How To Purchase Security Equipment Effectively
When it comes to making purchases most people feel that they are experts and are able to buy almost anything with no issue (mainly because of things such as the internet and people leaving thorough reviews on the products/service they’ve purchased; this creates a system in which more people are able to make purchases more comfortably). However, you can’t believe everything you read online and not every review was made with the best intent.
Certain purchases take a lot of extra consideration when they are being made such as buying a home, car, etc. Purchasing security equipment for your home/business fits into that category as well. Here are some important steps to follow when choosing security cameras:
‘Evaluate your needs: Do you want to monitor general comings and goings? Do you want to see faces, merchandise, crowds? Do you need wireless or wired cctv security systems? Do you need an indoor and/or outdoor CCTV camera systems? Would you benefit from an IP network camera? Do you need a 1, 2, 8 or 16 camera system? What is your budget?
Select the type of camera: Based on your needs and recording environment, you should select a camera that is best for you:
- wired: a standard wired color security camera. Most wired security cameras today are indoor/outdoor and have an IR (infrared) cut-filter for night vision (the night vision image will be in black & white for improved contrast and image detail). Wired cameras are available in BNC or DIN terminations (connection ports) and will require video extension cables.
- wireless: More and more people are turning to wireless cameras as a cost-effective way of building a comprehensive surveillance system in their home or business. The latest digital wireless cameras are secure, free of interference from household devices, and offer crystal clear video and audio.
- IP / network: IP (Internet protocol), or network cameras are another option. These cameras connect to your computer’s router just like a computer or other net-workable device. IP network cameras allow you to access the cameras from remote locations over the Internet. Many also give you the option of recording video directly to your computer or to a network video recorder (NVR).
Select black and white or color: If you are going to use the cameras in an environment where the light conditions are very low, it is recommended to buy a black and white CCTV camera system. Color should only be considered for inside use with good lighting conditions. For consumer-grade CCTV cameras, color cameras are suitable for indoor or outdoor applications. Many high resolution color cameras now use an IR cut-filter for built-in night vision.’
The best way to know exactly the right equipment to choose that will meet your needs and budget is to consult with a Security Connection professional. We make sure that safety is a priority and help to put control back into your hands.