CCTV, in case you were unaware, stands for closed circuit television. Many properties use CCTV for a number of reasons, whether cameras are placed on the exterior of a residential house or inside a commercial building. Schools, hospitals, shops and even public streets have CCTV covering many areas.
This is mainly for safety reasons and to prevent or detect crime. It can deter burglars from attacking a shop or home, as well as the footage being used as evidence in such a court case where a crime has been committed. When CCTV is used on a commercial property, there are various conditions of the Data Protection Act that must be adhered to. A sign must be put up to inform people that CCTV is in operation and the reason for it. Images should be available to be provided within forty days to anyone who has been recorded. A fee of up to £10 can be charged for this. Images must be shared with the authorities, such as the police, if requested. The footage should only be kept for as long as the business requires it.
When it comes to CCTV installation, it is best to hire a professional. There are a variety of different cameras to choose from, and a professional company can help you to select which is the best option for you, as well as one within budget. It is a good idea to compare various companies in order to find the best deal so that you are not paying over the odds for a product and service you could receive for cheaper elsewhere.
Using the internet to search for local companies that install CCTV systems is always a good place to start. Their websites will often include testimonials or cases studies of past jobs they have completed for clients, so you can get a good idea of the quality of their work (though they’ll obviously cherry-pick the best ones!). It is also worth contacting previous customers to find out what they thought of the company.
There is a range of cameras available, including bullet, dome, c-mount and infrared models. You need to decide when you want to use the cameras – during the day, at night, or around the clock – and whether they are to be used indoors or outdoors.
Bullet style cameras are very popular, as they can be used anywhere, indoors or out. Black and white or colour options are both available. Some are weather resistant, so be sure to check before purchasing. The resolution needs to be as high as possible on a coloured camera.
Infrared cameras are ideal for picking up images in areas with minimal or no lighting. With c-mount cameras, the main benefit is that the lenses can be changed. This enables the viewer to zoom in and out to a certain are as and when is required. These are mostly used indoors, although outdoor usage may be possible with a special housing unit to protect the camera.
Dome cameras are common in commercial establishments and it is hard to tell where the camera is pointing when at a distance. These are mainly used indoors.
Whatever your needs are, there is a camera or a system for you. Search online now to find out how you can benefit.