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5 Decisions You'll Need To Make When You Use A Closed-Circuit Television For Your Security System

by Roland Stanley

Taking advantage of CCTV technology to make your property safer is always a good idea. Once you've decided to add CCTV to your security system, you're going to have to make a few important decisions regarding your CCTV setup.

The following are five decisions you'll need to make when you use a closed-circuit television for your security system:

1. The decision on whether to add infrared or not

Your decision on whether or not you want infrared capabilities for your cameras depends on whether or not you'll need to be able to see in the dark.

If your camera is only going to be recorded in a lighted area, you don't need infrared. However, it's important to invest in infrared capabilities if you need to be recording in the dark. Otherwise, your cameras will be useless to you when the lights are out or the sun is down. 

2. The decision between a traditional CCTV camera or an IP camera

Recent developments in security technology have led to the creation of the IP camera. This type of camera works over an ethernet connection to transmit its digital signal. However, a traditional CCTV camera is an analog camera that does not need any network connection to work.

You may want to opt for an IP camera if you want it to be possible to transmit the image via the Internet. If not, opt for a traditional CCTV camera because they are generally lower in cost than IP cameras. 

3. The decision between a system with wires or without

You can minimize the amount of wires around your property by opting for a wireless system. While wireless systems may be preferable in many ways, it's important to understand that you will still need wires to carry a power supply to your cameras. Also, it's important to understand that wireless systems are sometimes subject to possible interference complications. 

4. The decision between motion detection or constant recording

You can set up a system where the CCTV camera only starts recording when motion is detected. This can help you to save power, thereby making your security system more efficient.

However, you might want to be able to constantly record if you need your camera to show what's happening over a large area over which motion detection is not possible. 

5. The decision on how long footage should be backed for

Most security systems only store recorded footage for a certain period of time and then delete it for the sake of storage room. The shorter your backup period, the less expensive your system will be.

If you can do without a long footage backup without compromising the security of your property, it's a good idea to limit your backup period to 30 days or less.