Whether it’s acting as a deterrent to would-be criminals…

…or capturing vital evidence in the event of a break-in, there is no doubt CCTV systems are a proven and effective security measure.

Due to their rise in popularity, recent years have seen DIY CCTV systems flooding the market, giving homeowners the option of purchasing and installing their systems themselves. While the cost-savings can be significant, is this really the best option in the long run? We delve into the pros and cons of each option below.

DIY CCTV Systems

  • As mentioned, DIY systems can be significantly cheaper. A quick Google search will bring up a whole range of results, from the suspiciously cheap to far more expensive systems. There’s obviously no installation charge either, as you will be expected to install it, or arrange installation, yourself.
  • This can also be a downside, however, as people may not be confident in their ability to install and wire in a potentially complex system. If you don’t have experience with CCTV equipment, cables, power sources, and software, it can be a steep learning curve.
  • You will have total control over what cameras you have, and where you would like them positioned – although it is worth noting any decent installer would also do their best to meet your requirements.
  • It may work out to be the quicker option, as you can purchase and install your system at a time that suits you rather than having to wait until an installer is available.
  • While you are not contracted to any security or monitoring companies, this does mean you will not receive any aftercare assistance or regular maintenance.
  • You will also not have the option of having your CCTV professionally monitored, as third party companies will only monitor systems installed by a licensed installer.

Professional CCTV Systems

  • Obviously the more costly option, but you will likely find this cost balances out over time in terms of proper set up, avoiding issues, quality equipment etc.
  • You can be sure that your system will be installed properly, by fully-trained engineers who work to the highest professional standards. For example, CIA is approved by the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) who regularly audit us to make sure we are working to the correct standards, and our team has the relevant technical experience.
  • Professional installers will also offer servicing and maintenance for their systems, which is vital to ensure your equipment is functioning correctly.
  • You will need to book appointments for installations and servicing, but professional companies will do their best to accommodate any needs or requests you have.
  • If you are unsure what type of cameras you need, how many sensors are required, or where they should be placed, professional security companies will be able to advise you and make bespoke recommendations so your system is as effective as possible.
  • Professional CCTV installers will always use British-grade systems which are a requirement of many insurance companies.

Ultimately, choosing between using a professional installer or doing it yourself will depend on your budget, skill level, and how involved you want to be in managing the system. If opting for the DIY approach, be ready to spend time researching and learning proper techniques. For those wanting a high-quality system without the learning curve, a professional installer is likely the better choice. Carefully comparing the options will help identify the best solution for your security needs and requirements.

To discuss any of these points further, or to speak to our team of CCTV experts, feel free to contact CIA Fire & Security today.

📞 01285 651 025
📧 info@ciafireandsecurity.co.uk
💻 www.ciafireandsecurity.co.uk

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