Many homes and businesses are using CCTV security systems for security. If you want to improve the security at home or at your business premises, you should consider installing closed-circuit television technology. However, before you rush to adopt this strategy, you need to familiarise yourself with the Australian laws on installing CCTVs and the different types of security cameras. Apart from that, you need to bear in mind the following considerations to ensure you install the appropriate security system for your home or office.

Plan Ahead

The first thing you need to do is identify the security vulnerabilities in your home or business. This will help you determine the strategic points to place cameras — don't be limited to entry and exit points. Remember to consider side windows and black spots.

Planning also helps you determine how many cameras you will need for your home or business. It's also the best time to consider where to discretely run the system wiring. You will also need to allocate a safe house. This is the place where you will be able to monitor all the CCTV footage. Finally, planning also involves determining how much you are ready to spend on the technology. A rule of thumb is to invest in the best quality system for your money's worth.

Recording Management System

When performing a CCTV security system installation, think about the recording system. CCTV cameras either record to a network video recorder or (NRV), a digital video recorder (DVR), or a memory card. A DVR and NVR have more storage capacity than a memory card.

You also have to think about accessing the recordings. Do you want notification of strange motion detected or to remotely view the camera footage from your smartphone? If your camera supports WiFi, you need to ensure video surveillance is protected from cyber-criminals by using an encrypted connection.

Coverage and Resolution

When it comes to securing your building, you need to determine how much area you want to be covered. Even though your budget allows you to prioritise only on those areas where you have set up cameras, technologies such as pan-tilt-zoom and 360-degree dome cameras allow you to cover more ground. These technologies are helpful to businesses since little money is spent on efficient security systems.

The next thing you need to do is determine the best resolution quality for the cameras. In case a crime is committed, you want a recording that is clear so the police can clearly pick out the perpetrators. IP security cameras have a higher resolution than CCTV cameras. Consult an expert in CCTV systems on the best resolution for your needs.