Should you choose a CCTV service provider over off the shelf cameras for your business?
Posted 19 July 2018
Thinking about buying off the shelf?
In this article, we’d like to give you the facts on choosing the best CCTV for your business. As a service provider, we appreciate every business has different security needs. You may require a simple door entry CCTV camera or something more high tech like number plate recognition for your business. With this in mind, we felt it fair to look into cheaper off the shelf CCTV alternatives, to see if they have a place in your business.
Here is an example of a CCTV system you may come across on the high street.
The incredibly reasonable price and technical description are very appealing. But before I hit the purchase button I need to research camera installation. Can I do it myself?
The comprehensive video below requires a little technical ability but not a lot. So long as you have a few tools, it is likely you can set up your business CCTV cameras yourself. Brilliant! The only downside to the simplicity of this set up is, without hardwiring the camera, a vandal could simply unplug the cable from the back of the camera which completely defeats the point..
Now let’s look for some reviews and double check those stats. This off the shelf CCTV system says that footage is clear at night up to a staggering 20 metres. Impressive. The below footage comes from the same low-cost CCTV brand. The man behind the white podium is only standing 25 metres in daylight. The technical specs of this camera state you can clearly see up to 25 metres at night! Now I am not so sure about this off the shelf CCTV manufacturer’s claims.
Perhaps if you only require clear footage up to a few feet these off the shelf cameras could be a good cost saving option for your business.
The other option
Now let’s talk about a CCTV service company and how this might be a better, more reliable option for your business.
Below we have a photo of 2 internal and external dome cameras manufactured by the market expert, Lilin. One of the benefits of going to a service provider is that they’d visit your establishment, find out exactly what you want and using their expertise, advise you on the perfect camera for your business. This takes out all the guesswork and stress.
In terms of CCTV installation, a service provider will have highly skilled engineers like the ones pictured below. I am blowing our own trumpet here, but Calibre Comms is even better than many service providers because our team of engineers are OUR engineers. You may find other CCTV businesses hire in freelance technicians and so cannot maintain the high level of customer care like we do.
The other added bonus of choosing a highly skilled CCTV service company is that if something goes awry with your camera set up, you only need to let us know and we will deal with it. Find out more about our maintenance packages here.
If you do your research, get a few quotes and read CCTV companies review’s you can’t really go wrong with a service provider. Just make sure you go for a ‘service provider’ and not a company who will just come in, set up the cameras and you’ll never hear from them again.
So, why should you consider getting a quote from Calibre Comms?
- We are an established service company
- Our CCTV footage stands as evidence in the court room
- Our IP cameras are HD ( High Definition )
- Only designated persons can view live footage
- Every camera is password protected – and we always change it from factory settings!
- CCTV now makes up Approx 40% of our business
- After dark, email notifications can be set up to snap a photo and send it to you if motion is detected
Thanks for reading.
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