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5 questions you need to ask before investing in a CCTV security system.

Q1. What is the resolution of the cameras?

“When it comes to CCTV, you really can’t afford to cut corners. You might be able to find cheap cameras quite easily, but foggy, pixelated footage won’t fulfil your needs. Yes, this will act as a deterrent, but should you really need to access important footage you’ll soon be regretting your choices.

“I would recommend finding cameras with a resolution between 720p and 960p, this gives you a great balance between recording detail and file size. If you can, also ask to see recordings from your chosen model to assess their quality for yourself. In this instance the key really is in the detail.”

Q2. Will my cameras be connected to a live security team?

“CCTV cameras are often effective deterrents in and of themselves, however a successful security strategy cannot only comprise of deterrents – it must be proactive and responsive. We would suggest finding a CCTV provider who connect can your live feed with a team of security personnel; should something happen on your site, CCTV capturing this will be invaluable. Meanwhile, having experts in place who can respond to the footage, addressing an issue immediately, will promise to minimise any possible consequences.

Q3. How will my cameras fare in bad weather?

“Extreme weather can pose a risk to security cameras, especially if you fall victim to the temptation of cheap, below-par technology. If you install flimsy cameras, then they’ll almost certainly be ineffective should bad weather strike.

“When choosing your CCTV cameras, enquire as to their resilience, upkeep and both where and how they should be installed. For example, where possible CCTV should always be installed in sheltered areas. It’s also important to consider the weather likely to occur in your area; in England we’re fortunately unlikely to encounter tornados, however regular rainfall will need to be considered.”

Q4. Will my cameras always be alert?

“Effective CCTV cameras should always be recording. Although, static cameras which consistently record aren’t necessarily perfect either; the best CCTV technology can actually zoom and realign to capture an alternative viewpoint should movement be detected. This will maximise your camera’s efficiency, making sure nothing goes amiss.

“By having your CCTV filming on a consistent basis, you’ll make sure that every act is caught on camera. You often don’t know what footage you really need until you don’t have it – don’t let that be the case for you!”

Q5. Where are my images stored and for how long?

“CCTV footage is typically stored remotely by your service provider or in-house should you invest in the technology alone. I would personally suggest investing in more comprehensive security support; these providers will be able to secure your footage more safely and for a longer period of time, allowing you to trace footage back should this be required. By entrusting specialists, you can help to make sure that no footage is lost, whilst knowing that your cameras’ benefits are being completely utilised. If you’re not a tech expert, then trust the advice of those who are – you’ll thank yourself later.

“When it comes to investing in CCTV, you need to consider in every possible aspect; from their quality to resilience, efficiency and adaptability, this could be the most important decision you make, so embrace any advice and guidance you can.”

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