Installing a surveillance system at your home or business doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Your system can actually start with a video recorder and a single camera and be expanded one camera at a time as your finances allow.
I often advise clients who are strapped for cash, and who isn’t in this economy, to instead of forking out thousands of dollars to install a four, eight or sixteen cameras to start with a camera in one location and add others down the road.
If you’re installing the system yourself it can cost as little as $250.00 for the DVR and camera and about one fifty per camera to expand. If you’re hiring a surveillance contractor the cost can be from $500.00 to $1000.00 per camera depending on the contractor.
Beginning with the first camera, your surveillance system will actually start out as a front door/driveway/nursery monitor and recorder and then expand to other areas according to their importance in your security strategy. Many customers like to start with a front door camera which allows them to view who’s at the door when the doorbell rings. For Businesses the first camera can start at the cash register or lobby area (in non retail environments).
Taking the modular approach to installing a surveillance system allows a customer to pay for it as they go and secure their property section by section instead of all at once.
Things to consider when planning to install a surveillance system include the number of cameras you’re planning to start with, what areas rank highest where security is concerned, the size of the building; how many levels the structure has; and does the building have an attic or crawl space to run cable from the DVR to camera locations.
Something else to consider is do you want to install wired or wireless cameras. Personally, for picture quality and signal consistency I prefer wired cameras. Though installing them are more labor intensive due to the cabling process, their video signals are much more stable and less susceptible to atmospheric condition like weather and interference from other wireless devices.
Despite the type of equipment and number of cameras you decide to install, taking the modular approach to installing a surveillance system can make an otherwise expensive process much easier on your wallet. Installing a surveillance system section by section also allows the customer to build their surveillance system like most of us earn our wages–a little bit at a time.
Louis Blackwell is a surveillance system design and sales consultant. He is also publisher of wholesalecameras.webs.com. Readers with surveillance questions can write him at email@example.com or call toll free 866.601.0730.