Home CCTV Camera: Finding the Best

Home Security Camera Systems

Protecting your family and your belongings has become increasingly more important as crime seems to get more and more widespread. Areas where people were once able to leave their front doors unlocked are now so unsafe that people have to keep their doors locked and dead bolted.

Besides threat of crime and burglary, there are many other reasons why to get home security cameras. Some people use cameras to monitor their pets while they're away, while other people use cameras to make sure their kids behave themselves. For whatever the reason why you're considering a CCTV (closed circuit television) security system, rest assure that there is a solution out there for you.

Home CCTV at work
Home CCTV at work

Types of Home CCTV Cameras

There are really two types of cameras you can typically get for your home, spy and standard cameras.  While there are many cameras that encompass the two categories (from weather and tamper resistant, to discreet or obvious).  The costs of home security change based on the features you decide to get.  Smaller, more discreet cameras will cost much more than a big bulky ones that hang from your ceiling.

Spy cameras, as you would probably imagine, are cameras designed to look like common household objects (like a stuffed animal or clock) to help a room to appear normal.  There are many reasons why people would want to get a "spy" camera.  For example, if you have a lot of babysitters who watch your house and kids while you're away, a spy cam can help you maintain honesty with the sitter.  If they are caught stealing, you're able to present proof of the misdeed.

Standard cameras come in many shapes and sizes and are designed for indoors and outdoors.  Many people today use standard security cameras to help deter theft or lawless behavior.  These cameras are placed in nondescript places with the intention to intimidate those who may want to break into your home.  Outdoor CCTV cameras are also used to watch dangerous areas, like your swimming pool, to make sure that no children get themselves into a life threatening position.

Cost of a Home Security System

The cost of your new home security camera system could vary greatly on the components you get for it.  State-of-the-art systems that utilize DVR units and weatherproof and spy cameras will cost a lot more than a system using basic webcams.  If you're especially budget conscience, you may want to consider other methods of home security besides having your own camera system.  If, on the other hand, you're not too concerned about spending a little bit of money to help protect your family, a camera system might be right for you.

The typical starting cost for the most basic home camera security system is about $500.  If you are able to supply the labor, you can help lower your costs.  While $500 is the basic security system, more money (around $2,500) can get a system with multiple cameras that can be placed anywhere outside and in your house.  A $2,500 will give you great security and ability to view all the action both inside and outside your house.

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samcrenshaw 6 years ago

Can you point me towards any other sites that do reviews on home security cameras? I've found one that deals with CCTV cameras at http://www.cctvcamerasreviews.com which is good but I'm looking for a smaller setup maybe including 2 cams and I'm wondering if I can sort of DIY with making my own custom setup


Salma Soorma 5 years ago

I'm looking for a camera that is not obvious but i want a small discreet one. my number is 02085215519 and my email address is salmasoorma786@yahoo.co.uk please get back to me as soon as possible.

Thank you very much for your help i really appreciate it.

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