Maybe you always ask yourself: ” What is all the fuss about Camera Security Systems?”

Good question! There are increased security concerns in homes as reports of crime, rape, violence and abuse increase. Desperation, abuse of drugs and bad behaviour due to wrong habits are pushing individuals to commit crimes and indulge in activities which society does not make approve of.

This then raises a fundamental question: how secure is your home? 

Having worked so hard to build your own home or move into the exclusive neighbourhood you wanted since your first job, you have to claim and secure your progress in life. It is advisable to install a camera security system in your home if you live in affluent estates such as Runda, Muthaiga, Muthangari, Karen, Riat Estate and section 58 in Nakuru.

A Townhouse in the affluent Runda Estate Nairobi. I Photo Courtesy VillaCare

Installed security cameras would go a long way to give you certain assurance and peace of mind. It’s not always you are at home with a rungu to guard your property, or awake at night to monitor trespassers and idlers lurking around your space.

Benefits of Installing Security Cameras in your Home

1. Reduce Crime by deterring Criminals

Installed security cameras pose a big hindrance to criminals from carrying out pre-planned crimes. The cameras can help trigger alarms, identify the individuals and make them abort their operations once they note a camera security system is in place. Evidence gathered through the video recording assist in prosecution, investigations and re-claim of stolen or vandalized property.

2. Law Enforcement and Investigations on Crime

Police play an important but difficult role in maintaining law and order. With increased crime rates, they get overwhelmed looking for criminals and solving crime cases. 

The CCTV cameras installed in homes and houses record incidences as they happened. Police can use these videos and images to pursue, capture and prosecute the culprits in the law courts.

3. Check on Activities at Home while away…

As a career person, you might be forced to work late into the night or leave early in the morning for work. Wi-Fi-enabled cameras and IP Cameras would be handy for you to check on the events at home, even while you are away in the office or on another business trip in a different location.

A Home with Camera Security System installed
A home with installed camera security system has many benefits to the owners. I Photo Courtesy: Caught on Camera

Through remote monitoring, you will be able to check on live updates or check back on recorded video. Also, you can have live conversations with the children through the speakers and cameras or give instructions to the house help.

4. Claim Insurance Compensation

In most modern homes and houses, expensive furniture, electronics and equipment form part of the household. These items are costly and can be insured against theft or incidence such as fire or vandalism. You can claim compensation from insurance companies in case certain losses as covered. Security cameras provide footage and evidence which you can use to validate your claim.

5. Low Maintenance Cost

Home Camera Security System-Bigtech Solutions CCTV
Well installed Camera Security Systems have low maintenance cost.

Professionally installed cameras at home are a great investment to you as the owner or one to whom the property has been leased. They need little maintenance for the great service they provide. Routine check-up from a camera expert and wiping off dirt and grime is sufficient to keep the cameras running year after year. You can add or replace the cameras over time as technology advances and needs change.

6. Monitor Your Pets Movement and Behavior within your Compound

If you love pets and happen to have one at home, security cameras offer a great deal of help in monitoring their location and behaviour without you necessarily being present. You would be able to note a change in behaviour and take necessary actions.

Running a successful business requires a lot of commitment, consistency and resilience. Much time and effort, besides resources, are invested in various businesses. 

As much as possible, the issue around risk should be factored in at all times by the management. Risks should be mitigated as much as possible, considering the many factors that make businesses vulnerable. 

Installing a CCTV security system in the office or business complex is both necessary and essential to reduce risks associated with losses such as burglary, break-ins and acts by rogue members of staff.

CCTV Security System

Thus, choosing the right security camera system for installation is important for your business. There are 7 key factors you need to consider when contemplating the same.

The Size of the Area to be Covered

A large office in a high rise building, small office downtown and offices in their own compound in suburbs all require a different approach as far as camera installation is concerned. PTZ cameras are best suited for larger areas due to their ability o focus on wide areas and zoom in. As such, lesser cameras per area would be installed, compared to other cameras with lesser capabilities. Bullet cameras tend to be static and limited. One should have a mix and match in the CCTV security system set-up.

The Level of Discretion

Some cameras are conspicuously large and when installed, they make it clear ‘Big Brother’ is watching. Although this is a necessary measure to minimise risks associated with certain unethical behaviour and vices at the workplace, it makes other people uncomfortable as invades their privacy.  

Discrete CCTV cameras such as the Bulb Camera, Fish Eye or spy cameras are ideal in case you wish to monitor events without necessarily raising unnecessary attention.

Indoor or Outdoor Installation?

You have to factor in where the CCTV security system would be installed. Indoors areas have different dynamics compared to outdoor areas.  Weather elements such as rain, sunlight, debris and temperature changes would require cameras that are properly housed and well-mounted to be fully functional.

PTZ Camera-CCTV Security System

Indoor cameras, whilst protected from the external environment have to be efficient in a more controlled environment. They need to have a sharper focus on images and the mounting should be such that there is the least obstruction possible.

4. Audio Integration

Audio integration in CCTV Security Systems enables 2-way communication between those manning the system and those being monitored. This is helpful too in that live recording can be made, set alarms triggered off and important audio-visual evidence gathered.

The Quality and Clarity of Recorded Video

High-resolution cameras suit outdoors and high activity areas such as supermarkets, lobbies where the probability of theft or burglary is high. For smaller and simple offices, low-resolution cameras could be installed. The small spaces make it simpler to monitor activities, compared to larger areas characterised by high activity and traffic. A wholesome CCTV Security System should have a balance of these many delicate parts fitting into a whole, as needed security solutions.

Effects of Lighting of Camera Functionality

The focus of cameras is greatly affected by lighting. Better lighting enables more effective image capture and video recording. As such, when installing the cameras, the direction of direct light, light reflection from the windows and artificial light such as flood or security light determine the camera placement. IR on cameras ensures they record events both during the day and at night.

Future Plans on Camera Installation on the Business Premises

You may have a limited budget, hence be limited in the purchase and installation of cameras. You may opt for more channels DVR or choose IP cameras and NVR. IP cameras connected to a network enable easy scaling up, with no wiring involved or tedious, costly updates.

Cost-Benefit Analysis of CCTV Security Systems Installation

You have to consider the short term and long-term benefits of installing the security system against the cost. Is it worth it? At the business place, the cameras reduce chances and frequency of theft, gather evidence on incidences and enable better monitoring of certain wrong tendencies. 

Assurance of safety at work and property is useful to both the staff and management. Also, important data is recorded through the camera such as staff entry and exit from the premises, useful insights on customers and ways to improve customer experience.

When you weigh these benefits against the cost of installation of the CCTV Camera systems and their maintenance, you would be in a better position to determine how best to go about it.

Conclusion

In a world that is ever-changing, security systems provide a great option to you as a business owner to man your office and improve surveillance. A.I is making it more effective and manageable to operate remotely, detect abnormal issues and analyse data for your benefit.