Although the crime rate has thankfully been falling in the UK for the last ten years, government welfare cuts and reductions in spending are likely to cause a drastic increase over the next parliamentary term. This means you could be at more risk from burglars than ever before, which is precisely the reason why millions of Britons are now considering having CCTV cameras installed on their premises. Don’t get me wrong, these devices aren’t going to stop anyone from breaking into your home, but they could help to the police to secure a conviction, thus keeping the criminals off the streets and reducing the chances of the same unwanted occurrence happening to someone else.
Now, you certainly could pay a private firm a few thousand pounds to deal with all this for you, but as the economy is so weak at the moment, most of the people reading this probably don’t have that kind of money to spare. So, I’ve decided today would be as good as any to write and release an article detailing how you can save cash by doing it yourself. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a trained electrician or have any official qualifications to follow this guide. It’s actually quite simple when you know how.
Purchasing A Suitable CCTV Unit
Depending on how far you want to go with this, some people may be happy settling with one exterior camera, whilst others may wish to include a couple of interior ones as well. Either way, you’ll need to head on over to a reputable supplier like SND Electrical and select the most appropriate solution. On average, you’ll probably need to spend a couple of hundred pounds for a top of the range product, but all wires and accessories you need will be included.
Finding The Right Locations For Your CCTV
This is where having a friend or relative in the police force would come in pretty handy, but most of us don’t have that luxury, so I’ll do my best to point you in the right direction. You’ll want your camera to cover as many of your properties access points as possible. This could include your front and back doors and any ground floor windows. Generally, it’s best to position outdoor cameras on the corner of your home. That way; you should be able to cover a much wider area. When it comes to interior cameras, the positioning should be left to your own common sense.
Fitting The CCTV
Now you’ve bought your unit and selected the most useful position, it’s time to start the hard work. How you install the cameras will vary from product to product, but all you should really need is a decent electric drill and some ladders. The instruction book will show you how to connect all the relevant wires to the correct ports, so you’re left able to concentrate solely on making sure the camera(s) are securely fastened to your walls.
Once they’re up, it’s time to link the cameras to your computer or a dedicated television set with recording functions. Again, how you go about this will differ from product to product, so all you need to do is consult your manual. You should be able to complete the entire job in less than 1 day, and the result will save you hundreds, if not thousands of pounds.
No need to thank me…