Protecting your property and loved ones from potential burglars no longer means taking risks – CCTV systems now come relatively cheap and offer comforting peace of mind.
Walk through Leicester or any town centre in the UK and you’re sure to spot hundreds of cameras used by companies and local residents to deter and spot criminals. CCTV equipment has proven to be the most valuable and effective piece of machinery to prevent strangers from invading your home or business property. Prices for basic sets designed specifically for home use have fallen dramatically in recent years and it’s not hard to see why. Recording equipment deters potential thieves, offers added protection to your more expensive property and provides evidence of criminal activity if a burglar decides to try his luck anyway.
For the 2008/09 period, Leicestershire Constabulary recorded a 0.31% of the county’s population having been victims of robbery offences and 0.95% of burglary dwelling offences, up from the national averages of 0.1% and 0.43% respectively – meaning it’s never been a better time to increase your home security with CCTV in Leicester.
Types of CCTV
Standard CCTV sets usually contain one or two cameras that record in colour during daylight hours and in black and white or in infrared at night. These can be installed professionally either by cable or as awireless system. A hard-wired set that is put together by a specialist is unlikely to fail on you any time soon but wireless CCTV certainly has its benefits, although a signal receiver will have to be positioned at a limited distance from the cameras themselves, it means the equipment can be placed almost anywhere you like and can also be easily transported and taken with you if you ever choose to move home.
The receiver is also battery powered and will need regular replacing. One way of avoiding this is by adding a PIR motion-detector to your system; the camera will stay in sleep-mode until special sensors pick up on the smallest movements – at which point the video turns itself on and immediately begins recording. It is also important to note that taping is now done digitally, replacing the old VCR system; meaning the signal receiver or hard-wired system hooks straight up to your computer. Footage is downloaded onto the hard drive where it can even be accessed via the internet on your mobile phone.
CCTV Installation Law – Legislation in the UK
CCTV and the Law Remember, CCTV systems vary depending on the number of cameras you require and the quality of footage and recording you prefer. There are also a number of special features you can add to your system, from a 360º rotating ability to high quality zoom lenses. If you’re unsure about what would best suit your home you can contact a CCTV installation company who will usually provide a free consultation – just remember to inform them of your personal preferences and requirements beforehand to get the most apt assessment.
What Is The Best Place To Installa A CCTV Camera
Where on the exterior of the building you position your CCTV equipment is important, as UK law has strict prohibitions on installing recording devices in public places. Firstly, think about where the camera would be most useful; do you want to cover all the entrances to your home, or just windows and garage doors? Make sure too that there is room for left-right/up-down camera movement before you pick a final spot. If the camera will only record on your private property – including gardens and/or extensive grounds – then the device can be positioned just about anywhere.
Data Protection Act 1998
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, however, if the camera is pointing onto any public space, such as another garden, flats or local parks – then the camera must be registered with Leicestershire County Council. Signs must be put up around the area informing the public that they are being recorded. Anybody who appears on the footage also has the right to request such recordings for any time up to the six months in which it is allowed to be stored.
The cost of CCTV equipment
The price of a simple CCTV model designed for a semi-detached property can come in at as little £300-£500 but the cost will depend on a number of factors, including the size of your property, the number of cameras you want installed and the quality of equipment you can afford. A large country home installed with a state-of-the-art thermal sensory CCTV system, for example, can cost up to £14,000!
A hard-wired system will also require cables to be fitted, which can add to the final sum. Just remember to shop around and look into the type of CCTV that most suits your needs – in a matter of days your Leicester home can be fitted up with modern technology that was once upon a time only available for the largest companies and corporations.