detect different levels of coloured light and convert it into a digital image that we see with our naked eye.
- Durability is guaranteed
IP CCTV Cameras are typically weatherproof for outdoor use. This means that you don’t have to worry if it rains or snows.
- Built-in sirens deter burglars
No one wants to be caught red-handed breaking into premises. Most IP CCTV Cameras have integrated intruder alarm sirens and floodlight security lighting to highlight the area and bring attention to the intruder. This keeps burglars and wrongdoers at bay.
Types of CCTV Cameras
Several types of CCTV Cameras are used in the home and business security market. These include IP network CCTV solutions, thermal imaging cameras, and cabled CCTV solutions. Investigate each of these CCTV camera types below.
IP Network CCTV Solutions
An IP camera transmits real-time footage via a network and the internet, known as a networked digital video camera. These cameras are used for surveillance because they deliver high-quality pictures and have high functionality recording options.
Some of the best IP network CCTV camera brands in the UK include Google Nest, Reolink, Ring Spotlight Cam, Eufy, and X-sense, to name a few.
Thermal Imaging Cameras
A thermal imaging camera can identify heat produced by humans and objects. It is the perfect piece of equipment to have when visibility is compromised. Thermal imaging allows you to see people or things that your eye cannot see, regardless of the lighting and obstacle conditions.
They use sensors to identify invisible heat radiations from people, animals, and objects without using external light sources. The best thermal imaging cameras for security in the UK include FLIR and Bosch.
Cabled CCTV Solutions
A cabled CCTV solution is when one or more cameras are connected via an analogue or digital cable to a recorder. This records data onto a videotape or a DVR (direct video recorder) or NVR (network video recorder) for digital systems.
This system is usually connected using an RJ45 or coaxial cable, and images are shared via one or more monitors.
How to choose the right CCTV installation company?
How do you choose the right CCTV installation company for your requirements? You need to consider what equipment they can offer and what further support they can give you when deciding which cameras and systems would suit you best.
Some things to consider when selecting an installation service are as follows:
- What type of CCTV system does your premises need?Do you deal purely with staff, or do members of the public also have access to the property? Do you need to install a basic system consisting of a few cameras and a DVR to record footage or an advanced system that includes multiple high-definition cameras connected to an NVR to save and store footage?
- Are the CCTV installation companies you’re receiving quotes from experienced and come with good reviews?Your CCTV system should be installed by trusted, experienced professionals qualified to install CCTV systems. An expert installation company can offer you advice on where to locate your cameras, what type of CCTV system would work for you, and what is affordable and within your budget. There is no legal requirement for an IP CCTV fitter to be qualified, but it gives you peace of mind if they are experienced professionals.
- What can you afford to spend?Depending on your requirements and the size of the installation you need will dictate the security installation cost. CCTV systems can range from one or two cameras to more sophisticated systems that include remote access. Again, depending on your budget and requirements, the installer should be able to offer you various options, and it is recommended to get three quotes to find the best price match for you.
- Does the CCTV installer offer a maintenance plan, and do you need one?Perhaps you have an in-house team to keep the CCTV system in excellent condition. Keeping the system well maintained will ensure that it’s always working and provide the footage you need when you need it. All efficient CCTV systems need a maintenance plan to run smoothly. Some installations come with an annual service and maintenance program, while other installers offer bespoke maintenance and a 24/7 call-out plan at an extra cost.
The cost of IP CCTV installation
All IP CCTV installations are bespoke to each specific business. The cost of installing state-of-the-art CCTV cameras ranges from £100 to about £6,000. To find the best installation cost for you, getting several quotes based on your requirements is recommended.
The number of cameras you need, the area you want to be monitored, and the maintenance plan will influence the installation cost.
Our professional installation will tailor-make your bespoke IP CCTV solution to fit your budget and needs.
How do I make sure my use of CCTV is legal?
Not many people consider that there is a way they could be using their CCTV illegally. The question begs to be answered; is your CCTV system legal at this very moment? Perhaps it’s time you checked!
Anyone using CCTV to survey an area must abide by the Data Protection Act and follow the law’s requirements which include the following:
- To notify people of the CCTV recording system by installing a sign mentioning why.
- Share any images with authorities if required, e.g., the police.
- Only keep data and images from your security cameras for as long as you need them. After that, they are deleted.
- If anyone requests images recorded of themselves by your security cameras to supply them within 40 days, you may charge them a fee for this
If you would like to talk to one of our experts about your requirements, contact us for personalised service. We can guide you in choosing the best security solution and provide you with a free quote.