Many households have started installing CCTV cameras to protect their houses, belongings and loved ones. The main drives for this trend are increasing demand for a comprehensive domestic or house security system, price fall in CCTV products and services, increasing crime rates and many other factors. In past many of us trusted our intruder alarm system to provide a comprehensive security for our properties. In most cases, these alarm systems are connected to an alarm receiving centre for police response.
As this incur a monthly cost and also if the alarm system is not property monitored this could also result in false alarm. Many of us decided to install a DIY alarm kit and they are pretty cheap to buy and easy to install. Once an alarm is activated it will send signals to an external siren and strobe, this may help to chase the intruder. The society we love now, people often do not get chance to see who is living in next door and if an alarm is activated, there is chance that your neighbour is not at home or may not take it seriously.
When you are not at home, all you want is peace of mind that your house is protected. In latest CCTV system you can get 1080p clear full HD video footage and once an alarm is triggered it will send an email or SMS to you alerting you. You can also use talkback feature to chase the intruder and subscribe with an alarm monitoring service, which will allow a 24/7 monitoring for your property.
This service can be paid in monthly instalments which can be a benefit as you do not have to pay a lump sum. We can help you in deciding the right equipments and making sure that you have a home CCTV system which serve your purpose.
CCTV Home Security
When it comes to home security, it is important that you have selected the right equipments for your CCTV home system. In order for you to understand that you should first understand the basic of CCTV home security.
There are three main components in a CCTV system, recorder, cameras and display. You should first identify your exact requirements. For example, which are the places I should have my cameras covered and how many cameras I require and what am I trying to achieve by installing these cameras. If you want to see all cars that comes to your property and number plates of them, then you will require a camera for identification. If you require a camera to see who is at your door step and see a clear video footage of that person, you will require again an identification camera. Lets say you only require a camera at your rear garden to see an overview of the place you need a observation camera.
Draw a floor plan and list all cameras and state the purpose of each one of them. Once you have decided the location and purpose of your cameras, now you need to think about storage. In most CCTV systems, video footages are stored in a hard drive which is installed in a recorder. Therefore you should select a secure place to place your recorder.
In most Victorian type properties attic will be a suitable place to keep the DVR and running cables to it will be much easier and secure. Now you can start calling your local CCTV installers for survey and show them your floor plan and ask for any suggestions. Once you finalise your CCTV contractor, you can now decide how cables will be run and draw them in your floor plan and agree with your CCTV installer.
Set a time frame for the project and try to have at least one extra day to finish all works. As no construction project is same, you may have to face some surprises. Good luck with your project, please contact us for any professional assistance in CCTV installation.
Alarm System for Homes
Many households in the UK spend a staggering amount of money in protecting their belongings and loved ones. Home alarm system is one of the most popular system used by many of us, home alarm system protects you and your home by sensors and in some cases it can be connected to a local police station for police response.
How does a home alarm system work?
Home alarm system normally consists of multiple sensors, door contacts, bell (siren), strobe, panic button, keypad and fobs. Once you have found places where you will require protection, you can install the right type of detector. For example, passive infrared sensors in hallway, as soon as someone pass through your hallway it will detect it. Doors and windows are normally secured with contacts, of someone try to open it, it can detect it. Keypad is normally placed in an easy access area, for example next to entrance or exit. The main component of a home alarm system is panel or controller.
The panel will be placed close to main and secure place. When your home is left unoccupied, you will activate the alarm system by a code or using a fob. As soon as you enter your house you will deactivate it by entering the code or again using your fob. You can also part set a system, what this means is if you decide to keep your house ground floor secure while you are in the bedroom first floor, you can part set the system. This enables the system to understand that you are still at house and any movement in your 1st floor will not trigger alarm.
By connecting your alarm system to a telephone line, it will be able to send SMS or ring to a pre-programmed number in the event of an alarm. Some systems can use GSM module to connect even if your main telephone line is down.
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CCTV system explained
Lot of us wonder what is the best CCTV system or better value for my investment CCTV system. Well it is not straight forward question, there are so many factors can determine what is best for you. However it is quite important to understand what is a basic CCTV system is all about. This article explains about some of the main components of a CCTV system.
DVR (Digital Video Recorder)
What is a DVR? This device record all your video footage. Whatever your cameras capture will be recorded in a DVR. It is quite important to make sure you are happy with DVR play back quality. Once an event is recorded you will be only left with recorded images in your DVR. Often customers are confused by seeing their video quality in a nice monitor. When your CCTV system is connected what you see in the monitor is a loop out from each cameras. This does not means that you will see the same quality when you playback that video footage. Therefore it is important to buy the right quality DVR. There are many types of DVR in the market and it is bit complicated process to buy the right type of DVR.
CCTV cameras come in different types and models. You should select the right one by analysing your requirements. Most cameras in current market give better video resolution, video quality is often measured with TV lines or Television lines. 900TVL cameras are very popular and they provide decent video quality however it is not only the TVL you should be concern about. Chip of the camera is also very important, the main manufacturer of camera chip is Sony and Sony has release some high quality chips that can give you satisfactory video quality.
Most used cable in CCTV installation is Coax cable and to be more specific RG59. These are very robust cable needs no conduit even if you run the cable outside. Most DIY CCTV systems will not come with RG59 cable, this result in bad quality video signals when run outside. In recent days, CCTV installers have started using CAT5 cable. When CAT5 cable is used, extra care should be taken in selecting the right type of CAT5 cable.
Most home CCTV system uses TV as display. There is no immediate requirement to have a monitor as most of the home CCTV systems are connected to your network, you can use your tablet, smart TV’s, mobile phone and etc to view the system.