Like so many other modern technologies and systems, CCTV is no longer reserved for the rich or large commercial enterprises. At Safe Simple Security in Edinburgh, we often meet clients who are surprised when we suggest installing home CCTV. We can see the panic on their faces as they think we are about to try and sell them something very expensive.
Let us dispel a few of the myths about home CCTV.
1. It is very expensive!
In the past CCTV was expensive and was used only for commercial properties or the very rich and famous. However, technology has developed rapidly in recent years and the price of a basic system has reduced to a level that is affordable for the majority of homeowners.
Not only is a CCTV system now affordable but installing one may also reduce your annual home insurance premium. Also, with CCTV being a great deterrent your insurance premium should reduce in the long term as you are making no claims. Burglars don’t wish to be caught on TV!
2. We have nothing worth stealing.
The typical home burglar is not looking for diamonds or a Picasso painting. They want to grab things that are easy to take and easy to sell on without being tracked. The top 5 items stolen in Scotland are:
– Tablets & laptops
There aren’t many homes in Edinburgh that don’t have any of these items.
3. CCTV systems are not effective
Having a working CCTV system cannot guarantee that you won’t be burgled, however, Police statistics do prove that you are more likely to be targeted if you don’t have any home security. A CCTV system is a proven method of crime prevention.
CCTV is effective especially for vulnerable homes such as those that lie empty all day or for long periods of time if you travel often, or are away on business. With CCTV, not only is it a deterrent but you can monitor your property from your Smart Phone wherever you may be.
If there are other homes near you with no CCTV, they are more likely to be targeted than your home.
Should you be unfortunate and still get burgled, having a working CCTV system will increase the chance of the criminals being witnessed, prosecuted and you getting your possessions returned.
4. You only need CCTV if you are rich or famous
The reality is that criminals don’t just target large mansions and celebrities. If thieves think your home is easy to access and they can grab a bit of cash and a tablet or laptop, then it will be worthwhile. Often stealing from a few smaller homes with no security is safer for the criminal than taking the chance of getting caught by the CCTV system on a larger home.
Having even a basic CCTV system is great for crime prevention. If you have a family you want to protect them and ensure they are safe at all times. It can be very scary for a child even knowing that someone has been in their house stealing things when they have been out.
5. You have a pal that can install it cheaply
Yes, this may be true but you pay for what you get.
By contracting a security professional to install your CCTV you benefit from:
– A good quality full HD 1080p or 4K recording, not 720p
– The camera is angled to capture an image of the intruder; not just the top of their head
– Only filming what you are allowed to legally film
– Hidden cabling and a neat installation
– Infra-Red lighting on all cameras that provide clear visible pictures in total darkness
– Metal cameras that are weatherproof, not cheap plastic
– Set up of the monitoring system correctly so that you aren’t vulnerable to hackers
– Support when things go wrong
– Cameras situated in the best locations to be a deterrent
You may not have considered installing home CCTV until now but it really is worth considering nowadays. Everybody wants to feel safe and secure at home.
Safe Simple Secure Ltd
50 Corstorphine Road
Tel: 0131 558 9205
Safe Simple Secure can offer expert advice on affordable home CCTV systems for homes in Edinburgh and throughout the Lothians. We only install reliable systems that help you stay safe and secure in your home. We are passionate about keeping our customers safe and secure in their own homes and can provide advice and a free no obligation quote for home security.
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