For any security conscious home owner, CCTV has become an option when it comes to securing their homes. The affordability and ease of installation has

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For any security conscious home owner, CCTV has become an option when it comes to securing their homes. The affordability and ease of installation has also contributed to CCTV becoming popular not only in public places such as shops and car parks but also in homes.

CCTV on its own is good but works best when combined with other security features like locks, alarms and security lights.

Costs ranges between £20 and £450 depending on the type you settle for in terms of the items in the CCTV kit, like single wired camera covering a radius of 5 meters or a camera that’s vandal-proof. There are additional items to accompany the CCTV like cables, a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) etc.

How do CCTV for home use work?

Wireless systems

These are the most popular and affordable types in the market. A cable from the camera is connected to a monitor and images are conveyed either by an analogue technique or digitally to your laptop, phone and other devices. There are apps available that can link your system at home and you get to monitor even when you are not in the house.

Some disadvantages for this type of system include challenges in installing the extension cables and connectors. The system can also get disturbance from other home appliances such as microwaves, routers etc. Also, the recording can be interfered with when there is no internet connection.

IP CCTV system

This type gives you access to the recordings of the cameras through remote locations since they operate through your network and images are transmitted to your computer system.

Outdoor CCTV

These use wireless cameras but with wire connection to a power source. Some of the things to consider when using this option is ensuring that they are installed somewhere they can be reached easily for upkeep. They should also be waterproof and safe from tampering.

Indoor CCTV

There are three categories of indoor CCTV, wireless, wired and powerline networked. The latter is connected to a power source and images are saved in a storage unit. Wireless should not be used inside the house except in situations where the signal is coded since they are easy to hack.

Features of a home CCTV


When choosing a CCTV system for your home, ensure that you are able to save images in a format that is commonly used like Mpeg to avoid challenges of downloading and viewing in other systems. Ensure also that your PC or DVR can store the images as they are from the camera, especially if the camera has high resolution.

Remote access

There are several ways you can view the images or recordings from your CCTV, on your PC or mobile phone connected to the internet while others will send you electronic messages via email or sms when there are activities on being recorded.

Night Vision

It is recommended that you choose a CCTV camera that has both black & white and colored imaging. These are available in a format where it records in color during the day and changes to monochrome at night.

Motion detection

There are some cameras that have motion radars that activate them as soon as they sense any movement. The biggest advantage of this is that it minimizes the size of data being recorded.

All in all, make sure that you observe the privacy regulations as you install the system, such as not pointing any public areas, your neighbor’s property without their consent etc.